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.
Tuesdays from Jan 16th until Feb 13th we will be hosting Silicon Valley SCORE as they lead workshops on Simple Steps for Starting Your Business. These workshops are open to SCU students, staff, faculty and the public at no charge. Please register in advance for each session using the links below, though walk-ins will still be able to attend.
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.
Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 pm
EDVenture Lab, 3rd Floor Guadalupe Hall
455 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
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.
Pitching Your Concept
Guest speaker, Quinn Cao, asked that her presentation slides be shared with everyone. If you missed the talk or want to review her presentation, here are the Pitching Your Concept Slides.
If you would like to watch all of the pitches from The Expat Woman, here is the link to the full YouTube video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Professor Kuczenski, shared tips on creating and what to include in eFolios. If you missed the talk or want to review her presentation, here is the ePortfolio_SlideDeck.
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.
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.
- 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
Santa Clara University
School of Engineering
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053