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The Titan Fast Pitch was a Success!

The winning university team at the Titan Fast Pitch

The winning university team at the Titan Fast Pitch

This year’s Titan Fast Pitch was the biggest yet with well over 500 people in attendance! It was a thrill seeing all of the student-entrepreneurs pitching their innovative business concepts to our all star judges. By hosting competitions like the Titan Fast Pitch our goal is to encourage and inspire tomorrow’s business leaders to think creatively and embrace a career path that will have a positive impact on their lives and, by extension, on the community as well.

While we haven’t had the time to do a full write up of the event yet I can tell you that the winning concept at the university level was from a team led by Terrell Bolden (pictured with his partner above). Their concept involved technology that makes commuting short distances much more efficient.

What follows is the weekly CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider report. If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to sign up for this weekly email from Director John Bradley Jackson so that you can keep up to date on all the entrepreneurial and educational opportunities that are on the horizon at CSUF Entrepreneurship.


I am very happy to report that the Titan Fast Pitch was a great success!

We had over 500 people attend this year’s competition including more than 150 competitors from universities, high schools, and even middle schools. Each competitor was able to give their sixty second business pitch to at least three different all star judges during the Bullpen Round and the top ranking individuals or teams from the university and high school tracks got the chance to pitch their concepts to our elite judges during the Lightning Round. It was a blast!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who was able to be involved with the Titan Fast Pitch. We could not have had such an amazing event without you.

A full write up of the event should be published this week but we have already posted some photos taken by Amerika Bernal ’15 to our Facebook Page.

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship

PS: Happy Halloween!

Center for Entrepreneurship Board Member, Andrew Carroll, has a ton of financial and accounting experience he will share with anyone who visits him during his office hours later today. Click below to find out how to visit him during his office hours.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For over 24 years, Professor Jeff Longshaw, MBA, MSBA, has been a business management and communication consultant, teaching proposal writing and composition to companies to improve their win rate.  While he has managed and participated in over 20 large scale proposals for Westinghouse, Lockheed, Bath Ironworks, General Dynamics and others; he has also produced business plans for start-up companies.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors at the CSUF Startup Incubator who will be holding office hours to answer your startup and strategy questions.

Dave Kinnear is a Business Advisor, Mentor and Executive Leader Coach.  Through his affiliation with Vistage International, Dave convenes and facilitates peer advisory boards of Business Owners, Company Presidents, General Managers and Chief Executives dedicated to becoming better leaders who make better decisions and achieve better results.

Being successful with online marketing can make the difference between success or failure for your business.

That is why we are very happy to bring in Jason Khoo for office hours! Jason is the Marketing Director at Ron Wave Design and he has given a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to SEO” (video here).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

The CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni host a business roundtable on the third Thursday of every month at the CSUF Startup Incubator and all are encouraged to attend these free meetings. Bring your entrepreneurial ideas, challenges, or just sit in and listen!
The CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtable features a fantastic group of mentors with impressive backgrounds so that every participating entrepreneur will get tremendous feedback on what they are working on. Don’t be shy! This can turn out to be one of the most consequential entrepreneurial events you ever attend.
Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtables:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE MEETING DATES

Get Involved with CSUF Consulting and the CSUF Startup Incubator
Whether you are a professional who gets satisfaction from being a mentor to someone who wants to work in a startup as a team member or are interested in investing in some of our thriving startups; we want to hear from you!
To join our large professional network you don’t have to be an alumni but we need your expertise and hard work to help make Northern Orange County (especially Fullerton) a strong startup community! Please take a minute to tell us about yourself so we can properly welcome you into the CSUF Startup Community.

“The students did a great job of digging deeper than necessary to get a grade and worked the issues as if for their own company.”

James L. Breese, President, WestLand Engineering Co
To find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs contact our Client Project Specialist, Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or to request an application email entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu.
 
#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup
For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship
For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

Attend one of our entrepreneur events or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Directions to Titan Fast Pitch

Top university finishers at Titan Fast Pitch Competition with judges and hosts of the competition.

