Maggie So will be giving a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator on Wednesday, December 2 on the impact that being an entrepreneur can have on your emotions RSVP NOW!
Maggie So ’12 is a recent MBA graduate from Cal State Fullerton and an entrepreneur in her own right. As an entrepreneur she knows the psychological toll that it can take on yourself and those around you. Specifically, she will discuss the following topics:
Becoming aware of the sources of burnout, especially those unique to a startup environment
How burnout affects a founder’s decision making process, relationships with employees, and how it can seep into other areas of your life
Ways to prevent burnout and alleviate it through physical, mental, and management techniques
We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!
Top university finishers at Titan Fast Pitch Competition with judges and hosts of the competition. Source: http://bizblogs.fullerton.edu/blog/2015/11/14/60-second-pitches-perfected-at-the-titan-fast-pitch-competition/
We recently hosted more than 500 middle school students, high school students, university students, Innovation Fair exhibitors, judges, family, and friends at the Titan Fast Pitch competition and it was an amazing event! It was a treat getting to hear all of the ideas from the different competitors and made all of the hard work in planning for this event worth it. A huge THANK YOU! goes out to our sponsors, including: Dan Black, Ken Guchereau, Vas Arora, and many others.
This event was packed with university and high school competitors pitching their innovative ideas to our judges and many entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses and CSUF students displaying their amazing projects at our Innovation Fair.
From CSUF News, the winners of the competition were:
senior computer science major Jared Kotoff and business administration-entrepreneurship major Ray Campos — VIZLUX
junior pre-business major Dane Johnson — Study Box
High school winners:
Asha Bhattacharya from Esperanza High School — Mental Fitness Center
Joshua Hernandez from Ayala High School — Tuck in Clip
Josh Kewalram from Long Beach Polytechnic High School — Fresh Vend
We plan on hosting another Titan Fast Pitch competition next year and for CSUF students we will be hosting the CSUF Business Plan Competition during the Spring 2016 semester, so stay tuned for more info!
Until then, here are some pictures from the event and below that is a link to another story about the Titan Fast Pitch.
CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Michael Gleason (Left) talks with CSUF students
This Thursday we are co-hosting an event at the CSUF Startup Incubator with our Entrepreneur Roundtable group and CoFoundersLab. Many entrepreneurs will be there and this is a great opportunity to network if you are looking for new people to add to your founding team.
We love teaching entrepreneurship students the finer points of how to start a business, lean startups, MVPs, and the like so it is great that we also have a class to teach non-business majors the finer points of entrepreneurship now. Titled Business Administration 410: Starting and Managing a Small Business/Private Practice, this class is designed to educate students on the startup process and students in this class get the chance to work on developing a real business. That’s awesome!
Here are what some of the students who have already taken this class had to say about their experience:
Those are fantastic testimonials and if you are interested in someday starting your own business but have been afraid to do so because you don’t have the proper business education you should ask your course adviser how you can fit this into your schedule next semester! We obviously want to help everyone achieve their entrepreneurial dreams but, unfortunately, there are only so many seats available in this class so act now before it’s too late!
John Chi, winner of the 2013 CSUF Business Plan Competition, presenting at the 2014 CSUF Fast Pitch Competition
The Titan Fast Pitch competition is on November 7 (Register now for a chance to win a scholarship) and I’m getting some questions on how to make an excellent pitch. To be sure, it’s a tough question and there is some creative license that goes into making a convincing pitch so no answer I give will be perfect.
For example: Do you highlight all the great things that your product can do? Is there a huge upside in the market you are trying to enter? Should you focus on your all star team?
Those are all great questions and the best person to answer them is you or someone who has a great deal of knowledge of your business. You have to look at your 60 second pitch as a teaser that will convince the person you are pitching to that they want more information about your business. This isn’t an easy thing to do and, like most everything else in life that matters, will take some practice.
Here’s a video from the guys who are running the National Startup League that gives some very helpful tips that focuses on the essentials of how to make an excellent pitch.