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Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis + Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneurship Events

Here is one of the finalists presenting during the Lightning Round at the Titan Fast Pitch.

Here is one of the finalists presenting during the Lightning Round at the Titan Fast Pitch.

Every week, we update CSUF Entrepreneurship Insiders on what is going on in our community. To make sure that you do not miss these updates and to learn about how you can get involved in our entrepreneurial community make sure you become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider. What follows is the weekly update that includes links to the Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis and our upcoming events


Following up on my update to CSUF Entrepreneurship Insiders from last week, we have published a full Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis. In it, you will find a full summary of the competition and some fantastic insights from attendees. I must reiterate how grateful I am to our community for all of their amazing support! We could not have done this without you.

Moving forward, we have a couple of interesting events coming up in the next couple of weeks that I think are very valuable for entrepreneurs like you. On Wednesday, November 17 at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) we have a talk titled Learn How to Get Started Using Big Data in Your Startup to Make Big Money. Businesses, no matter how large or small, are harnessing the awesome power of Big Data to better serve their customers, create innovative solutions, and, yes, make more profit. In this talk attendees will learn what Big Data is and how to leverage it for their startups.

Why you Can and Should Start your Side Hustle Immediately is a talk on campus on November 17 by entrepreneur and TED Talk veteran Damon Brown. Damon will give this talk twice that day, once at 1:00pm and again at 2:30pm. During this talk, he will go into great detail about the three crucial strengths that every entrepreneur possesses that enables them to launch successful passion projects. Damon’s books about entrepreneurship will also be available for purchase at both talks.

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship

Competition among businesses is more fierce today than ever before and the reason why is data. Every business, no matter how large or small, has access to more data than any business from just a few short years ago. Data on customers, economic indicators, investing opportunities, and everything else you can possibly think of is only growing and the intelligent business leader is leveraging this knowledge explosion.
How can you, as an entrepreneur, small business owner, or leader of a corporation, harness this great power? In this talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator, you will learn what Big Data is, how you can access it, and the best practices for mining all this data to help your business thrive.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THIS EVENT ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 @ 6:00PM

Believe it or not, we already have most of the skills we need to create our passion-driven business. So why aren’t most people pursuing their potentially profitable ideas? They are intimidated by the small gap in their skill set. In this immediately actionable talk, Damon shares how to easily traverse that gap and explains the three crucial strengths every successful entrepreneur possesses. It is an inspiring talk for both potential entrepreneurs and ambitious upstarts.

If you want to get the most out of your life as possible then you owe it to yourself to attend this talk.

Damon will be giving this talk twice on November 17. Click the time below that works best for your schedule to reserve your seat.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE 1:00PM TALK

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT THE 2:30PM TALK

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

Titan Fast Pitch Synopsis

titan-fast-pitch-2016-winning-team

Terrell Bolden (L) and Armando L. Cordero (R) from Cal Poly Pomona won 1st place in the university track at the Titan Fast Pitch

As more than 500 people began filing into the conference hall at the Titan Student Union, it was clear that the competition for this year’s Titan Fast Pitch would be fierce. In excess of 150 university and high school students from many different SoCal schools were among those who attended the event and they all came with the hope that their business concept would be good enough to earn them one of the scholarships available to the top competitors.

One of these students was Zolma Beltran, a freshman from Cal State Fullerton, who entered the competition in search of experience and real-time feedback for her plan. She had originally been reluctant to enter the competition, but thankfully her business management teacher urged her to go so that she could learn from the experience and the feedback she would receive.

“I first heard about this competition from my professor and didn’t want to go. But after some convincing I felt that my idea centered around everything that I believed in. I felt that regardless of what the outcome of the competition was this would be a good experience for me,” said Beltran.

Beltran was one of many competitors and in order to judge that large of a number of students we brought in many business leaders from the local area who volunteered their time to judge the students’ pitches. Many of these judges are seasoned entrepreneurs who have successfully started their own businesses and the feedback that they would give to the competitors would be very valuable.

Bob Scheussler, a first time judge for the competition, was excited to see such a great turnout and looked forward to helping students improve their ideas.

“It is exciting to see young and enthusiastic people here today at the event. I have been in business all of my life and I look forward to what these competitors will bring, and how I can help them,” said Scheussler.

As the competitors and the rest of the audience took their seats, CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator Director John Bradley Jackson kicked off the competition. He began by thanking all the students and judges who came out and led the crowd in a calming exercise to help ease their nerves before presenting.