Top university finishers at Titan Fast Pitch Competition with judges and hosts of the competition.

We look forward to seeing you at the Titan Fast Pitch this Saturday! Here are some points to help you find your way:

Registration: Opens at 12:30pm; you do not need to bring your ticket, just give the person your name and they will check you in. If you haven’t had a chance to reserve a spot in this competition there is still time to reserve a spot.

Titan Fast Pitch: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (scheduled)

Location: Titan Student Union Pavilions, Cal State Fullerton

Parking: Parking at Cal State Fullerton is free on the weekends (only for spaces that don’t require a special permit, pay spots, or any other spot that looks to have a sign designating it as a non-normal parking spot). We recommend parking in the State College Parking Structure.

Here’s a map with the recommended parking structure and Titan Student Union highlighted.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Titan Fast Pitch Tips for Student Competitors

For students attending Cal State Fullerton, the end of October is a hectic flurry of studying and activities in order to get ready for midterms. However, many of those students are also getting ready for an event that is arguably more important than midterms: the Titan Fast Pitch.

The Titan Fast Pitch is a competition where students have 60 seconds to explain (“pitch”) their entire business model to a group of judges who examine and provide real time feedback focusing on how scalable and feasible their concepts are. This event provides students with real life experiences and feedback that help them as they start their entrepreneurial journeys.

[The Titan Fast Pitch will take place this Saturday at the CSUF campus; click here to reserve your ticket now!]

While the idea may seem simple at first, the task of presenting an entire business concept in a minute can be quite daunting for first time student-entrepreneurs. Amerika Bernal was once one of these students. She is a CSUF Alumni who was kind enough to share some of her tips for students who are considering entering pitch competitions like the Titan Fast Pitch.

Passion is Key

“In the 2014 Business Plan Competition at Cal State Fullerton I had an idea that I was really passionate about and wanted to gain some real life experience. It was during this year that I pushed myself to make my dream of making a high quality sound reduction system for outdoor use a reality.” Said Bernal.

Passion is the ingredient that helps to keep entrepreneurs going; its the fuel for persistence. In other words, if you have passion you will put in the necessary work and preparation to do well in these kinds of competitions and as an entrepreneur in general.

Speak from the Heart

“When I attended [another pitch event] I was going up against older men who had already had cash flow businesses and had been doing this for quite a while. Being a female college student was a little unnerving, I had not planned what I was going to say originally. When it was my turn to present I spoke from the heart and everything just flowed smoothly.” Said Bernal.

People in our world hear pitches all the time so if you want to stand out from the crowd you have to do something different: speak from the heart. If you truly believe in your concept that should come through when you give your presentation. People, judges in this instance, will feel the passion you have for your concept and will be more receptive to your message.

Learn from your Experiences

Following her success at the Business Plan Competition, Amerika entered in the Titan Fast pitch competition. Armed with a business plan that was researched and perfected, Amerika sought the help of her mentors Travis Lindsay and John Bradley Jackson to make sure she was ready to compete.

During the first round of the competition she impressed the judges and proceeded to move into the Lightning Round but did not ultimately win.

“When I didn’t go to the next round I took it pretty hard, that was the first time that I had ever really failed anything and it took a day for me to get over it… As an entrepreneur it was good to experience that but I didn’t just leave it at that. I examined my scores and found out that the way I was communicating my idea was too technical for the judges.” Said Bernal.

A general tip that we give students all the time is to practice their presentations in front of other people. This way they can get feedback and make changes before the stakes become real. But even if you are the most prepared person in the room that doesn’t mean you are going to win so you must learn how to be resilient.

Pitch Competitions are great Experiences for Entrepreneurs

Looking back at the competitions she has competed in, Amerika is hopeful in what the future holds both for her as well as her entrepreneurial ventures. Her success and growth as an entrepreneur has been made possible due not only to her dedication but also to the experiences she has had at competitions like the Titan Fast Pitch.

