Sierra Levanto did very well at the Titan Fast Pitch competition last month by proving herself to be the top university pitcher! The university that she attends, Chapman University, noticed and wrote up a very nice story about her. Check it out:
Sierra Levanto became an entrepreneur as a high school sophomore in Boston. However, it took a cross-country move and meeting her mentor at Chapman before she decided to pursue her product idea professionally.
Levanto, 19, is a senior business administration major with an emphasis in marketing. She recently participated in the Titan Fast Pitch Competition hosted by California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). This annual event offers local high school and college students the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to more than 50 local business owners and investors that act as judges. She had not heard of the competition, nor registered, until Argyros School of Business & Economics Lecturer Deborah Ferber, Ph.D., encouraged her to participate three days prior.
Facing hundreds of student competitors, Levanto won first place in the competition for her product, PandaBaby Cloth Diapers. She received a $1,500 scholarship and more exposure for her innovative idea.
“Dr. Deb had just told me about this competition a few days before,” Levanto said. “She’s the one that motivated me to move forward with this product and get it out there. I practiced my 60-second pitch with her. It was so fast paced and pretty stressful pitching to more than 12 different judges.”
Dr. Deb is a tremendous supporter of entrepreneurship in general and at CSUF Entrepreneurship as well. And it’s in large part thanks to supporters like her that we are able to accomplish as much as we do and they are what makes the CSUF Entrepreneurship community so strong!
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