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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Spring Quarter '09 Newsletter



Legendary venture capitalist and philanthropist Don Lucas can be proud of the accomplishments Bronco entrepreneurs have made during their first year in the new business school building that bears his name. 

Against a backdrop of rising business school rankings, students enrolled in our undergraduate, graduate and executive entrepreneurship programs have been busy.  I hope you'll take your time to explore this edition of the CIE newsletter and learn more about their activities and achievements.

As the academic year comes to a close I'd also like to congratulate the 2008-2009 graduates of our entrepreneurship programs and thank our faculty, staff, alumni and friends for their investment in the future leaders of Silicon Valley. 


Kevin Holmes '01
"Connect. Educate. Launch."


2009 Founders Award Call for Nominations

The annual Founders Award recognizes significant contributions by Santa Clara University alumni whose innovation and entrepreneurship have advanced Silicon Valley's business community and contributed to a more just and sustainable future.  Continue reading

CTE Class of 2009 Readies for Entrepreneurial Pursuits

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The CIE recently hosted a graduation ceremony for the fifteen visiting scholars who completed the six-month Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship program. 

The ceremony included final presentations by the students as well as remarks from CIE Director Kevin Holmes and CTE Program Manager Nick Kurns. Leavey School of Business Dean Barry Z. Posner also addressed the group and provided each scholar with an autographed copy of his book "A Leader's Legacy."   Continue reading.

Entrepreneurs Will Lead Economy Out of Downturn

Steve Foster

by Steve Foster '84, CIE Advisory Board Chairman
Managing Partner, Texas Pacific Group Ventures

As we traverse difficult economic times, it is important to remember that the majority of new job creation in our economy will most likely come from entrepreneurs.   An important part of the economic success of the USA has been the willingness of individuals to embrace the uncertainty that comes with what Schumpeter called 'creative destruction'.  Continue reading

SCU Team Places Third in 2009 VCIC Silicon Valley Regional Finals

2009 vcic bracket

Congratulations to Santa Clara University team WAMBA-1 Ventures for placing third in the Silicon Valley leg of this competition being named Entrepreneurs' Choice. Continue reading

Edison's Innovations and the Evolution of Fox Head Inc. Close Out CIE Speaker Series Season

Sarah Miller CaldicottSarah Miller Caldicott

undefined The Fox Family

The 2008-2009 CIE Speaker Series recently closed with presentations by Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison, and Geoff Fox '62, founder of Fox Head Inc./Fox Racing. Continue reading

How to Win an Elevator Pitch Competition

by Dylan Salisbury, 2009 MBA Elevator Pitch Champion

Congratulations to Dylan Salisbury, who took home the top prize in the elevator pitch competition organized by the Entrepreneurs' Connection Executive Team.

Elevator Pitch
Elizabeth Ford, Senior Assistant Dean, Leavey School of Business Graduate Programs (left) and EC President Swetha Sirupa congratulate Dylan Salisbury.  Continue reading

The Perennial Gale of Creative Distruction

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by Marc van den Berg '83, CIE Advisory Board Member

SCEO Chair
Managing Director, Vantage Point Venture Partners

Entrepreneurship can be broadly described as the practice of starting new business or organizations (or revitalizing mature organizations) generally in response to identified opportunities.  This is often a difficult undertaking as a majority of new businesses fail.  What makes entrepreneurship education distinctive is its focus on realization of opportunity, where management education is focused on the best way to operate existing hierarchies. Continue reading

Marthin DeBeer on Bringing Cisco TelePresence to Market

Marthin DeBeer

As Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers prepares to give the upcoming 2009 undergraduate commencement address, graduate students recently had an audience with Cisco Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Technologies Group Marthin De Beer. EC President Swetha Sirupa provided the welcome and introduction of DeBeer, the "secret force behind Cisco's TelePresence" at the EC Speaker Series.   Continue reading

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