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CSU Research Partnerships and Entrepreneurial Initiatives

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CSU Centers and Institutes

Remaining true to its commitment to provide students with the infrastructure and support system to develop into entrepreneurs, the CSU has established several centers and institutes focusing on a variety of disciplines, including business and entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, economics, biotechnology, and engineering. These collaborative centers benefit not only CSU faculty and staff but also the local, regional, and state economy. Examples of these centers are presented below. See Appendix F for a more extensive listing.

  • CSU Chico—Cleantech Innovation Center: The Cleantech Innovation Center at Oroville’s mission is three-fold: to incubate and attract new cleantech businesses and help existing businesses transition to cleantech; to support and fast track applied research in emerging cleantech areas; and to support workforce development and readiness in Northern California.

  • Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Fresno State Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship creates strong ties between student enterprises and businesses and individuals in the community, improving career success for graduates. The Lyles Center delivers assistance through applied learning, professional consulting, and managed problem solving.

  • Office for Economic, Community, & Business Development: Humboldt State University’s Office for Economic, Community & Business Development brings together local business leaders, community leaders and economic development professionals with faculty, staff and students to address the economic development challenges of the North Coast. It provides collaborative project planning and development, applied research, technical assistance and training, public forums, and information dissemination.

  • Center of Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB): CLIMB at CSU San Marcos was established in 2004 to serve the leadership development needs of the surrounding community through innovative research and collaboration with students, faculty in other colleges, businesses, and community organizations. The center serves as a catalyst for local businesses to collaborate with the College of Business Administration and the university.

  • CSU Fullerton Center for Successful Aging: Combining educational, research and service activities, the Center for Successful Aging promotes health, vitality and well-being in later years. Its Fit 4 Life, Fall Proof and Health Promotion for Older Adults programs have become staples of community senior centers and have provided research data for numerous studies.

  • John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies: The Cal Poly Pomona John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, the only center of its kind in the world, is a 16-acre demonstration community showcasing regenerative strategies and technologies, such as low-energy architecture, water treatment, organic agriculture, ecological restoration and sustainable community development. The center educates the public on sustainable practices, offering tours and hands-on workshops.