“As a regional university, it’s important for us to stay involved with companies of all sizes and to help with the creation of start-ups. Fostering entrepreneurship and educating students are our contributions to keeping the economy around is vibrant.” – Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler, Dean, School of ManagementThe Center for Entrepreneurship provides mentorship, guidance and resources to entrepreneurs starting their businesses as well as to established companies seeking to grow their business. The Center provides training and one on one coaching for entrepreneurs located in the San Fernando, East Ventura and Santa Clarita Valleys. The Center is a project of the School of Management at Cal Lutheran University. The School of Management is a scholarly community and private academic institution dedicated to producing graduates who are well prepared to succeed in their personal and professional lives — who think, communicate, lead, and follow with sustained excellence and who are guided by an active moral and ethical awareness. The Center is an alliance dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses with high growth potential succeed and. The goal of the Center is to bring together in one location the expertise and resources of the four founding organizations to provide targeted, high level training, consulting and resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow their business. The Center aims to establish an entrepreneur and business friendly ecosystem to encourage greater collaboration and resource sharing between entrepreneurs, funding sources, mentors, and partners in the area.
Cal Lutheran is a strong partner with 805connect with a focus on business, entrepreneurship and the growing startup ecology. Through their efforts at building community, providing speakers at weekly events and other outreaches, they are adding tremendous value to the region.