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ZIP Launchpad Office Hours & Workshops

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Application Workshops Fall 2021

Teams that follow the process as outlined in the application innovation workshop are 60% more likely to be accepted. If the dates provided conflict with school or work, please email [email protected]

Application Workshop Dates:

  • May 3: 2:30 PM
  • May 5: 2:30 PM
  • May 11:  12:00 PM
  • May 23: 4:00 PM 
  • May 24: 12:00 PM


Big Data Hackathon Fall 2022

The Big Data Hackathon is a 2-day event where teams will solve problems related to health disparities.

$10,000 in prizes!

Date: Fall 2022

Location: Peterson Gym

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Brian Mariotti Speaker Event

Join us to hear from the CEO of Funko, Brian Mariotti!

Date: April 8 - 11am-12pm

Location: EIS-103 and Virtual

Chris Bennett Speaker Event

Join us to hear from the CEO and Founder of Wonderschool, Chris Bennett!

Date: March 11 - 11am-12pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Jaime Schmidt Speaker Event

Join us to hear from Jaime Schmidt about her story of launching Schmidt's Naturals, a company manufacturing and selling plant and mineral-based personal care products!

Date: February 11th at 11am-12pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

ZIP Faculty Cohort

  • ZIP Launchpad Faculty and Researcher Innovation Workshop:
  • Workshop Dates:
    • February 25: 8:30am - 10:30am
    • March 4: 8:30am - 10:30am
    • March 11: 8:30am - 10:30am
    • March 18: 8:30am - 10:30am
  • Location: EIS 103

Speaker Series - November 5

Join us to hear from a true changemaker! Andy will share his story of launching and building GoFundMe, a social good platform that has raised over $5 billion for charitable causes.

Date: November 5 - 11am-12pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Paint Your Perspective

Come listen to dynamic and engaging Women In STEM talk about their paths to success while painting pottery of your choice. This event is targeted at Women in STEM, but is open and beneficial to all SDSU students. Learn more

Speaker Series - October 15

Revolutionizing an ancient industry doesn't intimidate Sashee! Join us to hear her story of launching Tea Drops, an environmentally friendly, high quality line of teas. 

Date: October 15th at 11am-12pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Paid Internship Fair

The Paid Internship Fair, held each semester in the Fall and Spring, helps Launchpad teams meet with student intern prospects. The event is fast-paced, speed dating style to kick start the initial meeting of ZIP Launchpad teams and students intern prospects Team have a few weeks to select interns who attended the event.

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Speaker Series - September 24

Caitlin is building a future where everyone has a place to call home! Join us to hear how this marketing grad created a real estate tech company to make an impact.
Date: Sept. 24th at 11am-12pm
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Go Green Pitchfest

Friday, September 17th 12pm - 1:30pm: Hear student teams pitch their solutions to environmental issues and vote for your favorite team!

Learn more about the Go Green Pitchfest


Learn about a problem, pitch a solution and potentially win prizes! Sign up today.

Location: EIS-103 (ZIP Launchpad)

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Welcome Week - Entrepreneurship Reception

Learn about the different entrepreneurship opportunities offered at San Diego State University!

Stop by EIS - 103 on September 1 @ 12pm to attend!

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Leadership Workshops


Leadership workshops with Lucas Dailey.

  • Tuesdays: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Paint Your Perspective

Free painting kit will be sent to ALL participants

Speaker Event - Empower Her Challenge Finals

Alyse Nelson, CEO & Co-Founder of Vital Voices, will join us on Friday, April 23rd to share her story of launching an organization that invests in fearless women leaders across the world. Alyse founded Vital Voices alongside her fellow co-founders, Hillary Clinton, Melanne Verveer and Madeleine Albright. Alyse's talk will kick off the final pitches for the Empower Her Challenge, during which students will share their innovative business ideas to empower women and winners will be selected to receive $2000 in cash prizes. RSVP Today!

Empower Her Challenge

Join us for the Empower Her Challenge, a problem solving competition designed to inspire business ideas that empower women. The 2 day challenge kicks off on April 16th during which teams learn about 3 specific challenges disproportionately affecting women. After selecting a challenge and developing a solution, teams will pitch their ideas on April 23rd and compete for $2000 in cash prizes! ALL undergraduate and graduate students at SDSU are encouraged to register. You may register as a team of 2-3 or as an individual and be placed on a team and you must attend both days to compete.

Speaker Series March 26

Date/Time: March 26, 12PM - 1PM

Location: Zoom

Food waste warrior, entrepreneur, investor and endurance athlete, Matt Clifford is on a mission to make a positive impact in our world. Matt is the co-founder and former COO of Barnana, a line of healthful snacks made from upcycled bananas. He’s now transitioned to CEO of Keto Krisp. Join us to hear Matt’s interesting story. RSVP! 

Paid Internship Fair

Speaker Series

Date/Time: February 26, 12PM - 1PM

Location: Zoom

Nate Spees is the founder and CEO of Made by Grizzly, a creative agency developing design solutions for world changing brands. Join us to hear Nate’s story of going from the corporate world, to starting his own successful agency, to running one of the largest networking groups in San Diego and more. RSVP Today! 

Visionary Health Challenge

The Visionary Health Challenge focused on BIG health problems facing our community. We provided domain experts to advise participants on identifying a problem and guiding them on finding an innovative solution to the BIG problem. Each team (3-4 people) pitched their idea at the end of the day to a panel of judges.

Up to $2500 in cash prizes for the winning team and an offer to participate in the ZIP Launchpad SPRING cohort!

Winning teams:
1st Place: Symtalk
2nd Place: Aphasia Unity
3rd Place: AsOne

Application Workshops

Design Thinking for Social Enterprises
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn an effective approach to solving the world's problems and making a positive impact. We will focus on Design Thinking as a process to solve problems using creative solutions. As we will see, design thinking can be applied to catalyzing large-scale social change.

Speaker Event - October

With a commitment to sustainability, Derrick launched his first company at 16 and planted 150,000 trees. Since then he and his co-founders launched tentree, an apparel brand dedicated to planting 10 trees per item sold. tentree is responsible for planting over 35 million trees to date. Derrick was named a Top 30 under 30 social entrepreneur by Forbes this year. Join us to hear Derrick's story and ask questions. 

Speaker Event - November

  • Date: Friday, November 20
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Scot Chisholm, CEO/Co-Founder of Classy, a San Diego based social enterprise platform which creates fundraising tools for non-profits. Since inception, Classy has facilitated over $1 billion raised for social good. Join us to hear Scot's story of launching Classy with his friends and then turning it into a Top 100 Impact Company in the world.
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Ideation Event

Presented by the SDSU Entrepreneur Society & SDSU Women in Business

Date: Monday, December 7
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Learn More About our Ideation Event