Center for Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship is to provide support for students and recent alumni to build their own businesses. The Center’s primary focus is external, meaning we want to help students take their ventures off-campus. We aim to do this by supporting the academic aims of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business program.

Why Entrepreneurship?

At the heart of the Center’s mission is a commitment to help young entrepreneurs make the great leap from idea to reality. Whether a social venture, a web-based business, or a start-up based on an idea from another field, the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management option (major or minor) can teach you to manage risk and launch new enterprises. Entrepreneurship grads also pursue careers in commercializing new products and services in established businesses and managing processes for developing innovations.

Christian Friedland '99 (CEO & Founder of and Andrew Gazdecki '11 (CEO & Founder of Bizness Apps)

 Two Chico State alumni who generously support student success in the College of Business.


Entrepreneurship at Chico Shines in Forbes

The Center for Entrepreneurship and its Director Peter Straus are higlighted in recent Forbes article Why The 'Wrong' Location Can Be A Startup's Hidden Strength. Many of our alums are also highlighted in the article, proving Chico to be an excellent location for startups. Proud alumnus and Center for Entrepreneurship supporter Chris Friedland ('99), Founder and CEO of was also the subject of a feature story Who'd Start A Tech Firm In Chico? Chris Friedland's Zany Path to Riches and will be in the upcoming January issue.

Go Wildcats!

Next Stop -Top Floor! The Chico State Elevator Pitch Contest

Congratulations to the winner of the first ever Chico State Elevator Pitch Contest, Peter Matulich! Second place went to Sheel Doshi, and the three third-place finishers were Wyatt Hahn, Kyle Prager, and Jana Wendenburg. The People's Choice Award went to Koichi Matsumoto. 

Click here for more updates and photos of the event.

Entrepreneurship Students Find Success in Pocket Points App

The Pocket Points team continues to grow and thrive, showing the CFE can help create miraculous companies here at Chico State. Read the full story at USA Today.