Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010


Schedule of Events


Monday, November 15, 2010

  • CIE presents "State of the Financial Market" with Katie Taormino
    12pm - 1pm, Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126
    Bring your own lunch, we'll provide free dessert.
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    Katie Taormino
    Director, Venture Capital Group, SVB Capital

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    Katie Taormino is a director with SVB Capital’s Venture Capital Relationship Management team. Taormino is responsible for building strategic relationships with law firms and other service providers. In this role, she leverages the SVB Financial Group platform of products and services including commercial banking, private banking, funds, global markets as well as valuations and corporate equity management tracking. Taormino has more than seven years of lending and relationship management experience focused on working with late-stage middle market companies and professional service firms. Prior to joining SVB in 2008, Taormino was a commercial lender with Comerica Bank where she was responsible for growing and maintaining a portfolio in its Peninsula Regional office.

    A graduate of Santa Clara University, she holds a bachelor's degree in commerce with a major in finance and minors in international business and Spanish.

  • SCU Women in Business presents "Entrepreneur Marketplace"
    4:30 - 7:30 pm, Lucas Hall (no RSVP, all are welcome!)

    A dash of craft fair, a smidge of trade show, and a ton of unique vendors, this market has it all for that special occasion, everyday alluring accessory, or hard to find holiday gift!
  • Clare Brubaker presents "GSJHCC Work on VC Funding"
    4:30-5:30 pm, Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126 (no RSVP, all are welcome!)

    Claire Brubaker is one of the 2010 Global Fellows involved with the Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GSJHCC), which works globally to stimulate trade and sustainable development projects. She will be talking about the sponsoring organization and will be presenting her work on defining a venture capital fund to invest in Central and South America-based projects that they will be investing over the next several months.

  • CSTS Presents World of Good Development Organization Presentation
    4:30-6:30 pm, Nobili Hall

    The Center for Science, Technology and Society presents Audrey Seagraves, Executive Director of World of Good Development Organization, for a speaker event.  Audrey is an alumnus of the Global Social Benefit Incubator and was a 2009 Tech Awards Laureate cash prize winner.  Please click here for more information.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

  • CIE presents Office Hours for Entrepreneurs
    12pm - 2pm, Lucas Hall 108 & 110

    Silicon Valley angel investor Andy Bartley and Jim Thompson will review your business plan, pitch, and answer questions in 20-minute one-on-one sessions. To schedule your appointment, send your 3 available meeting time preferences and a five-slide deck or one-page executive summary to Linda Jenkins at 
    Meeting Times (submit 3): Noon-12:20pm, 12:20-12:40pm, 12:45-1:05pm, 1:05-1:25pm, 1:30-1:55pm

    Andy Bartley

    Andy is an Associate at The Angels Forum and The Halo Funds.  He is responsible for sourcing and identifying potential investment opportunities in the life sciences, high tech, and consumer product spaces.  Andy is actively involved in the evaluation of businesses seeking seed/early stage financing.  He enjoys working with promising entrepreneurs to help them develop investor-oriented pitch decks and presentations. Prior to joining TAF Andy worked for Stryker Endoscopy.  He has a MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Biological Engineering from Oregon State University.

    Jim Thompson

    Jim has more than 25 years of international strategy consulting experience.  He has worked with most of the top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the world, although he prefers working with startup and emerging companies in all industries.  His areas of expertise are in business planning, new product planning and business development, where he helps companies to identify and evaluate growth opportunities and implement revenue-generating activities.  Jim was most recently a Director with Navigant Consulting's Life Science Strategy Practice, where led the practice's business development activities.  Prior to his role at Navigant, he was a Partner at Front Line Strategic Consulting and was instrumental in its growth and sale to Navigant Consulting.  He earned an MBA from UC Berkeley while also working full time, and a BA in molecular biology with a minor in chemistry from San Jose State University.  Jim currently divides his time between consulting and investment activities.

    Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • SCU Women in Business presents "Entrepreneur Marketplace"
    4:30 - 7:30 pm, Lucas Hall (no RSVP, all are welcome!)

    A dash of craft fair, a smidge of trade show, and a ton of unique vendors, this market has it all for that special occasion, everyday alluring accessory, or hard to find holiday gift!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

  • CIE presents "Ethics & the Start-up"

    Co-sponsored by the Markula Center of Applied Ethics
    12pm - 1pm, Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126
    Bring your own lunch, we'll provide dessert.
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    Learn about Five Ethical Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs Today in this informative lecture with guest speakers Bryan Wargo and Kevin Beals.

