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


2014 Business Concept Competition

Announcing the Fall 2014 Business Concept Competition 

Do you have a great idea for a business, but don’t know where to begin? Start here, the semi-annual Business Concept Competition (BCC) allows you to start making that multi-million dollar idea a reality. All students (undergraduates and graduate students) from all colleges are welcome to participate. Prize money of a thousand dollars will be awarded to at least four contestants. The contest is a great way to test your idea in the crucible of competition and it’s easy. Step one simply involves submitting a one or two page abstract that outlines your idea. For more information on the abstract submission guidelines, click here. For more information on the rules, click here. The initial ideas must be submitted by October 30, 2014. Finals will be held on November 13, 2014.

Thanks and good luck.
Peter Straus

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.


Chico State's annual week dedicated to Entrepreneurship is almost here, and this year it's bigger and better than ever. You can find a full schedule of events here.

For more info, check out the latest press release here.

Spring 2014 Business Concept Competition

The Center for Entrepreneurship and the College of Business at California State University, Chico, in cooperation the Collegiate Entrepreneurial Association (CEA), are proud to host the Spring 2014 Business Concept Contest. The competition is open to all currently enrolled Chico State students, including graduate students. For more information on the abstract submission guidelines, click here. For more information on the rules, click here.


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.

Business Concept Competition Fall 2013


The Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to announce the Fall 2013 Business Concept Competition.

Win up to $500 in prize money (over $1000 available) before a panel of judges. For complete contest rules, entry deadlines, and the PowerPoint template, click here.

To access the full rules and regulations, click here.


Congrats to Jake Wade of Parallel Revolution!

e-week-scheduleJake 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!

Student Successs

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.