Public Affairs

A Startup in Entrepreneurship

October 20, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

Leader. Strong-willed. Innovative. Risk Taker. Pioneer.

These five words describe our visionary students who graduate to become the entrepreneurs that fuel California’s business enterprise. The entrepreneurship programs offered at CSU campuses give undergraduate and graduate students the skills and know-how to start and manage a new business venture.

Students pursuing an option in entrepreneurship not only learn the basic management skills in the classroom, but they are able to apply them in a real-world setting while interacting with business professionals throughout the community. Oftentimes, developing plans for a new venture or working with an entrepreneurial firm are part of the regular curriculum.

CSU campuses provide students with high-quality instruction, exposure to experienced entrepreneurs and the amenities they need to fully develop promising entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, numerous campuses host Centers for Entrepreneurship that provide students and up-and-coming entrepreneurs with the advice and resources needed to create, launch and grow thriving companies. Some of CSU’s recent innovators include:
Desi Massei
Desi Massei: Graduating in 2008 with a bachelors’ degree in entrepreneurial management, this Cal State San Bernardino alum’s online cupcakery, [Desi]gn Cakes and Cupcakes, has become such a success that it was featured on The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in August 2011.

Jenny Amaraneni, Craig Stern and Dana HollidayJenny Amaraneni, Craig Stern and Dana Holliday: With the help of San Diego State’s Entrepreneurial Management Center, these SDSU alumni have created SOLO Eyewear, an eco-friendly sunglasses company that uses its revenues to provide eye surgeries and prescription glasses to people in need.

Natashia TomekNatashia Tomek: This 26-year-old Cal State Fullerton alum is the founder and CEO of her footwear company, Tash Limited. She started her company by making foldable flats (fashionable shoes that can be folded in half for easy storage and portability) for women and now has accounts that span from Canada to Puerto Rico to Chile and across the United States.