Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Graduate Student Network:  MBA Entrepreneurs Connection (MBA EC)

The Entrepreneurs Connection (EC) is a Santa Clara University MBA network which provides students and alumni with tools and knowledge and fuels a passion for innovation – inspiring the confidence to take ideas beyond concept.

2014-2015 Officers:

Pratik Shah

Our Leadership Team
  • Pratik Kahn, Entrepreneurs Connection PresidentPratik Shah, President
    Pratik is in the MBA program at Santa Clara's Leavey School of Business and has a Master’s degree in Telecom and Info Systems from University of Pittsburgh, PA. Being an entrepreneur himself, Pratik understands the importance of Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara and wants to harness his connections to provide best entrepreneurial experiences and programs to evangelize Entrepreneurs Connection (EC). He has been a part of California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE) where he developed a business plan that contribute to the growth and well-being of the California economy. He has also represented Santa Clara University at entrepreneurial competitions such as 'Lean Model SDSU,’  'SCEO,' and he won awards for "Best pitch to VC" and "Best Social App at BroncoHack."

    In his words: "My goal is to facilitate meaningful interactions among all graduate students and build long-lasting relationships between Santa Clara Graduate Business students and Silicon Valley communities."

    Pratik’s LinkedIn Profile
  • Caitlin O'Toole, Entrepreneurs Connection Vice President of OperationsCaitlin O'Toole, Vice President of Operations
    Caitlin recently completed her first year in the Emerging Professionals Program at SCU with expected graduation in Spring of 2016. She has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Gonzaga University with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resource Management. Her work experience includes social media marketing, material procurement, distribution and logistics, and operations management. She has completed the APICS requirements to obtain certificates in both Basic Supply Chain Management and Principles of Operations Management, and she has completed several courses and workshops with Lean Enterprise Institute. Caitlin has an interest in business strategy, relationship building, and lean operations management.

    Caitlin's LinkedIn Profile

  • Carlos San Miguel II, Entrepreneurs Connection Vice President of MarketingCarlos San Miquel II, Vice President of Marketing
    Carlos recently completed his first year in the evening MBA program at SCU and will graduate in the spring of 2016. He has a B.S in Political Science from SCU and is a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Carlos has over a decade experience in sales and senior sales management field's working primarily in the telecommunication industry. Carlos has an interest in venture capital, business development, and working with inspiring entrepreneurs.

    Carlos's Linkedin Profile

  • Cynthia Truong, Entrepreneurs Connections Vice President of Digital MarketingCynthia Truong, Vice President of Digital Marketing
    Cynthia has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and recently completed her first year in the Emerging Professional MBA program at SCU. She has a technical background, but also has tremendous experience in various forms of marketing efforts. Cynthia is looking forward to guiding others by efficiently communicating the value of the EC program to the right people and businesses. She has deep interest in extending business development knowledge and building life-long friendships with inspiring entrepreneurs.

    Cynthia's LinkedIn Profile

  • Silvi Soni, Entrepreneurs Connection Vice President of EventsSilvi Soni, Vice President of Events
    Silvi has a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the York University, Toronto, Canada. She started her MBA at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California in 2012 and transferred to Santa Clara University in Fall 2013. With her passion in data analysis and financial reporting Silvi is set to excel her concentration in Data Science and Business Analytics this year. She has an intellectually rewarding experience working as a research assistant for Loyola Marymount University and prior as a quality & internal control officer for Royal Bank of Canada. A proud mom of a charming daughter, she is fond of reading fiction and Indian classical dancing. A vivid social networker, Silvi takes pleasure in organizing social and professional events. Her favorite tagline is – "The best way to beat a challenge is to just do it!"

    Silvi's LinkedIn Profile

  • Samantha Prasad, Entrepreneurs Connection Vice President of Alumni RelationsSamantha Prasad, Vice President of Alumni Relations
    Sam is entering her second year in the Emerging Professionals MBA Program at SCU, and is focusing on Digital Marketing and e-Commerce. She has a B.S. in Marketing, with experience in communications, PR, and finance. Sam would like to work with fellow MBA students to create an entrepreneurship program that fosters innovative thinking and development opportunities.

    Sam's LinkedIn Profile

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Intrapreneurship Panel Event:  Friday, April 10


Join the Entrepreneurs Connection on Friday, April 10, 5:30-7:00 pm, in Lucas 126.  

Learn how innovation works internally within large organizations and network/connect with some of the Bay Area's most well-known tech companies.  Panelists include representatives from Google, Dell, CA Technologies, Cisco, ServiceMax, GE and SAP.  Dinner will be provided, all are welcome!

RSVP Here-We hope to see you!

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Kickoff Event:  VC Panel Discussion October 6

Join us for the Entrepreneurs Connection kickoff event this fall! We are hosting a panel of speakers that are leaders in the business world.

Would you believe that one of these leaders have innovated "multi-touch" that we use on our phones/ tablets everyday? Our four speakers include Sunir Kapoor (executive and entrepreneur), Alpesh Amin (Investment Director at Atlantic Bridge Capital), Nimish Mehta (Founder and CEO of LumenData), and Gary Jinks (President of the GLJ Group and Managing Director of South Valley Angels). Each of them will be highlighting the reasons why start ups fail and how entrepreneurs and MBA students can avoid these pitfalls. 

This is a great opportunity to network and learn from a group of individuals that have a wide array of business experience in various industries. Refreshments will be served!

Monday, October 6, 2014
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall 126

RSVP Here-We hope to see you!