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Titan Fast Pitch Winner Featured by Chapman

Sierra Levanto

Sierra accepts her first place award in the Titan Fast Pitch Competition at CSUF

Sierra Levanto did very well at the Titan Fast Pitch competition last month by proving herself to be the top university pitcher! The university that she attends, Chapman University, noticed and wrote up a very nice story about her. Check it out:

Sierra Levanto became an entrepreneur as a high school sophomore in Boston. However, it took a cross-country move and meeting her mentor at Chapman before she decided to pursue her product idea professionally.

Levanto, 19, is a senior business administration major with an emphasis in marketing. She recently participated in the Titan Fast Pitch Competition hosted by California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). This annual event offers local high school and college students the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to more than 50 local business owners and investors that act as judges. She had not heard of the competition, nor registered, until Argyros School of Business & Economics Lecturer Deborah Ferber, Ph.D., encouraged her to participate three days prior.

Facing hundreds of student competitors, Levanto won first place in the competition for her product, PandaBaby Cloth Diapers. She received a $1,500 scholarship and more exposure for her innovative idea.

“Dr. Deb had just told me about this competition a few days before,” Levanto said. “She’s the one that motivated me to move forward with this product and get it out there. I practiced my 60-second pitch with her. It was so fast paced and pretty stressful pitching to more than 12 different judges.”

Dr. Deb is a tremendous supporter of entrepreneurship in general and at CSUF Entrepreneurship as well. And it’s in large part thanks to supporters like her that we are able to accomplish as much as we do and they are what makes the CSUF Entrepreneurship community so strong!

If you get a chance, make sure to read the rest of the story.


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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

Titan Fast Pitch Featured in OC Register

Titan Fast Pitch 2017 (71)Student entrepreneurship was on the ascendancy at the Titan Fast Pitch and the Orange County Register took notice! Here’s a little bit from their article, QR code wins CSUF student a place among aspiring entrepreneur:

CSUF’s Daniel Cazares took home fourth place for his proposal, Good Neighbor, which is a QR code pasted on the windshield of vehicles that allows people who pass a car with a problem such as a broken windshield or flat tire to notify the owner about the problem.

Participants were judged on criteria including quantified market, product differentiation, clear value proposition, compelling technology and scalability as well as their presentation.


#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

Titan Fast Pitch 2017 Highlights [Video]

The Titan Fast Pitch was built to challenge university, high school, and middle school students with condensing their pitch for their creative business concept down to 60 seconds. Why only one minute? A minute is usually the amount of time when first meeting someone to capture their interest enough to get them to ask for more information. If you can’t explain the value of your idea in a minute, people will move on.

And this is important when you are meeting with people who can make or break your business. Investors, potential co-founders, partners, and customers are busy and they are meeting people constantly. In order to break through the noise and get people to champion your idea you have to have a great pitch. And that’s exactly what the Titan Fast Pitch challenges students to do.

Those students with the best pitches won scholarships and all students competing got the opportunity to improve their pitch-making and delivery skills and made connections that may end up helping them for a lifetime!

Here are some highlights from the competition and some quick pitches from the student competitors as well. We hope that you enjoy!

Video Produced and Edited by: Charles Simon http://saysimonhomes.com/


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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

Pictures from the Titan Fast Pitch

CSUF Entrepreneurship student Daniel Cazares competing at the Titan Fast Pitch

CSUF Entrepreneurship student Daniel Cazares competing at the Titan Fast Pitch

The Titan Fast Pitch was Saturday and it was a ton of fun! We did a recap of it on Monday that you can view here. Below are some pictures taken from the competition. I hope you enjoy!

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#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

Titan Fast Pitch Lightning Round (Finals) Pitches and Awards Video

Being at the Titan Fast Pitch was an awesome experience but not everyone could attend, or maybe you did attend and you want to rewatch the pitches from the finalists. Well, you are in luck! Below is the video of the finalists giving their pitches along with the awards announcements and a brief written synopsis of each pitch. I hope you enjoy!

(And to make sure you do not miss any of these events and to become a member of our growing CSUF Entrepreneurship community, please make sure to sign up for the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider so that you don’t miss any of these updates, our many events, and opportunities to actively participate in our entrepreneurial community.)

