How the CSUF Startup Incubator Helps Entrepreneurs

The CSUF Startup Incubator is hosted by California State University, Fullerton to help entrepreneurs launch their business concepts. Our focus is on helping entrepreneurs learn how to bootstrap, or self-fund, their business’ launch with a lean startup methodology. Every entrepreneur, even those without a direct connection to Cal State Fullerton, is welcomed.

The process begins with an application and a series of meetings with CSUF Startup Incubator staff to determine the best course of action for the entrepreneur. Once an entrepreneur has been accepted into the CSUF Startup Incubator they become what we call a Resident and the real work begins.

Every six month residency (extendible at the discretion of the Resident) starts out with an all hands meeting that includes CSUF Startup Incubator staff, the Resident and their team, and the Startup Coach, who is chosen from our pool of 500+ mentors based on their applicable skills and compatibility with the Resident and their startup. At this meeting a detailed Startup Plan is created that is designed to accomplish the Resident’s goals, which usually include: launch, determining marketing strategy, creation of a business plan, development of a startup team, and/or many other outcomes.

Over the course of the next six months or more, the Resident will have frequent, often weekly, meetings with their Startup Coach along with additional meetings with CSUF Startup Incubator staff to monitor progress made on the Startup Plan. Additionally, each Resident is paired with a CSUF Consulting Team to help in the development of a strategy that advances a specific part of the Startup Plan; for example, the creation of a business plan or market analysis.

Every Resident is invited to participate in a quarterly Startup Review. At Startup Reviews, Residents present the progress they have made and their plans for continued development, including the potential for an ask for investment in the Resident’s startup, to a panel that consists of a combination of investors, bankers, lawyers, successful entrepreneurs, and/or other members of the CSUF Startup community. These Startup Reviews serve as a great way to get feedback and to make connections with powerful members of the CSUF Startup community.

Upon graduation from the CSUF Startup Incubator, Residents will have made tremendous progress in launching their businesses. Six months is an aggressive schedule but we are confident that is enough time for our Residents to internalize the lean startup fundamentals that we use to develop each Startup Plan. And while we do focus on bootstrapping we know that every startup is unique and that some startups will need capital from investors such as the Titan Angels, Tech Coast Angels, or another angel or VC funding source. For those fast growth startups, we help them prepare to raise capital and can make introductions to funding sources.

Are you ready to start your business? Submit an application today!

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CSUF Startup Incubator Team

John Bradley Jackson
John Bradley JacksonDirector, CSUF Startup Incubator & CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship
John Bradley Jackson is the Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator at California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF, John is a Professor of Entrepreneurial Marketing, New Venture Creation & Launch, and Social Media. Known affectionately as “Professor JJ”, John brings practical marketing and sales knowledge to the classroom from both Silicon Valley and Wall Street. John has also written four books on entrepreneurship and social media marketing and is a founding member of angel investing group, Titan Angels.
Phillip Stinis
Phillip StinisEntrepreneur in Residence, CSUF Startup Incubator
Phillip Stinis is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the CSUF Startup Incubator, leading the marketing and operations at their location in the City of Placentia. He is their Chairman of the Selection Committee, reviewing business plans on a continuous basis and selecting the best candidates to become residents of their Incubator. Phillip is also a Professor at CSUF, teaching students Lean Startup, how to write Business Plans, and Investor Pitch Decks.
Travis Lindsay
Travis LindsayEntrepreneur in Residence, CSUF Startup Incubator & CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship
Travis Lindsay is an Entrepreneur in Residence for the Center for Entrepreneurship and the CSUF Startup Incubator. As one of the founders of the CSUF Startup Incubator and angel investing group, Titan Angels, and through his work with CSUF Entrepreneurship students, Travis has helped dozens of entrepreneurs develop their business concepts into actionable plans by advising them on their financial plans and overall strategy.

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