SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 8, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)– These days, when management needs advice, the best teams to provide it include both legal and business professionals. I’m here.
For example, business issues related to selecting the right people for a startup’s board of directors can lead to legal advice to establish proper board governance rules. Alternatively, legal requirements related to customer contracts may require advice on optimizing revenue recognition.
At Santa Clara University, law and business students have a rare opportunity to work with such a power advisory team early in their academic careers.
The Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has established a unique and innovative interdisciplinary program called BEACH for the Bronco Entrepreneur’s Advisory Clinic Hours.
With the help of a mentor group, BEACH’s student team provides free advice to up to 80 clients per year. Clients are recruited from the nearby Silicon Valley startup community and can be at any stage of development. Many clients come from other of his SCU programs such as the Bronco Ventures Accelerator and My Own Business Institute, or from the national retirement advisory service SCORE and the Small Business Association.
A rare interdisciplinary approach
Now in its fourth year and growing, the interdisciplinary BEACH program includes 10 groups in each session, with 2 law students and 2 business students in each session, and an experienced It is supported by legal and business leaders. Each team will be responsible for her four clients per session, conducting intakes and providing research and recommendations to clients along with additional resources.
“This is what the real world looks like: legal advisors and business advisors working hand in hand,” he says. Lindsay Krolik, is a Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Santa Clara School of Law, teaches a law course for start-ups, and co-directs the program with colleagues at the Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Leavey School of Business. “Students, including first-year law students and business undergraduates, have invaluable opportunities, which are extremely advantageous as they begin their career journeys.”
Kumar SaranjeeA professor of marketing at Santa Clara University and co-director of BEACH, he says that what distinguishes BEACH from many other university clinical programs is its interdisciplinary nature, which involves students early in their academic careers. increase.
“Our students are learning hands-on problem solving for various startups,” Sarangee says. “They learn from their mentors, from their business owners, and from each other, and startups receive free legal and strategic advice at critical stages of their growth.”
Gilbert Fletcher MBA ’16The co-founder of Trainerz Fitness, a personal training app for women, says he “actually got a lot more out of it” after seeking legal advice from BEACH.
Students and mentors “helped identify practical, cost-effective next steps for a legal issue I had, and helped me with a business strategy that I hadn’t originally considered.” ‘ said Fletcher. Without BEACH, “Trainerz Fitness wouldn’t be what it is today,” he adds.
For more information on BEACH, please visit the BEACH website.
About Chokka Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University is an on-campus resource that showcases and encourages entrepreneurship. With experiential programs available to all students—faculty, staff, and alumni—across disciplines, the Ciocca Center provides full access to the potential and opportunities to develop, inspire, and empower future innovators and leaders. increase.
See www.scu.edu/cioccacenter/ for more information.
About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is at the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial regions, Silicon Valley. The university’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Ranked in the top 15% of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, SCU has the highest four-year graduation rate in the nation and is ranked in the top 1% of colleges with the highest alumni salaries by PayScale. I’m here. SCU has produced an elite-level Fulbright Scholars and her four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, as well as postgraduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social awareness rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Catholic education. See www.scu.edu for more information.
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