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  •  Bay Area Chocolate-Startup Entrepreneur Shares "The Business of Chocolate" Feb. 16

    Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 12:23 PM

    The co-owner of a startup company that is one of the few small-batch “bean-to-bar” chocolate manufacturers in the Bay Area, will be the featured speaker Thursday, Feb. 16 at Santa Clara University’s Food and Agribusiness Institute.

    San Jose resident Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolate will share his story of creating a chocolate business in a friend’s East Palo Alto garage, using cacao beans from Madagascar, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Colombia and Bolivia.

    The event is entitled “The Business of Chocolate,” and is part of a regular quarterly series on the business of various food industries, presented by the Food and Agribusiness Institute at SCU’s Leavey School of Business.

    It will take place Feb. 16 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Lucas Hall, Room 126, Santa Clara University campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053. Following the talk, there will be a tasting of Dandelion Chocolate products.

    Masonis and his business partner Cameron Ring  sold their previous startup, Internet address book Plaxo, to Comcast in 2008. They opened production of Dandelion Chocolate in 2010, and are moving later this year to a new factory and café in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their team travels regularly to cocoa plants where the pods are grown and harvested for cacao beans, in an effort to ensure that the farmers use fair practices.

    Their product is currently for sale in more than a dozen outlets in California, Oregon, New York, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia.

    The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University's Leavey School of Business.

    About the Santa Clara University School of Business
    The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1923, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business, MBA and Executive MBA programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation by BusinessWeek, U.S. News, Princeton Review, and others. The curriculum at all levels emphasizes the leadership role of business in creating prosperity within an ethical framework, as well as business responsibilities for social justice and sustainability in the global marketplace. The School opened its $49 million building for undergraduate, graduate, and professional business education in Fall 2008. For more information, see www.scu.edu/business/

    Media Contact:
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | dlohse@scu.edu | 408-554-5121
     

  •  From Doggie Vitamin Water to Electric Car Garages : 29 Startups Kickoff Entrepreneurship Training This Weekend

    Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011 5:23 PM

    Armed with the zeal of the startup and the drive to create jobs in California, some 29 entrepreneurs from around the state will kick off the second fully subsidized California Program for Entrepreneurs (CAPE) this weekend at Santa Clara University.

    Class members of 2011 are trying to build businesses in everything from allergy alerts to fashionable grocery totes, cancer treatment systems to wind-farm power storage. The cohort arrives on campus Friday, July 15, for orientation and the first of four weekends of on-site classes.

    Through November the group will participate free of charge in a series of classes, workshops, mentorships and networking led by Santa Clara business faculty and augmented by the unique Silicon Valley connections of the University's Leavey School of Business.

    Later in the summer they will be on campus for an intensive week of workshops and training, followed by a $5,000 business “pitch” competition in November.

    With our faculty equipping these new business leaders with marketing, finance, operations, and strategic management expertise, these innovations will soon be in the marketplace and adding to California’s economic well-being,” said Daniel Aguiar, co-founder of CAPE and executive director of the business school's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which puts on the program.

    “Consumers are looking for products and services which help them improve health, reduce energy consumption, and manage increasingly complex technology,” he added. “Our participants have innovative ideas to meet these needs.”

    The success of the 2010 CAPE pilot inspired the growth of its second group.

    “Members of our first class have gone on to place their products with major retailers and move into national networks,” said Drew Starbird, business school dean and co-founder of the program, “This program helps lead the way to prosperity for communities around California."

    The program’s expansion was supported by members of the Leavey School of Business Advisory Board, who provided scholarships for the 2011 participants. The school’s Executive Development Center also has continued its generous subsidy of the course.

    Media Contact:

    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | 408-554-5121 | dlohse@scu.edu

     
     

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