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Giving Outcomes

Trinity Tower stands over the Chico State Rose Garden

Your contributions to the College of Business improve the student experience, the caliber of our programs, and the accomplishments of our faculty. The case studies below demonstrate how your private support can make a difference on campus—turning great ideas into realities.

Investing in People: Your scholarships make tuition more affordable

Contributions from alumni and friends like you currently support over 25 business scholarships per year, but our students need these gifts now more than ever before. Nearly half are the first generation in their family to attend a university, and an even higher number qualify for financial aid. Your donation to College of Business scholarships makes a lasting impact on the lives of students because your dollars shrink the cost of attending school.

College of Business Scholarships... Making a Difference

Investing in Programs: Your gift makes the Center for Entrepreneurship a catalyst for student and business success

The Center for Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students from all kinds of majors to turn business concepts into actual profits. Contributions from alumni and friends like you have enabled the Director, Peter Straus, to design and host the Future Four competition at Chico State. The competition is the culmination of months of workshops and other trainings that prepare students to articulate the demand for their product, demonstrate sound financial planning, and persuade investors to commit. Teams from multiple universities participate in the final contest, with award funding granted to students with the most inspiring and robust business plans.

Adding to the prestige of the Center’s offerings is the sizeable endowment that was granted by an anonymous alumni donor. Their legacy is the Accelerator Fund; endowment returns are used each year to support student-run businesses in achieving key developmental milestones.  The Accelerator Fund money can be used to address business start-up needs for planning, market research, intellectual property, technology development, prototyping, and access to professional services. This asset sets Chico State’s entrepreneurship program apart from others, because we can support our students with early-stage investment on top of all of the training and networking that are cornerstones of the program.  

Ron Knapp (left) talks with Preston Linderman (right) who pitches Chico Holographic Studios as competitors are challenged to present their best business concepts to a multitude of guest judges for a chance to win prizes during the Center for Entrepreneurship Pitch Party

Entrepreneur student Preston Linderman (right) pitches his business concept Holographic Studios to alumnus Ron Knapp (left)