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Cal State Innovation Winners Announced, and More – Los Angeles News

Cal State Innovation Winners

Take a look at some of the top business school stories coming out of the Los Angeles metro this week.


Innovation Challenge 2018 Winners – CSULB Newsroom

Artemus Labs, a team of California State University Long Beach College of Business Administration students, were recently named the winners of the 2018 CSULB Innovation Challenge. The competition, available through the CSULB Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, awarded $10,000 in seed funding to Artemus Labs, along with legal and accounting services and space worth up to $40,000.

Artemus Labs is made up of Rae Jillian Rivera, Anna Maria del Mundo, Nikki Escobar, Kimberly Ventura, and Calvin Leung. The company designed a new prosthetic liner based on feedback from amputees, creating a breathable and bright liner that vastly improved on existing models. This is Calvin Leung’s third time on a finalist team, having previously been a part of 1010 Labs, LLC, a mobile app to help caregivers in looking after elderly family members. The app was a runner up in the Innovation Challenge in both 2016 and 2017.

Rae Jillian Rivera, Anna Maria del Mundo, Nikki Escobar, Calvin Leung, and Kimberly Ventura of Artemus Lab / Photo via csulb.edu

Read more about the CSULB Innovation Challenge and Artemus Labs here.

LGBT Awareness Week at UCLA Anderson – UCLA Anderson

April 23 through the 27 at the UCLA Anderson School of Management was LGBT Awareness week, inviting the school’s LGBT community and allies to participate in a week full of events and discussion. Among the events will be the OUTx Conference on Thursday, April 26th, which will take a deep look at the LGBTQ experience in both the professional and personal sphere through workshops, panels and conversations with leaders in the industry. Jessica Kimball, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Mattel, Inc, was the keynote speaker.

In addition to the conference on Thursday, the week was filled with events tailored to allies, advocates and leaders within the community. Also included in the week’s events was Happy Hours, receptions and brunch, giving members of the community the chance to both network and celebrate the work of OUT@Anderson at UCLA.

You can read more about the events of LGBT Awareness week at UCLA Anderson here.

Sustaining Entrepreneurship Research – USC Marshall Newsroom

USC Marshall School of Business professor Noam Wasserman is the recipient of a newly endowed chair in entrepreneurship, thanks to a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation of Brazil in 2017. The gift, which funded the new Jorge Paulo and Susanna Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship, also supports up to six scholarships for Brazilian students working towards their Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship degree at Marshall.

Noam Wasserman currently serves as professor of clinical entrepreneurship and the founding director of the Founder Central Initiative at USC Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Wasserman was honored with the endowed chair thanks to his ground-breaking research into early-decision making by founders. “[JP and Suzzane Lemann’s] support and encouragement has been invaluable for helping maximize the impact that we can have on our next generation of high-impact founders and startups,” Wasserman said, “on campus, in Southern California, in Brazil, and beyond.”

Read more about the newly endowed chair here.

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