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Director's Message

Welcome to Ciocca Center at Santa Clara University! Recently I’ve been watching a series on TV called “Genius” about Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. I am struck by how both Einstein and Picasso viewed the world so differently than their contemporaries and how so many of our social institutions (parenting, friend groups, school) seem implicitly designed to create conformity of thought and behavior.  

What if more people grew up feeling free to explore the world around them without the constraints of the status quo? In my experience, an Entrepreneurial Mindset is often guided by an ability to think differently, coupled with a willingness to take risks. In this issue, we have three interesting perspectives that offer insight into our willingness and ability to accept and manage risk. 

And speaking of risk, we are coming up soon on Earth Day (April 22nd), which is a good time for us all to consider our impact on our only habitable planet! I find the time around Earth Day to be a good opportunity to examine my own commitment and efforts to ensure our planet remains habitable. You might find the video series on energy that I created last year to be an interesting starting point: Earth Week.

Finally, we’ve got a little fun coming soon in the form of a Virtual Escape Room that will test your knowledge of SCU and your problem solving skills!

We are excited to bring you these stories and we welcome your feedback.

Keep reading,

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Chris Norris, Executive Director 
Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Perspectives
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Contextualizing Risk Tolerance

Professor Kat Saxton, Associate Professor (Biology Department and Public Health Program) focuses her research on the ways in which social experiences affect biology and health. This past year, she has offered Covid-19 insight in a weekly video series. She believes that an understanding of others' experience with risk will lead to better public health policies. Read the article

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Why NOT Take A Risk?

Steven Bucher '20 Computer Science and Engineering likes exact answers. He hates risk. However, he's learned that risk is always an element in business, so he's trying to develop a tolerance for it. Read the article. 


Broncos, Actually
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Taking Risks and the Pandemic

Double Bronco Courtney Robinson '12, MBA '15 started her company Caramel Caravan with a great product and a business plan. Shortly after partnering with a fellow MBA grad, the pandemic happened. She shares how her tolerance for risk has grown throughout her experience as an entrepreneur. Meet Courtney on May 11th! Watch her interview here.


Student Stories
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Business Pitch Competition

Do you have a business idea? Do you love competitions? Ciocca Center's Business Pitch Competition is the week of May 17th, with workshops and practice sessions leading up to it. SCU students from all disciplines are welcome! Multiple prizes are being awarded - including Most Interdisciplinary and Greatest Social Benefit. Apply now! 

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Idea School

Idea School is back, starting April 28th! This 6-week program teaches the tools you need to turn your idea into a business plan. Idea School is open to anyone in our SCU community, and is about what happens before you start developing your product, before you incorporate, maybe even before you choose a name. All you need to have is your idea! Register now! 

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Virtual Escape Room

Tired of Zoom? Grab some friends and sign up for Ciocca Center's virtual escape room. Journey across campus via rocketship, gathering clues and solving puzzles along the way. Can your team launch? Sign up here. Please contact cioccacenter@scu.edu with any questions.

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Student Advisory Board

Congratulations to graduating seniors and Student Advisory Board co-chairs, Sameehah Hussain '21 MIS and Steven Bucher '21 COEN. As inaugural co-chairs, they created a structure for, recruited, and led a 23 person interdisciplinary board. Amazing! After graduation, Steven will work at Microsoft as a Program Manager and Sameehah will be a Business Analyst at Ernst & Young.   

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We Need You!

Ciocca Center's Student Advisory Board is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are interested in guiding innovation and shaping an entrepreneurial mindset on campus, this is the opportunity for you! Apply now. Please reach out to sabucher@scu.edu or shussain@scu.edu with any questions. 

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What's Happening at the BVA?

Accelerator Prep School graduation is taking place May 6th. All are welcome. Event will be livestreamed!

SCU's Bronco Venture Accelerator will be taking place this summer. Applications will open in May. Learn more here.


A Well Lighted Place
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Design Thinking for Faculty and Staff

Interested in Design Thinking? Ciocca Center is sponsoring SCU faculty and staff for enrollment in any of 3 intro Design Thinking courses through IDEO U. Courses are online, asynchronous, self-paced, and estimated to take less than 10 hours. Enrollment is free, and upon completion of the course, participants may be eligible for a $200 stipend. Learn more. To participate, contact cioccacenter@scu.edu.

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New Bronco Advisory Clinic

Santa Clara Law's Entrepreneurs' Legal Advising Clinic pairs law students with volunteer attorneys to solve real legal problems for startups and local businesses. Ciocca Center's new program expands on this model by adding undergraduate business students and alumni mentors to the team, giving students real-life, hands-on business experience. Learn more here.


Upcoming Events
Jul
7
Bronco Venture Accelerator Starts
All Day
This summer’s cohort of companies for the Bronco Venture Accelerator starts their program today! 
Jul
12
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Jul
14
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Jul
19
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Jul
21
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Jul
26
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Jul
28
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
2
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
4
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
9
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
11
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
16
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
18
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
23
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
25
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Aug
30
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
1
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
6
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
8
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
13
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
15
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
20
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
22
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
27
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Sep
29
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Oct
4
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Oct
6
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Oct
11
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
Oct
13
Bronco Venture Accelerator
All Day
The Bronco Venture Accelerator (BVA) empowers Santa Clara University entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability, and community to develop and grow for-profit businesses with competence, conscience, and compassion. The accelerator is industry- and stage-agnostic. The cohort system used by the BVA provides a terrific platform for a small set of teams to attend high-energy, interactive classes and workshops, led by industry leaders. Participants truly have the opportunity to hone their entrepreneurial skills.

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