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Chapman University welcomes new Director for its Entrepreneurship Center
August 30, 2017

The Leatherby Center Hosts the Keith A. Pham Business Model Competition
January 6, 2016

Chapman University student and alumni startups raise more than $4 million in equity funding in 18 months
November 3, 2015

Chapman University's 4th Annual California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition draws 30 universities competing for $300,000 in prize money and equity investment
April 15, 2015

Chapman University appoints Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
January 28, 2015

Chapman University's California Dreamin' Entrepreneurial Conference and Competition draws 35 universities competing for $250,000 in prize money
May 5, 2014

Chapman University's 3rd Annual California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition draws 35 universities competing for $250,000 in prize money
March 31, 2014

Chapman University honors 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Jeff Kearl
Oct 15, 2013

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The Panther: Students getting down to business
October 2, 2016

"Ryan's drive to not just reinvent, but invent, is exactly the indicator of an entrepreneur, said Shain Steinmar, director of Chapman's Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics."

Chapman Blog: Chapman Entrepreneurs are VYRL!
August 11, 2016

"Through Launch Labs, VYRL also has access to mentors who help with these start-up fundamentals."

OC Register: Student entrepreneurs aim high at Chapman
May 16, 2016

"Chapman's annual California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition is all about making dreams come true, but there's no fairy dust or magic to be found - only a swath of some of the hardest-working students you'll ever meet vying for the top."

Chapman Blog: Student start-up grandPad receives major investment from tech firm Acer
April 8, 2016

"Technology startup, grandPad, who had its origins at Chapman University's incubator Launch Labs has hit the big time with an equity investment from Acer, one of the world's top five PC companies."

The Panther: Chapman entrepreneurs are going Vyrl
February 27, 2016

"Shan Steinmark, director of the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, said Vyrl is among the most advanced startups in the program."

OC Register: Chapman startups get an angel: Shan Steinmark will oversee Launch Labs incubator
February 1, 2015

"Chapman University has tapped an angel investor to head and revamp its entrepreneurship center, the university said last week"

Orange County Business Journal: Angel Investor to Chapman Center
January 28, 2015

"Chapman University in Orange named angel investor and entrepreneur Dr. Shan Steinmark the new director of its Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics."

Business and product ideas take flight at Start-up Weekend Orange County on Nov. 22-24 at Chapman University
November 5, 2013

"Chapman University in Orange, CA, is hosting Startup Weekend Orange County for budding entrepreneurs November 22 through 23, 2013. This is the fifth Startup Weekend Orange County hosted by Chapman with the three-day event selling out each time."

Chapman University student advances to finals at social entrepreneurship business plan competition, finishing 6th out of 28 participants.
May 15, 2013

"The Chapman University student team won 6th place and $1,000 this past weekend at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures (tm) Business Plan Competition at Texas Christian University."

OC Register:  Spark of Innovation:  Richard Sudek
August 7, 2012

"As director, it is my responsibility to help connect the entrepreneurial ecosystem through Orange County, reaching out to the entrepreneurial community to find entrepreneurs, inventors and investors who want to work together."

OC Register: Tech Dominates Chapman biz plan competition
April 18, 2012

"Next generation technology has definitely taken over the Chapman University Business Plan Competition."

Entrepreneur Magazine: Chapman University's Tilden Smith and Dylan Balsz recognized for launching International Pet Solutions
November 25, 2011

"For Dylan Balsz and Tilden Smith, launching a successful pet business while undergrads at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., was a walk in the park … without the walk or, well, the park."

The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship's first eVillage company, OrigAudio and co-founder Jason Lucash featured in the OC Register
November 16, 2011

"Gee. It sure would be nice to have audio speakers that fit easily in a suitcase while traveling."

OC Metro: First-ever Startup Weekend Orange County to be held next month

October 27, 2011

"Aspiring entrepreneurs will gather in the city of Orange for the first-ever Startup Weekend Orange County, to be held Nov. 18-20 in Beckman Hall at Chapman University."

OC Register: Can O.C. start a business in a weekend?
October 21, 2011

"Perhaps you've heard of speed dating and speed networking, events that emphasize socializing with lots of folks during an event for personal or business benefit."

Forgotten Economy: Orange County Startup Weekend Bootcamp
October 10, 2011

"The first ever Startup Weekend Orange County is coming to Chapman University from November 18-20."

OC Metro: Forbes recognizes Chapman student entrepreneur
September 6, 2011

"Forbes business magazine recently recognized Tilden Smith, a Chapman University junior, as one of nine All-Star Student Entrepreneurs."

OC Register: Forbes names O.C. student 'most likely to succeed'
September 1, 2011

"Tilden Smith is on a roll.  The 20-year-old Chapman University student entrepreneur has been named Most Likely to Succeed by business publication Forbes.com."

Forbes: All-Star Student Entrepreneurs: Profiting From Pet Potties
August 3, 2011

"It takes guts to launch a product at a Las Vegas trade show at any age. Tilden Smith did it at 19."

Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics Recognizes William Wang, CEO of Vizio, as the Entrepreneur of the Year
July 25, 2011

"William Wang,  CEO of Irvine television maker Vizio, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics at Chapman University."

OC Register: Chapman's new entrepreneur shepherd

June 1, 2011

"He's a successful entrepreneur. He's an angel investor in young high-growth companies and was chairman in 2010 of Orange County-based Tech Coast Angels, the nation's largest network of angel investors."

Podcast / Radio

Creative Orange County:  Interview with Richard Sudek, Ph.D.

Entrepreneur Podcast Network:  Southern California’s eVillage of Chapman University Dr. Richard Sudek

Richard Sudek, Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics is Interviewed on The Frank Peters Show About Super Angels


OC METRO Minute on Pet Solutions

"Chapman Business Report", Chapman on Television

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