The Innovation Incubator at CSU, Dominguez Hills offers programs for startups and existing businesses. CSU offers programs, events and educational programs for the DH community as well as the greater Los Angeles region. Social Entrepreneurship will be one of their key focal points.
For March (Women’s History Month) the CSU Incubator held the Innovative Woman: Fast Pitch Competition to help recognize the contributions women-owned businesses make to our economy. Today’s CEO Money show will feature Alex Liang, from CSUHD Incubator Partner Tudigo, as well as the three winners of the competition.
Alex Laing is the cofounder and CEO of Tudigo, a crowdfunding platform that connects small businesses and non profits with their local communities. Founded in France in 2013, Tudigo has helped 1,000 projects raise from $ 1,000 to $ 1.5 M through reward based and equity based crowdfunding (76% success rate). Prior to that, Alex was the Open innovation lead in Europe for Accenture, a global management and IT consulting firm and designed innovation programs for companies in retail, banking and telecommunications. Alex is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Master in Science in Management and Entrepreneurship from ESCP Europe and the University of Illinois.
Founder and CEO – Hello Cheffy
Katherine Hunter-Blyden is the founder and CEO of Hello Cheffy, an awesome marketplace for chefs and the people who need them. Following several years experience in marketing at Fortune 100 companies, Katherine established her own business and is the founder of a strategic marketing consultancy. She has very broad experience in many facets of marketing, including strategic marketing, advertising, product management and digital marketing.
Katherine completed her BS and MS degrees in mathematics at Creighton University and received her MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. She is active on several non-profit boards including SCORE Los Angeles and serves on the Institutional Review Board at City of Hope
Founder and CEO
Wana Family Network
Erin Beck is From St. Louis, MO, but currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, 2yo daughter, and two cats. She was most recently Dragon Mission Director for SpaceX, where she designed, tested, and operated spacecraft to ferry cargo to the International Space Station. In 2017 she founded Wana Family Network to give all parents the tools to be great not just for their families, but also themselves, their friends, and their communities.
Founder and Director
The ‘S’ Word Project
Erin Thompson founded a nonprofit organization called The “S” Word Project in 2014, which is about creating safe spaces for teens to talk about sex and relationships. The S Word Project wants everyone to have healthy relationships, experience real love, and develop strong families. She is a survivor of sexual trauma and admits to having made a few poor choices as a teen and young adult including putting herself in the position of having an abortion at 17 years old. Erin and her teams in Chicago and Los Angeles provide comprehensive sex education and teach critical thinking, communication and job skills so young people don’t have to struggle the way she did.