After outlining the rules of the competition, Director Jackson explained that the competition would consist of two main rounds. For the first part, students would enter the Bullpen Round and have the opportunity to present their business idea multiple times to individual judges. This would enable the competitors to build their confidence and gain critical feedback from a wide variety of different business leaders. Each of the judges would then rank the students based on their performance as well as the cohesiveness of the plan as pitched within the minute allowed competitors for presenting.

The second round would be the Lightning Round and it would feature the top ranking students and would have them present to an elite panel of judges in front of the entire audience. Lightning Round judges included: Dan Black, Michael Sawitz, Karl Freels, Ash Kumra, David Morris, Alicia Lopez, and Bill Taormina.

Here we have a university student getting ready to pitch her idea to one of our judges at the Titan Fast Pitch

Here we have Sydney Nelson from Santiago Canyon College getting ready to pitch her idea to one of our judges at the Titan Fast Pitch

After Director Jackson’s welcome, Asha Bhattacharya came to the podium to encourage the competitors and give them some last minute tips. As the winner for the high school track last year, Asha knew the stress that some first time competitors felt as they waited to give their sixty second pitch. Her reassurance and presence at the event helped immensely in conquering people’s nerves.

“I remember being in this position and being super nervous last year. Now I am telling you to be confident and it is very inspiring to be able to help out.… As long as [you] are confident in what [you] are saying you will do great!” said Bhattacharya.

Armed with those encouraging words the competitors started giving their pitches. As they moved from judge to judge, the nerves of the students began to wear off and confidence took over. While waiting to present to a judge, students went from quietly going over their lines to speaking with one another and helping other competitors with their pitches. Students from all walks of life came together and helped one another regardless of what age or school they came from; this kind of experience is what truly makes the Titan Fast Pitch so memorable for students.

After the competitors had multiple opportunities to pitch their concept to the judges the Bullpen Round came to an end. With the Bullpen Round closed, students and judges were encouraged to reach out to one another and network as the votes were tallied by the officials. The networking session proved valuable as students collected business cards and began to socialize with the judges and discuss their business concepts in a more relaxed manner. Interspersed into this networking session was an opportunity drawing where competitors could win prizes such as a Fire Tablet, Amazon gift certificates, or even riding lessons sponsored by the BirdDog Group.

Once the votes were tabulated Director Jackson retook the stage and he began announcing the names of the competitors who would be competing in the Lightning Round. Loud cheers from the crowd erupted as the finalist, four each from the university and high school tracks, lined up before their turn on the stage.

During the Lightning Round, competitors had a minute to re-pitch their concepts to the panel of elite judges and audience members. After each pitch, the judges were allowed to ask questions about the plan and give feedback. As the last finalist finished the judges moved to a separate room to discuss their thoughts about who had the best and most feasible plan.

Once the Lightning Round judges had made their decisions, Director Jackson took to the stage to announce the winners of this year’s competition. For the high school track, Theresa Palczewski and her team won 1st place for their business concept. And for the university track, Armando L. Cordero and Terrell Bolden from Cal Poly Pomona won 1st place. The announcement of the winners was met with a loud round of applause from the audience.

When speaking with Theresa from the high school team they felt amazed that their plan had won compared to everyone else at their level. They felt that this event was an amazing experience. The both agreed that they would be coming back again next year.

“This has been a really fun experience for us both. It was great because we were able to pitch our idea in a safe environment which really helped us feel more comfortable when presenting.… We definitely want to come back again next year!” said Theresa.

The winners of the university track had a very exciting concept and the judges and potential investors spoke to them about the future plans for the scooter they pitched during the competition. As they spoke, Terrell Bolden, the CEO of B2C, stated that the event and the school were excellent avenues for helping them improve what they had created.

“I love the idea of getting feedback from college professors [and veteran entrepreneurs]… it really is a great opportunity for us and I hope that this will help bring our product out to the public and convince them to buy it,” said Bolden.

As the day came to a close and the room began to empty, Director Jackson remarked to the volunteers and judges about how proud he was that the event was a success. As one the hosts of the event along with Director Radha Bhattacharya of the CSUF Center for Economic Education and Will Taormina of the National Startup League, Director Jackson allowed himself a moment to take pride in the success of the Titan Fast Pitch and is hopeful for what the students will accomplish in the future.

