Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Spring Quarter '08 Newsletter


I hope you've been enjoying a productive spring season. We have a lot of exciting news to share with you in this edition of the CIE Newsletter. But first, I'd like to ask for your help answering a question I receive almost weekly from students, parents, alumni and friends:

Who are Santa Clara University's most notable alumni entrepreneurs?

The included announcement about the first annual Founders Awards program will explain how you can help identify, recognize and elevate these notable alumni role models.

Also in the way of recognition, congratulations to the undergraduate and MBA students in our entrepreneurship program who recently completed their studies. A special thanks to the outgoing student club presidents Chaz Flexman '08 and Vinay Gaonkar '08 MBA for their contributions this year with the Be A VC and VCIC contests. Congratulations also to incoming student club presidents Bret Gladfelty '11 and Swetha Sirupa '10 MBA.

We wish you all the best as you work to fashion a more just, sustainable and humane world.

Best regards,

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

In This Issue

CTE to Expand in 2008-09 Academic Year

Beginning this fall, Santa Clara's entrepreneurship curriculum will expand to include a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship (CTE).  Taught by distinguished faculty of SCU's nationally ranked Leavey School of Business, this intensive full-time program provides a comprehensive educational opportunity unique within Silicon Valley.

Students participating in the CTE program will receive the rigorous academic curriculum, extensive Silicon Valley networking opportunities, and real-world experiences critical to the launch of successful ventures.  Tailored by leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to complement SCU's Jesuit values of comepetence, conscience and compassion, the CTE builds skills that will provide significant returns over the course of an entrepreneurial career.

Continue reading about the Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship (CTE) program.

A Library for Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Santa Clara's new Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library opened at the beginning of spring quarter, and the facility's flexible spaces and state of the art technology are already transforming the ways in which student entrepreneurs collaborate, study and strategize.

Occupying the site of the University's former Orradre Library, the new four-level building has nearly twice the square footage (194,000 square feet, to be exact) and accommodates 1.1 million volumes, 28 collaborative workrooms, laboratories for faculty development and multimedia, three video viewing and taping rooms, wireless networking throughout, and 1,050 reader seats with wired network connections and electric power.  All of these exciting resources are brought together in a weelcoming, open design that offers flexibility for a range of activities.

Continue reading to learn more about the new library.

Congratulations, SCU Entrepreneurship Students

The Leavey School of Business awarded the undergraduate Entrepreneurship Certificate to a record 11 students. The number of students interested in entrepreneurship has been steadily increasing and this class of graduates is an impressive group. Congratulations to the following students for their accomplishments:

  • Paul Butler
  • Kevin Carter
  • Jodie Chang
  • Norman Hall
  • Gard Hammond
  • Jim Kopas
  • Max Osbon
  • Viktor Petersson
  • Alex Shalavi
  • Ashley Tomberlin
  • Asher Williams

At the graduate level, MBA students have the opportunity to receive an Concentration in Entrepreneurship. Continue reading to view a list of MBA students that have completed or are on track to complete their MBA with and Concentration in Entrepreneurship.

Software - VC Outlook for 2008

Over the last few years, no entrepreneur pitching a VC for funding would use the words "enterprise software" in their company description.  Last year, no entrepreneur refrained from using the word "SaaS" to describe their business model.

Investment trends come and go but software has been the leading category of venture funding for may years. Nearly $5.3 billion was invested in 905 companies during 2007.

For more information continue reading.

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The Santa Clara alumni community boasts a wealth of entrepreneurial excellence across several industries, and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will recognize the best of the best with the first-annual Founders Award this fall at the annual Founders Club Banquet.

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The 2008 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit & Business Plan Competition will take place June 17th at Santa Clara University.

America's 78 million boomers mean business - the aging boomer market is one of the top trends to follow.  Get more information and register today.

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The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has recently launched the Industrial Partnerships Office, providing access to technologies ripe for evaluation and business development.

Students at SCU are invited to use real, world-class technologies as cases for business plans competition.

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