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The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a robust calendar of events. Students, staff, faculty, and the wider community are welcome to join us. 

October 5 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Karen Caswelch, CEO of Archytas Robotics 

Calling all techies! Learn how Karen Caswelch’s career was and how she became an entrepreneur. Karen will share what it is like being a woman in tech and more.  


October 11 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Wing Lam, founder of Wahoo's Fish Tacos  

Come hear Wing Lam’s entrepreneurial journey! Learn how he started Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and grew the business into a successful franchise.  


October 19 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Tansu Philip, Viva La Boba, actor and screenwriter 

Leah de Leon, Founder Unreel Stories, video and content producer 

Chapman alumni Tansu and Leah are both in the film, media and content professions. Leah will share how she started her content production company. Tansu will talk about balancing and running a boba shop with her profession as an actor and screenwriter. 


October 27 – 11:30 a.m. 

Nathan Schulhof, Inventor of the MP3 Player 

Mr. Schulhof is a visionary and entrepreneur who not only conceived of one of the best-selling word processors for the Apple 2 but is recognized by the Smithsonian as the inventor of the MP3 player. Come and hear Schulhof’s many awe-inspiring stories of innovation. 


November 1 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Sylvie Bastardo, Niklas Myhr, Matt Prince, Neal Schaffer, panel on social media and entrepreneurship 

Hear the story about Professor Prince offering to cancel the final if a student received over 1m views on Tik Tok. Sylvie Bastardo will relay the story of how she did it!  


November 9 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

David Friedman, Ray Chan, Tech Coast Angels, The Perfect Pitch 

Venture capitalists from Tech Coast Angels will give a presentation on how to give a winning pitch for your startup. Learn what VCs are looking for in a great pitch to receive funding.  


November 30 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Eli Schechter, Safe Title, and winner of the 2022 Panther Cage Match 

Hear from last year’s winner of the Panther Cage Match (Chapman’s version of the Shark Tank). Eli will tell us how he went from idea, to starting his company, to raising over $400k to run Safe Title! 


December 6 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

David Friedman, Ray Chan, Tech Coast Angels, Dream Big and Execute Fast  

Venture capitalists from Tech Coast Angels will come to the Center and hear student pitches and provide their valuable feedback. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what VCs are looking for in a startup pitch deck! 


February 22 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Social Entrepreneurship Panel with Mike Brown, Impact Grove, Nicole Halbur, Chapman University, and others. 

Learn how to run a social impact, or nonprofit entrepreneurial venture. Help solve the world’s problems by focusing on people, planet, and profit. 

February 28 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Branding Panel with Eric Jaegers, Chapman University, Lynne Boisineau, Boisineau Law, Justin Sanders, Masterkey IP.  

Make sure you understand the nuances of protecting your intellectual property, how to search for a valid trademark and brand with the expert legal advisors.  

March 14 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

2nd and 3rd generation family businesses with Jenny Dinnen. 

What do you do if your children don’t want to join your family business? We will provide ideas about supporting your 2nd and 3rd generation family business and allowing your children to build the family enterprise while building their dreams. 

March 28 – 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Data Analytics with Libby Duane Adams, Chief Advocacy Officer of Alteryx.  

April 12 – 8:30-5 p.m. 

Panther Cage Match 

Come and pitch your startup idea in front of expert judges in the fields of Venture Capital, finance, law and industry. Earn the chance to win the competition with cash prizes.  


Send an email to entrepreneurs@chapman.edu to subscribe to events!

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