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CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Profile: Piano With Jonny

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht (left) and Jonny May (right) at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship

As you know from reading the recap of the CSUF Business Plan Competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship the first place winner of the compeitition was Piano With Jonny. Presented by Cal State Fullerton students Jonny May, Reuben Ponce De Leon, and Sylvia Dang along with co-founder Yannick Lambrecht, Piano With Jonny is well on its way to shaking up the music education industry by using technology to help thousands of people learn how to become better pianists from an accomplished piano player: Jonny May.

“I’m thrilled to have won the Business Plan Competition!  It was awesome, scary, and exhilarating at the same time! …Going into to it, I really didn’t know if I would win.  I had some amazing competitors with great ideas and strong execution strategies…I highly recommend the CSUF Business Plan Competition to any student with a business idea!” states Jonny.

Piano With Jonny is a web-based business that sells digital piano educational content that enables students to learn music online without the hassle of having to travel or pay hourly fees. On the website, students follow along on the recorded video as Jonny explains and demonstrates a particular genre ranging from blues to jazz to rock to many other genres. In other words, this isn’t your prototypical piano teacher.

The website also offers lessons from learning how to play a particular song to learning one particular technique at a time. The site also offers sheet music through SoundSlice.

Piano With Jonny earns business in two ways: 1. Through individual product sales and 2. Through membership dues. These useful products include in-depth video tutorials with an easy to see overhead display of Jonny playing the piano as the keys light up, as well as interactive sheet music for customers to play along with as fast or slow as they like.

Launched in September 2015, the membership program on Piano With Jonny gives users full access to all products online for only $40 a month (the monthly charge goes down if you prepay), as well as interactive assistance on the exclusive member Facebook page.

Much of Jonny’s audience has been derived from his YouTube channel, with over 15 million views and over 100,000 subscribers. Here’s a recent video he posted to celebrate his 100,000 YouTube subscribers.

What’s different about Piano With Jonny in comparison to other online tutorial services is that it focuses on teaching the piano to intermediate level piano players and not the beginner level, like most online services target. Additionally, the website specifically targets teen and adult piano players that want to learn non-classical styles. These are people who are dedicated to honing their craft as piano players.

Jonny expects his company to be an $8M company by 2020 and his current goal is to reach about 10,000 subscribers.

Written by Traci Muldoon


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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

CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Announced!

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

We hosted the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals last week and it was an amazing event! The participating student-entrepreneurs all did great and they will all receive part of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services to help them with their startups.

And, as you will read in this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, we have a special event planned for this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs that we hope you can attend.

The results are in and the winner of the 2017 CSUF Business Plan Competition is Piano with Jonny!

It was an amazing event and all of the finalists did exceptionally well. They all did commendable jobs presenting their concepts and ably weathered our judges’ incisive questions. After all was said and done, the finalists are not only going home with their portion of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services but also with the experience that comes from participating in a competition like the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

We will be publishing more content about the competition over the next week or two and I will be sure to let you know about it.

But, as you know, entrepreneurs are always looking ahead and this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator we welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Matthew Gallizzi in to give a passionate talk titled Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs. As every entrepreneur quickly finds out, being an entrepreneur takes a certain mental fortitude to withstand all of the trials and tribulations that comes with launching a business. It’s tough work and Matthew will be going into detail about how he helps the entrepreneurs he works with become the “master of self”. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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

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CSUF Business Plan Competition 2017 – Winner Announced!

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht (left) and Jonny May (right) of Piano with Jonny at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

After more than four months the CSUF Business Plan Competition has come to an end! The competition this year was fierce; it was perhaps the best all-around group of competitors that we have ever had.

The finalists were:

  • Piano with Jonny
  • Don’tchu Dare
  • Life Skills Products
  • WECADEMi
  • Parcel Sift

These finalists will receive a part of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind awards.

To read more on the finalists please go to this post that describes each of them.