“I am very pleased by the diversity of the audience, the middle schoolers from the Anaheim School District [who participate in our STEM Inc. program] did a terrific job and did just as well as the upperclassman in presenting their ideas…. To me, entrepreneurship is people making changes both big and small for the betterment of our world…. It takes a lot of guts to present an idea and lose but the students here today did an amazing job! I look forward to seeing them expand on their ideas in future competitions.”

For those CSUF students who missed this year’s Titan Fast Pitch, there will be a chance to pitch your concept this spring semester at the CSUF Business Plan Competition on April 7th. (More details on this are forthcoming; make sure to become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider so that you won’t miss the announcement.)

Thank you to all who came and made the Titan Fast Pitch such an amazing event!

Here are some pictures from the competition and some more details about the competition are below.

University Track Top 4

  1. Armando L. Cordero and Terrell Bolden from Cal Poly Pomona – FromB2C
  2. Brent Maxinoski from CSUF – WeCADEMi
  3. Sam Smith from CSUF – Community Ink
  4. Bon Huynh from CSUF – Realreplies

High School Track Top 4

  1. Theresa Palczewski & Paige Bagne from El Dorado – Shower Saver
  2. Kimberly Gonzalez from Western High School – CHS
  3. Alexis Gamero from Western High School – Fusion
  4. Mateo Sandoval & James Liu Tang from Lost Altos High School – PencilBox

Lightning Round Judges

  • Dan Black
  • Michael Sawitz
  • Bill Taormina
  • David Morris
  • Karl Freels
  • Alicia Lopez
  • Ash Kumra

Sponsors

University Scholarships Awarded

  1. $1,500 + Interview by Entrepreneur Media Startup Youngry
  2. $1,000
  3. $500
  4. $250

High School Scholarships Awarded

  1. $400
  2. $300
  3. $200
  4. $100

This story was written by Kevin Emery and edited by Travis Lindsay.

Edit on November 8: This story has been updated to include the schools and the startup names for the winners at both the high school and university levels.


#CSUFEntrepreneur #CSUFStartup

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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 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!


Kevin Emery was the author of this article. Travis Lindsay edited it.


#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

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alum finds his Niche

CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt launches startup called Modern Zinc

CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt launches startup called Modern Zinc

A few days ago we posted CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt ’16 and it is about Tristan, a recent CSUF Entrepreneurship grad, has already launched a business in a unique niche.

We have many of these stories and to make sure that you never miss any of them make sure to become a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider. What follows is our weekly update to the CSUF Entrepreneurship community.


Tristan Schmitt ’16 graduated in May with Bachelors’ Degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurship and has leveraged that education to help him launch his startup: Modern Zinc!

“The concept of Modern Zinc came not long before my [Entrepreneurship] 465A Venture Creation class at CSUF. At that point Modern Zinc was just an idea with no real plan for the future. Throughout the [Entrepreneurship] 465A class I worked closely with a group of classmates, mentor, and professor to turn this idea into a realistic business,” Tristan says in our Success Story we published about him a few days ago.

Launching a business at any age is a true accomplishment but to do so when so young is all the more impressive. I hope you have the time to check out the full story on his entrepreneurial endeavors linked to above.

We are always looking for ways to motivate everyone in our expanding community to take the entrepreneurial path that Tristan has taken. It is a difficult path but it can be immensely rewarding.

The upcoming Titan Fast Pitch competition is one of the ways that we are encouraging students to be more entrepreneurial. This competition requires students to be able to articulate their business concept in 60 seconds and for those who advance to the final round they will have to answer some questions from our judges about their business concepts. There are scholarships available to the top finishers but the main reward for competitors is getting the chance to work their entrepreneurial muscles out and meeting many other innovative people.

Take a look at the Titan Fast Pitch site and make sure to reserve your place their either as a competitor or as an audience member. Also, if you interested in being a judge during the first round please respond to this. Ditto if you are interested in being a donor.

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

There is always a lot of promise in startups: the sky is the limit!
But getting from startup to a sustainable and profitable business is not easy. It’s a difficult undertaking that most entrepreneurs, especially first time entrepeneurs, aren’t prepared for. Basically, trying to take a startup and make it into a successful business for most people is like trying to find buried treasure without a map.
That is why we are so glad to have Jeff Greenberg in to talk. He has six key metrics that he uses that determine how well a startup is doing in making that transition into a successful business. Those metrics are: Product, Management, Financing, Staffing, Revenue, and Operations. Come by to find out what these metrics are, how to interpret them, and how they change as a startup evolves into a successful business.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

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!

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

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

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