1st Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium

San Francisco State University College of Business Entrepreneurship Symposium Thurs., Apr. 5, 2018

Hosted by San Francisco State University College of Business, the first Entrepreneurship Symposium is part of a larger initiative to build an innovation center on the San Francisco State University campus.


April 5th, 2018, 8 am -5 pm


San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Suite 597, San Francisco, 94103


To attend as an audience please click the link below and register on the Eventbrite. Cost: $95 per person ($45 for alumni and staff, $15 students). Registration fee is waived for students pitching their business.  

Join Keynote Speaker Ofer Ronen at the College of Business' first annual Entrepreneurship Symposium

Ofer Ronen

Ofer Ronen leads the Chatbase bot analytics team with Google’s startup incubator. Previously, he served as CEO and founder of Pulse.io, an app performance monitoring service, which he sold to Google. In addition, he was CEO and founder of Sendori, an ad network, which he sold to IAC. He is a startup mentor at Stanford and an Angel Investor in Lyft, Palantir and Klout. Ofer holds an MS in artificial intelligence from the University of Michigan, and received his MBA from Cornell University.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for San Francisco State University students or alumni who are interested in developing stronger entrepreneurial skills. They should be resourceful, resilient and mature, as well as be open to feedback and adapting to change. Participants who are able to bring intellectual rigor, natural curiosity and drive to get out and apply what they learn in the program will see a successful transformation of themselves by the end of the program.

Innovation Pitch Competition

Our Innovation Pitch Competition is a forum to share and discover new business ideas and startups. To participate in the business pitch competition please submit your business idea online by March 21, 2018Prizes will be awarded to top 3 entries. Go to the Innovation Pitch 2018 page to learn more about the pitch competition.

Program Objectives:

  • Understanding how to create a business strategy, conduct market analysis, test a product or service and develop a financial plan
  • Learn how to manage limited resources to bootstrap a new business that allows entrepreneurs to launch and grow through lean startup principals
  • Develop higher self-awareness of your attributes, capabilities and behaviors as a leader
  • Improve executive-level communication and decision making skills
  • Create a “fundable” business plan or pitch



Breakfast and networking.


Welcome by Dean Linda Oubre & Timothy Anderson.

Tom Thomas (moderator) Introduction of keynote speakers.


Keynote by Ofer Ronen, angel investor and Google in-house innovation executive.


Q&A moderated by Tom Thomas.




Panel discussion moderated by Tom Thomas, including:


Panel Q&A moderated by Tom.


Networking and Lunch.


Startup Pitch Competition Presentations.


Deliberations by panelists. Pitch Competition Panel Judges:


Announcement of winners and award ceremony.

Wrap-up and final remarks from Dean Oubre.


Networking and refreshments.