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Lyles Center Programs

The Lyles Center is known for delivering applied learning and managed problem solving to everyone from elementary school students to members of the community at large. Below are examples of the programs and services the Lyles Center offers to help entrepreneurs succeed. 

The Entrepreneurship Club
The student-run organization continues to be the official CEO chapter at Fresno State and focuses on promoting entrepreneurship on campus and across the Central Valley. The membership is extended to students of all majors who have an interest in entrepreneurship. 

Johanson Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows
Johanson’s Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows (formerly Coleman Faculty Fellows) reside in schools and departments throughout Fresno State. They have incorporated elements of entrapreneurship learning into their curriculum with the goal to inspire students in all disciplines to apply knowledge in support of the entrepreneurial mindset. Today, an active collaborative network of 20 full-time Faculty Fellows is placed throughout the University integrating an entrepreneurial mindset into their teaching.

The Johanson Entrepreneurship Student Fellows are also an elite group of students who are provided with extensive coaching and access to resources. Over the course of the semester, the program is designed to accelerate progress towards the completion of a marketable product or the launch of a business. After being recommended by a Johanson Faculty Fellow and accepted, the Student Fellows receive 3 credits and a stipend up to $1,000 to cover expenses related to their launch.

Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program
The Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program (EMP) provides students from all disciplines the opportunity to build impactful relationships with Central Valley business leaders. Students in EMP are matched with a mentor that best suits their area of interest. 

Pay It Forward Luncheon Series
Each Pay It Forward luncheon features a leader from or with connections to the Central Valley. The program brings informative topics with the goal of linking business concepts to a variety of other disciplines in order to engage students from all majors. The Pay It Forward series also provides students with invaluable networking opportunities with community leaders.

Student Hatchery
The Lyles Center Student Hatchery offers support and office space to student entrepreneurs in order to work on their businesses while attending Fresno State. Students receive mentoring, access to resources, a complete office and access to facilities at the Lyles Center such as the boardroom and classroom. 

Entrepreneur In Residence
As the Lyles Center’s Entrepreneur in Residence, a prominent entrepreneur is selected to supervise the Student Hatchery, lecture in Fresno State classes, conduct seminars and act as the link between the Lyles Center and entrepreneurial leaders of the Central Valley. Nelson Sebra is currently in his eleventh consecutive year as the Lyles Center’s Entrepreneur in Residence.

Intrapreneur In Residence
As the Lyles Center’s first-ever Intrapreneur in Residence, Mendy Laval provides students with invaluable guidance and insights on implementing an innovative culture and entrepreneurial skills in a corporate setting.

MakerBot 3D Printer
The MakerBot 3D Printer is available to students upon approval.

Central Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CVIEF)
CVIEF features five ventures that present to a panel of investors and compete for the Investor Award. During the event, attendees also pretend to be venture capitalists for the day and make pseudo-investments in 20 promising local entrepreneurs and startup ventures that are competing to win the Audience Award. CVIEF is a collaboration between the Office of Community and Economic Development, the WET Center and Central Valley Fund.

Entrepreneur Support Group (ESG)
Modeled after the Entrepreneur Organization, ESG nurtures a peer-to-peer learning environment where eight to 10 entrepreneurs learn from each other through monthly meetings. These sessions emphasize confidentiality, personal responsibility and lessons learned.

Startup Grind
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Startup Grind’s first globally recognized University Chapter. Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities.  

Fresno State STEM 5
STEM 5 is a new, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned curriculum that facilitates learning through engaging students in hands-on experiments. Developed in partnership with University High School and Kremen School of Education.

Fresno State STEAM Tunnels
The Fresno State STEAM Tunnels stimulates innovative and creative thinking by having students participate in engaging projects that require creativity and teamwork. During each activity students learn to apply scientific concepts and skills to solve a particular problem. Students design models, make observations, record data and communicate their ideas and findings, while thinking through real world problems. The Fresno State STEAM Tunnels program incorporates a modified 5E instructional Model, Next Generation Science Standards, Universal Design for Learning and State Math Standards. 

Kids Invent! 6th Grade +
Kids Invent! 6th Grade + is an improved and streamlined version of the previous curriculum. Students explore science through unique problems of design and functionality and work in teams to solve real-life problems. 

Sweet Potato Project
In partnership with West Fresno Family Resource Center and Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, middle and high school students learn various topics of agri-business from team-building, product development to marketing and finances. The program culminates with a Shark Tank-style pitch competition in front of a panel of judges, friends and family. 

Lyles Center STEP (High School Program)
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State is proud to present their newly developed entrepreneurship curriculum for high school students. These schools will receive any administrative support needed for the successful implementation of the curriculum. This newly developed program was specifically designed with students AND teachers in mind.