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Travis is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator. | CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship | CSUF Startup Incubator | Our Events

The Core Elements of a Titan Fast Pitch

The Titan Fast Pitch is this Saturday and we hope to see you there!

Giving a good pitch for your business concept in sixty seconds is a difficult task but this video should help.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

Pitch Perfect: Titan Fast Pitch Offers 60-Second Platform to Student Entrepreneurs – CSUF News

Titan Fast PitchCSUF News recently published a story about the upcoming CSUF Fast Pitch. Here’s a brief synopsis and you can see the whole thing by going to their article.

If you had only 60 seconds to pitch your startup idea, turn heads and hook investors, would you take the challenge?

Business owners take the challenge often, in elevators, on golf courses and on flights. Now, middle school and high school curriculum includes business education and kids have joined college students in the quest to master the pitch for their real-world business plan.

Hundreds of students are expected to take the challenge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Titan Fast Pitch, hosted by Cal State Fullerton’s centers for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, and by the National StartUp League.

The next generation of entrepreneurs — students from universities, high schools and middle schools — will gather at the Titan Student Union for the three-hour event.

Participation has doubled and nearly tripled in its five years, especially after the competition was opened up to high school and middle school contestants, says John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“As we meet with teachers we have a better understanding of how business education, specifically entrepreneurship, and the ability to pitch your idea have become mainstream in the middle school and high school classroom,” says Jackson.


#CSUF

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

Titan Fast Pitch is this Saturday!

In this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider there isn’t much to report… except that the Titan Fast Pitch is this Saturday!

The Titan Fast Pitch is this Saturday starting at 1pm at the Titan Student Union on campus. Parking is free in the structure next to the Titan Student Union and we hope to see you there as a competitor, judge, or as an audience member cheering the student competitors on!
Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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Titan Fast Pitch is Almost Here!

Make sure to sign up for the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider so that you don’t miss important updates about the Titan Fast Pitch (which is on October21, make sure to register as a competitor or as an audience member!), news about members of our CSUF Entrepreneurship community, and lessons on entrepreneurship.

I am excited about this year’s Titan Fast Pitch! It’s less than two weeks away and we already have dozens of entrepreneurial students from the universities, high schools, and even some middle schools already signed up. This year should be great!
If you are currently a student I strongly urge you to sign up for this year’s competition, which will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 1pm to 4pm in the Titan Student Union. A good example of a top notch Titan Fast Pitch was done by John Chi a couple of years ago; check it out to get some inspiration for your own.
Even if you aren’t a student, we absolutely want you to attend so that you can support the student competitors. And, if you are willing, we would welcome you as a judge during our first round. This round will have all of the competitors giving their pitches to individual judges during a frenetic one hour round-robin style session. If you are interested in being a judge, please let Travis Lindsay know by sending him an email to tlindsay@fullerton.edu so that we can get you set up.
Either way, make sure to go to the Titan Fast Pitch site for more information on the competition and to register as a competitor or audience member.
We hope to see you at the competition!
Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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An Excellent Titan Fast Pitch

All the way back in 2014 John Chi was a finalist in the Titan Fast Pitch competition thanks to his great idea, for sure, but also for how excellent he was at pitching his idea. John knew his idea front to back and was able to take that knowledge and boil it down to its essence in a compelling way.

Any student that is looking to start their entrepreneurial journey and earn a part of some scholarships at the Titan Fast Pitch on October 21 should watch this great example from John Chi:

What did John do right?

He got to the value proposition, or the “why”, at the beginning. John introduces his concept with a question about what do you do when your body starts to wear out. It’s a powerful question and it immediately grabbed the audiences’ (and judges’) attention. Stem cells are the answer and he launches into a concise explanation of how his business, Synova Life Sciences, will use a person’s own stem cells to help them regenerate lost tissue and feel better.

Along the way during his rapid-fire delivery John talks about the market size, which is large, what his business model (how he will make money) is, and his key partners. It’s a masterful performance and John has taken that performance on the road and has been very successful at other competitions as well.

And John is still developing his concept. As you can imagine, stem cell therapy is not a business you start overnight, but John did get his start in part thanks to his experience at the Titan Fast Pitch.

That is the power of competitions like the Titan Fast Pitch. It helps you get started. (And if you’re worried that you can’t do as well as John did my advice would be to not be. Practicing your pitch will certainly help as will developing your idea. Just remember that this competition, as with everything in life, isn’t a cul-de-sac for your entrepreneurial aspirations. It’s merely a point along the line that hopefully ends with you creating something awesome!)

If you are interested in competing in the Titan Fast Pitch we couldn’t be happier. Make sure to sign up today and if you have any questions we are happy to answer them and help you start your life as an entrepreneur. Please send all questions to csufentrepreneurship@fullerton.edu and we will respond as soon as possible.


#CSUF

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/csufknowledge

CSUF Entrepreneurship Supporter Dan Black Featured in OC Register

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

CSUF Entrepreneurship donor, Board Member, and VIP judge Dan Black was recently featured in the OC Register. Dan and his grandson, Karl Freels, have supported the CSUF Startup Incubator and many of our student competitions for nearly half a decade (and has supported Cal State Fullerton in general for decades!) and it was great to see them get recognition for all of their efforts by the OC Register.

Here’s a portion of the article and you should definitely read all of the article on Dan.

Black has supported the Center for Entrepreneurship since its inception in 2001.

“A consummate entrepreneur, Dan understands the real world marriage of science with entrepreneurship,” said John B. Jackson, director of the center and the CSUF Startup Incubator.

Black might be the most vocal supporter of the CSUF Startup Incubator, Jackson said. He sponsors one student startup every semester by paying the resident tuition.

Black hopes that by example he is encouraging others to give to the university. One of his recent donations — $50,000 for student research in Natural Sciences & Mathematics — was set up so it turned into $100,000 after the university raised matching funds. Matching donors could choose which science discipline their gift went to, which Black thinks sweetens the deal. He also wants donors to know they can make a pledge then take five years to pay it.

“Instead of being the big fish in the pond, I’m trying to get other fish involved so one day they’ll become a big fish too,” he said. He is likewise gradually handing over the reins of his foundation to Freels.


#CSUF

For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive:
http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

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

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship video series:
http://bit.ly/CSUF_Knowledge

CSUF Startup Featured in OC Register

In this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director John Bradley Jackson highlights the progress that a startup two of our students founded a year ago has made and how the first step to becoming an entrepreneur is telling people about your idea (A great place to do that for current university and high school students is at the Titan Fast Pitch competition on October 21!).

Last week, the OC Register featured a startup founded by two of our recent graduates. The startup, Wecademi, was founded by Brent Maxinoski ’17 and Cayman Elkin ’17 in our CSUF Entrepreneurship classes. Their mission is to help students pass the most difficult classes they will take. To learn more about these two I urge you to read the OC Register article and watch the interview that we did with them over the summer.
These are still early days for Wecademi and I expect there are many chapters yet to be written about this business. But their journey is underway and I am hopeful that it will have a good ending for Brent and Cayman.
Entrepreneurship is interesting because there is no obvious path to for an entrepreneur to follow. Every entrepreneur has to figure things out as they go but, as we teach in class and the CSUF Startup Incubator, there is a process for figuring out that path.
But entrepreneurs must still take that first uncertain step into the unknown and a good first step to take is to tell people about your idea. For current university and high school students that first step can be the Titan Fast Pitch competition that we are hosting on October 21. Or that first step could be simply talking to people you already know and trust. Whatever the case, I have found that openly discussing your ideas give them nourishment and help them grow.
If you have an idea for a business I would welcome the opportunity to discuss it with you.
Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director and Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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