Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week Scheduled!


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November 17-23, 2014

Save The Date! 
The CIE Will Once Again Bring Global Entrepreneurship Week to the Heart of Silicon Valley
with Activities that Inspire, Connect, Inform and Mentor

Santa Clara University will once again join in the worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship with a series of on-campus events during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. Brought to the heart of Silicon Valley by CIE, this international initiative encompasses more than 130 countries with nearly 37,000 activities that actively engage more than 7 million people.  Whether you attend a panel discussion, presentation, speaker event or get some advice with our popular Office Hours, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to network, learn and enjoy.

If you have suggestions for events you'd like to see in the 2014 GEW, please forward your comments to Linda Jenkins in the CIE,

Mark the week in your calendars! We look forward to putting together a variety of exciting opportunities over the summer.



 2013 GEW Schedule

Monday, November 18
Minor in Entrepreneurship Open House & Info Sessions

11:30 am-2:00 pm, Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126

Undergraduate Students-Join us on Monday to learn more about the Minor in Entrepreneurship! The second-largest minor in the Leavey School of Business in just 2 years of offering, the CIE manages this exciting program that we'd love to tell you more about!  Lunch and learn with us-free pizza will be provided, bring your own drink or stop by the Cadence Cafe for your favorite.  Like hot pizza-join us for 11:30 am.  Got class and ok with room-temp pizza? Stop by anytime before 2 pm-we'll see you there!  While an RSVP isn't required, we'd like to get an accurate estimate for the pizza.

Undergraduate students of all majors and year of study are welcome to this free event- RSVP Today!




Tuesday, November 19
CIE Presents:  Office Hours for Entrepreneurs With Steve Troy

10 am-1 pm-Appointments Required


Steve Troy, author and Director & CEO of Aerofund, will review your business plan or presentation, critique your pitch, and answer your startup questions in 20-minute one-on-one sessions in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on November 19--appointments are required.
To schedule your appointment, send your 3 available meeting time preferences to Linda Jenkins at before November 12.
Meeting Times (submit 3 in order of preference-appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis):
10:05 am-10:25 am
10:25 am-10:45 am
10:45 am-11:05 am
11:05 am-11:25 am
11:25 am-11:35 am - BREAK
11:35 am-11:55 am
11:55 am-12:15 pm
12:15 pm-12:35 pm
12:35 pm-12:55 pm

Stephen-Troy-Photo-180x241About Steve Troy

Stephen Troy established AeroFund Financial, Inc. in August, 1987.  His past business experience has been extensive.

In 1976 Steve founded a chain of three specialty restaurants which he owned and operated until 1979. Upon their sale he opened a vending business in San Jose, CA, which grew to be one of the largest such companies in the Bay Area.

Immediately after its sale in 1983, Troy founded Norstar Video, a landmark national video distribution company, specializing in the acquisition and sale of instructional video programming.

AeroFund Financial, Inc. followed, and as its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Troy has established AeroFund as a prominent national finance company, which provides secured loans to small and medium-sized businesses.

Mr. Troy is the founder and chairman of AeroBank is the first national business bank to be approved by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to operate solely on the internet.

Mr. Troy is the author of a book about business leaders titled Business Biographies, Shaken Not Stirred…With a Twist, which was published in February 2011.

Mr. Troy presently serves on the governing board of Junior Achievement of Northern California and is the past chairman of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley Monterey Bay and the Northern California chapter of the Commercial Finance Association. He is also a member of the CIE Advisory Board.

Mr. Troy attended the University of Miami from 1971 to 1975 where he earned a BA in Business Administration majoring in Finance with a minor in History.

In addition, Steve's latest book  "Would a Maharaja Sleep Here: Diary of a Five Star Traveler"is now available.  Detailing some of their luxury vacation trips, Steve and his wife Leanne share their experiences.  His first book,"Business Biographies: Shaken, Not Stirred With a Twist"shares the stories of twenty-five business leaders who walked down non-traditional paths to success.  