University Track Finalists

  • 1st Place: Sierra Levanto, Chapman University
    • Synopsis: Bamboo fiber lined diapers that are more sustainable than current options
  • 2nd Place: Parastoo Delgoshaei, University of Maryland and James Wratten, UCLA
    • Synopsis: Innovative brace design that aligns teeth individually, eliminating the current problem inherent with traditional braces where teeth move when neighboring teeth move
  • 3rd Place: Lauren Horgan, Cal Poly Pomona
    • Synopsis: Virtual staging software that will make listings much simpler for realtors
  • 4th Place: Daniel Cazares, Cal State Fullerton
    • Synopsis: Good Neighbor is a QR code pasted on windshield of vehicles that allows people who pass by a car with a problem like a broken windshield or flat tire to notify them that there is a problem

High School/Middle School Track Finalists

  • 1st Place: Hayley Amo, Troy High School
    • Synopsis: Tricourt is a gym concept that gets people to work out together
  • 2nd Place: Savannah Gutierrez, El Dorado High School
    • Synopsis: Germs are everywhere in public restrooms, including door handles. Her concept is to create a sensor that will automatically open the door when someone is nearby
  • 3rd Place: Stephen Nguyen and Lyle Lalunio, Troy High School
    • Synopsis: Feed to Seed is an app that aims to solve the tremendous food waste epidemic
  • 4th Place: Angel Perez, Katella High School
    • Synopsis: Clothing company that enables loved ones to track children

#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 Insider: Titan Fast Pitch Recap

Titan Fast PitchIn this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director Jackson gives thanks to all those that helped make the Titan Fast Pitch a great success this year!

The Titan Fast Pitch was Saturday and we have a recap up right now; make sure to read it!
One of the many things about this Titan Fast Pitch that I am very proud of were the wide range of students who competed. As a small example of this, the top four university students who competed in the final (Lightning Round) all go to different universities (and, yes, one was from Cal State Fullerton). Wow!
And I would be remiss if I did not give a special thanks to everyone who helped make this event as special as it was. There were many people who worked on this event behind the scenes including Dr. Radha Bhattacharya from the Center for Economic Education and Will Taormina from the National Startup League. We had more than 50 members from our CSUF Entrepreneurship community give up their Saturdays to be judges. And I cannot forget about our Lightning Round judges, most of whom donated not only their time but money so that we could host this competition.
Speaking of donors, I want to take a moment to thank all of them for without their contributions we could not host events like the Titan Fast Pitch or do many of the other programs that we do for entrepreneurs during the rest of the year.
Entrepreneurship is what drives you and I to do what we do and I saw that same kind of drive in over 100 students at the Titan Fast Pitch on Saturday.
Sincerely,

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

PS: Phillip Stinis, Entrepreneur in Residence at the CSUF Startup Incubator, is an entrepreneur and a hiking evangelist who has just launched a wellness program at Cal State Fullerton. If you are a CSUF professor, staff member, or student who is looking to get healthier Phillip will be hosting a seminar on campus about how you can take advantage of his amazing program, the 52 Hike Challenge. For more details on this free event, please go here.

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Titan Fast Pitch 2017 Recap

One of the winners of the 2017 Titan Fast Pitch accepting her award from Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson for a pitch well done!

The University track winner of the 2017 Titan Fast Pitch, Sierra Levanto from Chapman University, accepting her award from Center for Entrepreneurship Director John Bradley Jackson for a pitch well done!

The sixth Titan Fast Pitch has come and gone and it was a great success! We had an estimated 400 people in attendance with more than 150 students competing. This year, we had students from multiple universities including Cal State Fullerton, CSULA, Chapman, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and probably a couple of others that I missed.

We also had many high school students competing including Troy High School, Western, and many others. For the first time, middle school students competed as well.

There were two tracks, one for university students and another for high school and middle school students. The competition started off with an introduction from the hosts of the competition. John Bradley Jackson, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the CSUF Startup Incubator, kicked off the competition with a welcome message. He was followed by Dr. Radha Bhattacharya, the Director for the Center for Economic Education, and Will Taormina, the founder of the National Startup League and an alumnus of CSUF Entrepreneurship.

