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Giving a Lift to Entrepreneurial Efforts

June 7, 2013

Cal State Fullerton's Entrepreneurship Program and Center for Entrepreneurship awarded scholarships to five students last month, during an awards program sponsored by the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

Honorees included three student teams who received packages of in-kind services, including office space, use of equipment such as phones and internet service, as well as space to operate in FastStart.studio and opportunities to attend workshops with successful entrepreneurs from Michael Sawitz of business incubator FastStart.studio.

"Michael Sawitiz has volunteered in the entrepreneurship classroom for five years and is a fan of the new venture creation process at CSUF," said John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. "FastStart.studio is a natural next step for many of our entrepreneurship grads. We're grateful for Micheal's generous scholarships, which provide a hands-on learning environment for launching our students' new businesses."

Recipients included:

John Chi, who led the team for Synova Life Sciences, a proposed stem cell therapy business, in the April Business Plan Competition. The Alhambra resident is a graduate student in the Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies.

Nick Ajluni, who is in the process of launching NixFix Chasers, a powder drink mix to lessen the severity of hangovers. Ajluni, a resident of San Jose, is an incoming junior prebusiness administration major.

Senior business administration major Thomas Hoyt of Jamul, and January business administration graduate Christopher Aaron of Yorba Linda, who are establishing Kaizen Motors to build open-wheel race cars for the consumer market.

Senior business administration major Robert Gates of Riverside, received a $3,000 Conrey Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers Scholarship presented by Jerry Conrey and his wife, Vicki. Gates has served as an officer in the Entrepreneurship Society and worked with at-risk youth in a gang resistance program.

"Jerry Conrey is a CSUF alum who strongly believes in entrepreneurship and our student consulting program," noted Jackson. "He has volunteered in the classroom for the past 11 years, bringing a combination of passion and practical small business experience which is greatly valued by the students and faculty."

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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