Technology Commercialization Program (TCP)

The Technology Commercialization Program of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship works with members of the university and of the community to commercialize feasible ventures.

If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your venture idea, please contact Jeff Macon at or 559.278.3763.

About TCP:

The Technology Commercialization Program (TCP) offers assessment, development, and commercialization services to entrepreneurs, startups, and inventors from the university or from the community.

New California Ventures, LLC

An angel fund positioned to finance the commercialization of qualifying ventures. Read more here.

Research and Consulting

The Lyles Center's TCP offers research and consulting services for entrepreneurs, startups, inventors, corporations, and government agencies in the areas of:

  1. Idea feasibility
  2. Idea development
  3. Business plan research and compilation
  4. Strategic plan research and development
  5. Market research
  6. Supplier research
  7. Foreign market strategies

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Evaluate and Transform Ideas into New Ventures

P9 is a nine-week intensive entrepreneurship program. Entrepreneurs learn to develop their viable ideas, write a business plan, target customers, and promote their idea in an action-learning environment. This unique, action-learning environment focuses on developing viable ideas while building individual entrepreneurial skills in a peer-to-peer learning environment.

Our training program results in accelerated new-venture development and assistance creating self-sustaining entrepreneurial communities. Also, P9 is customized to meet the unique needs of each participant through the inclusion/exclusion of content modules.

Three goals:

1. Bring greater focus and refinement of an entrepreneur's vision.

2. Develop a business plan that identifies next steps linked to tangible outcomes.

3. Provide skills and knowledge to be effective entrepreneurs beyond the P9 program.

What Makes P9 unique?

First, P9 has developed viable entrepreneurial ventures. See testimonials and letters of support from P9 participants. One of the primary reasons many of our clients enrolled in P9 was because they know it works! And, that P9 could help their venture succeed. Second, our team of experts in the Lyles Center, California State University, Fresno are seasoned, full-time professional coaches whose main focus is helping business owners turn their ideas into profitable ventures. The Lyles team utilizes a core methodology and process so you get consistent results, even if you have zero or little business experience. Dr. Timothy Stearns, Executive Director of Lyles Center, is a University President award winner in entrepreneurial education and is also an experienced entrepreneur himself. Third, all participants of P9 have access to the resources of the Lyles Center to facilitate the launch and growth of your business. You enjoy the exclusive advantage of access to the Lyles Center either by email or video conference. Fourth, you will receive a Certificate of Completion when you successfully complete the world-class P9 program conducted by the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno.

The P9 Methodology

Through decades of working with entrepreneurs around the world, the Lyles Center has developed a program with an emphasis on action. We have learned entrepreneurs are not individuals who find value in extensive analysis. Rather, they want to gather knowledge, build skills, and build a roadmap for executing the steps necessary to move forward with their business idea. Knowledge, skills, action! Those are the defining principles we use to guide entrepreneurs down the pathway of success.


  • The Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Evaluating Ideas and Business Models
  • Business Feasibility
  • Customer Profiling
  • Competitive Evaluation
  • Industry Analysis
  • Building a Professional Dossier
  • Sales Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Negotiations and Influence
  • Project Management


Dr. Timothy Stearns

Professor Timothy M. Stearns is an acclaimed scholar and practitioner of entrepreneurship who is recognized for his innovative methods around the globe. An author and teacher, he has coached over 1,000 entrepreneurial start-ups in the past two decades. He has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Marquette University, and currently at California State University, Fresno where he launched the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to meet the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. His collaboration with Dr. Ed Sobey has led to the creation of Kids Invent! and is co-founder of N2TEC—an organization working with communities to build entrepreneurial success across the United States.

Zari Karimi

Professor Zari Karimi has accumulated more than 25 years of experience in sales, computer programming, academic teaching, and health-care project management. She has a successful track record as a seasoned and creative business professional. She has worked extensively in the corporate world designing programs that have generated $100 million-plus outcomes for her clients. Her lectures on customer recruitment, negotiation, and sales has been invaluable for entrepreneurs in every business field. Zari Karimi holds the Project Management Professional accreditation certified by the Project Management Institute—the recognizable leader in the project management body of knowledge. In addition to her faculty position at California State University, Fresno she holds an Advanced Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University and is completing the UC Berkeley Certificate of Business Excellence.

Jeff Macon

Mr. Jeff Macon, a 2012 graduate of Fresno State's MBA program, is the Program Manager of the Technology Commercialization Program at the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Macon, who graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1995 with a BS in Business Administration, worked in the Silicon Valley for electronics manufacturing companies in the areas of production, sales, and program management. In 2002, Macon moved to Taiwan where he worked as a teacher and as a writer/editor for a multimedia production company. Macon returned to California in 2008 and worked for a large retailer and for an online market-research company before joining the Lyles Center.