Business Innovation and Leadership Development


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welcome week


Business Innovation and Leadership Development (BUILD) is a first year residential experience located on the 6th floor of Joe West Hall.  BUILD allows students to transition to university life through a learning community that involves them in engaging leadership activities and interactive programs, provides access to business related resources and networking opportunities throughout their time here at SJSU and beyond.  BUILD is open to first year students who have been admitted or are considering a business major or minor.  In partnership with the College of Business, students will experience facilitative study groups, tutoring, academic and social support services, social events including gaming and professional etiquette gatherings, as well as industry leader and faculty interaction.  BUILD students will work closely with the College of Business to ensure that they maximize their opportunities during their tenure at SJSU. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop a strong connection with the College of Business faculty, advisors, and services in their first year at SJSU

  2. Students will develop solid knowledge of the opportunities and resources at SJSU and how to prepare for and benefit from them

  3. Students will become aware of the early indicators of academic and social difficulties and the resources available to help them overcome these issues

  4. Students will gain knowledge of the full spectrum of business/management careers and form a clear understanding of their focus of interest in the field

Program and Events

  • Facilitated study groups (i.e. Algebra, Calculus, Statistics) by trained facilitators

  • Guidance to prepare yourself for the best experiences offered by the College of Business (i.e. Scholarships, Study Abroad, Honors Program, Global Leadership Passport Program, Thompson Global Leadership Program, Retail Study Tour)

  • Workshops facilitated by industry leaders and faculty on emerging business issues and trends (e.g. Global Leadership, Developing Ethical Awareness, Social Networking in Business, Non-traditional Business Careers)

  • Networking events with local companies and alumni (e.g. Google, Wells Fargo, IBM, HP, etc.)

  • Mentorship from the College of Business’ most successful students and alumni and essential skills training workshops (i.e. Navigating SJSU, Time Management, Networking Skills, Professional Conduct)

  • Social events (i.e. Gaming, Company Tours, Community Days of Service)

  • Team building experiences leading to entries to competitions such as the Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge and Hackathons