California State University Innovation Corps (I-Corps™)

California State University Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) is part of the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) and San Diego State University. CSU I-Corps supports immersive biotechnology entrepreneurship experiences for CSU students and faculty on the 23 CSU campuses. CSU I-Corps is a Biological Sciences program, so teams form around a research-based product, service, or process idea in one of these categories: therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, digital health, environmental monitoring, instrumentation/bioinformatics/tools, biofuels or agricultural biotechnologies. CSU I-Corps teams win $2500 microgrants to explore paths to commercialization over a three-month period. CSU I-Corps recruits two team cohorts each year – one for multi-disciplinary (science, engineering & business) student teams, the other for faculty-led teams. With the help of a teaching team, a state-wide mentor network, and biotech industry partners, CSU I-Corps teams use Lean Startup methods to learn about product-market fit, potential customers, and commercialization strategies. CSU I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER)

The Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER) at San Diego State University is one of thirty-three centers of the National CIBER Program, funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of the SDSU CIBER program is to ensure United States international competitiveness. The CIBER program at SDSU supports international business education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Faculty research is supported through the Faculty Awards Program, which awards grants for high-quality internationally oriented research. In addition, SDSU CIBER reaches the business community through outreach and development programs. By supporting international business through education, research, and community outreach, SDSU CIBER promotes the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness.

Zahn Innovation Center

The Zahn Innovation Platform at San Diego State University helps students, faculty and staff launch start-ups. The center supports commercial and social start-up enterprises from conception through business launch. One in ten teams that have participated in the Zahn Innovation Platform have launched their business. Collectively, Zahn Innovation Platform teams have raised over $1.2M. The Zahn Innovation Center provides resources at no-cost, including work-space, mentoring, use of legal services, use of HG Fenton Company Idea Lab, for rapid prototyping, entrepreneurial guidance, and up to $5K from the Zahn Innovation Platform Success Fund for further development. Business acumen is also provided in partnership with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. The Zahn Innovation Platform encourages and harbors interdisciplinary teams from across campus.
Get involved: Students, faculty or staff that have a novel start-up idea are welcome to apply to be a part of the Zahn Innovation Platform, learn how to join a team.
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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center

The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center serves students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through its entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center has developed diverse hands-on learning opportunities that compliment and enrich the entrepreneurship education programs at San Diego State University. They offer a two year co-curricular Lavin Entrepreneur program for undergraduates. The center seeks to establish excellence in education for entrepreneurship instructors, faculty, staff, and thought leaders through hosting events such as the annual California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference. The diverse programs run at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center range from global business model competitions, including LeanModel™, to internship programs. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center works in connection with the College of Business Administration and the Zahn Innovation Platform to ensure that San Diego State University is a leader in the entrepreneurial community.

Entrepreneur Society

As an official student organization at SDSU, the Entrepreneur Society (ES) is open to both undergraduate and graduate level students. The organization is run by students through the ES leadership executive board, with the goal of connecting entrepreneurial minded students to help turn their passions into a profitable business. Working alongside SDSU’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center and the Zahn Innovation Center, students have access to the resources to conceivably create and run their own startup company. The Entrepreneur Society hosts several events, including notable guest speakers and networking opportunities with SDSU alumni companies. The Entrepreneur Society also co-hosts the annual Entrepreneur Day, an entrepreneurial village featuring student-based and alumni companies showcasing their products and services.

Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

The Technology Transfer Office at San Diego State University protects and commercializes the intellectual property developed through faculty, staff and students. The commercialization of university research is essential to regional economic development and the support of small businesses in the United States, and San Diego is no exception.The SDSU TTO implements university technology by providing different services, ensuring that SDSU acts within the context of federal and state laws while achieving its educational and research goals. These services include receiving and reviewing invention disclosures, working with campus incubators, marketing technologies and creative works, developing commercialization plans, executing licenses, and helping startup companies created on the campus grow and thrive.The Technology Transfer Office works in collaboration with the Division of Research Affairs and San Diego State University Research Foundation. A crucial responsibility of the SDSU TTO is educating faculty, staff, and students about the forms of intellectual property, which include patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Small Business Consulting Center

The Small Business Consulting Center utilizes superior senior, undergraduate level, and MBA business students to provide consulting assistance to local business owners. This technical assistance program is designed to help women owned, minority owned, and other small businesses. Companies that qualify to participate in the program are invited to apply. The student consulting teams provide a wide range of technical assistance that benefit the businesses involved.

Students are chosen to participate on a consulting team through a competitive application process, and are selected based on high-ranking academic performance and a commitment to active community based service learning. The consulting teams are supervised by an advising committee consisting of professors and MBA or MS student advisors. The director of the Small Business Consulting Center is John Francis.

San Diego Regional Innovation Cluster (SDRIC)

The San Diego Regional Innovation Cluster, hosted at San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration, is a collaboration of business, government, and academic experts dedicated to helping small businesses in San Diego County succeed in the Defense and Homeland Security marketplaces. The SDRIC team partners with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, San Diego State University, and partners in the community. Small businesses are invited to apply to SDRIC for free support services. The SDRIC offers several different programs, such as business training, mentoring, and workshops designed to support the small business company’s progress and needs.

Mathematics Technology/Innovation Lab

The Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Education (CRMSE) operates the Mathematics Technology/CRMSE Innovation Lab at San Diego State University. The innovation lab is a facility where faculty and researchers can develop ways of studying mathematics by designing and constructing physical models using the instruments and devices available in the laboratory. The innovation lab has been used in several projects, including the Tangible Math Project, where the resources in the lab were used in studies that focused on learning the mathematics of space and motion.

Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex

The Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex is the newest project at San Diego State University scheduled for completion in 2018. The vision of the EIS complex is to create collaborative collisions of STEM disciplines and entrepreneurship efforts through turning interdisciplinary research into real-world solutions. This complex will house state-of-the-art scientific and industrial machines, cutting-edge labs, working spaces, and classrooms. To help bring the products created to market, the EIS complex will house the William E. Leonard Entrepreneurship Center featuring both the Zahn Innovation Platform and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center. The complex will also host several other established research centers. Just as the Aztec Student Union kept environmental concerns in mind, the EIS complex designers are seeking a LEED certification.