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  •  SCU Seniors Working for Themselves after Graduation

    Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 3:15 PM

    From making T-shirts to matching up nonprofits with needy groups around the world, a number of soon-to-be SCU grads are planning to spend their time after graduation building and working at businesses they created while on campus. 

    Josh Bois, a graduating senior in the OMIS department, will spend this summer ramping up a business that he’s built over the past three years or so -- Global Good Media, part of the Global Good Group network -- with an Atlanta-based partner. Their marketing and consulting business has helped about 100 businesses in the U.S. and worldwide with services including website management, search-engine optimization, technology consulting and social-media marketing. The company uses the services of about 10 graduate-student interns, and currently has about a dozen ongoing clients. 

    An entrepreneur since high school, Bois received a certificate in entrepreneurship from SCU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which he praises for providing him with “great networking opportunities,” including contacts at venture-capital firms. 

    He expects the business to grow to support him after he moves back to his hometown of Orange County, and credits Santa Clara University with making him feel empowered for the future. “My business’s mission is to change the world by connecting people, businesses and information around the world,” he said. "Santa Clara helped me feel I can achieve that."

    Finance major Sol Tran, who just won CIE’s Outstanding Student Entrepreneur award, will be working on a business called SocialOven, which will use proprietary technology and his own skill at analyzing Facebook advertising opportunities to place ads for retailers and other companies strategically on Facebook pages. He’s doing similar work for another company at the moment, but he says they’ve worked out a deal where he’ll strike out on his own soon.

    “Eventually I’m going to want to build my own product and make it more sophisticated,” he says. “I’ll either find an angel investor or work a side job and gather the funds I need.”

    Another graduating student, Michael Kawamoto, will continue to work on his T-shirt business, Aloha Coterie, as a part-time endeavor when he’s not busy with his new full-time job in PricewaterhouseCooper’s tax department.

    Kawamoto has printed over 2,000 shirts for groups at SCU and other schools, and donates a portion of the proceeds toward raising $5,000 for the charity:water organization, which works on what Kawamoto calls the “oftentimes overlooked crisis” of clean water access worldwide.

    Daniel Aguiar, director of entrepreneurship programs at the Leavey School of Business, says entrepreneurship is picking up at SCU, with a rise in membership in the student club, a strong increase in internship opportunities at startups around Silicon Valley, and a revamped CIE to help with resources and classes.

    “The potential has always been here for significant entrepreneurship taking root here at SCU,” said Aguiar. “I think the years ahead are going to be very exciting for SCU-grown entrepreneurs.” 

    May 31, 2011

  •  Students Brenda Alba and Andrew Peterson Seleted as First Chevron Global Fellows

    Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011 12:00 PM

    Students Andrew Peterson and Brenda Alba have been selected as the first Chevron Global Fellows in the Leavey School of Business Global Fellows program.  Chevron Corporation recently became a corporate sponsor of the Global Fellows program, which places undergraduates with international not-for-profit organizations during the summer.  The pair will work with Blue Energy, a company providing safe water resources and rural electrification through solar and wind power to Bluefields, Nicaragua and its surrounding villages, in eastern Nicaragua this summer.  There they will help produce more than 200 family water filtration systems and lead water- safety seminars.  

    Global Fellows students met with one of Chevron’s top executives in April.  David Reeves, president of the Strategy, Technology, and Commercial Integration business for Chevron and a member of the Leavey Advisory Board, was a guest speaker in the Global Fellows class, speaking about growing global energy requirements.  In preparation, the students completed an energy simulation game before class and read a report from the National Petroleum Council titled “Facing the Hard Truths about Energy.”

    To learn more about the Global Fellows program, contact Linda Alepin, program director, at lalepin@scu.edu

    Learn more about the Leavey School of Business Global Fellows Program here >>
    The energy simulation game can be found here >>
    Learn about Chevron’s University Partnership Program here >>

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