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Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Come join us!

Throughout the year we host speaker series that are open to students, staff, and faculty. During the academic year, we hold a Lunch with an Entrepreneur Series and EDVenture Lunchtime Talks. During the summer, we offer a Student Professional Development Series. All of our events are focused around innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset.

Through our , we host quarterly lunchtime talks bringing in guest speakers to cover legal and business topics for entrepreneurs. These lunches are open to SCU students, staff, and faculty.

Past Speakers:

  • Jennifer Woolley- Crowdfunding
  • Laura Norris- Legal Tips for Startups
  • Robert Shanklin- Ethics
  • Sarah Kate Wilson- Legal
  • Marty Schwarts (Silicon Valley SCORE)- Starting a Business
  • John Cabeca (USPTO)- Patents
  • Quinn Cao- Fundraising
  • Kumar Sarangee- Product Development

Through our KEEN program, we host a quarterly Lunch with an Entrepreneur Series. We invite local entrepreneurs to share their experiences and wisdom with students, staff, and faculty in an informal lunch setting.

Past Speakers:

  • John Giddings, '91 MS, '97 MBA
  • Shane Rogers, '13 MS
  • Dante Zeviar
  • Greg Defouw
  • Pravin Jain
  • Shawn Lange, '06 MS
  • Preet Ananad, '10 BS
  • Lloyd Droppers
  • Sreekanth Dayanidhi, '13 MS
  • Taylor Alexander
  • Jeff Ota
  • Elliot Martin, '13 BS
  • Linden Tibbets, BS
  • Nalin Gupta
  • Stacy Stephens
  • Brett Galloway
  • Maya Lim
  • Casey Schulz, '08 BS
  • Derek Pietz, '08 MS
  • Jack Jia, MBA
  • Ryan Kottenstette, BS
  • Frankie Roohparvar, '89 MS
  • Khanjan Mehta
  • Paulo Borges, '14 BS, '15 MS

Tuesdays from Jan 16th until Feb 13th we hosted Silicon Valley SCORE as they lead workshops on Simple Steps for Starting Your Business. These workshops were open to SCU students, staff, faculty and the public.

Designed by successful entrepreneurs who have been in your busy shoes, this mentor-supported program gives you the structure and support you need to set your sights on the future.


Jan 16th- Session 1: Startup Basics

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing a business idea and identifying the key factors that influence startup success. Startup Basics provides an overview of the skills and tools needed when deciding to start a business. In this session, clients learn about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for their business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources.

Jan 23rd- Session 2: Business Concept

The second workshop focuses on the business concept and step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, market, and competition. At the end of the Business Concept workshop, the client will be able to identify their target markets, describe their products and services, and collect key competitive information to support their feasibility plan.

Jan 30th- Session 3: Marketing Plan

The third workshop provides clients with an introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan workshop covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, clients will know how to: outline their marketing strategy, test their marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and exercise their marketing strategy.

Feb 6th- Session 4: Financial Projections

This workshop uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true startup costs, ongoing operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts.

Feb 13th- Session 5: Funding Sources

The final workshop offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session, discussions include sources of funds, accounting, the six C's of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. At the end of the series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business.

During the summer, we will host a Professional Development Series open to students, staff, and faculty. The Series will start on July 11th, 12:00-1:00 pm in the EDVenture Lab/Frugal Hub and continue on Wednesdays until Aug 15th.
Please RSVP at for individual weeks.
Summer 2018 Session Topics:
  • July 11th with John Giddings
    • Lifestyle entrepreneurship. John is a an adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering as well as a serial entrepreneur. He will lead a discussion on "lifestyle entrepreneurship" -  which is often realized by running a side-business to complement your normal job in order to bring in extra income and/or to allow you to delve into something you love doing.
  • July 18th with Eric Monsef
    • Serial Entrepreneur. Eric is an SCU graduate and adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering. He's worked at many of the Valley's top technical companies, to include Compaq, Apple, and HP, and he's now part of a new stealth startup.
  • July 25th with Ali Ahmed
    • Robomart. Ali is the founder and CEO of Robomart, a startup company building a fleet of self-driving grocery stores. The company was a splash at CES and has been featured on CNN, Engadget, the Financial Times, etc. Ali will describe his work and share his thoughts about engineering innovation.
  • Aug 1st with Sam Bertram
    • OnePointOne. Sam is a recent SCU graduate who's spun off a school project into an impressive new startup focusing on the development of indoor, vertical, aeroponic farms.  Sam will describe his journey from student to CEO and share lessons learned from his path to address some of the world's greatest challenges in the area of food availability, distribution and security.
  • Aug 8th with the Career Center
    • Business Etiquette. Join our guests from the SCU Career Center for a review and discussion of etiquette issues involving expectations of how to act on the job, how to read your company's unstated rules of behavior, etc.
  • Aug 15th with Laura Norris
    • Intellectual Property. Laura Norris, a professor in the SCU Law School and Director of the SCU Entrepreneur's Law Clinic, will join us to talk about IP,  what it is, and how to protect it.
Summer 2017 Session Topics:
  • Legal Tips
  • Networking and Professionalism
  • Developing Your Personal Brand
  • Pitching Your Concept
  • Innovation Jeopardy
  • Making and Food
  • Creating your (Electronic) Portfolio
  • New Student Ventures
  • Business Puzzle Escape

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Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Guadalupe Hall, Bldg. 455

408-554-5474 fax

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