Which SSU student will create the next big thing?
On Tuesday, April 8, Sonoma State University will host its first ever Market Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mt. Everest room in the SSU Recreation Center will be filled with student businesses, each with their own table to showcase and sell their products and ideas to their fellow students, as well as alumni, faculty, and members of the community.
At noon, Robert Brunner, Chief Designer of headphone maker Beats by Dre, will provide attendees with valuable insight and advice on successfully running a business and the process of instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in oneself and in others.
The event offers a unique opportunity for students to showcase their creative and entrepreneur skills to the community.
Market Day is open to students, faculty, and community members alike, and attendance is free. There will be live music by current SSU students, free food and coffee, and prize giveaways. Simply arrive at the event; you can also join the event on Facebook to stay updated. Currently there are 25 student businesses signed up with more expected to join each day leading up to the event.
The event is organized by Entreprenoma, Sonoma State’s student-run entrepreneurial thinking incubator. Entreprenoma is one element of SSU’s plans to promote on-campus innovation, serving as the support system for like-minded students and offering workshops and networking opportunities, mentoring, and connections to alumni and entrepreneurs.
“Market Day is an exciting opportunity to illuminate the amazingly creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial spirit of SSU,” said Patrick Maloney, the student lead and board director of Entreprenoma. “For faculty and students, it will provide a sense of pride as well as insight into the work of our student body. For community members, it will highlight the value and potential of having SSU as a central part of the North Bay community.”
The Entreprenoma group has offices at the SoCo Nexus and is a co-cirricular organization to support entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial thinkers and those interested in entrepreneurship at SSU. They offer weekly discussions, host workshops and provide advice for marketing, PR, finance and accounting.