“As a young and ambitious female entrepreneur, I have received nothing but positive feedback from many business people that I have encountered. I have managed to build a network, name, and identity for myself. All of which wouldn’t have been possible if I had not stepped out of my comfort zone and entered the professional business world.”

Titan Fast Pitch

The next Titan Fast Pitch is this Saturday, October 29, and is open to all students who want to compete and to everyone else who wants to attend as an audience member. Make sure to click this link to find out more and to reserve your ticket today!


#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup

Become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to keep up-to-date on all the events, news, and everything else we do: http://bit.ly/CSUFStartupSignup

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

Attend one of our entrepreneur events or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Seven Principles for Digital Marketing Success @ CSUF Startup Incubator

fratzke-brothers

Are you struggling with your Digital Marketing plan? Marking Experts Ryan and James Fratzke can help.

As Strategic Account Managers the Fratzke Brothers work with some of the nations largest brands. Join us on Wednesday October 26th as they share their Seven Principles for Digital Marketing Success. They will share proven tactics for Website & SEO, Social Media, Email Marketing, Digital Advertising, Online Reviews, Local Listings, and Content Marketing.

This is a can’t miss opportunity to learn and ask smart questions with tactical answers, RSVP today.

More about James and Ryan Fratzke

James and Ryan Fratzke, are Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College graduates, and are the newest members of Mihaylo College’s Alumni Executive Council.

As National Account Managers at Brandify, an Orange County marketing firm, they work directly with brands like Walmart, Disney Stores, and Dollar Tree, helping them perfect their marketing strategy. As marketing experts they help business owners and professionals sharpen their Digital Marketing skills.

Website: FRATZKEBROTHERS.COM

And don’t miss out on they’re upcoming, intensive marketing boot camp on November 5 at Cal State Fullerton: http://www.fratzkebrothers.com/digital-marketing-bootcamp.html


#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup

Become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to keep up-to-date on all the events, news, and everything else we do: http://bit.ly/CSUFStartupSignup

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

Attend one of our entrepreneur events or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Titan Fast Pitch this Saturday

Top university finishers at Titan Fast Pitch Competition with judges and hosts of the competition.

Top university finishers at Titan Fast Pitch Competition with judges and hosts of the competition.

The Titan Fast Pitch is where students will begin their own entrepreneurial journeys. Will you be there?

What follows is the weekly update we send out to CSUF Entrepreneurship Insiders. To make sure that you don’t miss any news, success stories, or events make sure to sign up.


The Titan Fast Pitch is this Saturday!

Startups are the engine of growth for America’s economy and with the Titan Fast Pitch competition our goal is to encourage students to start thinking like entrepreneurs. It is through this competition that many of the students competing will get their first experience in developing a business concept that they then need to articulate to people outside their normal circle of family and friends. My hope is that some of these students will start their own entrepreneurial journey on Saturday.

And it is not too late to get involved. Students can enter the Titan Fast Pitch up to the time the competition starts, which is at 1pm this Saturday. I also want our community to come to the competition as well because there will be opportunities to network with the students and to encourage them to become entrepreneurs.

The details for the competition can be found at the Titan Fast Pitch website. On the site there is a detailed schedule, a link to reserve your ticket, information on how to give a powerful sixty second pitch, biographies of our Lightning Round judges, and much more.

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship

PITCH YOUR STARTUP IDEA. WIN SCHOLARSHIPS. GET FUNDING.

Student-Entrepreneurs: It’s time for you to crush it!
Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Titan Fast Pitch Competition kicks off Saturday October 29th, 2016 at 1pm and you’re invited! Come compete with or watch the most innovative student-entrepreneurs vie for a spot on the winner’s podium and their share of scholarships. All finalists are chosen in real time.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT COMPETING AND HOW TO ATTEND

Are you struggling with your Digital Marketing plan? Marking Experts Ryan and James Fratzke can help.

As Strategic Account Managers the Fratzke Brothers work with some of the nations largest brands. Join us on Wednesday October 26th as they share their Seven Principles for Digital Marketing Success. They will share proven tactics for Website & SEO, Social Media, Email Marketing, Digital Advertising, Online Reviews, Local Listings, and Content Marketing.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

Being successful with online marketing can make the difference between success or failure for your business.

