eWeek Events Shine Spotlight on Student Entrepreneurship

Date: 04-15-2016

Peter Straus, Director
Center for Entrepreneurship

California State University, Chico’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is hosting a series of upcoming events in celebration of Entrepreneurship Week (eWeek), including guest speakers, a workshop and business competition. Now in its sixth year, eWeek will be held April 18–22 on the CSU, Chico campus. 

"Chico State has become a real hotbed of entrepreneurship. We have had a number of dramatic successes out of our student body in the last few years," said CFE Director Peter Straus. "This week, which brings many prominent people to communicate with our students, has become part and parcel of that success. It takes a community and a University to raise an entrepreneur."

Highlights include a keynote address Monday, April 18, by alumnus Jeff Spence (BS, Physics and Electrical Engineering, ’95). Spence, who has previously spoken at the United Nations and European Union, will speak at 7 p.m. about his 20 years of experience in executive operating and investment roles, and building worldwide companies in energy, finance, telecommunications and technology.

On Tuesday, April 19, attendees can enjoy a screening of “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” at 7 p.m. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the award-winning movie stars Jeff Bridges and is reputed to be the best film about entrepreneurship ever made in Hollywood.

On Wednesday, April 20, New Jersey-based author Alfred Blake will host “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” and walk participants through how to create leverage in their personal and professional lives. His presentation begins at 6 p.m. and a workshop will follow at 7 p.m.

Ingrid Fray, a management professor at St. John’s University, will speak Thursday, April 21, about her experience helping more than 3,000 immigrant women in the New York area elevate their position in society. Her talk begins at 7 p.m.

Finally, the incredible week will be capped by the Future Four & More competition, with finalists from eight different schools vying for entrepreneurial glory and more than $20,000 in prizes. Representing Chico State will be freshman Wyatt Hahn, who won the Business Concept Competition on April 7, and second-place finisher Richard Davis. Hahn’s idea is for a student-oriented Uber-like company called Upool, and Davis will present his concept for Verticopia, a vertical farm that saves water and space. Presided over by a prestigious panel of judges, the event is at 4 p.m. Friday, April 22.

“The Future Four & More will be our biggest competition yet. We are especially excited about the students coming from thousands of miles away to be here with us this year,” Straus said.

All events take place in Colusa Hall, room 100.

The Center for Entrepreneurship on the CSU, Chico campus is dedicated to keeping the same entrepreneurial spirit alive that founded the City of Chico in 1860. The center strives to connect students with the community and a wide range of entrepreneurs from around the country. Learn more by visiting www.csuchico.edu/cfe or calling 530-898-4835.