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iStartup Academy


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iSTARTUP ACADEMY

Every Thursday from January 4 to March 8, 2018

Location: 9-405

Time: 6:00 – 7:50pm

Do you have an idea? Have you wondered what to do when you have a good idea? Have you wondered how to start your own business? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the iStartup Academy is for you!
iStartup Academy provides you the basic tools to turn your idea into a new venture. As a participant in iStartup Academy, you will be inspired by stories of successful entrepreneurs. You will learn how to identify problems worth solving and how to evaluate solutions to solve these problems. You will learn how to build an entrepreneurial team, conduct customer discovery, determine product-market fit, and how to finance your venture. You will learn how to pitch your ideas to customers and investors.
iStartup Academy will provide you with the tools you need to start a new venture – be it for profit, nonprofit or social enterprise. You will receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Mentoring by successful professionals
  • Networking with program participants and successful entrepreneurs
  • Pitching skills
  • Startup team members
  • Opportunity to compete in the Bronco Startup Challenge with $20,000 in prize money
  • Resume worthy experience

How

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Brought to you by:
Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab)
Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development

ilab@cpp.edu

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
College of Business Administration

npizarro@cpp.edu

iStartup Academy – Schedule

Location: Room 9-405
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:50pm

Date Topic Presenter
January 4

What Problem Are You Solving?
Search For a Business Model

Nelson Pizarro

January 11

Competitor Analysis and Market Fit

Edmond Wu

January 18

Product Development

Matthew Ryczek

January 25

Build Your Team

Maggie Boyraz

February 1

Sales and Marketing

Lin Ong

February 8

Pitching Your Idea

Audra Quinn

February 15

Finance Your Idea

Edmond Wu

February 22

Pitching Round 1

Panel

March 1

Pitching Round 2

Panel

March 8

Debrief and Closing

Olukemi Sawyerr


Maggie Boyraz

Dr. Maggie Boyraz is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches Group and Organizational Communication. Her research interests lie in impact of culture and technology on process and outcomes of geographically distributed teams, as well as personal and organizational social media use. She has conducted research on interdisciplinary student and organizational teams in IT sector and this research has been recognized by national and international awards (from Communication associations). Before joining Cal Poly, she received a Ph.D. from Rutgers State University, M.A. from in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and completed an undergraduate degree in Poland. Prior to academic career, Dr. Boyraz worked at private and non-profit organizations, including a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) company in New Jersey.


Lin Ong

Dr. L. Lin Ong is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona in the International Business and Marketing Department. One stream of her research focuses on low-income entrepreneurs in emerging markets, and the impact of innovative social enterprises in improving consumption and life quality outcomes for those most in need. Before entering academia, Dr. Ong was a strategy consultant who focused in international strategic management and mergers and acquisitions. She enjoys bringing her global management perspective to the classroom, where she teaches courses in international business and marketing strategy.


Nelson Pizarro

Dr. Nelson Pizarro (npizarro@cpp.edu) is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona. His primary research interest is in sustainability in organizations and new venture creation. He helped start six companies. He has corporate experience having worked for several multinational companies, as well as experience in the government sector. He is currently CEO of EcoStatic, Inc.


Audra Quinn

Audra Quinn, MBA, is the CEO and co-founder of UNCORKED! Games. She and her team created, manufactured and distributed their indie games, Read Between The Wines! and Brew Ha Ha!, by raising more than $45,000 on Kickstarter. When she’s not creating games, she is teaching entrepreneurship and working full-time as a Social Media Marketing Manager for Capital Group, a trillion dollar, global wealth management company.


Olukemi Sawyerr

Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr is the inaugural Director of the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab) and Professor in the Management and Human Resources Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a founding faculty of the Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME), the NASA Technology Screen Assessment, and the Startup NASA programs. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas. She has consulted for several organizations including the Ad Sales Division of Comcast, has taught executive education at the University of California Los Angeles’ Collins Center for Executive Education, and has held visiting professor positions at various universities including the University of Texas at Arlington, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Beijing Institute of Technology. Her research interests include strategic entrepreneurship in emerging economies. She has authored publications in multiple journals including the Strategic Management Journal, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of High Technology Management Research. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the University Business Forum sponsored by the European Commission.


Edmond Wu

Edmond Wu is a serial entrepreneur has started businesses in the restaurant, ecommerce, web consulting and real estate industry. In college, along with a few partners, he started the first Quickly franchise in the United States before going starting businesses in the web industry which included an ecommerce business selling shoes and a web development company creating apps and websites for large media companies. Currently he is owner and broker of Peak Management which is a real estate consultancy and management group as well as a lecturer at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.

Panelists

Susan Areté

Susan M. Areté is a strategic brand & business development professional who has partnered with entrepreneurs, business owners, and Silicon Valley tech startups to achieve phenomenal results. Having been raised in an entrepreneurial immigrant family, Susan developed a deep passion for the startup community and enjoys serving as a guest lecturer and panelist at Chapman University’s Leatherby Center, Cal State Fullerton Center for Entrepreneurship, Cal Poly Pomona’s Innovation Lab, and the UCI Paul Merage School Of Business.


