Archive for the ‘Business Program’ category

Juniors brainstorm business ideas: Launch Pad classes begin

April 23, 2010

What’s happening with the third graduating class at JP Catholic? Well, we are now officially juniors and that means testing ideas for our first quarter of Launch Pad classes. It’s exciting, but strenuous brain work. So many questions to ask before our professors can actually green light an idea. The big thing of course is, “will it work?” One of the greatest parts of the launch pad is that we can fail. Of course, that’s not the attitude we set out for initially, but of course mistakes made now in college will be the best learning tool for when we are actually working in the real world. We can take an idea all the way through to a finished company and spend hours and hours researching, fine tuning, networking, raising funds, etc, and if it all fails, that is hours and hours of learning what not to do and moving forward as a skilled professional. As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed, I’ve only found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Luckily for us, we are working alongside skilled professors every step of the way, who are offering advice on how to elevate our student-run companies to real, competitive, top-notch companies. There’s no room here for a mediocre company selling toothbrushes in a theoretical setting. More than just students, we are now industry professionals — whether that be working on a commercial webisode or building an online store.  Being at the cutting edge of a fast-paced, technologically advanced business industry requires dedication, teamwork, and foresight. What are some of the ideas of JP Catholic’s up and coming companies? Free-lance screenwriters,  production companies, free-lance editors, an Amazon-type company for fine gifts for men, a podcast company for short stories, and a new media online talk show. What will the future bring to these students? Success, we hope. But even if only one student starts up the next greatest company featured in Fortune magazine, the rest will have learned more than a typical business owner does today and will be confident to start their next grand idea.


Student Profiles: Peter Steinman

November 17, 2009

Name: Peter Steinman

Age: 20

Year: Sophomore

From: Huntington  Beach, California

Major: Entrepreneurial Business

What’s your favorite class? Definitely, Professors Jackson’s Project Execution. It helps me to realize how much planning and work goes into a single event. I’m working with another business student to put on the Senior Student Appreciation Dinner — which is going on, tomorrow, wow, that’s so soon! I never realized how much stuff can go wrong — I tend to be a guy who likes to plan things out, but have never gone the whole ten yards. This class has helped me to carry everything out in its entirety.

Do you have any hobbies? Going camping on a regular basis and sailing! It’s so great to live in San Diego… within 15 minutes you can be in downtown SD, at a number of fantastic beaches, Legoland, Seaworld, and a bunch of other cool stuff.  On the weekends, sometimes I’ll head out with a group of students to Cardiff Beach to go surfing.

Do you participate in any Student Life? I’m the Chaplin in Student Government, something which I enjoy immensely. I’m also involved in a number of clubs at the school such as the,  The Anime Club and the Business Club. In the Business club we watch “Shark Tank” and “Dragon’s Den”, two commercialized business pitching shows.  Afterward, we always have some great discussions about the young entrepreneurs on the show by trying to figure out both the flaws and positives of their business plan. It’s a really great learning tool for our future jobs.

What is your favorite thing about JP Catholic? The location! Also,  it’s really easy for me to go home since I’m only an hour away.  Another thing great about JP Catholic is the community life. I love being at a small school because of the close friendships and dynamic fellowship which we all share. Lastly, it’s awesome being able to attend mass every day and having the adoration chapel within a few feet from my classroom.

Plans after graduation?
As far as after I graduate,  basically two rough idea have been playing around in my head. The two I’m spearheading currently is a nightclub or a record company. “House” is the name of the night club I’ve been working on. The name is due to the fact that I want to give college students the experience to go to a house party without having to compromise their safety or morals. I love parties, but the party is no longer fun when things get out of hand.

Enter the Matrix

June 23, 2009


We live in a reverse of The Matrix. People live in the physical world, but there is an alternate reality in the computer.  2nd life is an online game that gives the player an alternate reality in which he can do pretty much anything he wants. My life keeps me busy enough, I don’t need a second one. What interests me about 2nd Life, however, is that there are real businesses selling to virtual customers through the game. When I learned that there are people buying virtual goods in a game for real hard cash, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Now that the shock has passed, I’ve realized that the opportunities this game presents for an entrepreneur are pretty incredible. I’m working with another student designing web blogs. Our first work was for a senior student, it’s still in progress, at (Check that one again in a month for all the latest on the soccer world.) We are working on our second website now, and it made me think about what it would take to start a virtual business building web blogs for people playing the game. We would have to pay whatever fees there are to set-up shop (I’m sure it’s less than renting actual space), but showing our merchandise would be as easy as linking to our previous work. I think I’m going to start researching the opportunities. Who knows, it may only be a matter of time before there are 2nd life business consultants in every company.

