Category Archives: Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#CSUF

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

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

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

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

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

CSUF Entrepreneurship Supporter Dan Black Featured in OC Register

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

Dan Black at Titan Fast Pitch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#CSUF

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

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

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

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

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

CSUF Startup 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.


#CSUF

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

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

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

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

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

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumna Interviewed by Mihaylo College

Sadaf Salout '07, '10 CSUF Entrepreneurship

Sadaf Salout ’07, ’10 CSUF Entrepreneurship

Sadaf Salout ’07 and ’10 is an entrepreneurial dynamo and she was recently interviewed for the Mihaylo College blog. It’s a great interview that covers her thoughts and advice on entrepreneurship and she goes into detail about her experiences in the restaurant business. Here’s a taste from the interview:

Daniel Coates (Mihaylo College): You opened Sadaf Restaurant at age 26, with juicy chicken as your “claim to fame.” What advice would you give to Mihaylo students and alumni on how they can develop a unique yet actionable restaurant business concept? 

Sadaf Salout: First, do your research and see what’s out there and whether it is working. What can you do differently from the competition? I always remember what John Bradley Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, said: “You have to be first, best or different.” Also, create focus groups and allow family or friends to critique your concept. Don’t get discouraged when your plan is not working out the way you hoped.

A business plan is invaluable, for it helps to break down your idea or concept and tackle every aspect, such as marketing, finance, operations and organizational strategy. It is important to ask for help, and not try to do everything yourself. If finance is not your strong suit or marketing is not your strong suit, bring in other people who have those strengths.

Make sure to read the whole interview, it’s definitely worth your while.


#CSUF

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

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

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

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

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

CSUF Startup Incubator Resident Profiled in OC Business Journal

Recently, CSUF Startup Incubator Resident eStockTIME was featured in the OC Business Journal. The subtitle of the article is One Recent Startup Led By Four 70-Somethings” so you would be forgiven if you didn’t think this was a tech-related startup, but that is not the case. The founders of eStockTIME are working on an app that will help people understand the stock market better and learn strategies to become successful investors.

Having worked with this group this year I can tell you that they have worked diligently on the creation of their app and will soon be releasing a beta version with some pretty cool features. The article in the OCBJ is behind a paywall but if you are a subscriber you can find it here.


#CSUF

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

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

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

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

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

CSUF Business Plan Competition Featured in Orange County Register

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

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

The Orange County Register recently covered the CSUF Business Plan Competition announcing the winner: Piano with Jonny. Here’s a bit from Piano with Jonny wins business plan contest:

After more than four months of competition, the Piano with Jonny team has won the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

Jonny May (CSUF Business Administration ’17), Reuben Ponce De Leon (CSUF Entrepreneurship ’17) and Yannick Lambrecht designed a website that sells digital piano educational content. The business model allows piano instruction without a teacher present, making it more affordable and reaching more potential students. Students can follow along as pianist May teaches genres including blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll.


#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

s

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.


#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