That is why we are very happy to bring in Jason Khoo for office hours! Jason is the Marketing Director at Ron Wave Design and he has given a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to SEO” (video here).

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

For over 24 years, Professor Jeff Longshaw, MBA, MSBA, has been a business management and communication consultant, teaching proposal writing and composition to companies to improve their win rate.  While he has managed and participated in over 20 large scale proposals for Westinghouse, Lockheed, Bath Ironworks, General Dynamics and others; he has also produced business plans for start-up companies.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

Dave Kinnear is one of our great mentors at the CSUF Startup Incubator who will be holding office hours to answer your startup and strategy questions.

Dave Kinnear is a Business Advisor, Mentor and Executive Leader Coach.  Through his affiliation with Vistage International, Dave convenes and facilitates peer advisory boards of Business Owners, Company Presidents, General Managers and Chief Executives dedicated to becoming better leaders who make better decisions and achieve better results.

Center for Entrepreneurship Board Member, Andrew Carroll, has a ton of financial and accounting experience he will share with anyone who visits him during his office hours later today. Click below to find out how to visit him during his office hours.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

The CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni host a business roundtable on the third Thursday of every month at the CSUF Startup Incubator and all are encouraged to attend these free meetings. Bring your entrepreneurial ideas, challenges, or just sit in and listen!
The CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtable features a fantastic group of mentors with impressive backgrounds so that every participating entrepreneur will get tremendous feedback on what they are working on. Don’t be shy! This can turn out to be one of the most consequential entrepreneurial events you ever attend.

Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneur Roundtables:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE MEETING DATES

Get Involved with CSUF Consulting and the CSUF Startup Incubator
Whether you are a professional who gets satisfaction from being a mentor to someone who wants to work in a startup as a team member or are interested in investing in some of our thriving startups; we want to hear from you!
To join our large professional network you don’t have to be an alumni but we need your expertise and hard work to help make Northern Orange County (especially Fullerton) a strong startup community! Please take a minute to tell us about yourself so we can properly welcome you into the CSUF Startup Community.

“The students did a great job of digging deeper than necessary to get a grade and worked the issues as if for their own company.”

James L. Breese, President, WestLand Engineering Co
To find out how we can tailor a project to fit your business’ needs contact our Client Project Specialist, Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or to request an application email entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu.
 
#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup
For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship
For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

Attend one of our entrepreneur events or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

An Entrepreneur and a Friend, a CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story

Jason Khoo (R) enjoying some food with his entrepreneurial mentor Jose Sanchez

Jason Khoo (R) enjoying some food with his entrepreneurial mentor Jose Sanchez (L).

For many, college is a time of change that marks a transformation of one’s true self in the world. The friends made during this period often play a crucial role in helping to shape the beliefs and ideas of a person.

Oftentimes, these friends help to enable a person to discover the true talents and help drive them towards becoming successful. For Cal State Fullerton Alumni Jason Khoo his story of friendship and entrepreneurial drive is something that could only happen at Cal State Fullerton.

Starting at an early age, Jason first experienced entrepreneurship when he watched his dad manage his own business. Unbeknownst to Jason, his father’s business helped play a major role in creating the drive and passion for entrepreneurship while he was growing up.

“My dad was a business owner who managed his own business when I was growing up. Watching him successfully manage a business really inspired me to follow in his footsteps.” Said Khoo.

It wasn’t until the age of nineteen that Jason realized that his ambitions and dreams lie in creating his own business. However, some setbacks prevented him from achieving his goal of one day owning his own business.

“My ambitions always centered on starting a business but I was 19 reading about the Zuckerberg’s of the world and nowhere close to even starting on my goal. This feeling of inferiority compounded knowing that my entire life I was shorter, scrawnier, and a bit shy. It started to weigh on me pretty heavily. I had a huge passion for marketing, but I didn’t have the courage to ask a business to hire me. I literally had the skills but absolutely no courage.” Said Khoo.

