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CSUF Startup Competition Applications Due This Friday

There’s a lot going on in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community and the best way to keep updated on it all is by subscribing to our weekly CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider. In this edition, we discuss why Cal State Fullerton students should enter the CSUF Startup Competition.

Are you a current CSUF student? Do you have an idea for a startup?

Well, if you are a current student with an idea for a startup I can’t think of a better way to get started right now than by joining our CSUF Startup Competition!

And if you’re concerned about the odds of winning, which I will admit are long, then you need to readjust your thinking if you are going to become an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is about taking risks, smart risks. And there is tremendous upside in entering competitions like the CSUF Startup Competition.

One of those upsides is that you could win some of the more than $10,000 in scholarships and in-kind services (i.e. time with experts in our community who can help you improve your business). Another upside is that you will get the opportunity to network with other individuals like yourself and with people who have already been there and can walk the talk.

Perhaps the biggest upside in entering the CSUF Startup Competition is that there is no better time to start a business than now. Unless you have a crystal ball, there is no way to predict the perfect time to start a business or, if you’re of a more modest bent, a side project that could someday become a business.

Are you ready to take the leap into becoming an entrepreneur?

Applications for the CSUF Startup Competition are due by end of day this Friday. I’m looking forward to seeing what innovative ideas our students come up with!

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

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Upcoming CSUF Entrepreneurship Events

Presenting to an Investment Panel - CSUF Startup Incubator (2)

Attend one of our events! At the very least you will meet interesting people like Entrepreneur in Residence Phillip Stinis, pictured here at one of our events.

Echoing the thoughts in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, building a solid team is one of the most important tasks that an entrepreneur can undertake. Think of it this way: If you can add a million dollars worth of value to a business think about how much more value a team of people with complimentary skills to yours can add. And this added value isn’t just arithmetic, it’s exponential.

A great way to find potential team members is to attend events. Yes, events like our events, of course, but go to other events as well. Networking may seem like it can be a bit cliched sometimes but there can be tremendous value to it if you take advantage of it.

Take a look at this CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider to see some of the events that we have upcoming and we hope to see you at one of them!

One of the key things I tell every entrepreneur that I work with is that they need to build a strong team. Finding the right talent isn’t easy but there are simple ways to do this and the most direct route is to network and become a contributing part of the entrepreneurial community.

Our events are one way to do this. On many occasions I have seen how strangers will come to our events and end up collaborating on ideas afterwards. This is great for those who take advantage of the networking opportunities that we provide and it is a strong confirmation of the good that can happen when you bring entrepreneurial people together.

On this note, we have announced a number of interesting events for entrepreneurs that I hope you can attend. This Wednesday at our Irvine office, we welcome Patrick McClure to talk about marketing to millennials. On February 28, we will welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship graduate and philanthropic entrepreneur Candace Thome in to talk about marketing on a budget. Two weeks after that on March 14 in Placentia startup expert Jim Cooper will give a seminar about the strategies he uses with clients to fund STEM-related startups.

In addition to these events we host office hours with experts in various fields at both our Irvine and Placentia offices. More information on those can be found below.

We hope to see you soon!

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

P.S. We just announced this year’s CSUF Startup Competition for current CSUF students! If you are or know of a current Cal State Fullerton student I strongly urge you to submit an application by March 9.

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CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Profile: Piano With Jonny

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

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

As you know from reading the recap of the CSUF Business Plan Competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship the first place winner of the compeitition was Piano With Jonny. Presented by Cal State Fullerton students Jonny May, Reuben Ponce De Leon, and Sylvia Dang along with co-founder Yannick Lambrecht, Piano With Jonny is well on its way to shaking up the music education industry by using technology to help thousands of people learn how to become better pianists from an accomplished piano player: Jonny May.

“I’m thrilled to have won the Business Plan Competition!  It was awesome, scary, and exhilarating at the same time! …Going into to it, I really didn’t know if I would win.  I had some amazing competitors with great ideas and strong execution strategies…I highly recommend the CSUF Business Plan Competition to any student with a business idea!” states Jonny.

