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The CIE Brings Global Entrepreneurship Week to the Heart of the Silicon Valley with Activities that inspire, connect, inform and mentor

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. Instrumental in managing, defining and driving the company’s core technologies, Malachowsky shared moments along NVIDIA’s journey from a startup to global Fortune 1000 corporation, as well as lessons learned from his engineering and technical leadership positions at such other Valley giants as Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. If you missed this CIE/School of Engineering event, click here to view Malachowsky’s presentation.

We were also pleased to offer a daily series of brown bag seminars featuring luminaries from a range of industries. Phil Nail, founder and CTO of the solar Web-hosting company Affordable Internet Services Online (AISO), shared his startup story; Kenneth Linhares and Michael Patrick of national technology and life sciences law firm Fenwick & West LLP were the presenters on Biotech Tuesday; Mattson Technology and Novellus Systems founder and 2008 CIE Founders Award honoree Brad Mattson discussed the latest activities of SCU’s unique Global Social Benefit Incubator program; and the series was rounded out with a lecture by Ross Mayfield, co-founder and president of Socialtext, a Palo-Alto based creator of wiki-centric business collaboration applications.

Up-and-coming entrepreneurs from the SCU community had a chance to shine as well. New applications for the Apple 3G iPhone formed the theme of the evening as the founders of MobClix and One2Compete presented their ventures and received valuable advice at our quarterly eCouncil meeting [link to extended story below]. The following day, Innovation Venture Partners placed first among five undergrad teams in the “Be a VC” competition with their stellar pitch of Workday (congratulations to Eric Hui, Jessica Tuan, Jordan Fujimoto and Nam Nguyen, who did pioneering entrepreneur and our new building’s namesake Don Lucas proud), and members of the MBA Entrepreneurs’ Connection wound up the exciting and inspiring week by selecting team WAMBA1 as the University’s representatives for the Silicon Valley regionals of the 2009 Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC).

“Global Entrepreneurship Week allowed us to showcase SCU’s entrepreneurship leadership and innovative student programs like the new Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship,” says CIE director Kevin Holmes. “Overall, I think the events were really effective in inspiring young people to dream big and start to turn their ideas into the ventures that make the world a better place.”

Many thanks to all of our presenters, eCouncil members, event attendees and participants, and student competition judges Tim Connors of U.S. Venture Partners, Kevin Melia  ’91 of Storm Ventures, Professor Bob Hendershott of SCU, Jim Simmons of Draper Richards LC, Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners, Jay Allardyce of Adobe Capital Partners, and Larry Getman of Xilinx.   


2008 Global Entrepreneurship Week Photos

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international initiative featuring innovation- and entrepreneurship-themed events taking place in over 70 countries.  The mission is to:
  • Inspire: Introduce the notion of enterprising behavior to as many people under the age of 30 who otherwise might not have considered entrepreneurship as a path in life.
  • Connect: Connect young people across national boundaries in a global effort to find new ideas at the intersection of cultures and disciplines.
  • Inform: Demonstrate that the drive to nuture enterprising talent needs business, education, government, voluntary organizations and the media to work together.
  • Mentor: Enlist active and inspirational entrepreneurs around the world to coach and mentor the next generation of enterprise talent as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Please click on the links below for photos from the events.

MBA Entrepreneurs' Connection Prepares to Host the VCIC Silicon Valley Regional

With their Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) team selected and in training, members of the MBA Entrepreneurs’ Connection (EC) are now gearing up to host the Silicon Valley regional on February 13 at SCU. VCIC is the nation’s premier strategy competition for venture-minded and entrepreneurial MBA students and a wonderful opportunity to showcase Santa Clara’s entrepreneurial talent and leadership─and you can help make it a success.

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