Past Events 2005

A series of eminent speakers and workshops will be scheduled this semester to inform and assist those who plan to participate in the Neat Ideas Fair. The speakers will focus on different aspects of starting a business, including identifying and assessing market opportunities, communicating the business idea, and analyzing the legal issues.

SVCE Eminent Speaker Series, Fall 2005.

Session One: "The Entrepreneurial Experience"

Speaker: Mike Sinyard, Founder & CEO of Specialized Bicycles and SJSU Alumnus

When: Wednesday, September 14th 2005

Where: Umunhum Room, Student Union

Time: 6:15pm to 8pm

In 1974, at the age of 24, Mike Sinyard began putting bikes together from Italian components he imported. He actually ran an import service, providing these sought after parts to California bike shops. Soon, mountain bikes became more common, but the choice was either a custom built, racey bike or a heavy rebuilt klunker. He knew he could build a viable bicycle for less than custom bikes cost, and thus the Specialized Stumpjumper was born in 1981. ( http://www.mtnbikehalloffame.com/ )


***Free and open to the public***

Spring Semester 2005 :

Session #1 The Ingredients of a Winning Business Plan: An Investor's Perspective

Speaker: Eric Benhamou Chairman of 3Com Corporation, PalmOne, and PalmSource Inc., and Chairman and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures.
For a longer bio, see http://www.benhamouglobalventures.com

When: Thursday, February 10th

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 225B
150 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: 408-808-2000
(free Parking across the street after 6:00 pm)

Time: 6:15pm to 8pm

Whether you are starting a new venture or want to gain knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship, this event will offer a unique insight into the experience of one of Silicon Valley's most successful entrepreneurial leaders. Come and find out about the process of creating and starting new ventures, preparing an effective business plan, and what investors look for in a business plan.

***Free and open to the public***

Session #2 Alternative Sources of Finance at start-up

Speakers: CJ Cornell - Founder-CEO of Chaos Media Networks & Advisor, Silicom Ventures) and Sanjay Subhedar - General Partner, Storm Ventures)

When: March 24th 2005.

Where: BBC (Boccardo Business Education Center) 004
Near 10th street and San Fernando St., San Jose State University.

Time: 6:15-8p.m.

This event will offer valuable insights into the differing perspectives and decision making criteria used by venture capitalists and angel investors in evaluating opportunities to invest in start-ups. The presentations will help entrepreneurs to understand and evaluate the benefits and costs of these alternative sources of finance at start-up, when to approach angels or VCs, and how to choose among them.

***Free and open to the public***

Session #3 Legal Issues at start-up.

Speaker: Francoise Gilbert (Managing Director, IT Law Group)

When: April 7th 2005.

Time: 6:15-8 p.m.

Where: BBC (Boccardo Business Education Center) 004
Near 10th street and San Fernando St., San Jose State University.

Whatever the nature of your new business, you will have to find ways to protect its intellectual capital and decide its legal form. Find out what you need to know about IP protection, alternative legal structures, and how and when to approach a lawyer.
Francoise Gilbert is the founder and managing director of the IT Law Group. She has over 21 years experience negotiating high tech deals. A recognized expert on information privacy and security, she advises companies on high stakes transactions, outsourcing or strategic relationships. She serves on the Boards of several Silicon Valley technology start-ups.

***Free and open to the public***

Session #4 Harvesting Your Own Ideas and Intellectual Capital

Speakers: Hector Franco, Entrepreneur - Volunteer with SVCE at SJSU
Martin H. Nguyen – Patent Attorney

When: Thursday, April 21, 2005

Where: BBC (Boccardo Business Education Center) 004
Near 10th street and San Fernando St., San Jose State University.

Time: 6:15am to 8pm

This introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) protection will illustrate how you can convert your ideas into intellectual capital, how you can leap into the fascinating world of successful entrepreneurship, and how you can contribute to the economic growth of our country. Participation in this Workshop will give you priority to register for a free set of IP Lab sessions where you can learn how to file your own patent.

• Entrepreneurial Capital and IP protection
• Why IP is a crucial component of most technology-based startups
• Patent basics
• Understanding and learning how to take advantage of the Provisional Patent Application
• Deferring the legal IP expenses until you can afford it
• Do it yourself KIT


***Free and open to the public***

Session #5 Harvesting and selling the Business

Speaker: Carl Rosendahl  PDF - Founder of PDI Dreamworks

When: Thursday, May 5th 2005

Where: King Library, Suite 225B

Time: 6:15am to 8pm

President of Pacific Data Images (PDI). He was executive producer of digital effects for TOYS (1992), and produced GAS PLANET (1992) and ANTZ (1998). After years of success, he retired and sold PDI to Dreamworks SKG, the company headed by Steven Spielberg. Come hear him speak about his successful career and how and why he sold his company to Dreamworks SKG.

***Free and open to the public***


Workshop Series

Business Plan Prep–Marketing Workshop on 02/19/05 by Joseph Giglierano

Business Plan Prep–Finance Workshop on 03/12/05 by Michael Solt


Business Plan Prep–Marketing Workshop

Presenter: Professor Joseph Giglierano

When: Saturday, February 19th 2005

Where: King Library, Suite 225B

Time: 9am to 12pm

This workshop is intended to prepare students for the business plan competition. This workshop will be an interactive workshop to teach students about market research and will cover all aspects of the marketing portion of a business plan. Come to this workshop to get prepare for the business plan competition and get a head start on your business plan.

***Free and open to the public***

Business Plan Prep–Finance Workshop

Presenter: Professor Michael Solt

When: Saturday, March 12th 2005

Where: King Library, Suite 225B

Time: 9am to 12pm

This workshop is intended to prepare students for the business plan competition. This workshop will be an interactive workshop to teach students about financial forecasting and will cover all aspects of the financing portion of a business plan. Come to this workshop to get prepare for the business plan competition and get a head start on your business plan.

***Free and open to the public***