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Business Accelerator launched to help students and innovative businesses.
San Diego, CA – November 15, 2013 -Alliant School of Management launched its Social Entrepreneur Accelerator that will allow graduate students to partner with businesses in an on campus incubator. The Accelerator aims to expand the business success of innovative companies and to promote socially conscious initiatives. This free year-long residency offers Alliant School of Management’s global expertise to selected small business owners by providing experienced faculty, expert mentorship, entrepreneurial training, business plan development and a team of graduate students as managing partners to help execute growth plans.
“The Alliant School of Management is focused on giving our students the skills, knowledge, and ability to be successful. Providing our students with the opportunity to work with new and expanding organizations – providing a chance for hands-on practical experience – is an important element of their preparation for their future success,” said Dr. Lee White, Interim Dean, Alliant School of Management.
Alliant International University is recognized around the world as an institution that builds socially conscious and caring leaders. “Providing practical experience for business students to operate a business allows entrepreneurs to innovate and solve real-world problems,” said Miguel Vasquez, CEO of the California Foundation Fund. “Alliant is a great partner, faculty members understand the central role of education in preparing individuals for success by linking global problems with proven solutions.” The Accelerator aims to create global initiatives in professional and business services.
The California Foundation Site Council reviewed applicants and selected socially conscious business companies, in innovative and emerging sectors. Hosted businesses will be given an opportunity to expand their business or create new business models that will be field tested and given a final sustainability test.
The Social Entrepreneur Accelerator provides participants with bi-monthly training lessons in management, strategic planning, business development and sustainability by experts and executives. Businesses will be hosted on campus and given a free commercial lease including utilities, telecommunication and office equipment. Its private offices and shared meeting space environment is meant to create an ecosystem for collaboration.
The California Foundation Fund is supporting the initiative through the California Foundation Site Council, grant coordination, marketing and outreach services. The Site Council select the participating businesses and present the winning businesses with awards based on growth and sustainability criteria during its September Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony. For more information visit www.accelerator.caffu.org
About Alliant International University
Alliant International University is a WASC accredited private, non-profit university that emphasizes the practical application of theory and research to prepare students for professional careers in psychology and mental health, education, business and management, international affairs, forensic studies and law. Created in 2001 by the merger of two legacy institutions, its combined institutional history in higher education dates back over 100 years. Headquartered in San Diego and San Francisco, Alliant has additional campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Sacramento and Mexico City with accredited programs in Hong Kong and Tokyo. For more details, visit www.Alliant.edu.
About the California Foundation Fund
The California Foundation Fund (CAFF), is an independent non-profit corporation who’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for the State’s low-income population. CAFF’s team of executives in educational management, behavioral science, research and financial industries develop and execute a narrow set of high impact and replicable financial education programs within culturally similar communities. CAFF provides financial educators the tools and training required to deliver personal finance and business management instruction. CAFF fosters collaboration between community based organizations and education institutions to improve and track financial literacy efforts. CAFF’s current programs in financial capacity support, youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy instructor certification were created with the support and supervision of the California Foundation Site Council (CFSC). CFSC is a standards board created by CAFF to help expand and enhance financial literacy.