    Bryan Wargo, CEO
    Bryan Wargo, co-founder and CEO of Nearbuy, has been focused on the promise of the mobile Internet for more than ten years. Before founding Nearbuy, he served as the general manager of Aruba's AirWave product line focused on multi-vendor wireless management systems. Bryan came to Aruba via the AirWave Wireless acquisition, where he was Vice President of Sales & Business Development since 2002. Prior to AirWave, Bryan successfully founded 2Roam to address the proliferation of mobile Internet devices and the profound effect they have on enterprise computing. Bryan also served as senior business development manager for VeriFone's e-commerce software products and was a territory manager for Hewlett-Packard's Unix division. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

    Kevin Beals, CFO
    Kevin joins Nearbuy with over fifteen years of finance and operations experience, the last ten years in executive level positions of both private and public companies.Prior to Nearbuy, Kevin was the Worldwide Sales Controller for Aruba Networks.He joined Aruba after they acquired his previous company, AirWave Wireless, where he was the VP of Finance.Kevin got his entrepreneurial start as co-founder and CFO of 2Roam Inc., which was sold in 2002.He started his career in public accounting, where he earned his CPA license and was an audit manager at Frank, Rimerman and Co.Kevin holds a BSC in Accounting from Santa Clara University

  • CIE Fall Speaker Series with Cheryl Breetwor-Evans
    Recital Hall, Program begins at 7 pm
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    Event Agenda
    6:30 pm-7:00 pm  Check In/Registration (complimentary desserts & punch)
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm  Program & Speaker Presentation
    8:00 pm-8:20 pm  Question & Answer Session
    8:20 pm-8:30 pm  Closing Remarks

    Speaker: Cheryl Breetwor-Evans, Co-Founder of ShareData (acquired by E*Trade)
    Cheryl Breetwor Evans

    Cheryl Breetwor-Evans began her professional career as an elementary school teacher.  After earning her MBA from Santa Clara University in 1978, she went to work for Rolm Corporation as their Manager of Investor Relations and Insurance.  In 1981 she left Rolm and began consulting in the area of employee stock plans. In a joint venture with Ross Systems, Apple Computer, and Intel, she developed the first employee stock option accounting system.  In 1984 she teamed up with Pat Ontko to form ShareData, a stock equity management system, and together they brought a pc-based stock option accounting system to the market. Fourteen years later, when the company had 150 employees, more than 1500 customers, and annual revenues of $20,000,000, it was acquired by E*Trade.

    In 1998 Cheryl was recognized by the Career Action Center as Woman of the Year and by Santa Clara as MBA alumna of the year.  She was also a 2008 recipient of the SCU Leavey School of Business Leader's Legacy Award.  Cheryl helped launch Santa Clara University's Certified Equity Professionals Institute, now one of the leading certification programs in the nation for equity compensation professionals.   Her expertise is often tapped by congressional staff and industry leaders when addressing employee stock options. After the E*Trade acquisition, Cheryl happily retired to spend time with her two children Alyssa and Aaron and begin a new career volunteering.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

  • CIE presents Office Hours for Entrepreneurs
    12pm - 1:30pm, Lucas Hall 110 & 108

    Scott Barneson of EMC2 and CIE Executive Director Dan Aguiar will review your business plan, pitch, and answer questions in 20-minute one-on-one sessions. To schedule your appointment, send your 3 available meeting time preferences and a five-slide deck or one-page executive summary to Linda Jenkins at  Meeting Times (submit 3): Noon-12:20pm, 12:20-12:40 pm, 12:45-1:05 pm, 1:05-1:25 pm, 1:30-1:50pm

    Scott Barneson
    Scott has spent the past 5 years at EMC and most recently moved to a business development role where he works exclusively with VMware. Previously Scott spent three years in EMC lonix where he was responsible for acquisitions and investments. In this role Scott was tasked with contributing to all phases of the acquisition including identification of candidates, evaluation of business & technology, business case creaton, M&A Committee approval, due diligence activities and organizational integration. He played a key role in the acquisition of Infra, Voyence, Configuresoft and FastScale and also led the first strategic investment made by Ionix. After two years in Hopkinton, Scott is back in the Bay Area and based in Santa Clara and Palo Alto.  Prior to joining EMC, Scott spent the majority of his career carrying a quota at a Fortune 500 company as well as a startup. Scott graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Operations and Management Information Systems. He lives in Saratoga with his wife, son, and chocolate lab.