Where are all the Seniors?

May 20, 2009

An interesting question has been posed by various students around JP Catholic. It sounds a little like this: “Where are all the seniors?” JP Catholic is known as a socially vibrant campus with students interacting all the time. A interesting development has recently occurred, none of the seniors are around hanging out.

Here’s my answer to their question: Provost Dominic Iocco. As the academic provost, he believes that JP Catholic should truly be the Catholic version of Stanford University. He believes this vision and is making sure the students are acting like on it. You see evidence of this in the senior class. JP Catholic seniors have to launch a business while still enrolled full-time in school. We’re working hard studying and pushing our business along through the Launch Pad.  The younger students will find out where we disappeared to once they begin the Launch Pad process.

Creative Thinking

May 18, 2009

ideabulbsThinking outside the box is probably one of the hardest and most rewarding things you can do. I’m taking a marketing class, and as a final project I have to make a marketing plan on my business idea (which I don’t have). For me, this exercise is going to need a ton of creative thinking. I need to think up a way to make money doing or selling something that I’m passionate about. I had an idea last quarter, if you read my posts you’ve heard of it, but I found that its flaws. My idea was to start a German pastry café chain; I wanted to do the same thing Starbucks with coffee, only with the European pastry. The Idea had two huge problems:

1)      Coffee is addictive, pastries are not.

2)      People drink coffee every day, and justify it with antioxidants. People can only eat so many pastries

So, it’s back to the drawing board for me. I’m a big believer in method, if I can find a way to come up with ideas one after another it’s just a matter of time before I find the right one. If you have any ideas on how to come up with ideas, please comment!! Right now I’m going to focus on a market, and find what they want most. Then I’ll just fill the need, but if you have a better way of going about finding ideas, I’d love to hear them!!

Meet Prof. Dominic Iocco – Part 1

May 14, 2009

Welcome to our new Ask a Professor video series!  We invite you to watch Prof. Iocco’s kickoff video and ask questions in our blog’s comment box.

To read Prof. Iocco’s biography: click here.

For more about our new Ask a Professor video series: click here.

Introducing Our New “Ask a Professor” Video Series

May 13, 2009

About JP Catholic’s Ask a Professor Series

At JP Catholic, one-on-one mentorship is a vital facet of our educational experience. In our small school setting, our students have constant access to personal consulting and mentorship from professors who have significant industry experience in their area of expertise. Mentorship is a crucial component to successfully launching a business, and it is a critical element of JP Catholic’s on-campus launchpad.

Our new Ask a Professor series attempts to bring this experience to wide audiences through Facebook. Through this series, you’ll be able to meet and interact with some of the highly accomplished faculty at John Paul the Great Catholic University.

How Ask a Professor Works

Please read the guidelines below:

1. Watch our professor’s kickoff video on John Paul the Great Catholic University’s Facebook profile. We will post Prof. Dominic Iocco’s kickoff video on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009.

2. We encourage you to engage the professor in dialogue by asking questions in the comment thread beneath the video. Anyone on Facebook is welcome to participate.

3. For this series, we will post two additional videos in the subsequent weeks, in which our professor will respond to questions and continue the conversation. To follow the conversation in your newsfeed, become a Fan of John Paul the Great Catholic University.

You can help us create an interesting and substantive discussion by following some ground rules:

• Please be respectful in your comments towards our professors and other participants. Any profanity, abusive language, or personal attacks will be immediately removed. Debate and dialogue is encouraged, but we reserve the right to remove any abusive comments or personal attacks.
• Please try to stay on topic. We do, however, encourage general questions about general life and career planning (e.g. “I am interested in pursuing work in your field, do you have any advice?”).