Michael’s advice to entrepreneurs
If you have a business idea, the right time to start your business is as soon as you become a student at SDSU. If you go to community college first, use their entrepreneurial services. They may have a way to connect with the SDSU program. Contact the ZIP Launchpad immediately upon enrolling because you can only use the ZIP entrepreneur services if you are a SDSU Faculty member, employee, or student.
From what I have seen in the costs and obstacles, one has to hurdle to get a patent and meet licensing/registration requirements, which can be difficult at times. The fees are so excessive that the inventor loses possession of their patent if they cannot keep up with the yearly maintenance fees (for us it will be $3300.00 a year, but can be in the tens of thousands) and lose all that has been invested. This is only from the viewpoint of the inventor of a device that needs to meet many standards and your project will vary. Enroll in the ZIP as soon as you become a student and if you have an idea. Find out what pains people (inability to bathe on two legs) and solve that pain. This is how invention is born.