Programs & Services

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 Central Valley Venture Forum brings together venture capitalists, investment bankers, angel investors and leading startups to discuss economic and financial opportunities relating to the Central Valley.

  • CEO Fresno is a network of young, talented, like-minded individuals working together to create a better future. The goal of the program is to promote entrepreneurship and the development of student-run enterprises.

  • Clinton Global Initiative University is a community of students from colleges around the globe who are interested in contributing to a better world. The Lyles Center manages Fresno State’s involvement in the program.

  • The Coleman Fellows program catalyzes cross-campus entrepreneurship by finding non-business faculty who are passionate about incorporating entrepreneurship values in their field of study. Once accepted into the Fellows Program, professors infuse entrepreneurial education into either an existing course or create brand-new one with an entrepreneurship focus.

  • Community College Entrepreneur Pathway supports community college faculty in the delivery of entrepreneurial education to students. CCEP faculty receive curricula, classroom tools and cross-campus support to aid in the delivery of entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to their students.

  • The Entrepreneur in Residence supervises the Student Hatchery, lectures in Fresno State classes, conducts seminars and acts as the link between the Lyles Center and entrepreneurial leaders of the Central Valley.

  • Idea2Venture® is a 10-day, hands-on program designed to turn one's ideas into gold. Students work with leaders in creativity, product commercialization, entrepreneurship coaching, and business model development.

  • Kids Invent! is a unique program which stimulates the creativity of students through the application of science, math and engineering. Students learn to explore solutions to unique hands-on problems through challenges of design, performance, and functionality.

  • The Laval Entrepreneur Mentor Program gives 20 highly-motivated Fresno State students the opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring from some of the Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs.

  • The Student Hatchery offers students support and office space to work on their business while attending school. Students receive access to mentoring resources, physical office space and access to other professional facilities.

  • The Technology Commercialization Program offers feasibility studies, business plan development, and commercialization services to inventors, entrepreneurs, and organizations from Fresno State and the Central Valley community.

  • The use of the MakerBot 3D Printer is offered to all Fresno State students. Dependent on the project, fees can range from $0 to more than $75.