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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 lectures, seminars, office hours with Silicon Valley executives and investors, the CIE Speaker Series, partnerships with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Global Women's Leadership Center, CIE Field Trip Friday, an Entrepreneur Marketplace, an undergraduate elevator pitch competition and a graduate internal VCIC(R) competition.  

Monday: State of the Financial Markets with Katie Taormino, Director, Venture Capital Group, SVB Capital
Please see below for a copy of this presentation generously shared by Katie Taormino. 
About the Speaker:  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.

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Tuesday & Thursday:  Office Hours for Entrepreneurs

The CIE invited students to a unique opportunity for one-on-one sessions with Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs and investors who reviewed business plans, executive summaries, pitch presentations and ideas and answered questions.  Thank you to our Silicon Valley partners who generously volunteered their time and talent to offer this tremendous opportunity to the SCU community:  Andy Bartley, Jim Thompson, Scott Barneson and Dan Aguiar.  For bios and background information on any of our volunteers, please visit our GEW Activities Schedule.


Wednesday: Ethics and the Entrepreneur-Five Ethical Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs, Co-Sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The CIE partnered with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics to bring alumni Bryan Wargo (CEO) and Kevin Beals (CFO) of Nearbuy.  Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Hackworth Fellow Meghan Skarzynski provided the speaker introductions.  

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For background on Bryan and Kevin, please visit our GEW Activities Page.

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Wednesday: CIE Speaker Series Featuring Cheryl Breetwor-Evans  

Leavey School of Business Dean Drew Starbird (left) and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs Dan Aguiar (right) welcomed Cheryl Breetwor Evans (MBA '78), co-founder of ShareData, Inc., which was acquired by E*Trade. 

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For additional information and speaker bio, please visit our Fall CIE Speaker Series Page. 

Field Trip Friday:  Hacker DoJo and Plug and Play Tech Center

The CIE took to the road for Field Trip Friday, visiting Hacker DoJo in Mountain View and the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale. 

The trip started with Hacker DoJo, a community of engineers, artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and other creative people centered around a co-working and social facility.  Throughout the tour, the group enjoyed hearing about the various offerings and activities of "the Dojo,"  saw one entrepreneur's 3-D printer, and received a demo of YourVersion from Co-Founder Chris Haase (below).





Additional Global Entrepreneurship Week events included: 

  • SCU Women in Business presents "Entrepreneur Marketplace"
    This two-day event featured 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"
    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 presented information  about the sponsoring organization and also her work on defining a venture capital fund to invest in Central and South America-based projects that they will be developing over the next several months.
  • CSTS Presents World of Good Development Organization Presentation
    The Center for Science, Technology and Society brought Audrey Seagraves, Executive Director of World of Good Development Organization, to campus 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.
  • SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition
    The Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization hosted its annual Elevator Pitch Competition on November 18, where student ideas can result in $250 for a 90 second pitch!
  • Entrepreneurs Connection hosts internal Venture Capital Investment Competition
    The Entrepreneurs' Connection invited all SCU graduate students to participate the in internal Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC®) with the winning team to 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
    Congratulations to Team Alpha, now in the process of prepping for the regional leg of this competition through coaching and guidance by the CIE and our volunteer Silicon Valley community leaders. Team Alpha Members:  Ganesan Velajan, Kamal Koliya, Rosy Bagai, Ravinder Kumar, Kannan Ananthanarayanan.

Many thanks to all of our presenters, co-sponsors, judges, tour hosts, event attendees and competition participants. 


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