Category Archives: Financing Your Business

CSUF Entrepreneur Director John Bradley Jackson to Give Talk to OC Financial Society

john-bradley-jacksonOn Thursday, February 16 Director John Bradley Jackson will be giving a talk at a luncheon for the OC Financial Society. Details are here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocfs-february-2017-luncheon-invitation-registration-tickets-21190739071

Director Jackson will focus on the intersection of finance and entrepreneurship.

He recently gave a talk similar to the one planned for the OC Financial Society luncheon going into detail about how to develop a powerful investor pitch. A segment from that talk titled “The 12 Slides you need for your Startup Pitch to Investors” is below.


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The 12 Slides you need for your Startup Pitch to Investors

how-to-give-a-startup-pitch-to-investorsThese are the 12 slides you need when you are pitching your business to investors.

In this talk, John Bradley Jackson, Director for the Cal State Fullerton Center for Entrepreneurship and CSUF Startup Incubator, goes through the twelve slides that entrepreneurs need to nail when giving a pitch to investors. Investor presentations are are high pressure but after watching this video you will know what investors are looking for from the businesses that they invest in.


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A New Semester Begins at CSUF

center-for-entrepreneurship-csuf-startup-incubatorA new semester begins at Cal State Fullerton! Take a look at what is in store in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

For most of Cal State Fullerton the spring semester begins today and there are many things to look forward to during the semester at CSUF Entrepreneurship.

Over the next couple of weeks our students will begin their consulting projects for local businesses. These projects are tremendous opportunities for our students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world situations and they offer a great value to our clients as well. We are still recruiting clients for this semester and if you know of a company that could benefit from working with a team of CSUF students please get in touch with Client Project Specialist Charlesetta Medina at (657) 278-8243 or at entrepreneurship@fullerton.edu.

At the CSUF Startup Incubator we have many events and office hours already scheduled and there are more in the works. This week startup specialist Jim Cooper will have office hours on Friday and this Wednesday I will be hosting a seminar titled How to Pitch to an Investment Panel. We have some big things in the works for the CSUF Startup Incubator that we will be announcing in the near future!

For current CSUF students we will be hosting the CSUF Business Plan Competition. Many CSUF students have great business concepts but they are trepidatious about taking the leap into entrepreneurship and the CSUF Business Plan Competition is a powerful way to help them take that first step. More details about how to enter will be available shortly but, for now, you can view our post on last year’s competition.

As the semester unfolds I will make sure to keep you up-to-date on all of the interesting and inspiring events and stories that happen in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community.

Sincerely,

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

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CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story: Tristan Schmitt ’16

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

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

In today’s modern business world, the way in which companies conduct business is rapidly changing. In the past, companies would purchase items from a manufacturer and then sell them for a higher price in order to cover the cost of operating a store. However, growing popularity among online businesses is now marking the end of traditional brick and mortar stores. This transition to online markets has made the creation of businesses easier for prospective entrepreneurs.

Luckily for the Entrepreneurship students at Cal State Fullerton they are well positioned to take advantage of this new paradigm. For recent graduate Tristan Schmitt his success in the textile industry has helped propel his company, Modern Zinc, into the international marketplace.

Tristan started his entrepreneurial journey when he began attending Entrepreneurship classes at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Then, during a venture creation class, Tristan and his group developed an idea that would soon be the foundations for which his future company would be built upon. By harnessing the power of zinc, Tristan and his group developed a business plan that focused on using zinc in textiles such as pillow cases and blankets.

”The concept of Modern Zinc came not long before my 465A Venture Creation class at CSUF. At that point Modern Zinc was just an idea with no real plan for the future. Throughout the 465A class I worked closely with a group of classmates, mentor, and professor to turn this idea into a realistic business,” said Schmitt.

After refining their business plan, Tristan and his team began to work closely with one another in order to solidify their project. With the help of his teammates, their teacher, and mentor the final business plan was created. The time put into researching this project was not only extensive, but also helped to make their project unique.

“Because the sheets and pillowcases we sleep on collect a lot of sweat, oils, and dead skin cells it is important to wash our sheet regularly…. Smart fabrics [with positive hygienic properties] such as silver- and zinc-infused fabrics had made a debut in the market…. No one was using this technology in the bedding industry so we saw an opening for a new product. We spend a third of our lives in bed so it seemed like a perfect place to use the technology,” said Tristan Schmitt.

After completing his class, Tristan approached his friend Andy Burde and together they launched Modern Zinc.

“My business partner Andy Burde and I went forward to build the brand with new logos, a website, and pictures. Through our network of friends, we were able to bootstrap this part of the process but still had a lack of capital to place our initial order with the manufacturer. This led us to use crowdfunding for this project through Kickstarter so we could start manufacturing our zinc-infused bed sheets.” Said Schmitt.