Piano With Jonny is a web-based business that sells digital piano educational content that enables students to learn music online without the hassle of having to travel or pay hourly fees. On the website, students follow along on the recorded video as Jonny explains and demonstrates a particular genre ranging from blues to jazz to rock to many other genres. In other words, this isn’t your prototypical piano teacher.

The website also offers lessons from learning how to play a particular song to learning one particular technique at a time. The site also offers sheet music through SoundSlice.

Piano With Jonny earns business in two ways: 1. Through individual product sales and 2. Through membership dues. These useful products include in-depth video tutorials with an easy to see overhead display of Jonny playing the piano as the keys light up, as well as interactive sheet music for customers to play along with as fast or slow as they like.

Launched in September 2015, the membership program on Piano With Jonny gives users full access to all products online for only $40 a month (the monthly charge goes down if you prepay), as well as interactive assistance on the exclusive member Facebook page.

Much of Jonny’s audience has been derived from his YouTube channel, with over 15 million views and over 100,000 subscribers. Here’s a recent video he posted to celebrate his 100,000 YouTube subscribers.

What’s different about Piano With Jonny in comparison to other online tutorial services is that it focuses on teaching the piano to intermediate level piano players and not the beginner level, like most online services target. Additionally, the website specifically targets teen and adult piano players that want to learn non-classical styles. These are people who are dedicated to honing their craft as piano players.

Jonny expects his company to be an $8M company by 2020 and his current goal is to reach about 10,000 subscribers.

Written by Traci Muldoon


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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:
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CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Announced!

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

We hosted the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals last week and it was an amazing event! The participating student-entrepreneurs all did great and they will all receive part of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services to help them with their startups.

And, as you will read in this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, we have a special event planned for this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs that we hope you can attend.

The results are in and the winner of the 2017 CSUF Business Plan Competition is Piano with Jonny!

It was an amazing event and all of the finalists did exceptionally well. They all did commendable jobs presenting their concepts and ably weathered our judges’ incisive questions. After all was said and done, the finalists are not only going home with their portion of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services but also with the experience that comes from participating in a competition like the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

We will be publishing more content about the competition over the next week or two and I will be sure to let you know about it.

But, as you know, entrepreneurs are always looking ahead and this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator we welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Matthew Gallizzi in to give a passionate talk titled Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs. As every entrepreneur quickly finds out, being an entrepreneur takes a certain mental fortitude to withstand all of the trials and tribulations that comes with launching a business. It’s tough work and Matthew will be going into detail about how he helps the entrepreneurs he works with become the “master of self”. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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

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CSUF Business Plan Competition 2017 – Winner Announced!

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht (left) and Jonny May (right) of Piano with Jonny at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

After more than four months the CSUF Business Plan Competition has come to an end! The competition this year was fierce; it was perhaps the best all-around group of competitors that we have ever had.

The finalists were:

  • Piano with Jonny
  • Don’tchu Dare
  • Life Skills Products
  • WECADEMi
  • Parcel Sift

These finalists will receive a part of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind awards.

Fifth Place team gets:

  • Cash of $250 + Legal Zoom Standard LLC package

Fourth Place team gets:

  • Cash of $500 + Legal Zoom Standard LLC package

Third place team gets:

  • Cash $750 plus + over $ 2,600 in-kind services

Second place team gets:

  • Cash prize $1,000.00 plus + over $4,000 in-kind services

First Place team gets:

  • Cash prize $2,500.00 plus + over $5,300 in-kind services

To read more on the finalists please go to this post that describes each of them.

In particular, much thanks was given to the cash sponsors of this competition, including:

  • The Dan Black Family Foundation
  • Peter Jechart
  • Vijay Raman

We also had a number of in-kind service sponsors including:

The presentations came next with each lasting fifteen minutes including Q&A. These are nerve racking experiences for the student-entrepreneurs because not only are they presenting for scholarships, in-kind services, and in front of more than 100 people but also because of our powerhouse judging panel.

The judges included: Michael Sawitz who is the Chief Enthusiasm Officer of FastStart.studio, Karl Freels of the Dan Black Family Foundation, Dr. Deborah Ferber who is an angel investor and teaches at Brandman University, Jim Cooper who is an advisor to early stage tech startups, Nancy Russell who is the Senior VP at Seacoast Commerce Bank, and Barry Lieberman who is the President at Beatshare and advisor to startups. It was fun watching these experienced entrepreneurs and investors question our competitors and I’m sure these questions helped the competitors learn a lot about how to improve their businesses.

