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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.


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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

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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CSUF Startup Incubator Residents Wecademi Featured in OC Register

WebcademiBrent Maxinoski ’17 and Cayman Elkin ’17 have an important mission: to help university students pass the most difficult courses. Started in a CSUF Entrepreneurship classroom, Wecademi is their answer and earlier this week the OC Register ran a feature story on them.

They have continued to work on their startup with the help of the CSUF Startup Incubator staff and coaches. At the Incubator, Brent and Cayman have worked with Incubator staff and their startup coach, Buzz Walker, to figure out the best way to launch their business, including assistance with:

  • Marketing efforts
  • Business development
  • Creating a business plan
  • And in many other ways

Here is a sample from the OC Register story but you should definitely read the whole thing:

Some students are inspired by their favorite class. Recent Cal State Fullerton grad Brent Maxinoski was inspired by his least favorite.

In fact, he disliked accounting so much – and struggled with it – that he and classmate Cayman Elkin have founded a company so fellow students don’t find themselves in the same spot.

Their company, Wecademi, is extending the gig economy into the classroom with a platform that connects struggling students with tutors who have taken the same class, perhaps even from the same instructor, and excelled in it. They describe it as Airbnb for college tutoring.

In the process, they hope to help Cal State Fullerton students save a little money, succeed in their chosen major and graduate on time.

“I realized that peers themselves within a campus are a very underused resource for education,” said Maxinoski, the startup’s CEO.

That light bulb went on the night before an accounting exam.

“I just realized … I would much rather just pay some small or affordable amount to a peer who was either in the same class as me or had taken the same class as me, and done well in it, to help me understand the concepts and do well on the exam, rather than paying 75-80 bucks for a professional grad-degree-type tutor,” he said.


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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/CSUF_Knowledge

Forecasting for Entrepreneurs @ CSUF Startup Incubator

ForecastingTomorrow at the CSUF Startup Incubator Placentia office at 6pm we will be hosting an event called Forecasting for Entrepreneurs. Being able to properly do forecasts is a critical skill for entrepreneurs to posses. Cash flow is king and being able to effectively project how much you will have in the future can make the difference between your business’ success and failure.

Below are the details for this event and if you plan on attending please make sure to register on our Eventbrite page.

As a CFO for tech startups Joel Schwarzbart knows a thing or two about forecasting. And that’s a good thing because any business, whether they are the newest startup or a NYSE stalwart needs to know how to forecast.

But how are you supposed to do forecasting for you business when you are brand new? Joel will discuss the strategies that he uses to develop a robust forecasting model for his clients and how you can use the same principles that he uses to create a good forecasting model for your startup or small business.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served at this event.

We hope to see you there!

[Please park on Bradford Ave. Our building is located next to the fire department and there is a large for lease sign in the front yard. We are located in the back of the building.]


#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

How to make a Great Titan Fast Pitch

Sixty seconds is not a lot of time but as you will find out in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider there is a tried and true formula that will help you make your best pitch possible.

The Titan Fast Pitch competition is less than a month away (October 21) and I encourage every university and high school student that I meet to join this competition as a competitor and I hope you will do the same. Being able to inspire someone with an idea in sixty seconds, which is how long competitors in the Titan Fast Pitch have to make their pitches, is a crucial skill that every entrepreneur needs to develop.

In a post we published earlier today titled Start with Why – How to make a Great Pitch, we discuss the importance of inspiring people with why you do what you do. For the Center for Entrepreneurship, we believe that entrepreneurs create the future. That is the “why” for us.

As you’ll read in our article, effective leaders follow that up with “how” and “what”. From our point of view entrepreneurs are the engine for growth in our global economy because they create products and services that are new and demonstrably improve the lives of people in the community. We educate and coach people so that they can be the best entrepreneurs that they can be.

And that is the heart of making a good sixty second pitch. Why, how, and what; it’s that simple.

If you are a student or know of one that you think has an entrepreneurial spirit please tell them about the Titan Fast Pitch competition. Even if you aren’t a student, we hope to see you at the competition cheering on the next generation of entrepreneurs!

Sincerely,

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

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