Starting in January, approximately 100 student-entrepreneurs entered the CSUF Business Plan Competition to see if their idea was the best on campus. After months of submitting business concepts, presenting in front of judges, and more than 150 attendees at the Finals we can now announce the winner…
But first, lets do a brief recap of the event. Surprisingly, there was a bit of rain that accompanied this competition but it in no way dampened the crowd’s enthusiasm for this year’s Innovation Fair. Our Innovation Fair gives student-entrepreneurs, engineering students, student clubs, CSUF Startup Incubator Residents, and other partner organizations the opportunity to showcase the cool projects and work that they are doing. This year we were proud to welcome CSUF Titan Baja racing team, CSUF Mars Rover team, KIDnetics Energy Labs, Sigma Upsilon Mu, SCORE, and some others as well.
After the Innovation Fair ended and all the attendees, including students and teachers from Charter Oak High School, took their seats Director Jackson welcomed the audience by introducing the Center for Entrepreneurship, explaining how the competition works, and giving a brief description of each competitor.
In particular, much thanks was given to the cash sponsors of this competition, including:
- The Dan Black Family Foundation
- France Helfer
- Union Bank
- The Ed Huizinga Innovative Idea Fund
We also had a number of in-kind service sponsors including:
The presentations came next with each lasting thirty minutes including a Q&A and setup. These are nerve racking experiences for the student-entrepreneurs because not only are they presenting for scholarships, in-kind services, and in front of more than 150 people but also because of our powerhouse judging panel.
The judges included: Michael Sawitz of FastStart.studio, Kelly Anderson of CSuite Financial Partners, France Helfer of TinyKicks LLC, Myles Kovacs of Dub Magazine, Karl Freels of the Dan Black Family Foundation, and Dan Black served as an alternate. It was fun watching these experienced entrepreneurs and investors question our competitors and I’m sure these questions helped the competitors learn a lot about their businesses.
After all the presentations finished and judges had concluded their deliberations we were able to announce that Continue reading