Students Showcase Their Companies at Entrepreneur Day 2017
Now in its eight year, Entrepreneur Day continues to allow SDSU students and alumni the opportunity to exhibit their companies, products and services in tents situated along the Centennial Walkway on the university’s central campus. The event is staged annually by SDSU’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.
This year, the event was held on Wednesday March 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with most of the 48 participating businesses being founded by current SDSU students or SDSU alumni. Some businesses, such as Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company, have been a regular attendee at Entrepreneur Day for a number of years (Oggi’s vice president, Estella Ferrera, earned her MBA at SDSU in 2009). But most companies at the event were less than a year old and presented their company at Entrepreneur Day to test their marketability.
A number of business offered raffles or free samples to the public and all agreed that the event was a good place to get some one-on-one feedback from potential customers. For example, SDSU alumni-owned Shake Smart was testing its new banana and peanut butter sandwich with the intent of getting feedback from the attendees. “Wow, this was better than I thought it would be,” said one taste tester. “But all your shakes are great too.”
Entrepreneur Day is part of a larger entrepreneurial celebration at SDSU where a major academic conference – the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference – took place the following week. Dr. Alex DeNoble, executive director of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, has been the driving force behind the conference since its inception
For more information about Entrepreneur Day, the California Entrepreneurship Educator’s Conference or the Lavin Entrepreneur Program, please visit The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center or call 619-594-2781.