Torero Tidbits: Pitching Business Ventures; USD Conversations; Summer Internship Award Q&A

Torero Tidbits: Pitching Business Ventures; USD Conversations; Summer Internship Award Q&A

The Resilient Entrepreneur Series: Live Venture Pitches, Instant Investor Feedback

One day after the University of San Diego hosted its 15 teams vying to be one of two to advance to the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, a USD series aptly named “The Resilient Entrepreneur” will provide an even deeper dive into the process of virtual presentation today (April 30) from 12:15-1 p.m. on Zoom.

This series, run by the USD School of Business’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer, will have three USD teams — each led by a current Torero student — pitch their ventures to two investors and get live feedback and questions. This process allows for a unique learning opportunity for the virtual audience. The presenters are:

Alisa Johnson ’10 (Industrial and Systems Engineering), Part-Time MBA program student. Her venture is Twrvl, an online application allowing users to create individualized travel plans, connect with other like-minded travelers, and collaborate group travel. Twrvl integrates robust travel planning tools, seamless social networking and integrated payment processing to coordinate the user's travel needs. Twrvl makes group travel easier.

Lucien Eloundou ’21, MA in Leadership Studies. His venture is Charbon Plus, an e-commerce store offering affordable and natural charcoal cosmetic products that provide full-time jobs to small farmers worldwide.

Connor Hountalas ’20, Finance Major, Entrepreneurship Minor. His venture is Double Take, a sports technology company that creates cutting-edge recruitment videos for high school athletes wanting to get to the next level. Hountalas, the 2019 V2 Pitch Competition winner, says Double Take is cleaning up the process through developing Computer Vision Networks to become a one-stop-shop for all sports recruiting needs.

The two investors listening to pitches and providing instant feedback are veteran entrepreneurs Alison Gerlach and Jeffery Adler. Learn more about them and register for this free opportunity to see live venture pitching at this Eventbrite link.

College Launches “USD Conversations” with Faculty Experts

Jesse Perez and Shana Wride, who are, respectively, the director and program coordinator for the Master of Fine Arts in Acting in The Old Globe and University of San Diego’s Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, took part in the first installment of a new weekly virtual series on Wednesdays with USD faculty, alumni and friends called “USD Conversations.”

Perez, the Craig Noel Chair, and Wride spoke on Zoom on the topic, “How to Teach Theatre When the Lights Go Out,” offering much of what is expected from this series — they shared insights on how they and the theatre program has pivoted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how they can create or strengthen connections. They conversed about everything from how remote teaching and remote learning has been since USD’s mid-March shift, coping with how it affects the industry, how the technology forces transition and what the future of theatre looks like as a result.

The engaging discussion between Perez and Wride, along with answering audience questions made for an intriguing start to the series, which is free, but requires an RSVP to access.

Three more “USD Conversations” virtual events are scheduled for Wednesdays through May 20.

The next one is May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. with Communication Studies Chair and Associate Professor Bradley J. Bond, PhD,  and Professor Jonathan Bowman, PhD, discussing “Social Relationships in Times of Social Distancing.” The intended effect of social distancing is to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus, but what are the unintended effects? Register now for this free event (RSVP required for Zoom access).

Del Dickson, PhD, JD, Professor in Political Science and International Relations, will conduct a USD Conversations event on May 13, also from noon to 1 p.m. His topic is “Federalism and Pandemic: Who Calls the Shots?” How should we strike a balance between federal and state governments, in a time of national crisis but divergent local circumstances? How the novel coronavirus might result in a healthier democracy. Register now for this free event (RSVP required for Zoom access).

The May 20 event is titled, "Pear-Shaped Kings and Orange Presidents: Recognizing Protest Art," with Derrick Cartwright, PhD, associate professor and director of University Galleries, and John Murphy, PhD, Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints and an arts history lecturer. (Register Now).

Career Development Center Virtual Q&A: Summer Internship Award

The Career Development Center will host a virtual question-and-answer/drop-in hour for USD undergraduate students regarding the $5,000 Summer Internship Award on May 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Here is the Zoom information for the event. Can't make it? Fill out this form to receive a video link to the recorded session and send your questions.

The Summer Internship Award supports eligible undergraduate USD students participating in meaningful summer internships, undergraduate research or career-related community service. It is not a replacement for wages, but rather is intended to offset living, transportation or other expenses associated with participating in a summer internship. Students who receive this award can receive up to $5,000 (in three payments).

This event is Career Readiness Program approved for one Compass, Connect or Passport point. 

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

A new virtual series, The Resilient Entrepreneur, will have three student ventures do a live presentation and investors will give instant feedback. A new virtual series, The Resilient Entrepreneur, will have three student ventures do a live presentation and investors will give instant feedback.

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