The results for the competition were as follows:

5th place: Don’tchu Dare

4th place: WECADEMi

3rd place: Parcel Sift

2nd place: Life Skills Products

1st place: Piano with Jonny

We will be publishing more in-depth articles about the finalists soon but needless to say we could not be prouder of these student-entrepreneurs. They have accomplished a lot and we strongly believe that some of these concepts will become great businesses (some already are well on their way!).

These events are tremendous undertakings taking many months worth of planning. We would be remiss if we did not thank the members of the planning committee, including:

  • Director John Bradley Jackson
  • Professor Tom Miller
  • Dr. Atul Teckchandani
  • Dr. David Obstfeld
  • Professor Jack Mixner
  • Professor Scott Sorrell
  • Professor Jeff Longshaw
  • Phillip Stinis
  • Charlesetta Medina
  • Vanessa Ganaden
  • Chad Armstrong
  • Lorenzo Santos
  • Rahul Thakrar

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition and we look forward to seeing what next year’s competition has to bring!

Oh, and here are some links to the previous CSUF Business plan Competitions:

 

And do not forget about the Titan Fast Pitch Competition that is scheduled to take place this October!


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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

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.


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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

Meet the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finalists

CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are this Friday at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union Pavilions! Come to support the brilliant CSUF student-entrepreneurs and, if you are a current CSUF student, you will be entered into an opportunity drawing to have the chance to win many cool things like an iPad Pro!

That and many other things are covered in this week’s edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are this Friday from 1pm to 4pm in the Titan Student Union Pavilions and we hope to see you there! Get your (free) tickets now and, if you are a current CSUF student, you will be entered into an opportunity drawing where you can win gift cards to your favorite places and an iPad Pro!

Even though there are some cool things available in the opportunity drawing we really want you to attend to support our innovative finalists. Last week we revealed who they are and in a post titled Meet the 2017 Business Plan Competition Finalists! we go into greater detail about the concepts for each of the finalists.

Everyone at the Center for Entrepreneurship is looking forward to watching these fine Cal State Fullerton student-entrepreneurs showcase their concepts for a chance to win a portion of the $20,000+ in scholarships and in-kind services. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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

CSUF Business Plan Competition this Friday!!!

Support CSUF Student-Entrepreneurs at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

The CSUF Business Plan Competition is the most comprehensive entrepreneurship competition at Cal State Fullerton. CSUF student-entrepreneurs who are competing in the Finals have gone through two rounds of competition and coaching from our startup experts are now ready to present their concepts to the world!Come and support them at the Finals!

Reserve your seat at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals on Friday, April 14 from 1pm to 4pm at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Student Union

CSUF Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs – 6pm on April 19 @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Mentor Office Hours @ CSUF Startup Incubator

Experts from our community including lawyers, CPAs, marketers, and professors have office hours every week open to everyone in our community. Click on the links below to reserve some time with them.

Tuesday, April 11 from 3:30pm to 6:00pm: How to Start a Business with Professor Longshaw

Thursday, April 13 from 5pm to 8pm: Office Hours with Executive Coach Dave Kinnear

Next Monday, April 17 from 4pm to 7pm: How to Become a Better Internet Marketer

Tuesday, April 25 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm: CSUF Entrepreneur Round Table

Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

CSUF Entrepreneurship News

CSUF Startup Incubator

The CSUF Startup Incubator provides promising and coachable innovators access to technical advice, assistance in the hunt for seed capital, a place to meet and work, a large network of veteran entrepreneurs, and expert guidance concerning patents, technology transfer, licensing, royalties, contracts, and new venture formation.

FIND OUT HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME THE NEXT CSUF STARTUP INCUBATOR RESIDENT

CSUF Consulting

Creativity is the life blood of business and our consulting teams are filled with students brimming with creative solutions in a wide range of areas. Now is the perfect time to inject some creative solutions into your business by working with one of our CSUF Consulting teams.

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.

We look forward to working with you!
 

Interested In Becoming More Involved With CSUF Entrepreneurship?

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 CSUF Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

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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