USD School of Business graduation celebrations

Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA, Dean Pyke, and Paul’s son, Emiliano

Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA, was the commencement speaker for the School of Business and the Engineering program.  Paul told the story of the development of Fair Trade USA in his speech. It was inspiring to hear how human dignity and well-being are promoted by the use of markets and business, without philanthropy.

We also celebrated a special occasion with Mike Steffen (graduating MSGL) and his …Read Full Article

USD Social Innovation Challenge reaches new heights

Prof. Steve Conroy, Director of the USD Center for Peace and Commerce

The third annual Social Innovation Challenge (SIC), sponsored by USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce, held its awards ceremony on May 3.  Ten finalists competed for the $42,500 in prize money.   Many thanks to Steve Conroy, Director of the CPC, and Nadia Auch, Assistant Director of the CPC, for all of their work throughout the year for this program.

Steve had this to say about USD’s competition for …Read Full Article

Pitching innovation at USD School of Business

OnMyBlock co-founders, Morgan Schwanke and Jordan Jadallah

Venture Vetting (V2) student finalists pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of four angel investors in a competition for a share of the $25,000 prize last night at the USD School of Business. Of the original 32 business venture ideas – nearly double the number of entries over last year – four pitched to the judges.

Each finalist made a 7-minute pitch to the panel, followed by a 10-minute one-on-one pitch with each …Read Full Article

USD School of Business alumni a strong presence in Silicon Valley

Dean Pyke and Justin McAnear outside Apple headquarters

Some cities just have a buzz.  I remember traveling with my family to Hong Kong and Singapore to give lectures at some universities and do teaching for Accenture. I had been to Hong Kong prior to that, but never to Singapore.  People told me that Hong Kong has a continual buzz, and Singapore has a continual hum, and it was true.  Hong Kong is constantly in motion, and Singapore hums with efficiency.  …Read Full Article

MBA student has big plans for new venture

A current USD School of Business MBA student, Jayla Siciliano ’13, is finding new life for wine spritzers in her start-up company, Bon Affair.

Find out how Jayla went from working in product development and design for both Diesel and Burton Snowboards to reinventing the wine spritzer.  (Hint: It had a lot to do with breaking through the perception that this is a women-only drink.) Her story appeared yesterday in this New York Times blog post. (Click on title, above, for links.)

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