College of Business

For Alumni & Community

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For Alumni

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Chico State Shark Tank

Would you like to see some of our students' ideas first-hand? As part of our students' learning journey, every semester as part of our Business Plan Development and Financing course, students pitch their concepts to an external panel of judges. The minimum commitment is an hour and a half for two concepts along with some prior preparation reviewing their online portfolios (executive summary, video, pitch deck, and financial projections). Opportunities are normally early May and early December every year. If you would like more information, please contact Dr. Michael Rehg at

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Executives on Campus

Would you like to come back to Chico State and share your experience and knowledge with our students? Every semester we invite a group of our most successful alumni back to campus to lecture and facilitate discussions in the classroom. These courses are selected based on the expertise areas of the visitors and the needs of the instructors. Learn more about Executives on Campus here.

For the Community

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Chico State is an Innovation Hub and we are looking for new water, energy, and agriculture technologies and innovations. BlueTechValley offers an accelerator program, a technology innovation process, and possible funding of up to $600,000 in grant dollars. Learn more here. 

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As one of the center's strategic partners, ChicoStart offers community members several options for membership that can include mentors, physical space, and networking opportunities. Learn more about their incubation program here.(opens in new window)

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Startup Internship Program

If you are part of a startup (nonprofit or for-profit), consider offering an internship to one of our entrepreneurship students. Most of our internships occur during the spring semester (late January through early May) and are about 20 hours a week. Although students are responsible for setting up the internship with you, the center's director offers guidance to you both and approves the internship experience for academic credit (MGMT 389C). Please contact Dr. Michael Rehg at

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