Center for Entrepreneurship

Peter Straus 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.


Peter Straus


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

On November 18th, students will present 90-second pitches for their business concept, and compete for $1000 in total prize money, as well as the chance to move on to the Spring 2016 Business Concept Competition. ALL Chico State students in any major are welcome! Make sure to register before the first coaching session on November 9th. Spots will fill up fast! Please return the registration form below to Glenn 221. 

Registration Form (.pdf)

Rules and Overview (.pdf)

How to Write an Elevator Pitch (.pdf)

Chico Entrepreneur Success Story

The PocketPoints team continues to grow and thrive....just showing we can help create miraculous companies here at Chico State. Read the full story at USA Today.

eWeek 2015 Highlights

Center for Entrepreneurship Teams up with BootUp Academy

The Center for Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the first place winner in this year's Future Four will be receiving a $6500 scholarship to attend BootUp Academy in Menlo Park. BootUp is more than just a classroom, it is a complete, global startup ecosystem designed to create better entrepreneurs and accelerate their companies. They help entrepreneurs accomplish their startup goals by providing shared services including legal, accounting, event hosting and video production, plus a place to call home in the heart of Silicon Valley; startup best practices; mentoring with serial entrepreneurs; hands-on consulting; market access and funding. Learn more here: BootUp Academy Overview (.pdf) or go to:

Chico State eWeek has turned into eMonth 2015 - April 2nd - 30th

Mark your calendars for a whole month devoted to entrepreneurship–with 24 speakers, movie screenings, entrepreneurs-in-residence and a multi-school business concept competition. All events are open to the public and are FREE! 
View the Speaker Biographies (.pdf) and Schedule of Events (.pdf)

Chico State Alum Achieving Inc. 500

Alumni Andrew Gazdecki started a small company called Bizness Apps while attending Chico State. It is now the world's leading mobile app development platform for small businesses, experiencing a growth rate of more than 5,000% in four short years, was ranked as the 58th fastest growing private company by Inc. magazine.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and 3CORE Forge Partnership


Chico, CA – The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at CSU, Chico and 3CORE, Inc. are pleased to announce its formal partnership between the two organizations with the goal of creating and fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem for new and emerging businesses. For more information on the partnership, click here.

Student Success

Upper Park Designs

Disc golf anyone?

upd-backpackOften 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 Edelmanaka Upper Park Designs) have just released their product line of backpacks for the casual disc golfer.