Schedule of Events


Biola Startup Competition Kickoff Event (Team Registration Opens)

September 19, 2016  |  7:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East
Topic: Guest speaker keynote; review of competition format and eligibility requirements
Guest Speaker:

John Schad
Vice President of Marketing, 20th Century Fox

John Schad is Vice President of Marketing for 20th Century Fox where he has led marketing initiatives for film properties including Star Wars, X-Men, The Planet of the Apes, The Passion of the Christ and more. He has been involved with the start-up of several companies, and has been an MBA student mentor at Biola’s Crowell School of Business for the past 8 years.

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Team Building & Meet Up Event

September 26, 2016  |  7:30–9:30 p.m.  (REQUIRED)
Location: 
Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East
Topic: Leadership and Team Building — The Startup Differentiator
Guest Speaker:

Jeff McHugh
Associate Professor, Crowell School of Business
 

 


Workshop: Lean Startup Design Thinking

October 3, 2016  |  7:30–10 p.m.
Location: 
Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East
Guest Speaker:

Wes Wasson
Silicon Valley Executive ('89 Biola alumnus and Startup Advisory Board Member)
 

 


Workshop: Praxis Academy Faith and Entrepreneurship Workshop

October 10, 2016  |  7:30–10 p.m.  
Location: 
Andrews Banquet Room, Talbot East
Guest Speakers:

Jon Hart
Partner, Praxis Academy

Jon is passionate about serving entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation. Prior to Praxis, he spent seven years at a Fortune 50 Company, where he helped launch a new venture and revive another, gaining operational expertise in customer experience design, organizational leadership and brand management. Jon is a founding board member and current chairman at 100cameras, a nonprofit that empowers marginalized children to be catalysts for change in their communities. He is also Expert-In-Residence on Storytelling for the Catapult Incubator. 
 

Kim Biddle
Founder and Executive Director, Saving Innocence

Kim Biddle founded Saving Innocence in 2010 to provide rescue and restoration to the thousands of child victims within the United States. She has received multiple awards for her pioneering anti-trafficking work, has been featured on ABC and CBS news programs, and advises state officials in the creation of legislation, leading a national movement to restore the cultural value of innocence and human worth.
 

Chris Tsai
Co-Founder & CEO, Celery

Chris Tsai is a co-founder and CEO of Celery, a pre-order platform for launching and scaling new products. Chris studied quantitative marketing at Wharton, computer science at MIT and built his first PASCAL program when he was 12. The son of a serial entrepreneur, he has been working on tech and social finance startups since college. Before creating Celery, he led Groupon’s expansion in Asia.


Team Registration Closes

October 10, 2016


Workshop: Spiritual Enterprise — Doing Virtuous Business

October 12, 2016  |  11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria Banque Room (bring your lunch)
Guest Speaker:

Ted Malloch
Senior Fellow in Management Practice at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and author of Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business, among other books. www.tedmalloch.com
 


Workshop: Successfully Writing a Concept Paper

October 17, 2016  |  7:30–10 p.m.  (REQUIRED)
Location: 
Moats Lecture Hall (Room 109)
Guest Speakers:

Laureen Mgrdichian
Associate Professor, Crowell School of Business

 

 

Robert Harp
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Crowell School of Business

 

 


Distinguished Speaker Series: Kurt Keilhacker

October 24, 2016  |  6 p.m. 
Location: 
Moats Auditorim, Crowell School of Business
Guest Speaker:

Kurt Keilhacker
Board Chair of Praxis, Founding Partner at Elementum Ventures


 


Concept Papers Due

November 18, 2016


Entrepreneurial Fireside Chat

November 28, 2016  |  7:30 p.m. 
Location: 
Fireside Pit by the Student Union Building and Cafeteria
Guest Speaker:

Grant Van Cleve
President of Tech Coast Angels and VCInvest
 

 


Finalists Announced

December 2, 2016


Workshop: Writing an Effective Business Plan

December 5, 2016  |  7:30–10 p.m.  (REQUIRED)
Location: 
Crowell School of Business (Room 202)
Guest Speakers:

Laureen Mgrdichian
Associate Professor, Crowell School of Business 

 

 

Robert Harp
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Crowell School of Business
 

 

 


Entrepreneurial Fireside Chat

February 13, 2017  |  7:30 p.m. 
Location: 
Fireside Pit by the Student Union Building and Cafeteria
Guest Speaker:

Russell Bjorkman
Venture Partner and General Counsel, Sovereign’s Capital
 

 


Workshop: Making the Pitch

February 27, 2017  |  7:30–10 p.m.  (REQUIRED)
Location: Crowell School of Business Building, Moats Lecture Hall (Room 109)
Guest Speaker: 

Robert Yi
President and Chief Operating Officer, Westfall Gold; Managing Partner, Ten Talents Partners (Startup Advisory Board Member)

 


 


Business Plans Due

March 6, 2017


Final Presentations and Awards

Saturday, March 18, 2017  |  8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location:
 Moat Lecture Hall (Room 109 — Crowell School of Business)

*Schedule and dates subject to change. Some workshops are restricted to registered Biola Startup Competition participants and/or finalists.

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Entrepreneurship occurs when people use their God-given skills and abilities to create and grow organizations.”

Chris Horst and Peter Greer

 

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