In particular, much thanks was given to the cash sponsors of this competition, including:

  • The Dan Black Family Foundation
  • Peter Jechart
  • Vijay Raman

We also had a number of in-kind service sponsors including:

The presentations came next with each lasting fifteen minutes including Q&A. 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 100 people but also because of our powerhouse judging panel.

The judges included: Michael Sawitz who is the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of FastStart.studio, Karl Freels of the Dan Black Family Foundation, Dr. Deborah Ferber who is an angel investor and teaches at Brandman University, Jim Cooper who is an advisor to early stage tech startups, Nancy Russell who is the Senior VP at Seacoast Commerce Bank, and Barry Lieberman who is the President at Beatshare and advisor to startups. 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 how to improve their businesses.

The results for the competition were as follows:

5th place: Don’tchu Dare

4th place: WECADEMi

3rd place: Parcel Sift

2nd place: Life Skills Products

1st place: Piano with Jonny

We will be publishing more in-depth articles about the finalists soon but needless to say we could not be prouder of these student-entrepreneurs. They have accomplished a lot and we strongly believe that some of these concepts will become great businesses (some already are well on their way!).

These events are tremendous undertakings taking many months worth of planning. We would be remiss if we did not thank the members of the planning committee, including:

  • Director John Bradley Jackson
  • Professor Tom Miller
  • Dr. Atul Teckchandani
  • Dr. David Obstfeld
  • Professor Jack Mixner
  • Professor Scott Sorrell
  • Professor Jeff Longshaw
  • Phillip Stinis
  • Charlesetta Medina
  • Vanessa Ganaden
  • Chad Armstrong
  • Lorenzo Santos
  • Rahul Thakrar

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition and we look forward to seeing what next year’s competition has to bring!

Oh, and here are some links to the previous CSUF Business plan Competitions:

 

And do not forget about the Titan Fast Pitch Competition that is scheduled to take place this October!


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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

What Will Win? Finals Set for CSUF Business Plan Competition – CSUF News

CSUF Business Plan Competition FinalsFrom CSUF News:

The public is invited to attend the 1-4 p.m. program as the following five finalists pitch proposals for their new businesses. The reward?  Scholarships and in-kind awards. The event will be held in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Union.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Don’tchu Dare: A card game that gets people together to participate in fun, shareable activities
  • Life Skills Products: An interactive game used in therapy sessions to help build emotional intelligence
  • Parcel Sift: An integrated platform that helps small businesses get the best shipping deals
  • Piano with Jonny: A subscription-based website that teaches users how to play the piano
  • WECADEMi: An online platform that connects students with tutors

Registration and tickets are available online. For more information, call 657-278-3464.


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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

Meet the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finalists

CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are this Friday at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union Pavilions! Come to support the brilliant CSUF student-entrepreneurs and, if you are a current CSUF student, you will be entered into an opportunity drawing to have the chance to win many cool things like an iPad Pro!

That and many other things are covered in this week’s edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are this Friday from 1pm to 4pm in the Titan Student Union Pavilions and we hope to see you there! Get your (free) tickets now and, if you are a current CSUF student, you will be entered into an opportunity drawing where you can win gift cards to your favorite places and an iPad Pro!

Even though there are some cool things available in the opportunity drawing we really want you to attend to support our innovative finalists. Last week we revealed who they are and in a post titled Meet the 2017 Business Plan Competition Finalists! we go into greater detail about the concepts for each of the finalists.

Everyone at the Center for Entrepreneurship is looking forward to watching these fine Cal State Fullerton student-entrepreneurs showcase their concepts for a chance to win a portion of the $20,000+ in scholarships and in-kind services. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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

CSUF Business Plan Competition this Friday!!!

Support CSUF Student-Entrepreneurs at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is the most comprehensive entrepreneurship competition at Cal State Fullerton. CSUF student-entrepreneurs who are competing in the Finals have gone through two rounds of competition and coaching from our startup experts are now ready to present their concepts to the world!Come and support them at the Finals!

