David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

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CSUN Innovation Incubator

CSUN Innovation Incubator (Cii) partners with a vast array of activities on campus, helping to answer the question “What’s next?” and providing a consistent philosophical framework for approaching the challenges of each successive phase.  Although housed in, and supported by the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, the scope of our outreach is to the entire CSUN community.  We fundamentally believe that creating teams of people with complementary skill sets unleashes an enormous reservoir of creativity; it is our mission to bring the most energetic, creative, passionate people together and support them as they solve the worlds most pressing concerns.

CSUN Innovation Incubator (Cii) provides enormous benefits to entrepreneurs affiliated with the program:

  • Co-working space at multiple sites on the CSUN campus
  • Mentoring
  • Invitation to Educational workshops and Seminars
  • Critical feedback via office hours with mentors, industry experts, and service providers
  • Access to funding sources at CSUN and the Los Angeles community
  • Access to other technical resources, and students with expertise in these areas (3D printing, AI, etc.)
  • Connection to students with complementary skill sets and shared interest is starting a new venture
  • Connection to a vital community of student and faculty innovators



  • Entity Formation
  • Market Assessment
  • Business Model Creation
  • Identity Creation
  • Executive Team Recruiting


  • Customer Discovery
  • Foundational Knowledge
  • Business Model Refinement
  • Investment (Grants, Friends & Family, Angels)
  • Beachhead Engagement


  • Business Model Iteration
  • Financial Projections / Planning
  • Team Development
  • Solution Refinement
  • Professional Investor Engagement
  • Repeatable Sales Engagement


  • Business Process Optimization
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Systems Development
  • Access to Working Capital
  • Supply Chain Efficiency
  • Revenue Growth


  • Market Share in Existing Markets
  • Expansion into Adjacent Products
  • Geographic Expansion