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The CIE Brings Global Entrepreneurship Week to the Heart of Silicon Valley
with Activities that inspire, connect, inform and mentor

SCU joined a 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, the international initiative encompassed than 70 countries in a mission to inspire, connect, inform and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs under the age of 30.

This year, events included the return of CIE daily brown bag lunch seminars, the CIE Speaker Series and undergraduate elevator pitch competition, a graduate internal VCIC(R) competition, a full-day conference and social entrepreneurship seminar.  Please click on the events below for photos and additional details.

Brown Bag Seminars:  The daily brown bag seminars featured different speakers each day sharing their stories. 

CIE Speaker Series & SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition:  The CIE partnered with the SCEO  to present an Elevator Pitch Competition featuring 6 finalists each delivering a 90-second elevator pitch to a team of judges for a $250 prize.  A $100 sustainability prize was also awarded.  Keynote address provided by Bryan Neider '78, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of EA Games Label, Electronic Arts.

Internal VCIC® Competition:  The CIE and graduate student network Entrepreneurs Connection (MBA EC), together with the Leavey School of Business Graduate Business Program presented the internal Venture Capital Investment Competition, a first-round competition to evaluate student VC teams to determine the team to represent SCU at the Silicon Valley regional competition of the international 2010 VCIC®.

Conference The Center for Science, Technology & Society presented their Fall Conference Change That Counts: Building Sustainable Social Business.  

Social Entrepreneurship Seminar:  The Graduate Real Estate Network invited author Elena Panaritis for their seminar Unlocking Illiquid Real Estate Assets.

"Global Entrepreneurship Week allows us to showcase SCU's entrepreneurial  leadership and innovative student programs through a variety of events," says CIE Director Kevin Holmes. "Overall, I think these events were really effective in inspiring our students and the campus community."

Many thanks to all of our presenters, partners and co-sponsors, event attendees and participants, and student competition judges Bryan Neider, Preet Anand, Dennis Capovilla, Derek Dukes, Gopikrishna Mamidipudi, BV Jagadeesh and Dr. Michael Gibbs. 


MBA Entrepreneurs' Connection Prepares to Host the VCIC® Silicon Valley Regional

With their Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) team selected and in training, members of the MBA Entrepreneurs’ Connection (EC) are now gearing up to host the Silicon Valley regional in February at Santa Clara University. The VCIC is the nation’s premier strategy competition for venture-minded and entrepreneurial MBA students and a wonderful opportunity to showcase Santa Clara’s entrepreneurial talent and leadership─and you can help make it a success.  Watch our website for more information in 2010!

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