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.


Jeff Spence: Living the Life of an Entrepreneur

Chico State alum and highly successful serial entrepreneur Jeff Spence visited campus to show students what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Watch the whole inspiring presentation here.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Future Four & More!

The Center for Entrepreneurship presents to you: Biliblu from Sacramento State, the 1st Place winners of the spring 2016 Future Four & More! Biliblu is a non-invasive tool used to check the bilirubin present in the bloodstream of newborn babies. Checking bilirubin counts has previously been very stressful and painful for babies, and this idea solves that problem! Congratulations to Joshua Ayotte, Nate Johnson, Doua Yang, and Sacramento State on their win. With thirteen total teams from eight fantastic schools, it was not an easy feat!

Congratulations are also in order for the 2nd, 3rd, and special category winners:

  • 2nd Place: Chico State's own, Wyatt Hahn with his idea called Upool, a carpooling app for college students.
  • 3rd Place: Right Right Left of Humboldt State, with their idea for an app that helps students find their way around college campuses. Congrats to Reginald Williams Jr., Jonathan Hogan, Abhinav Gupta, and Carson Heywood!
  • Most Sustainable: Chico State's own Richard Davis, with his idea called Verticopia Farms-- a vertical farming technique that uses aeroponics and 40 foot rotating structures to grow organic crops.
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Alyssa Nolan of Butte College, with her idea called Victorious Living, which provides women with a safe space to call home when in tough situations.
  • Most Ready to Launch: Albert Bateh of St. John's University of New York, with his idea called EZ Hair Net-- a miraculous invention that makes it easy to remove hair from your brush!

Congratulations to all the winners and contestants of this year's Future Four. You are all winners in our book!