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Apostle Incubator

The CSULB Apostle Incubator is back July 13 - August 10 for the Summer Boot Camp and will resume regular programming Tuesday, August 31st! 

About

The John and Helen Apostle Incubator provides programming to support entrepreneurs from both the campus and Long Beach community to pursue their passion and the creation of innovative businesses to help grow the Long Beach economy.  The support of the Apostle Foundation allows us to deliver programming to meet the needs of the diverse entrepreneurs from our community.  The Apostle Incubator is an inclusive environment in which new business ideas are created, nurtured and launched.  Contact us for more information or just drop by for a visit on any Tuesday evening!

 Our Purpose, Our Values, Our People

We seek to foster a creative and collaborative environment, so that stakeholders from multiple disciplines feel empowered to develop their passions in a tangible, practical, and innovative manner. We believe that there is an abundance of business opportunities in this world. We strive to bring to life new ideas that will help boost the unlocked potential. We believe that active collaboration is the key to success. We are a group of entrepreneurs from different cultural backgrounds with experience in different industries who share passion to people, technologies and critical thinking. And we enjoy bringing them together.

Incubator Founding Team

Incubator Board Members

While working toward their MBA degree, this team came together to provide support and mentorship to entrepreneurs on campus and in the community.


Fall 2020 Schedule

Sep 1 – “Innovation Challenge Information Session”
 
Sep 8 – “Ideation & Innovation Challenge Speed Dating”
 
Sep 15  – “Building Your Team”
Featured Guest Speakers: Jeff Bently
 
Sep 22 – “Developing an MVP”
Featured Guest Speakers: Scott Wayman & Hans Yang
 
Sep 29 – “Business Model Canvas I"
 
Oct 6 – “Business Model Canvas II”
 
Oct 13 – “Business Plan Structure & LivePlan Intro”
Featured Guest Speakers: LivePlan Support
 
Oct 20 – “Design Thinking Workshop”
Featured Guest Speakers: Steve Boyer & Wesley Woelfel
 
Oct 27 – “Sustainability Thinking Workshop"
Featured Guest Speakers: Ebony Utley
 
Nov 3 – “Speed Dating for Innovation Challenge”
Featured Guest Speakers: Full IC Team
 
Nov 10 – "Market Research: Validate Your Idea with Data"
Featured Guest Speakers: Dr. Ingrid Martin & Research Librarians 
Nov 10- Resources Nov 10- Facebook Live 
 
Nov 17 – “Business Financials”
Featured Guest Speakers: Dr. Pia Gupta & Dean Heiss
 
Nov 24 – “Virtual Networking Strategies”
Featured Guest Speakers: Dr. Rachel Hastings
 
Dec 1 – "Business Ethics"
Featured Guest Speakers: Bruce Weinstein
 
Dec 8 – “Wellness & Focus Over Holidays”
Featured Guest Speakers: Pamela Buckner
 
Dec 22 – Winter Break

Spring 2021 Schedule

Jan 19 – “Reconnect, Update & Thinking”
Featured Guest Speakers: Dr. Ebony Utley et al.
 
Jan 26 – "Prototyping & Technology"
Feb 2 – "Pricing your Product/Service" 
Feb 9 – "Shared Decision Making"
Featured Guest Speakers: Alfredo Carlos
Feb 16 – "Funding your Startup"
Featured Guest Speakers: Dean Heiss
Feb 23 – "Sharing Ownership"
Featured Guest Speakers: Rick Citron
Mar 2 – "Social & Digital Marketing"
Featured Guest Speakers: Aleks Lason, CHRILLEKS

Mar 9 – "Branding"
Featured Guest Speakers: Fabian Geyrhalter, FINIEN

Mar 16 – "Pitching your Business" 
Featured Guest Speakers: Ali Nagy, MALI & FRIENDS
 
Mar 23 – "Intellectual Property Protection"
Featured Guest Speakers: Steve Boyer & Doug Patton
 
Apr 6 – "eCommerce Strategies"
Featured Guest Speakers: Phillip Hang & Chris Snyder, Shopify
Apr 13 – "Legal Structures"
Featured Guest Speakers: Ashleigh Stone
Apr 20 – "PitchFest Competition"
Featured Guest Speakers: Dean Heiss + Team
 
Apr 27  "Wellness Entrepreneurship"
Featured Guest Speakers: Cassandra Vitale
May 4 – "Creating an Inclusive Culture"
Featured Guest Speakers: DeLonzo Rhodes
May 11 – "LB Opportunities & Ecosystem Mixer"
Featured Guest Speakers: Dean Heiss + Team

*program is subject to change

Apostle Enterprise Lab (AEL)

The Apostle Enterprise Lab (AEL) is coursework open to all CSULB students aimed at studying entrepreneurship from idea to launch to execution. Through collaboration across disciplines and fields, AEL students will get a rich and, powerful entrepreneurship education that is unmatched across the university. Each year, students will be selected from colleges across campus to form an AEL cohort that will be limited to 25 to 30 students. Half will be business students to provide emphasis on commercial viability, and half will be from other colleges to maximize innovative and creative thinking. Click HERE to learn more and/or apply!