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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 KEEN Program, 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
During the summer, we host a Professional Development Series open to students, staff, and faculty.
Summer 2019 Session Topics:
  • A journey from chemistry major to cinematic arts professor and director of Tech & Narrative Lab
  • Using augmented reality for a human-centered design thinking activity
  • Experiences working in security robotics and automated farming
  • Senses activity to encourage thinking about all the senses for products and marketing
  • Elevator pitches from Bronco Venture Accelerator program
  • Experiences in research and industry/start-ups
Summer 2018 Session Topics:
  • Lifestyle entrepreneurship
  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • Robomart
  • OnePointOne
  • Business Etiquette
  • Intellectual Property
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
Summer 2016 Session Topics:
  • Story Telling
  • The Power of Failure
  • Big and Small Engineering Activities in Silicon Valley Firms
  • Legal Issues of the Small and Medium-Sized Business
  • The Importance of Networking
  • The Different Statistics and Forms of Entrepreneurism
  • Go-To-Market Strategies

Contact Us

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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