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The Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization (SCEO) provides a forum for networking and learning outside of the classroom.  The CIE works together with the club to bring exciting networking events, competitions, lectures and unique opportunities to aspiring entrepreneurs of all majors.

Dan Aguiar, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, serves as SCEO Advisor and the CIE is the club sponsor.  Please click here for a message from CIE Advisory Board Member Marc van den Berg. 

2015-2016 SCEO Officers

Molly Merkin '16
Will Tylko '17

Riley Parsons

Elizabeth Anderson

Laura LaBombarda

Shyam Mervana

Ryan Rishi



2015 SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition Recap

2015 SCEO Elevator Pitch CompetitionTuesday night, November 17th, marked the annual SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition. The evening began at6pmin Lucas 126 with a room full of over 30 students both observing and pitching for the event. SCEO Co- President, Molly Merkin, MC-ed the event and announced SCEO's Winter Trio Series, which will showcase three separate meetings with speakers who will advise students on how to bring their ideas to prototypes, how to finance their ideas, and finally how to launch their products. Four judges (past and present SCEO presidents) were able to graciously attend the event: John Tylko, Mark Eggenberger, Bret Gladfelt, and Will Tylko.

The pitches began after a brief reminder of the competition rules ( 60 seconds to pitch and 60 second for judges questions). 10 students pitched their finest business ideas. Competitors included:
  • Jonathan Bedard2015 SCEO EP comp winner
  • Abhay Gupta
  • Gianluca Mauro
  • Jeremy Chung
  • Milan Copic
  • Alexander Adranly
  • Shivam Desai
  • Jason Back and Neil Datar
  • Roshan Rama
  • Nick LoGrassa
  • Sam Militello
  • Hunter Straine
After many flawless pitches, the judges deliberated and came to a verdict of two honorable mentions and one winner. The honorable mentions included Gianluca Mauro and his idea on who to motivate for students to save energy when on college campuses and Hunter Straine for his idea for a revolutionary safe-cup which measure alcohol intake.

The Grand Prize of $250.00 was awarded to Jason Back and Neil Datar, who pitched on a safe-ride pedicab system coined Buck Shaw, which utilizes flex and works directly with campus safely shuttle students up to a half mile radius off of Santa Clara University's  campus.

Thanks to our sponsor--the CIE for providing the prize money and the refreshments!

~ Molly Merkin '16
SCEO Co-President
2015 SCEO EP Comp 2
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Next Event:

$250 Elevator Pitch Competition!

Tuesday, November 17
6-8 pm
Lucas 126

Your idea-30 seconds-best idea wins!

Register to Participate in the Competition Here!

2015-16 General Meetings & Activities Schedule:

Fall Quarter:

Tuesday, October 13, 6-7 pm, Lucas 125
General Meeting

Tuesday, November 17, 6-8 pm, Lucas 126
Elevator Pitch Competition

Winter Quarter:

Tuesday, January 12, 6-7 pm, Lucas 125
General Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 6-7 pm, Lucas 125
General Meeting

Tuesday, March 1, 6-7 pm, Lucas 125
General Meeting

Spring Quarter:

Tuesday, April 5, 6-7 pm, Lucas 125
General Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 6-7 pm, Lucas 125
General Meeting

Tuesday, May 24, 6-8 pm, Lucas 126
SCEO/Engineering Social






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From SCEO 2009-2010 Co-President Bret Gladfelty:

"The SCEO is here to get students to think outside the box and connect to give direction and help promote the concept of entrepreneurship regardless of major.  

An established Business Student Association in the Leavey School of Business, we focus on advancing entrepreneurship with competitions, business endeavors and workshops. Our elevator pitch competition with a $250 prize to the top idea is just one of the many opportunities available.  A core group of members attended the CEO conference in Chicago and we look forward to putting the knowledge and connections we established there into practice with all of you as we move forward."