Find Your Entrepreneurial Fit

Every week in the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider you can learn important things to help you start your business. This week is no different.

I frequently have conversations with entrepreneurs, many of them are first time entrepreneurs, who are enthusiastic about an idea but don’t know where to start. Sometimes they just need a little bit of help and then they are on their way to making a successful launch. But then there are those times when the entrepreneur I am talking to just doesn’t fit their idea.

They don’t fit their idea for any number of reasons but one of the main reoccurring reasons is that they don’t have the necessary skills to make their idea into a business. It’s a tough situation because I can see the obvious passion they have for their idea but it just doesn’t make sense for them to pursue that idea the way they are thinking they should.

For any entrepreneur considering the launch of a new business a good exercise to do is to sit down and honestly assess your skills. After you have written down your skills go back to your idea, or concept, and determine how good of a fit you are for your idea. If there is a mismatch you can tweak your idea to make it a better fit or you can add people with the skills you are lacking onto your startup team.

Perusing through the Success Stories from the CSUF Entrepreneurship community you can quickly see that those entrepreneurs have successfully leveraged their skills to start their businesses. And I have to thank Damon Brown for bringing this topic up at his recent talk. This is a simple but important lesson that many people don’t consider before starting a business.


John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

CSUF Business Plan Competition

CSUF Students: Sign Up Now!!!

If you are a CSUF student with an innovative idea the CSUF Business Plan Competition is your time to shine! This event is designed to help you take your concept from an idea to something that is actionable.Interested students with an idea or a startup (see rules in the link below) need to fill out a short application about your concept that explains what your idea is in terms of making it into a real business.

There are additional rounds of the competition after the application process has concluded including the finals to be held at the Titan Student Union on April 14. Those competing in the finals will have the chance to win scholarships and to network with other entrepreneurs and investors.


CSUF Startup Incubator

The CSUF Startup Incubator provides promising and coachable innovators access to technical advice, assistance in the hunt for seed capital, a place to meet and work, a large network of veteran entrepreneurs, and expert guidance concerning patents, technology transfer, licensing, royalties, contracts, and new venture formation.


CSUF Consulting

Creativity is the life blood of business and our consulting teams are filled with students brimming with creative solutions in a wide range of areas. Now is the perfect time to inject some creative solutions into your business by working with one of our CSUF Consulting teams.

To find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs contact our Client Project Specialist, Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or to request an application email entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu.

We look forward to working with you!

CSUF Entrepreneur Speaker Series

What Green Tech Inventors Need To Know

Dan Schuephach is a veteran inventor in the green technology industry and he will be visiting the CSUF Startup Incubator to discuss the many lessons that he has learned over the years. If you are an inventor in this area or would like to work with or invest in green tech investors then this talk is meant for you.CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKET TO THIS EVENT ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 AT 6PM AT THE CSUF STARTUP INCUBATOR (PLACENTIA)

10 Rules Everyone Should Know About Patents – 6pm on April 5 @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs – 6pm on April 19 @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Mentor Office Hours @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Experts from our community including lawyers, CPAs, marketers, and professors have office hours every week open to everyone in our community. Click on the links below to reserve some time with them.

Today, Monday, February 20 from 4pm to 7pm: Office Hours with Internet Marketing Expert Jason Khoo

Tuesday, February 21 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm: Office Hours with Entrepreneurship Professor Jeff Longshaw

Thursday, February 23 from 5pm to 8pm: Office Hours with Executive Coach Dave Kinnear

Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Office Hours with Business Lawyer David Van Sambeek

Tuesday, February 28 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm: CSUF Entrepreneur Round Table

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

Interested In Becoming More Involved With CSUF Entrepreneurship?

Whether you are a professional who gets satisfaction from being a mentor to someone who wants to work in a startup as a team member or are interested in investing in some of our thriving startups; we want to hear from you!
To join our large professional network you don’t have to be an alumni but we need your expertise and hard work to help make Northern Orange County (especially Fullerton) a strong startup community! Please take a minute to tell us about yourself so we can properly welcome you into the CSUF Startup Community.

The CSUF Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/
For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/IncubatorFor more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Published by CSUF Entrepreneurship

We teach, coach and lead the principled, cross-disciplinary practice of entrepreneurship. We believe that, through determined practice, leadership and team work, our students, faculty, clients, volunteers and alums can systematically recombine the new and the old to forge new ventures, create an entrepreneurial culture, and dramatically benefit our community.

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