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CSUF to Open Incubator in Placentia

Oct. 3, 2014

Cal State Fullerton's Center for Entrepreneurship soon will be opening the doors to its Center for Innovation, the University's first incubator, in Placentia.

"We're looking for innovative start-ups with scalable business concepts," said John Bradley Jackson, center director. "Our efforts will be focused on the campus community with our students, but alumni are invited to take part in the effort.

"We see the incubator as an extension of what we do in the classroom, and we hope to engage with students not only from Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, but also from other colleges," said Jackson, who is working with the city of Placentia, as well as with a steering committee of business leaders, including alumnus Dan Black '67, and faculty members.

In addition to those serving on the steering committee, the center will utilize volunteer coaches and mentors who already serve with the Center for Entrepreneurship, to help the start-ups. "This will not be 'cookie cutter' support, but customized to meet their needs," he said, adding, "We will provide assistance for intellectual property protection, formation of a legal entity, business plan revision and determination of funding requirements. The center also will give innovators the tools to develop a website and modest administrative support." 

The goal, Jackson noted, is to commercialize resident start-ups within 180 days. 

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