Reserve your seat at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals on Friday, April 14 from 1pm to 4pm at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union

CSUF Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs – 6pm on April 19 @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Mentor Office Hours @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Experts from our community including lawyers, CPAs, marketers, and professors have office hours every week open to everyone in our community. Click on the links below to reserve some time with them.

Tuesday, April 11 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm: How to Start a Business with Professor Longshaw

Thursday, April 13 from 5pm to 8pm: Office Hours with Executive Coach Dave Kinnear

Next Monday, April 17 from 4pm to 7pm: How to Become a Better Internet Marketer

Tuesday, April 25 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm: CSUF Entrepreneur Round Table

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CSUF Startup Incubator

The CSUF Startup Incubator provides promising and coachable innovators access to technical advice, assistance in the hunt for seed capital, a place to meet and work, a large network of veteran entrepreneurs, and expert guidance concerning patents, technology transfer, licensing, royalties, contracts, and new venture formation.

FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME THE NEXT CSUF STARTUP INCUBATOR RESIDENT

CSUF Consulting

Creativity is the life blood of business and our consulting teams are filled with students brimming with creative solutions in a wide range of areas. Now is the perfect time to inject some creative solutions into your business by working with one of our CSUF Consulting teams.

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.

We look forward to working with you!
 

Interested In Becoming More Involved With CSUF Entrepreneurship?

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.

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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

 

Meet the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finalists!

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are on Friday, April 14 from 1pm to 4pm at the Titan Student Union on campus. We hope to see you there supporting the following student-entrepreneurs in the Finals. Reserve your tickets now! (They’re free and current CSUF students will be entered to win an iPad Pro!)

Parcel Sift

Competitors: Chris Johnston (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17), Britton Sturbridge (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17), Son Dang (CSUF Marketing ’17), and Rajvir Singh (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17)

Parcel

Parcel sift is a startup working in the business of saving companies money by providing multiple options for shipping. Parcel sift will use various shipping vendors such as FedEx, UPS, just to name a few and combines these strengths to pick the best and cheapest mailing system for companies. Parcel sift plans to have it so that users can use Parcel Sift to pick and choose their mailing preferences and save about 20% on company shipping spending.

Don’tchu Dare

Competitors: Josh Dadivas (CSUF Business Administration ’17), Alexander Fung (UCLA Master’s of Public Policy ’18; UCI Business Administration ’16), Keene Do (UCI Business Administration ’18), Jay Amano (UCR Business Administration ’18), and Tess Chen (UCLA Chemical Engineering ’18).

Dontchudare

Don’tchu Dare is a game that aligns with current popular trends and takes a modern day spin with the use of hash tags and relevant dares pertaining to social media. Aimed at the 18-24 year old age group, the game seeks to cultivate friendships in any type of social setting and is an easy-to-play game that can be played by anyone at anywhere at anytime.

The game is played by giving players a range of cards and choosing a dare for the players to complete. The person daring the player selects a specific range of probability to complete the dare. After the daree selects a range, both the darer and the daree will think of a number between the chosen ranges. Simultaneously, the players will say their respective numbers. If the numbers match, the daree must do the dare. If the numbers add up to the range, the darer must do the dare.

This game is similar to Cards Against Humanity, however what differentiates the two is the interactiveness in the game and the amount of peer pressure that the game contains.

The team plans on launching the game through Kickstarter in August 2017. Upon launching, the team is planning to sell the game through online vendors on Amazon and retail stores across the United States.

Life Skills Products

Competitor: Bree Wells (CSUF Masters of Science and Counseling ‘17)

Lifeskills

Created by CSUF student Bree Wells, “Emotionality” is an emotional skills building card game. The card game works to create an exercise to help with emotion related issues. Wells has already begun using the “Emotionality” card game with her clients and has seen good results and hopes to market and sell this item in order to help those in counseling.

WECADEMi

Competitors:  Brent Maxinoski (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17), Cayman Elkin (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17), Shawn Chiapellone (UCI Computer Science ’16)

Webcademi

WECADEMi is an online ecosystem helping students learn and earn simultaneously. WECADEMi helps students learn by connecting them with their peers who have taken and mastered the same classes and same professor, and allows students to be tutored by these peers. Additionally, the platform also creates a backbone of support to each of the user’s most difficult classes, where users currently taking the class can upload notes and collaborate for assignments and projects for studying purposes.