Visit Tristan's website, Modern Zinc by clicking on this image

Visit Tristan’s website, Modern Zinc by clicking on this image

With a goal of $15,000 dollars for their crowdfunding campaign, Schmitt’s Kickstarter page garnered the attention of customers from all over the world. In order to assure their customers that their money was being well spent, different packages were offered to those who submitted a certain amount of money for every category. In addition, professional grade photos and videos explaining the product were also available on the page for those curious about the benefits of zinc.

Tristan and his business partner were able to raise $16,384 through their crowdfunding campaign.

“We have completed our Kickstarter campaign and just recently placed an order for the zinc-infused bed sheets. We expect the sheets to arrive in November from our manufacturer and we will start shipping them to our customers for Christmas. Once we have delivered the products to all our Kickstarter backers we plan to launch our e-commerce store and continue selling bed sheets online,” said Schmitt.

With a successful Kickstarter campaign and new business under his belt, it is no wonder that Tristan’s success in the market will only continue to grow as he continues to apply the lessons and skills that he learned from the Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton.

For more information about Tristan’s company, please visit these links.

www.modernzinc.com

https://www.facebook.com/modernzinc

https://www.pinterest.com/modernzinc/

https://twitter.com/modernzinc

https://www.instagram.com/modernzinc/


This post was written by CSUF Entrepreneurship visiting author Kevin Emery. Travis edited it.


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CSUF Startup Incubator: How I Raised $4.5M!

One of the key success factors for the Center for Entrepreneurship is our vast, and ever-growing, network of professionals and entrepreneurs. Many of these individuals engage with us as mentors in the classroom or at the CSUF Startup Incubator. Others are donors who help fund our operations and the competitions we hold for students like the Titan Fast Pitch. Another large segment of our network are the clients in our CSUF Consulting Program (we are in peak recruitment season for this and we are looking for a few more excellent businesses to join our network as clients; please reply to this email with any leads!).

One of the newest members of our network is Tony Wong. He has an inspirational story to tell about how he was able to raise $4.5M for his company, Badu Networks. This Wednesday, August 10 at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia we welcome Tony in as he goes into the details about how he was able to accomplish this!

Tony is a great guy and a treat to get to know. It’s not every day that you can get a personal audience with a person who has raised that much money for a business and it represents a rare opportunity for all us entrepreneurs to pick his brain a little bit. Make no mistake, there is no quick and easy way to do what he did but understanding the process he went through can help you develop yours.

We hope to see you there!

“The students introduced windows of opportunity that we had not considered before. We consider the final report to be a great benefit to our company.”

James Hensman, Cal-Therm Corp.


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How I Raised Millions for my Startup @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Tony Wong, Founder of Badu Networks, pickFlick, and will become a presenter at the CSUF Startup Incubator on August 10 when he discusses how he raised more than $4M for his most recent startup.

Tony Wong, Founder of Badu Networks, pickFlick, and will become a presenter at the CSUF Startup Incubator on August 10 when he discusses how he raised more than $4M for his most recent startup.

This is a tale of a current software startup and all that it’s done and still doing to raise capital. This talk will not sugarcoat anything, it’s the story of the real life startup grind. The company I’ve riased this money for is Badu Networks, a tech company that develops wifi solutions, and it has been around for 2.5 years and has raised $4.5M all from family, friends, and Angels without having any revenue. We’re nowhere near being successful.

Hear what’s worked and what hasn’t. This is real life, right now stuff!

Join us at the CSUF Startup Incubator on August 10 to see this awesome talk.

More about the speaker, Tony Wong:

Tony has a unique set of skills and proven accomplishments based on a broad range of functional roles and industries. He has contributed to companies as small as Firmgreen, Inc. (alternative fuel) and Morphotrak (bio-metric systems formally called Printrak) to large Fortune 125 companies that includes Apple Computer, HP, Sun Microsystem, Gateway Computer, Black & Decker, and 3M.

In 2013 Tony authored and published a career advice book for young and mid-career professionals to help them mooove ahead, soooner. The book is called “Mooove Ahead! of the corporate herd”. The ebook version is available at Amazon.com, Apple iBookstore, Barnes&Noble.com, and the paperback version at Lulu.com. All proceeds continues to be given to charities (that deal with helping kids, pets, and curing cancer).

Tony recently co-founded a software startup, Badu Networks, Inc. Badu has developed technologies (patent-pending) that will push (and hopefully disrupt) several industries. Badu can significantly and easily increase wireless (cellular, WiFi) throughput.


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How to: Investor Pitch

Earlier this year, Director Jackson hosted a seminar at the CSUF Startup Incubator about how to give an effective investor pitch. There are of course many different components that go into giving a good pitch and using this road map will help you when developing yours. It’s about an hour but well worth your time.


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