The first round, which we called the Bullpen Round, had all of the students competing. Remember, there were more than 150 students competing so the Pavilions at the Titan Student Union were packed with students pitching their creative ideas! To hear these pitches we assembled about 50 judges, made up of entrepreneurs and professionals from our communities, including the active and generous CSUF Entrepreneurship community.

After fifty minutes the Bullpen Round came to a close. The energy in the room was electric! The students were still bubbling with excitement while we tabulated the judges’ decisions in another room. While the tabulations were going on, a few lucky attendees won some opportunity drawing prizes! These included Amazon gift cards donated by Dr. Atul Teckchandani and CSUF Entrepreneurship Ambassador and Titan Fast Pitch Finals Judge France Dixon Helfer. Some lucky people also won books to advance their entrepreneurial education.

Once the tabulations were complete, we announced the four finalists for the high school and middle school track (more on them later!).

Now that the finalists were announced, Director Jackson kicked off the Lightning Round. During this round, the finalists presented their ideas in sixty seconds to our Lightning Round judges and then they were each asked up to three minutes worth of questions from our judges. The questions were tough but they helped the competitors more fully explain their ideas and got them thinking about their concepts in new ways.

Our Lightning Round judges included:

  • Karl Freels, Dan Black Family Trust
  • Vijay Raman, Vasur Ventures
  • David Morris, Royal Business Bank
  • My-Ngoc Allred, Wells Fargo
  • Michale Sawitz, FastStart.studio
  • France Dixon Helfer, TinyKicks

The Lightning Round is a crucible for these competitors. You will remember that the audience numbered more than 400 so the finalists were not only presenting in front of our august judges but also hundreds of people they have never met before. And they had to answer those tough questions from our judges! Thankfully, the finalists were up for the challenge and they comported themselves extremely well.

Once the Lightning Round finished, the judges retired to another room to deliberate while everyone else had some fun! There was a lot of networking, getting to hear other’s innovative concepts, and we even had the Cal State Fullerton improv club perform. One lucky attendee also won a pair of Laker’s tickets donated by CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Sue Mehta! I’m sure they will enjoy those seats.

After a few minutes, the Lightning Round judges made their weighty decisions. For the university and high school/middle school track finalists there were scholarships on the line. The finalists for the university track stood to win:

  • 1st Place: $1,500
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd Place: $500
  • 4th Place: $250

And the finalists in the high school/middle school track stood to win:

  • 1st Place: $400
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • 4th Place: $100

And, the moment you have been waiting for, the winners were:

University Track:

  • 1st Place: Sierra Levanto, Chapman University
    • Synopsis: Bamboo fiber lined diapers that are more sustainable than current options
  • 2nd Place: Parastoo Delgoshaei, University of Maryland and James Wratten, UCLA
    • Synopsis: Innovative brace design that aligns teeth individually, eliminating the current problem inherent with traditional braces where teeth move when neighboring teeth move
  • 3rd Place: Lauren Horgan, Cal Poly Pomona
    • Synopsis: Virtual staging software that will make listings much simpler for realtors
  • 4th Place: Daniel Cazares, Cal State Fullerton
    • Synopsis: Good Neighbor is a QR code pasted on windshield of vehicles that allows people who pass by a car with a problem like a broken windshield or flat tire to notify them that there is a problem

High School/Middle School Track:

  • 1st Place: Hayley Amo, Troy High School
    • Synopsis: Tricourt is a gym concept that gets people to work out together
  • 2nd Place: Savannah Gutierrez, El Dorado High School
    • Synopsis: Germs are everywhere in public restrooms, including door handles. Her concept is to create a sensor that will automatically open the door when someone is nearby
  • 3rd Place: Stephen Nguyen and Lyle Lalunio, Troy High School
    • Synopsis: Feed to Seed is an app that aims to solve the tremendous food waste epidemic
  • 4th Place: Angel Perez, Katella High School
    • Synopsis: Clothing company that enables loved ones to track children

Congratulations to all those who competed, they may have just taken their first steps into becoming entrepreneurs at the Titan Fast Pitch! I can’t wait to see what is in store for this competition in the future!

If you aren’t already, make sure that you have signed up to be a CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to keep up to date on all that we are doing. Our next big event is on November 15 when we will be hosting an Open House for our second CSUF Startup Incubator location. This one will be on the CSUF Irvine campus and we couldn’t be more excited about it! We hope to see you there!


#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