Thomas Hines

Thomas Hines is the Founder, CEO & Product Visionary of Overwatch Safety Solutions, a high-tech (pre-launch) start-up based in Southern California.

Overwatch is in the DIY Safety & Security space and will be launching its initial product, the KeepSake Intelligent Safety App™, in mid 2017. The primary mission of KeepSake™ is to ensure the safety of today’s fast-growing Mobile Workforce, with a primary emphasis on the safety of professional women.

Other than brief stints in family-owned businesses, Thomas has been in the high-tech side of the security industry his entire career. He has over 25 years of security industry experience. His expertise ranges from systems design and integration, security technology consulting, and new product development.

Thomas is an experienced business, marketing, and technology professional with multiple security-related patents and patents-pending to his name. He’s earned security industry board certifications as a Certified Protection Professional and a Physical Security Professional.

Thomas is a past president of the Michigan Homeland Security Consortium, a state security trade group. He is/has been involved in numerous security industry organizations, including ASIS International and the Security Industry Association. He’s also served on a number of business and technology organizations and he is currently an Entrepreneur Advisor to the iLab ESTEME program at Cal Poly Pomona.


Tyrone Howard

A 15yr active duty US Navy veteran that worked for Naval Intelligence as a Chinese Linguist and Training Mgr. After getting out he went back to college, but not for long as while there he came up with, tested and developed an algorithm that matches cool people with other cool people. Then after a year of testing started Get Social – The new old-fashioned way to meet people, as the Founder and CEO. Tyrone is a steering committee member of TechSparks: a social forum for Entrepreneurs, in Pasadena. A Startup Weekend (SW) Facilitator and lead organizer of multiple events including the first ever SW geared toward underserved students. Tyrone is a Producer at a AAA game studio in South Pasadena that focuses on VR games and experiences. Most recently Tyrone partnered with the Pasadena NAACP and Innovate Pasadena to help empower and teach underserved kids in the area about the opportunities available in the vibrant Pasadena tech and startup world.


Mentors

Ericka Olguin

Ericka Olguin is the Analyst for the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab) at Cal Poly Pomona. She is an essential part of the iLab, and significantly contributes to its daily functions and activities. She is an integral and valuable asset to the iLab’s success, and continues to spread its message of innovation. Always having a foothold in business, Ericka owned the independent record store, Johnny’s Records, in La Puente, California for 5 years, selling specialty items and records to DJs and musicians alike. For 10 years, she held the position of administrative coordinator in MHR, College of Business at Cal Poly Pomona. She has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, and is constantly thinking of new ideas and encouraging their possibilities. Her joy is in seeing students succeed, and regularly spends time with her family, sharing her passion for new ideas.


Robert Ozaki

Robert’s 42-year business career began in document handling operations at a major international air courier service.

His initial audit and tax experience was at one of the international public accounting firms and he then worked for the distributor and finance subsidiaries of a major Japanese auto company.

Over his 29 years in the automotive industry he managed tax and regulatory compliance, oversaw accounting and financial planning activities, managed IT projects, and developed standards, policies, and procedures.

His time in internal audit included a 2 ½ year assignment at the financial services parent company in Nagoya, Japan, and he completed his career as a manager of IT risk, control, and regulatory compliance.

Robert has BA in Economics and a Masters in Taxation. He is a California CPA (retired) and a Certified Internal Auditor.


Al Pineda

Al Pineda is a member of the East San Gabriel Valley SCORE and mentors small businesses and startups. His expertise includes business startup, retailing, warehousing and distribution, marketing, merchandising and promotion, advertising, finance and budgeting, and cash flow management.


Nelson Pizarro

Dr. Nelson Pizarro (npizarro@cpp.edu) is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona. His primary research interest is in sustainability in organizations and new venture creation. He helped start six companies. He has corporate experience having worked for several multinational companies, as well as experience in the government sector. He is currently CEO of EcoStatic, Inc.


Olukemi Sawyerr

Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr is the inaugural Director of the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab) and Professor in the Management and Human Resources Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a founding faculty of the Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME), the NASA Technology Screen Assessment, and the Startup NASA programs. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas. She has consulted for several organizations including the Ad Sales Division of Comcast, has taught executive education at the University of California Los Angeles’ Collins Center for Executive Education, and has held visiting professor positions at various universities including the University of Texas at Arlington, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Beijing Institute of Technology. Her research interests include strategic entrepreneurship in emerging economies. She has authored publications in multiple journals including the Strategic Management Journal, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of High Technology Management Research. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the University Business Forum sponsored by the European Commission.


Edmond Wu

Edmond Wu is a serial entrepreneur has started businesses in the restaurant, ecommerce, web consulting and real estate industry. In college, along with a few partners, he started the first Quickly franchise in the United States before going starting businesses in the web industry which included an ecommerce business selling shoes and a web development company creating apps and websites for large media companies. Currently he is owner and broker of Peak Management which is a real estate consultancy and management group as well as a lecturer at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.