Former Los Angeles Mission College student Oscar Aguayo and his team at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), Small Business Strong, won first place for their idea of a traveling small business resource center, and $25,000 in the 2016 Mayor’s Cup.
More than 100 teams representing Los Angeles universities applied for the competition with the top five teams competing at the finals.
“The future of entrepreneurial innovation is right here in Los Angeles, and Small Business Strong and the other competitors show that our colleges and universities are full of creative people with ideas that can change lives,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “What’s special about the Mayor’s Cup is that we can harness their imagination and skill to achieve something we all believe in — making local government work better for all Angelenos.”
Mr. Aguayo, a 2015 transfer student to CSULA, acknowledged Mission for providing him with the “amazing” education and caring professors, whom he said played a huge role in his educational journey.
Mr. Aguayo reflected on two key people in his life, Professor Jason Bordbar and Norris Dorsey, EdD, who led him to be a part of The Mayor’s Cup:
“I remember being in Professor Jason's Business Law Class in front of the class speaking to students about my current event, most of the time it was about technology. I was very shy, but now I’m on stage pitching in front of the Mayor of Los Angeles, audience, and Tech judges and this is all because of professors that care about their students like Professor Bordbar and Dr. Dorsey. These are two great professors that care about Los Angeles Mission College and their students.”
For more information about the Mayor’s Cup, visit his website.