Apply for training course “Shaping Entrepreneurial ECOsystem” – at Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, San Diego State Univrsity (SDSU), California (USA)


Apply for training course “Shaping Entrepreneurial ECOsystem” – at Lavin Entrepreneurship Center, San Diego State Univrsity (SDSU), California (USA)

Training dates: August 6-10, 2018

Ilia State University and the U.S. Embassy in Georgia in cooperation with Lavin Entrepreneurship Center (San Diego State University SDSU in California, USA) is looking for motivated and entrepreneurial spirit individual for the unique opportunity to attend a training course in developing and maintaining entrepreneurial ecosystems which will take place at San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, California (USA). 

Training Dates: August 6-10, 2018 

The entrepreneurial training program is being implemented within the U.S. Embassy funded program called PAVING THE WAY TO A KNOWLEDGE-BASED ECONOMY: ENHANCING UNIVERSITY RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS IN GEORGIA. The aforementioned program consortium is led by Ilia State University and consists of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA), San Diego State University (SDSU) in California, USA, and Startup Grind.

Why should I participate in the training?

Innovations are integral elements of the modern world. Started from 3D printers creating human organs to private companies with the purpose of colonizing Mars, innovations have become driving force for the development of economy and science.

100 million new start-ups are formed annually around the world, with only some of them achieving success. The first reason of failure is wrong decisions and absence of theoretical and practical knowledge.

It is essential to develop a modern and effective entrepreneurial ecosystem to be able to transition to knowledge-based economy. There will be an increased demand for ecosystem participants and training in Southern California with its worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem is valued as high as it can get.

About Bernhard Schroeder

Today, Bernhard is the Director in the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University and he oversees all of the centers undergraduate and graduate experiential programs. He has worked with hundreds of start-ups in San Diego, on and off the campus, is a strategic advisor to several start-ups and is quoted frequently in both local and national media and has spoken at TEDx events. He brings over 20 years of marketing and entrepreneurial experience both as a Senior Partner (co-founder) in a $1 billion global integrated marketing agency and as a former Chief Marketing Officer on the client side. 

He is also teaches several entrepreneurship courses (Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurship Fundamentals, Business Model/Plan Development for Entrepreneurs) within the Fowler College of Business  at San Diego State University.  His first book, Fail Fast or Win Big was released in February 2015.  His second book, Simply Brilliant was released in October of 2016.  His third book, Brands and Bulls**t. Excel at the Former and Avoid the Latter: A Branding Primer for Millennial Marketers in a Digital Age was released in October, 2017.

Training topics:

  • Overview of SDSU entrepreneurship;
  • Campus & Community Ecosystem;
  • Academic Roadmap;
  • Entrepreneurship Major and Minor
  • Teaching Methodologies
  • Cases, readings, projects
  • Experiential Programs
  • Lavin, LaunchIn, Entrepreneur Day
  • Internships, Student Club, mentors
  • Angel Investor and Seed Panel
  • Teams  “live” pitch & feedback
  • Field trips to incubators, accelerators, tech parks, startups, VC/CVC

Note: training hours expected per day: 4-5 hours in class plus site trips

After completion of the course the participants will:

  • Advance their understanding of teaching entrepreneurship (learning modern experiential approaches, teaching without textbooks, case studies, looking at sweeping trends and looking for big markets with big opportunities.
  • Get acquainted with best practices in running centers, incubators, accelerators, campus and community competitions, maker spaces, training programs.
  • Learn how local angel seed investors and VC’s evaluate potential startups

Training Participants Profile: For who is the training course intended?

  • Entrepreneurship professors from Georgian Universities;
  • Accelerator/incubator managers, technology transfer specialists;
  • Georgian Innovation & Technology Agency employees;
  • Entrepreneurs or students involved or interested in getting involved in entrepreneurial ecosystem infrastructure.

Minimum eligibility and selection criteria

A selected candidate must:

  • be a citizen of Georgia;
  • be able to receive a US visitor’s visa;
  • be able to attend the full training course dates in August 6-10, 2018;
  • have written and oral proficiency in English;
  • be committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the training;
  • be motivated and hard-working (the training course requires interaction between the participants);
  • be dedicated to serve as resource experts and trainers in regional multiplier trainings (at least 1 per participant within 12 month) and at their home and selected partner Georgian higher education institutions (at least 2 trainings per participant within 2 years); those candidates showing strong commitment to continuous teaching of entrepreneurship at Georgian universities and demonstrating willingness to help in activities connected with Georgian startup ecosystem development will be given a priority.


The funding is for 8-10 awards to best candidates and covers the following:

  • International return ticket from Tbilisi, Georgia to San Diego California and any related internal travel within the US;
  • Visa fees, if any;
  • Payment for the training;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Accommodation and board (meals), organized by SDSU and paid by ISU;
  • Cost of stay (Per diem).

How to Apply?

Fill out a simple registration form not later than June 22. To fill out the form, follow the link:

Selection criteria

After reviewing the applications, selected candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview with the program consortium interviewing panel.

The members of the panel will be the representatives of San Diego State University (SDSU) Lavin Centre, Ilia State University, Pre-accelerator “ZoomOut,” U.S. Embassy in Georgia and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA).

8-10 full awards are available to the best candidates within the funding of the program. Partial funding may also be available (training fees only).

The deadline for submitting applications is 22 June, 2018 by 24:00.

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