‘E-Week’ put spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

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Sacramento State President, Robert S. Nelsen
James Chu ’13, the first presenter at Sac State’s Inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week, poses with students and other attendees at the end of his Inside Success: Forging Your Own Path session.

In the fall, Sacramento State hosted its inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week, bringing dozens of alumni innovators and founders of area startups to campus to share their personal journeys and offer valuable advice with students and alumni.

Free sessions throughout the week offered insight on what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur, essential tools to success and how to turn creative ideas into reality.

Highlights included a panel discussion with restaurant owners and other players in the Farm-to-Fork movement, a “Shark Tank”-style business idea pitch competition and a talk by alumnus and founder of Sleep Train Mattress Centers Dale Carlsen on the importance of social entrepreneurship in our community. The week wrapped up with a joint address by President Robert Nelsen and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Sacramento’s “civic innovation economy.”

Many thanks to our Global Entrepreneurship Week sponsors who made it such a success:

Presenting Sponsor: Dale and Katy Carlsen

Silver Sponsors: Sierra Health Foundation, Keller Family Pathway Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Bronze Sponsors: Union Bank, University Enterprises, Inc.

Hornet Sponsor: Sacramento Region Community Foundation

A gallery of images from the week’s activities is available at sacstate.smugmug.com.

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