Students Win $18,000 in Prize Money for the First Crexendo Website Competition at CSUF

The first ever Crexendo UP Website Competition came to a close on Tuesday, Feb. 8th, with nine teams of CSUF students receiving $18,000 in prize money. The competition was hosted here at CSUF by the Center for Entrepreneurship. It spanned ten weeks and the finalists poured hundreds of hours into their websites. Steven G. Mihaylo ’69, as in “Mihaylo College of Business and Economics,” is CEO of Crexendo and was present last Tuesday to open up the awards ceremony with a keynote address.

The competition was free to enter and open to all CSUF students. However, most of this year’s finalists were business majors. Crexendo will continue to host participant’s websites at no charge for six months. There were 14 finalists out of 296 registrants this year, and Mihaylo expects to triple this number in next year’s competition.

So, who won? Katie Nguyen and her business partner Kevin Mann took the $7,500 first prize. Her website,, is in the business of buying and selling commercial printing press machines. Katie is a marketing major and plans to reinvest the prize money into her new business. The $5,000 second prize went to Lee Baker, a double major in economics and political science. Lee’s idea for came from his father’s family business. Richard Tsu came in third with the $2,500 prize. Richard’s website,, offers wedding photography services. Victor Nunez won fourth place for and received $500. All four winners also received a plaque, recognizing them for their success.

There were also five honorable mentions who also each received $500: Katie Nino for, Brian Ross for Transcend Social Media, Robert Gates for his Express Yourself Digital Arts Contest, Sheila Vo for, and Jason LaManque partnered with Devon Jordan for

We congratulate all of this year’s finalists for doing such a great job, and we look forward to a great competition again next year!

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8 Responses to Students Win $18,000 in Prize Money for the First Crexendo Website Competition at CSUF

  1. Sherry Li says:

    Congratulation to all the winner and for those didn’t win, keep improving and you will reach your goals eventually!

  2. meegoh says:

    Terrific students. Keep up the good work and congratulations!

  3. Congratulations to all the finalists! After reading this post, I was inspired to take up a web designing course. I look forward for more updates on this event and will be returning to this website. Thanks!

  4. Congratulations to all the winner of the $18K :). Reading this post was amazing as I never knew that web design could be so rewarding. I’m looking forward to many more posts on this site.

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  6. Manish Joshi says:

    Congratulation to all winner and for those also who are not been able to go through this time but keep yourself upto date and able to win other events and prizes and get your goals. i am looking for more updates and post with so much knowledge

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