The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, located within the College of Business and Economics at Cal State L.A., hosts a variety of programs and events designed to teach students the skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. 


BioHack 2016


BioHack is a project coordinated as a collaborative effort between LA BioSpace Incubator, Make in LA Hardware Accelerator and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Visit for more details on how to register. 


Business Pitch 2015

For 2015 we changed the name of our signature event from the Fast Pitch to Business Pitch to better represent the event's theme.  Open to students across the university, we offered more training from great sources.  As always, the Business Pitch encourages students with an innovative business idea to compete for prizes, mentorship, and the chance to pitch their ideas to our panel of highly accomplished investors and entrepreneurs. Watch this video to learn more about this year's event.


facebook iconVisit the Business Pitch Facebook page where collaboration and community come together for this event.  Be a part of the conversation.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

One week each November, the Center participates in Global Entrepreneurship Week, an event designed to help students explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Through various events on campus students connect  with potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Startup Weekend 2014

Startup Weekend at Cal State L.A., Nov. 21-23, 2014, is a 54-hour intensive experience where participants learn the basics of starting and launching a successful venture.  Students from all disciplines are encouraged to join in this grassroots movement.  Meet experienced entrepreneurs who will coach and mentor you through this exiting event. 

Startup Weekend 2014



June 12, 2015.All Six Business Pitch Finalists Accepted into NSF Innovation Corp.

May 20, 2015. Students pitch business ideas for cash prizes, potential funding by Cal State L.A. 

May 9, 2015. Dr. Angela Young and Dr. Ed Hsieh are interviewed about the Business Pitch by the Chinese-language newspaper World Journal.

May 6, 2014. Cal State LA Fast Pitch 2014 by University Times

April 4, 2014. The B&E College Introduces Fast Pitch by University Times

2012. Cal State L.A. invests in prospective entrepreneurs by Cal State L.A. Spotlight