    Dan Aguiar is the Dean's Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs.   In this role, Dan teaches courses in entrepreneurship and is responsible for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, our new California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE), as well as growing and promoting our entrepreneurship curriculum.   A successful entrepreneur himself, Dan founded Front Line Strategic Consulting in 1992, growing the firm to a client base of more than 200 clients, $10 million in revenue and 50 employees. He sold the company to Navigant Consulting in 2004 and remained as a managing director, developing the company’s life science consulting division into a world leader.  Prior to founding Front Line, Dan served as director of strategic planning and corporate development at Pharmetrix in Menlo Park, and as a managing consultant for consumer products for Swander, Pace and Company, a private equity firm. He was also a consultant with SRI International after working as a research associate at UC Davis Cooperative Extension.   Dan is also a former Santa Clara University lecturer in Strategic Marketing Management and International Marketing in the MBA program from 1994 to 1999.  Dan earned his MBA from UC Berkeley, his MS in Agricultural Economics at UC Davis, and received dual undergraduate degrees in Agricultural and Managerial Economics, and History, from UC Davis.  View Dan's full profile here

    Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition
    7-9 pm, Daly Science 206

    The Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization is hosting its annual Elevator Pitch Competition on November 18. Your ideas can win you $250 in 90 seconds! Contestants must apply by November 8, at Screening interviews will be held on November 10 and 11.


Friday, November 19, 2010

  • CIE presents Field Trip Friday

    9:45am Bus Departure-Noon Return to SCU, Transportation to/from Lucas Hall Included

    Join us for a field trip to the Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale for a tour of the facilities, meet the entrepreneurs, learn about internship opportunities and what Plug & Play offers entrepreneurs, and more!  We'll then make a stop at Hacker DoJo in Mountain View before returning to campus at approximately Noon.    Seating is limited, sign up via email to Linda Jenkins (include FIELD TRIP in the subject line) ASAP to reserve your seat!

    About Plug and Play Tech Center:  Plug and Play is a technology accelerator supporting 300+ startups in Silicon Valley providing all business services including flexible real estate, data center, recruiting services and heightened exposure to investment, corporate, and advisory partners.   Plug and Play Tech Center team is very passionate about educating on the Silicon Valley ecosystem and Entrepreneurship, with an ultimate goal of helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and become globally successful.  For nearly 3 decades, Plug and Play management has played a direct and significant role in starting over 50 successful ventures in Silicon Valley and around the world. Over the years, we have assembled a world-class network of serial entrepreneurs, strategic investors, and industry leaders who actively assist our portfolio as Entrepreneur Partners and Advisors.

    About Hacker DoJo:  Hacker Dojo is a community of engineers, artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and other creative people centered around a co-working and social facility in Mountain View, CA.  In 2009, several people came together with a similar vision for starting a non-profit community center for geeks.  David Weekly had a vision for a community center called "Hacker Dojo" where people could teach each other in the art of computer programming (he even had a signed burned into wood in 2002 to capture the idea - that sign hangs in the Dojo today)! Jeff had been inspired by SuperHappyDevHouse, and wanted a physical manifestation of that spirit.  Brian Klug had wanted to lease a space on Castro St in 2008 for his own hippie vision, but was unable to finance the operation alone.  Like minds started talking and a ridiculous snowball of momentum began.  A wiki was made.  A Google Group was started.  The Founding Directors and several others (including Dean Mao, Nathan Schmidt, and Zonker) were noted as having a particular passion for the vision. The group (varied in size between 10 and 30 people) started meeting regularly, usually at PBworks HQ in San Mateo.  The mailing list was crucial in keeping the group organized and communicating often.  The group started looking for spaces, figuring out corporate structure (the infamous LLC vs. Corporation question), deciding between 501c3 and 501c6 etc.

    The CIE is planning to offer additional field trips in Winter and Spring quarters.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

  • Entrepreneurs Connection hosts internal Venture Capital Investment Competition
    8 am-5 pm, Lucas Hall

    The Entrepreneurs' Connection invites all SCU graduate students to participate the in internal Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC). The winning team will compete in the regional event. The Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) is, in essence, a "reverse business plan competition". Compared to a traditional business plan competition, where teams participate as entrepreneurs seeking venture capital funding, student teams in the VCIC assume the role of venture capitalists and evaluate and "fund" investment opportunities. Select teams evaluate real business opportunities presented by entrepreneurs currently seeking funding, while being judged by experienced venture capitalists. VCIC is a rigorous and enriching experience not to be missed.  For information on how you can volunteer to help, contact

    Key Dates
    - Application Deadline - November 1st 2010 11:59pm, Monday
    - Mandatory training - November 5th, Friday
    - Internal VCIC - November 20th 2010, Sat, 8am - 5pm
    - Regional VCIC - March 4th 2011, Friday