Students can also earn money using WECADEMi by tutoring and offering their peers class notes within the platform. The platform is also developing a system that will set aside a portion of the profits for scholarship funds exclusively for WECADEMi users. Maxinoski and Elkin are excited about the product, as it is their first startup and will be using CSUF students as their target market for the product.

Piano with Jonny

Competitors:  Jonny May (CSUF Business Administration ’17), Reuben Ponce De Leon (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17), and Yannick Lambrecht

Johnny

Piano with Jonny is a website business that sells digital piano educational content. On the website, students follow along on the recorded video as Jonny explains and demonstrates a particular genre ranging from blues, jazz, or rock-n-roll. The website offers lessons from learning how to play a particular song to just learning just one particular technique and also offers sheet music through SoundSlice.

Piano with Jonny creates a way to teach students online without having to physically be there, making it easier to teach a larger number of students. So far, the business has had over 15 million YouTube views, over 100,000 subscribers, and has generated $225,000 in revenue over the last four years. Piano with Jonny seeks to change the world of music and offer music to more people, make it more affordable and most importantly, to make music really exciting.

CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals – April 14 at Cal State Fullerton

Now that you have met all of the finalists for this year’s CSUF Business Plan Competition we hope that you can attend to support these excellent students as they vie for $5,000 in scholarships and $15,000 in in-kind consulting awards. Make sure to reserve your tickets today!

Written by Traci Muldoon. Edited by Travis Lindsay.


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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

CSUF Business Plan Competition Semifinals Yield Five Startups for Finals

WECADEMi CSUF Business Plan Competition 2017After reviewing all of the submissions and listening to the presentations from what turned out to be the strongest group of competitors yet in the CSUF Business Plan Competition we now have our five Finalists!

Finalists for CSUF Business Plan Competition

  • Parcel Sift: An integrated platform that helps small businesses get the best shipping deals
  • Life Skills Products: An interactive game used in therapy sessions to help build emotional intelligence
  • Don’tchu Dare: A card game that gets people together to do fun, shareable activities
  • Piano with Jonny: A subscription-based website that teaches users how to play the piano
  • WECADEMi: An online platform that connects students with excellent tutors

CSUF Business Plan Competition Awards (Awarded at the Finals on April 14)

  • 1st Place: $2,500 scholarship and in-kind services
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 scholarship and in-kind services
  • 3rd Place: $750 scholarship and in-kind services
  • 4th Place: $500 scholarship and in-kind services
  • 5th Place: $250 scholarship and in-kind services

CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals Date and Location

The finals are open to the public and will be held on Friday, April 14 at the Titan Student Union Pavilions from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come support our Titan’s innovative work!

CSUF Business Plan Competition Semifinals Synopsis

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Semifinals this year was the most exciting yet, with 18 presentations given by talented startup teams or solo entrepreneurs. They each had five minutes to pitch their  business concept to a panel of judges consisting of investors, seasoned business executives, faculty and alumni in the hope of receiving a cut of $5,000 in scholarships and $15,000 in in-kind awards like consulting time with experts.

In addition to the five Finalists mentioned above, the judges listened to presentations for business concepts that encompassed a wide range markets, including: cosmetology, education, apparel, botany, and many other interesting things. Each business had a unique solution for consumer’s problems and we hope that they all continue to develop their concepts and work towards launching their businesses.

“We have been hosting the CSUF Business Plan Competition for six years now and this has by far been the strongest group of competitors we have seen. What is really cool is that these competitors come from almost all of the colleges on campus,” said John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and competition organizer.

Here are some pictures of the finalists presenting at the Semifinals. We hope to see you are the Finals on Friday, April 14 at 1pm at the Titan Student Union.

Written by Arianna Ford. Edited by Travis Lindsay.


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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