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  •  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

     
     

  •  New Business Leaders Sought for Entrepreneur Program

    Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 8:30 AM

    Building on the success of nearly 20 new business enterprises in last year’s California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE), Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business is accepting applications for the next highly selective six-month entrepreneurship program that begins in June 2011. (see www.scu.edu/business/cie/CAPE-Application.cfm)

    Up to 30 companies will be selected by May 1 to participate in a series of classes, workshops, mentorships and networking led by Santa Clara business faculty and augmented by the School’s unique connections with Silicon Valley.  Selection will be based on the following criteria: a well developed business idea (or business in startup mode), guided by experienced leaders, and with a high potential to make economic contributions within a year of completing the program.

    “By the end of this year, we will have provided California with 50 new job-creating organizations,” said Daniel Aguiar, executive director of the business school’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and a former entrepreneur. “This program is leading the way to prosperity for communities around California.”

    Emerging entrepreneurs are invited to apply for admission to the program by May 1. The  online application (www.scu.edu/business/cie/CAPE-Application.cfm) includes several exercises to assess potential for a successful launch. Applications will be screened by a committee of veteran entrepreneurs, funders, and faculty.

    Starting in June, CAPE participants will start virtual exercises, work with faculty coaches, and join colleagues in two weekend onsite sessions. In September, the cohort will come to the Santa Clara campus for an intensive, week-long workshop, after which they will prepare a business ‘pitch’ under the mentorship of individually matched Silicon Valley executives. Two post-workshop weekend sessions will prepare group members to compete in a $5,000 business plan contest in November. 

    “This curriculum equips the emerging entrepreneur with marketing, finance, and operations expertise essential to success in the marketplace,” said Aguiar. “The program also provides skills to navigate organizational dynamics, strategic management, and communication.”

    “Members of last year’s CAPE cohort saw their products fast-tracked to major retailers and national distributors,” said Drew Starbird, dean of the business school and co-creator of the program. “We are eager to see what this fresh group of new business people will add to our economy.”

    CAPE cohort members will participate in all classes, workshops, and events and no cost. Books, in-class materials, onsite meals, and housing for those who live outside driving distance to the University are also free of charge. Travel expenses to and from each session are not included in the program. The CAPE program is underwritten by the Leavey School of Business Executive Development Center and members of the School’s Advisory Board.

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