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2010 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur

Congratulations to 2010 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur Joel Ching

Joel Ching Named 2010 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur

Joel Ching and Dan Aguiar, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs

Congratulations to 2010 Outstanding Student Entrepreneur Joel Ching!  This honor is awarded by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to a graduating student enrolled in the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program in recognition of significant achievements in the program, acknowledgment of accomplishments in entrepreneurship and the promise of future success.   

An exemplary model of the entrepreneurial spirit, Joel has been a standout student with his own startup, Koa Notes, his participation in multiple business plan and elevator pitch competitions, and his contributions to both the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the undergraduate student entrepreneurship club the SCEO.

Joel recently served as the Director of the Oahu Camp BizSmart, a two-week innovative entrepreneurial and leadership academy where students age 11-15 learn to compete in a global economy with the core values of teaching business and entrepreneurial skills grounded in character, courage and citizenship. The CIE is a proud sponsor of the Santa Clara Camp Biz Smart to be held on campus in August. 

Camp BizSmart founders Dr. Michael Gibbs and Peggy Gibbs first met Joel when Camp BizSmart was barely a year old, as they were recruiting bright, curious and smart Santa Clara business students to help them grow. Knowing he was from Hawaii, they immediately began thinking of running a camp on Oahu, and Joel said: "sure, why not".   He did an outstanding job, inspiring a small, eager band of "tweenpreneurs" on the island of Oahu to come up with some really cool ideas, which the students pitched live to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

In addition to being on board for a second year of directing the Hawaii Camp BizSmart, Joel will spend a year in Japan to teach English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Porgramme (JET Programme) before returning to the Santa Clara area. 

He has been an ambassador of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a true role model for students in the program. Joel will receive this award at the Leavey School of Business Senior Awards Ceremony on June 11 with a presentation by Dr. Michael Gibbs.  He was awarded a separate certificate at the June CIE Advisory Board meeting.