Tuesday, November 19
CIE Speaker Series featuring Jayshree Ullal

6:30 pm-7:00 pm:  Check In/Registration with Complimentary Desserts
7:00 pm-8:30 pm:  Program
Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building (parking permits required on campus until 8 pm)


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CIE Speaker Series


Jayshree Ullal
President & CEO
Arista Networks

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the School of Engineering Office of the Dean invite you to attend the upcoming CIE Speaker Series featuring Jayshree Ullal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arista Networks, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. 

Join us during our celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week as Jayshree shares her story about her extensive experience and the launch of Arista Networks.

All are welcome, RSVP is required.

< Click here for more information on this event including a link to register.>>


Wednesday, November 20
Screening of Something Ventured: Risk, Reward & The Original Venture Capitalists

1 pm, Lucas 108

Join us for a replay of CIE Speaker Series event with a screening of Something Ventured: Risk, Reward and the Original Venture Capitalists.  Learn about creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen.  Hear from Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others.  The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others.

Limited seating is available--RSVP here.



Thursday, November 21
CIE Presents Office Hours for Entrepreneurs with Gloria Wahl

1 pm-3 pm-Appointments Required


Gloria Wahl, Managing Director of IG Partners, will review your business plan or presentation, critique your pitch, and answer your startup questions in expanded 30-minute one-on-one sessions in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on November 21--appointments are required.
To schedule your appointment, send your 3 available meeting time preferences to Linda Jenkins at before November 14.
Meeting Times (submit 3 in order of preference-appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis):
1:00 pm-1:30 pm
1:30 pm-2:00 pm
2:00 pm-2:30 pm
2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Gloria WahlAbout Gloria Chen Wahl: Gloria Wahl is a Managing Director of IG Partners.  She joined in 2009 after 10 years as the Founder and Partner of AltoTech Ventures, LLC, an early stage venture fund focused on software, telecom and web-services. Gloria is very active in coaching start-up tech companies in Silicon Valley and focus on defining and setting strategic business direction, M&A, due diligence.

She was the former President and CEO of InterNex Information Services, Inc., a business oriented Internet-service provider, which she sold to Concentric Networks Inc. in 1998. She grew the business from zero to over $12 million in subscriber revenue in two years while building out the infrastructure and network backbone.  Her prior positions include Corporate Treasurer of Wyse Technology, Corporate Treasurer of Inmac Corp., and Director of Finance for CIS Leasing (aircraft), Vice President, and (Global Syndications) Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, responsible for portfolio in excess of $4.0 billion. 

Her financial background includes leasing, banking, trading, financial management and treasury.  Gloria holds a MBA from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Santa Clara. She sits on the Board of The Enterprise Network (TEN), an incubator in Silicon Valley.


Thursday, November 21
SCEO & Engineering Social Featuring Guest Speaker Shawn Lange


7 pm, Forbes Family Conference Center- Lucas 126

The undergraduate student club SCEO and the CIE invite you to an SCEO/Engineering social.  Get to know some of the students in the Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization as well as School of Engineering students.  We'll begin the evening with guest speaker and fellow Bronco Shawn Lange (MS in Mechanical Engineering and a 2011 CAPE alum).  Join us for a great evening of conversation and complimentary appetizers.

Shawn LangeShawn Lange is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at L2F Inc. Prior to L2F, Shawn was the Renewable Energy Industry Marketing Manager for Mitsubishi Electric Automation where he was responsible for leading all sales and marketing efforts in emerging markets like solar and lithium-ion battery production. In this role, he helped numerous companies launch or improve manufacturing operations both in the United States and abroad. 

Prior to Mitsubishi Electric, he held various sales and engineering positions at Western Technology Marketing and Electroglas, Inc. Shawn holds both a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.  He is also a 2011 alumni of the CIE California Program for Entrepreneurship.

L2F helps high-tech innovators move their ideas from concept to production (Lab2Fab) by applying engineering consulting, custome equipment design and build, and manufacturing line integration services.  


Sunday, November 24
CIE Celebrates 2013 CAPE Cohort!

The 2013 California Program for Entrepreneurship cohort members will complete this six-month intensive program November 23-24~Congratulations!




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More About the Week

GEW 140

115 countries.
37,000 events.
7 million people.
A global movement unleashing new ideas.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.  

GEW is more than just an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.

The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 155 countries—with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.

Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs are inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.


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