The Entrepreneurship Club
The Entrepreneurship Club
Welcome to The Entrepreneurship Club at Fresno State
The Entrepreneurship Club is a student organization at California State University, Fresno. Housed in the prestigious Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, our goal is to promote entrepreneurship and the development of student-run enterprises.
We are dedicated to the development and retention of entrepreneurial skills, innovation and culture. We provide members unique hands on experience that goes beyond the classroom and puts them on a path to success. The future of the American economy rests on the shoulders of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our members will be strong enough to carry that heavy burden while creating jobs and stimulating the economy.
We are dedicated to further developing the skills necessary for todays young entrepreneurs to succeed. Seminars, workshops, guest speakers, field trips and various other projects and events help solidify the fundamentals of running a business. Our members go on to start businesses and stimulate the economy.
As a member of The Entrepreneurship Club you have access to both the current and future leading business men and women of the valley. Our special guest speakers, networking mixers, social and community events and Lyles Center Resources allow our members unique once in a life time networking opportunities. In todays business world it’s just as much “who you know” as it is “what you know”. Join Today.
Every year, we send a group of students to the CEO National Conference. The conference
brings together thousands of students from across the world to participate in panel
discussions, networking sessions, and elevator pitch competitions. The conference
features over 80 entrepreneurs and business professionals each year. Many famous professionals
have visited the conference.
As a member of The Entrepreneurship Club you will have access to the many tools and resources of the prestigious Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, located on the second floor of the Student Recreation Center. The Lyles Center offers the tools, people, programs, support and advice to help you create a sustainable business of your own.
We have a network of young, talented, like-minded individuals working together to create a better future. Many of our members have gone on to start their own businesses but it’s not a requirement. Maybe you don’t want to start a business right away, no problem, the skills and relationships our members develop have also lead to great internship and job opportunities with companies like Gallo, Bank of America and Pepsi.
We make every effort to make your success our mission; bringing in speakers, taking field trips, networking and participating in national competitions against other college chapters. It’s great for resumes and gives our members a competitive advantage in this uncertain job market.
- Unrivaled access to growing support system, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Leadership development
- Business skill development seminars, activities and workshops
- Opportunities to grow new or existing businesses
- Network with talented like-minded individuals just like yourself
- Internships and job opportunities
- Big resume booster
- Opportunity to participate in the CEO National Conference
No matter what your age, gender or major The Entrepreneurship Club can offer you lifelong benefits that will make you more successful in your career and in your day to day life.
President: Calvin Kammer
Vice President: Jaquay Washington
Treasurer: Joshua Gragnani
Faculty Advisor: Emil Milevoj
Community Advisor: Mendy Laval
About The National Conference
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization SM (CEO), on over 230 university campuses across North America, provides young entrepreneurs with networking opportunities, chapter activities, and the national conference to help them start their own businesses. The mission of CEO is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. The conference speakers help solidify entrepreneurship into the fabric of universities nationally.
Our Students Shine!
Tyler Puccio with 12V Enterprises (now known as Rezzo Solutions) won first place at the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization's National Pitch Competition in Kansas City, MO while Rafaela Santillan with Naked Earth Project won 3rd place. Both students participated in numerous programs offered at Fresno State and the Lyles Center such as the Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program (EMP) and the Coleman Student Fellows. Alicia Porras, Gladys Sànchez, Joshua Gragnani, and William Van Heusen also pitched their business ideas at the conference while over twenty other Fresno State students from the Laval EMP and the Entrepreneurship Club attended the conference.
Apply here for the local Innovate Fresno State Pitch Competition. *Note: Any student can compete.
The Innovate Fresno State Pitch Competition presents students with a unique opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and a chance to win a fully paid trip to the CEO National Conference in Tampa, FL in Fall 2019.
Elevator pitch is a frequently used term, which literally means “tell me about your business within the time that it would take to ride up an elevator.” Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the business arena. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. Please note that ideas may be at any stage of development from creation of concepts or ideas to an established business.
Who should participate?
- Students with an idea to start a business
- Students who have started a company
- Students interested in enhancing their presentation skills
- Students who want to explore the idea of starting a company
What can you win?
National recognition and cash prizes! The top three winners and three honorable mention winners will win cash prizes and national recognition.
- Click here to apply to pitch at our upcoming Innovate Fresno State Pitch Competition!
- Attend as an audience member (no pitch presentation).