First Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium & Innovation Pitch Competition 2018

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.


Join Keynote Speaker Ofer Ronen at the College of Business' inaugural 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, 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.


Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Suite 609, San Francisco, 94103

Registration—Sold Out!

Cost: $95 per person ($45 for alumni and staff, $15 students)

To attend as an audience member, please register on Eventbrite.

Registration fee is waived for students pitching their business.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for San Francisco State University students or alumni who are interested in developing stronger entrepreneurial skills. You 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.

The Innovation Pitch Competition

Our Innovation Pitch Competition is a forum to share and discover new business ideas and startups. The deadline to submit your business idea to the pitch competition has now passed. You are welcome to attend the Symposium to hear pitches from other entrepreneurs. Register on Eventbrite.

Program Objectives

  • understand 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


8–9 a.m.  Breakfast and networking.

9–9:15 a.m.

  • Welcome by Dean Linda Oubre & Timothy Anderson
  • Tom Thomas (moderator) Introduction of keynote speakers
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Professor Tom Thomas

9:15–10 a.m.  Keynote Address by Ofer Ronen, angel investor and Google in-house innovation executive

10–10:15 a.m.  Q&A with Attendees

10:15–10:30 a.m. Break

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Panel discussion with moderator Professor Tom Thomas

  • Scott Kelly, Founder & CEO, Black Dog
  • Gary Clayton, Clayton Multimedia
  • Zack Onisko, CEO, Dribbble
  • Eran Goren, CEO & President, Digital Media/EVP of Strategy at USIM
  • Kayla Matheus, Founder and CEO, MOTI

11:30 a.m.–Noon  Panel Q&A moderated by Professor Tom Thomas

Noon–12:30 p.m.  Networking and Lunch

12:30–2:30 p.m.  Startup Pitch Competition Presentations

2:30–3 p.m. Deliberations by Panel Judges:

  • Hassan Ali, Liquidity Regulatory Reporting Analyst, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Laura Day, VP, Entrepreneurial Programming, Harvard Business School Nor. Cal. Alumni Association
  • Scott Kelly, Founder & CEO, Black Dog
  • Linda Oubré, Dean, College of Business, San Francisco State University
  • Ozzie Perez, VP, Financial Controls Manager, Controller of the Americas, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Sapna Satanopan, Co-founder, Xyza: News for Kids

3–3:30 p.m.  Announcement of Winners and Award Ceremony. Wrap-up and Final Remarks from Dean Oubré

3–4 p.m.  Networking and Refreshments