Luckily for Jason, his luck changed once he began attending CSUF. His interest in the entrepreneur program eventually led him to meet Jose Sanchez. As a veteran of the Iraq war, Jose not only was older than Jason but had experienced life from a different perspective. Despite their differences, the two became fast friends as they found out that they shared the same major and desire to be entrepreneurs.

“Jose pretty much molded most of my business knowledge and practices. We met in Entrepreneur Society. I was on his board while he was the president. He taught me a number of things: how to run a board, how to support talent and how to make the hard decisions. The lessons were many, almost as much as jokes, but listing things wouldn’t be doing him justice. The best way for me to explain is to say that he’s the one who helped me take that oh so hard first step of entrepreneurship.” Said Khoo.

As the two became close friends, Jason began to explain how his fears were holding him back from starting his own business. This confession led Jose to realize that Jason would be an excellent business owner if he had the right kind of positive coaching. With the help of Jose and his friend Kevin McNulty, the team began on making Jason’s dream a reality.

“While at dinner at the local Quickly, I confided in Jose and my other friend, Kevin McNulty… I expressed all my frustrations and most importantly how scared I was. Jose and Kevin did what any good friends and mentors would do. They started dissecting the problem with me and helped create steps for me. They helped me establish a pitch, the script, what to bring and everything I would do to try and get my first client.” Said Khoo.

Armed with a new sense of purpose, and the support of his friends Jason took the first step in what would become his new life as a prospective entrepreneur who was ready to face the realities of the business world.

“Then I began the dreaded door to door knocking. This was stuff of nightmares for me. I asked each business to give me a chance, to let me try to help them with their marketing. Of course, most flatly said no and each time I felt lower and lower. I tried ignoring it and kept going and before I knew it, one happened to say yes!… Afterwards I got a call from Jose. I picked up the phone ready to tell him the great news. He was calling to tell me that he was going to go door to door with me. He knew how scary it was, but knew how important it was to me. I laughed and told him that I had already did it! I got my 1st client!” Said Khoo.

From this, Jason shed his former self and began to adapt to the world of entrepreneurship. Currently, Jason now works as a director at a marketing firm where he, along with his partner Ron Arellano, continue to work building their business. With their first year successfully coming to an end, Jason and his team at Ron Wave Designs are getting ready for another year filled with anticipation for what the future holds.

“Right now we are at a pivotal point where we just celebrated our first year. Now we are making sure to find more clients and make more profits next year.” Said Khoo.

What makes Jason’s story so compelling is that his true potential was enabled not by a teacher, but rather by a fellow classmate who saw the greatness inside of him. Having friends like Jose helps to show students that those closest to them can truly help them reach dreams and goals they never thought possible. And for Jason and Jose, their friendship will continue to grow as they inspire each other to continue following their entrepreneurial dreams.

When looking back at how far he has come, Jason offers a bit of advice to those who find themselves in the same situation he once was in.

“Don’t compare yourself to other people’s end product when you’re at the start. Just start, no matter how small.”


PS: Jason has agreed to hold office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator to help fellow entrepreneurs and business owners with their marketing problems and strategy. Make sure to check out this link and reserve some time with Jason to discuss ways to market your business better!


Ron Wave Design is a search marketing firm led by two partners. Ron Arellano and Jason Khoo have created an agency that is poised to make major contributions to the ever evolving industry of Marketing and Search.

http://www.ronwavedesign.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/ron-wave-design


#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup

Become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to keep up-to-date on all the events, news, and everything else we do: http://bit.ly/CSUFStartupSignup

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

Attend one of our entrepreneur events or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

The Executive Breakfast

This is another great way to network with members from the CSUF Entrepreneurship community, including: students, entrepreneurs, mentors, and many others. The one last month was great and this second one should be even better. Click the flier below to purchase your ticket today!


the-executive-breakfast


#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup

Become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to keep up-to-date on all the events, news, and everything else we do: http://bit.ly/CSUFStartupSignup

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurship

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://bit.ly/csufstartup

Attend one of our entrepreneur events or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents