One of our goals at the Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton is to help make the Cal State Fullerton community more innovative and entrepreneurial. There are students, faculty, and staff throughout Cal State Fullerton that have amazing ideas that can have a real impact on the world but they don’t actively pursue those ideas because they don’t even know where to start. That is a tragedy.
That is why, during the 2018-19 school year, we were ecstatic to have Dr. Atul Teckchandani serve as an Entrepreneur in Residence in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at Cal State Fullerton. There, Atul has worked with many students coaching them on how best to translate their ideas into actual businesses. It is still early in the process but progress is being made.
One piece of evidence of this progress can be seen in how many ECS students participated in the CSUF Startup Competition a couple of months ago. In fact, the winner of that competition, Bryan Ruef, is an ECS student and Atul was one of his mentors. Speaking to the OC Register, Director John Bradley Jackson highlighted the importance “‘That’s our mission,’ [CSUF Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson] added. ‘Entrepreneurship could be pigeonholed as this little concentration. But actually there are entrepreneurs all over the campus and we want to draw them out and support that. And that’s what [we are doing right now and will be doing more of in the years to come].'”
In addition to the yeoman work that Atul is putting in at ECS and the competitions that we host for entrepreneurs across campus, Center leaders are also actively participate in entrepreneurial activities across campus. Below is a picture from the senior project presentations from Dr. Kiran George’s class. There, students teams presented their innovative engineering solutions that they had worked on over the course of the academic year.
We are dedicated to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs develop the skills that they need to compete locally and globally. The CSUF Entrepreneurship program does many things,