Center for Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship in Chico goes back to its founding by the visionary pioneer John Bidwell in 1860. The Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated to keeping that same entrepreneurial spirit alive in Chico and throughout the North State. Since its founding in 2005, the Center has strived to connect students with the community and a wide range of entrepreneurs from around the country.
Today, the Center works hand-in-hand with the College of Business and our thriving academic program in Entrepreneurship to help introduce students to a place beyond “getting a job” and into a world of creating their own future. Our growing number of success stories, to which you’ll find reference throughout this web site, are but the tip of the iceberg. We believe entrepreneurship is a gateway for young people to better understand themselves for whatever they end up doing.
We are under no illusions that the entrepreneurial skills learned here at CSUC will immediately result in a new business; it’s hard enough for anyone to start up a new business, let alone a newly minted graduate. Nevertheless, we are convinced the skills learned in our entrepreneurship program and in the Center will carry forward in a student’s life and can be used in a wide variety of ways.
In the meantime, of course, there is, as previously stated, a growing number of students and recent graduates who have started businesses. Some are already thriving. Most are wonderful learning experiences. All are exciting. So, what are you waiting for?
We invite you to dive in.
Congrats to Jake Wade of Parallel Revolution!
Jake Wade took home top honors and $1500 as the winner of the Spring 2013 Business Concept Competition. A special thanks to all the participants and judges who made this event a success. Go to our blog for details and photos of how the pitch party unfolded and check out our video recap of the entire eWeek!
Upper Park Designs
Disc golf anyone?
Often it seems student entrepreneurs are concentrating exclusively on building web sites and apps, but it’s simply not so. Case in point, the winners of the Center for Entrepreneurship's Spring 2011 Business Concept Competition (Hobie Jensen, Jon Richardson and Pat Edelman, aka Upper Park Designs) have just released their product line of backpacks for the casual disc golfer.