CSU, Chico News

Entrepreneurs Get Jumpstart at Weekend Intensive

Date: 04-19-2012

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Peter Straus, director
Chico Entrepreneurial Association

California State University, Chico’s first-ever JumpStart Weekend will launch Friday April 20 at 6 p.m. Jumpstart: Where Ideas Come to Life is a 36-hour intensive event that will bring together CSU, Chico students, recent graduates and members of the local community who are united in their passion to actually launch a business in one and a half days. The Collegiate Entrepreneurial Association (CEA) is the sponsor of the weekend.

Similar to the Startup Weekend events funded by the Kauffman Foundation that occur worldwide, the concept of JumpStart Weekend comes from a simple idea: If people with different skills and ideas are brought together, provided with food and copious amounts of coffee, spectacular results are bound to happen.

It is not necessary to have a business idea to participate in JumpStart Weekend, nor is it mandatory to be a business student. JumpStart is for people with different skills like entrepreneurs (people with ideas), designers, developers and finance majors.

“Mostly, JumpStart should appeal to people with loads of energy,” said Peter Straus, director of CEA at CSU, Chico. “JumpStart is a great way to explore and discover the entrepreneurial process plus the excitement and pure fun of bringing an idea to life.”

Chico JumpStart Weekend will take place Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 at the Innovation Lab, 345 Huss Drive, Hegan Lane Business Park, Chico, CA. Admission, ($59 public; $29 for students) includes four meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink. To sign up for the event, please e-mail Straus, director the Center for Entrepreneurship at pstraus@csuchico.edu.

To learn more about JumpStart Weekend, visit Chicocea.org, contact Straus at 530-898-4835 or e-mail Greg Bellinger, president of Chico CEA, at greg_bellinger@yahoo.com.