Category Archives: Spotlights
COBE Student Spotlight Awards September – October
Center For Entrepreneurship Brings Startup Teaching Methods To Classrooms
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Boise State University is preparing student entrepreneurs through new, innovative ways for venture launch success by introducing the Lean LaunchPad curriculum this semester.
The Center has been preparing faculty for the new curriculum by infusing Lean LaunchPad into MBA program offerings. Now this fall, the faculty introduced a two course undergraduate offering under the LaunchPad curriculum, open to all Boise State students. The program guides student teams through identifying problems, building solutions and creating a business model.
“The Center for Entrepreneurship is leading the way for student business creation by introducing the Lean LaunchPad program to Boise State,” said Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Kent Neupert. “We are proud to support all Boise State University students as they work to make dreams a reality with their new business ideas.”
Two Boise State faculty members, Neupert and Jeff Sugheir, are certified “Lean LaunchPad” educators, having completed their training in January 2013.
The LaunchPad program is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. The program is based on the process developed by Steve Blank from Stanford University School of Engineering and the University of California at Berkeley School of Business, with more than 180 new companies launched from the program.
COBE Student Starts Socially Conscious Business
Koby Conrad, a junior majoring in business, recently started his own business, Hippies Hope Shop, a for-profit business, yet socially conscious online clothing store.
“Every item that we sell on our website we save a tiny portion which we will use to provide meals to children in need,” Conrad said.
Hippies Hope Shop is 100% online, as the company imports products from all around the world at wholesale, stores them and has them shipped through an eco-friendly fulfillment company, Verde Fulfillment.
The business has been open for a little under a month, posting $2,200 in sales with a goal of reaching $10,000 in sales per month within the next three months.
Conrad graduated high school a year early, took a summer abroad before entering Boise State and completed a successful internship last year at Idaho Central Credit Union. He owes a large part of his success to his learning at Boise State.
“Because of my education at Boise State I turned my hobbies into a business that is going to make me extremely successful,” Conrad said. “I owe all of this to my education at Boise State.”
COBE Student Human Resource Association Wins Merit Award
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) awarded the Boise State University Human Resource Association the Merit Award for its excellence and achievement during the 2012-2013 year. Stephanie Ortiz, president of the organization, lead the club with guest speakers in the human resource field, volunteer activities and a third place finish in the regional human resource case study competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Geoffrey Black, Economics Chair, to Present at Small Modular Reactors Conference
Geoffrey Black had been ask to speak at the Small Modular Reactors (SMR) Conference: Managing the Technical, Cost, and Regulatory Challenges to Develop a New Nuclear Industry, May 29-30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Black will be presenting his study on assessing potential markets, particularly developing economies. He has been working with the Westinghouse company on the impacts of developing SMR manufacturing facilities in the US for domestic deployment (eg: in Missouri to replace aging coal plants) and on the market potential for developing countries.
Nancy Napier’s New Blog – The upside of Complaining
Nancy Napier, director of the Centre of Creativity and Innovation, posts regularly for Psychology Today. Read her most recent blog and learn your A’s and C’s and the good of complaining.