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  •  Promising Businesses Sought for Free SCU Training Program

    Friday, May. 10, 2013 12:24 PM

    More than 35 California-based enterprises will be selected for six months of intensive entrepreneurship training led by Santa Clara University business school faculty in the 4th annual California Program for Entrepreneurship (CAPE), which begins in June.
     
    Participants attend classes, complete workshops, and are mentored by members of SCU's advisory boards, alumni and volunteer network. The program is available at no cost to accepted participants (apart from travel expenses to and from the University).  Applications will be accepted through May 1; the online form and details are found at www.scu.edu/business/cie/CAPE.cfm.
     
    “A successful Silicon Valley business doesn’t have to be high-tech, but most resources for entrepreneurs around the Bay Area are focused on how to develop the newest technology ,” said Daniel Aguiar, the executive director of the Santa Clara’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which created the CAPE program in 2010. “Our vision for entrepreneurial education is broader than that.”
     
    CAPE has proved to be a valuable training ground for businesses that seek an extra edge for marketing, strategizing, focusing on their business plan, or discovering finance options. Among businesses developed through CAPE over the last three years are:  a family business producing portable shower systems for mobility-impaired users; a gluten-free, vegan bakery; and a line of bio-nutritional soil treatment products for landscapers. More than 65 entrepreneurs have completed the program. 
     
    Selection is based on quality of the business concept, opportunity for growth and scalability, and potential to make an economic impact on the community. The participants will complete virtual exercises, work with faculty coaches and mentors, and join colleagues in two weekend sessions at Santa Clara University over the summer.
     
    In September the cohort will return to the campus for an intensive, week-long workshop, after which they will prepare their business ‘pitch’ before another onsite weekend session in October. The program culminates in a $5,000 business plan contest and completion ceremony in November.
     
    “For more than 150 years, California’s businesses have depended on Santa Clara University for people who put ideas to work,” said Drew Starbird, dean of the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. “CAPE is another way we help business—and the community—succeed.”
     
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    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | dlohse@scu.edu | 408-554-5121
     

  •  Two MS Degrees Announced

    Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 7:59 PM

    Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business will begin offering two new Master of Science degrees this summer, one in finance and one in entrepreneurship.

    The two new master’s degrees will complement the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems that are currently offered as advanced degrees by the Silicon Valley-based University.

    “With our nationally acclaimed faculty, location in Silicon Valley, and deep alumni ties, it was a natural for us to offer these two master’s degrees,” said S. Andrew Starbird, dean of the Leavey School of Business.  “The finance degree is ideal for students seeking deeper analytical understanding for today’s venture-capital and financial marketplace. And the entrepreneurship degree will give students vital knowledge to find new market opportunities, evaluate customer needs, and understand what’s required to ‘scale up’ a good idea.”

    The M.S. in Finance will include classes introducing students to sophisticated financial-statement analysis and understanding of U.S. and international financial markets and institutions. The M.S. in Entrepreneurship will offer classes in managing innovation, intellectual property and economics for business decisions. Both degrees will incorporate Santa Clara University’s longstanding emphasis on business ethics, including a course in business integrity and society.

    Classes will start July 8. More on the degrees can be found at www.scu.edu/business/msf/ or www.scu.edu/business/mse.

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