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Entrepreneurship Program - Events

The Entrepreneurship Program hosts an exciting array of events to complement what students learn (and accomplish!) inside the classroom. Our mission is to empower students with access to knowledge, skills, networks, mentors, and the mindset necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur. Explore our various events and competitions below, and scroll down to the bottom for a recap and photos of our past events! 


Fall Semester


Startup Workshop Series

Workshops and panel events are meant to prepare students to compete in the FastPitch Competition in November. With a combination of guest speakers, direct mentoring, and pitch practice, the workshops cover the nuts and bolts of launching and growing a new venture. Workshop topics include customer discovery, value proposition, competitive analysis, and the lean startup method.


Startup Workshop Series, October 2015

Fast Pitch New Venture Competition
CSUN Fast Pitch is an "elevator pitch" competition where 10 teams of CSUN students, selected as finalists from a competitive field, have three minutes & three slides to pitch their new venture idea to a panel of judges and audience. Each of the student presentations is followed by a 3-5 minute Q&A period from our distinguished panel of judges. The "FastPitch" Competition is meant to be a training ground for teams to prepare for the "Bull Ring" New Venture Competition in the Spring, where prize amounts are in the tens of thousands of dollars. More Info

Student Finalists of the Inaugural 2015 Fast Pitch Competition, November 2015

Art of Innovation Conference

The Art of Innovation Conference is a dynamic, panel-style event covering the role of technology in entrepreneurship, as well as the trends, opportunities, and expert advice related to forming and launching new ventures. The conference is a collaboration between the College of Business/Economics and the College of Engineering/Computer Science features some of the top minds discussing innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century. Pictures from AOI 2016


Spring Semester

Bull Ring Startup "Boot Camp"

With a variety of guest speakers and facilitators, the Bull Ring "Startup Boot Camp" helps students refine their business ideas through an experiential learning environment. Covered topics include product development, customer discovery, competitive analysis, business structure/IP, and "how to pitch."


Bull Ring New Venture Competition

Shark Tank meets Matadors! All majors are welcome to compete, and no idea is off limits. At its core, this competition has been created to promote an “action bias” in our students, a concept of experiential learning that involves building assumptions, testing those assumptions in the market, defining product requirements based on validated assumptions, and adjusting requirements dynamically as the first customers emerge. Students compete for prize money, in-kind donations, and guaranteed placement for 3 months within LACI@CSUN, our on-campus incubator. The inaugural event was Spring 2016. More Info



Wells Fargo Center Student Consulting Projects

The center serves as a link between our CSUN business students seeking experience solving the real world challenges facing small business, and our business "Clients" seeking to utilize the College resources. One of the Center's primary functions is to create meaningful opportunities among students, faculty, and the business community to network and exchange their ideas, knowledge, and experience in small business and entrepreneurship. We encourage the participation of CSUN alumni and other successful entrepreneurs to serve as guest lecturers to a class, as speakers or panelists at Center events, as judges for business plan competitions, and as mentors to students and nascent entrepreneurs. More info

The Archives (Past Events):

Fall 2015: FastPitch New Venture Competition

On November 20th, 2015, 6 teams of finalists competed in the Inaugural FastPitch New Venture Competition. The event opened with remarks from Dean of the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, Dr. Kenneth Lord, as well as Entrepreneur-in-Residence of LACI, Kevin Randolph, and was followed by each finalist delivering their 2-minute "Fast Pitch" and judge Q&A's. The event was judged by Kevin Randolph (LACI), Laurelle Johnson (CSUN Alum), and Richard Koffler (CSUN Alum). Ideas ran the gamut from mobile apps, to food and beverage, to social endeavors. It was a historic event, as the first-ever New Venture Competition from the Nazarian College and an exciting indication of things to come.

Finalists of the Inaugural 2015 Fast Pitch Competition

Fall 2015: Startup Workshop Series

Every Tuesday of October 2015, we held a “Startup Workshop” to support and encourage our aspiring student entrepreneurs. The four workshops were collectively meant to prepare students to compete in the FastPitch event in November 2015, where students have 2 minutes to actually pitch their idea live in front of judges for recognition and modest prize money. The 4th and final installment of the workshop series was held on Tuesday, Oct 27th, with CSUN alum and professional startup coach Laurelle Johnson leading the session. We had 45 students in attendance, and it was a very dynamic event with a short lecture, team breakouts, then about 5 students gave their “Fast Pitch” and received constructive feedback from Laurelle.

Pictures below!