Generations of SCU alumni have founded and grown flourishing businesses, some of which they developed while a student.

Cheryl Breetwor-Evans (MBA 1978) was a public school teacher when she enrolled in Santa Clara University's graduate business program. and was hired by the ROLM Corporation from an on-campus interview. As equity compensation became a Silicon Valley norm, she saw the need for a streamlined for companies to track stock grants to employees and co-founded ShareData, a software company that helped firms manage stock options on the then-new personal computer. At its purchase by E*Trade in 1998, ShareData posted annual revenue of $12 million.

Hari Dhandapani (MBA 2011) had worked in engineering for more than 15 years when he decided to round out his experience with a business degree. With his idea for a new company in the works, he knew he needed to know how to run a business. "Developing the product is one side of the story," he says. "What I learned was the other side: how to market a product, how to reach initial users, how to segment the market, how to find new customers."

Kevin Haley (Executive MBA 2005) knew a good idea when he saw it and used it for a business plan class project. The idea, for a new clean-tech product that would virtually eliminate soot from diesel engine emissions, turned into Clearstreme LLC after he retired from Intel in 2010. He is now working to bring the product to market, working through various approvals by regulatory agencies monitoring compliance with clean air law.

N. Damodar "Dan" Reddy (MBA 1975) turned the business plan he wrote in an entrepreneurship class at SCU in 1975 into his first startup, Modular Semiconductor, Inc. Then he founded Alliance Semiconductor, which he guided through its initial public offering (IPO) in 1993 and its follow-on offerings in 1995, the year he was selected "Entrepreneur of the Year," an award co-sponsored by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young, and Merrill Lynch.