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Tech Talks: Entrepreneurship 101 for Engineers

  • Hub101 31416 Agoura Road Westlake Village, CA, 91361 United States (map)


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Pizza and Networking: 6:00 PM
Interactive Session: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Facilitator: Michael Panesis, MBA (Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship)

ABSTRACT: Help your startup become a reality through learning about best practices for a fast-growth business. Learn how to make your idea concrete! Initiate your business plan, and get ready to put that plan into action. Discuss with the workshop leader how to develop the growth mindset and commitment to endeavoring through an entire startup undertaking. Lean about the CLU Hub 101 entrepreneurs program. Gain insight into the collaborative nature and need for your partners to interact across industries and work together to critique and build upon each other’s ideas.

Such are the building blocks of an Entrepreneurship 101 program designed for Engineers. This session will be tailored to introduce engineers to best practices such as handling investors including angels, venture capital, using the Business Model Canvas, executing a crowd funding campaign, customer discovery and validation, and finally gain an understanding of what real investors look for. Join us for this engaging session with Michael Panesis, MBA (Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship)


ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Michael Panesis, MBA, Angel Investor, and Executive Director, California Lutheran University; Center for Entrepreneurship)

He comes to CLU from the Technology Management Program (TMP) at the University California (UC), Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, where he ran the University of California Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) highly successful New Venture Competition (NVC). While at UCSB, he also developed a mentor network for advising students, represented the TMP at community events, and innovated with the NVC to reflect best practices in the Santa Barbara start-up community. Additionally, Mike played a key role in creating the new start-up incubator for the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet. Mike is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest accredited angel investor group in the country and is head of the TCA’s Central Coast Investor Network.

Mike career spans a diverse range of industries and roles, including executive management, tech start-ups, information technology management and management consulting for companies like Semtech, Whitestone Research, DealerTrack, Church & Dwight, Deloitte & Touche and AT&T. Mike holds a MBA degree in Marketing from Rutgers University in New Jersey and received his BS in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology. He is on the Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast Chapter and Steering Committee of the Ventura County Greek Festival.