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Director's Message

Welcome to our Fall 2021 issue of The Mindset from Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.  I am happy to be back on campus, in person, surrounded by students and all of the people that make a University come alive! 

The elements of the Entrepreneurial Mindset are life skills that are important and valuable in all endeavors, from personal to professional.  In this issue, we explore Long Term Value Creation as an element of the Entrepreneurial Mindset and offer perspectives on the impacts that flow from our actions. 

The Center has two new staff members, and is funding two new faculty research projects plus many more updates in this issue. We were especially pleased to welcome the new Dean of the Leavey School of Business, Ed Grier and SCU acting-Provost Ed Ryan as our keynote speakers at the Bronco Venture Accelerator graduation events this month!

As we teach, learn, and practice the Entrepreneurial Mindset, let’s all strive to thoughtfully navigate how to contribute and build, consciously and with directed intentionality, toward positive change for us all.

We hope you enjoy this issue!

Keep reading,

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Chris Norris, Executive Director 
Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The Impact of a Single Photo

Maggie Menendez '22 shares why photography is as beautiful as it is dangerous.  In a world of social media, it is hard to take back a picture. Innovation naturally lends itself to pushing our boundaries of capability, but Menendez draws our attention back to the question of "Should we?" rather than "Can we?" Explore the impacts of creation, here!

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Generating Long Term Success

Recent graduate, Noah Lack '21, shares how long term success is generated by making a commitment to growth every day.  Learn how to apply lessons from his experience with AiSprouts VC, a firm invested in understanding AI trends, here.

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Defining a Jesuit Way of Innovation

Reasearch Associate Harry Vincent in the School of Engineering collaborates with ten Jesuit Universities in North America to define what the Jesuit Way for innovation is and why this approach brings long-term positive value for our society. Read his introduction on challenging the mainstream thought for innovation and find out more about his research initiative here!  

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Inspiring Action through Ignatian Tradition

Creating for the long-term has always been at the heart of the Ignatian Tradition. Director of the Bannan Forum, Aaron Willis from the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, invites us to reflect on our experiences in order to make decided and improved actions to create a better tomorrow for society as a whole. Read here, to learn more! 

Broncos, Actually
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Alumna Drives Lasting Impact

Drawing from her decade-long legal career, Guissu Baier, JD '07 co-founded The People Collective, a management consulting firm specializing in people, talent, and culture. Guissu shares her experience in creating structure from chaos for long-term resolutions. Watch the interview here!

Student Stories
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You Are Here!

Looking for a club or RSO on campus? Use our Club Navigator, a great way to make connections and life-long friends! The platform came out of Ciocca Center's "You Are Here" initiative, where students collaborate on creating meaningful resources for SCU students. 

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Student Advisory Board

Ciocca Center relies on the perspectives of students to ensure our programs and initiatives reflect interdisciplinary interests. Our Student Advisory Board consists of over 20 students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. This year's board is co-chaired by Clarrisa Silvers '22 and Darius Johnson '23. Learn more here. 

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Virtual Escape Room

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? Please contact to sign up to play. 

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Empowering Students for Direct Impact

Through the University Innovation Fellows program Julia Yaklich '23Nicholas Truong '24Mubashir Hussain '24, and, Vedya Konda '23 are being trained to be leaders of change by finding a solution to a pain point at Santa Clara University.

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BVA3 Graduates!
Congratulations to our 3rd Bronco Venture Accelerator Cohort! Our BVA3 team has been working hard all summer culminating in Demo Day and pitching live in front of over 200 investors. Also, a special thanks to Acting-Provost Ed Ryan and Dean Ed Grier from the Leavey School of Business for joining the graduation celebration. To find out more about how you can join our next BVA cohort, click here!
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IDEA School

Bronco Venture Accelerator's Idea School is a fun, informative program that meets online once a week over six weeks and provides you with the tools to take your business idea or inspiration and turn it into a business plan. The program will begin Thursday, October 28th. Click here to register now!

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. To participate, fiill out this form.

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Active Research Projects

Ciocca Center is funding two new research projects. Professor Hsin-I Cheng's study focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of Asian American Entreprenuers' unique engagement with the racial dynamics of their surroundings. Professor Zhiqiang Tao and Professor Yi Fang center their research on the question, "Can Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology lead to fair decisions?" Learn more here. 

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Broncos Entrepreneurs Advisory Clinic Hours

Held three times per semester, Bronco Entrepreneurs Advisory Clinic Hours, called BEACH provides law and business students with an experiential opportunity to team up with industry professionals, receive clients, and advise companies on legal or buisness related issues. Learn more here.

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Welcome to Our New Team Members!

Welcome to Hallie Mullane and Yesie Chang, our two new team members! As our new Program Director, Hallie is spearheading exciting initiatives as we grow our diverse programs we offer at Ciocca Center. Simultaneously, Yesie has stepped in as our new Administrative Associate. Please swing by Ciocca Center to say hello!

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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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