Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Fall Quarter '08 Newsletter


Get to know their names: Bob Goff MBA'77 and Brad Mattson MBA '89.  In the spring newsletter I asked, who are SCU's most successful alumni entrepreneurs?  Your nominations flowed in and at our 3rd Annual Founders Awards we honored two winners.  Bob Goff is a celebrated angel investor and Brad Mattson is the founder of not one, but two NASDAQ companies.  In this newsletter, we've included their letters of wisdom for the next generation of SCU entrepreneurs.

We've also included an update on how the Center is partnering with Silicon Valley to educate technology entrepreneurs.   Our Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship (CTE) is providing 15 Fulbright Scholars with a rigorous education in startup management that leverages the myriad of resources available in the world's technology entrepreneurship capital.

Lastly, we've recapped the whirlwind of events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week at Santa Clara University.  The Week culminated with the MBA Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) to see which MBA team would represent SCU against the top business schools in the world.

See you in the new year,

Kevin Holmes '01
"Connect. Educate. Launch."

Two Silicon Valley Tech Pioneers Receive the 2008 Founders Award

Silicon Valley pioneers Robert Goff, MBA '77, and Brad Mattson, MBA '89, were named the recipients of our 2008 Founders Awards at the CIE Founders Club Banquet in October.  Selected from nominations of outstanding Santa Clara alumni, these recipients are recongized for their significant contributions toward advancing the region's business community and the ideal of enterprise for the common good.  Our award recipients include a Kauffman Foundation Hans Severins Award winner and a founder of two NASDAQ companies. 

Continue reading about the winners.

A Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship:  A Place to Begin

Halfway through the academic year, our Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship program is providing fifteen participants with an innovative and truly interactive educational experience.

Hailing from Italy and Australia, participants are enjoying the challenges and benefits of a comprehensive, full-time program that immerses them in a rigorous academic curriculum, Silicon Valley networking opportunities, and work with venture-backed startups and early-stage companies.

Continue reading to learn more.

CIE Brings Global Entrepreneurship Week to the Heart of Silicon Valley

SCU joined a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship with a series of on-campus events during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. Brought to the heart of Silicon Valley by CIE, the international initiative encompassed than 70 countries in a mission to inspire, connect, inform and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs under the age of 30.

Santa Clara’s Global Entrepreneurship series was headlined by an informative speech and Q&A with Chris Malachowsky ’86, co-founder of the Santa Clara-based visual computing technology leader NVIDIA. Other events for this exciting week included daily brown bag seminars, an eCouncil session, internal competitions and more.

For more information continue reading.

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The Entrepreneur:  Vineet Jain MBA '04

The Venture:  Egnyte On Demand File Server, providing businesses with quick and cost effective online data storage and file sharing systems.

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"We are now a nation of entrepreneurs.  The first in history...Without noticing it, we have once again discovered, and then raced off to settle, a new frontier.  Not land this time, nor innovation, but ourselves and a growing control over our own lives and careers."

--Michael S. Malone '75, MBA '77, the nation's first daily high-tech reporter and chronicler of the transformation/evolution of Silicon Valley.

To read Malone's current article on entrepreneurship in Santa Clara Magazine, click here.


Connect. Educate. Launch.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) fosters, promotes and strengthens entrepreneurial talent by providing networking, educational and advisory services for our community.

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