The Entrepreneurship Program hosts an 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!
With a combination of guest speakers, direct mentoring, and pitch practice, the workshops cover the fundamentals of launching and growing a new venture. Workshop topics include customer discovery, value proposition, competitive analysis, and the lean startup method.
Startup Workshop with Max Aram, CEO and Founder of Pick My Solar - February 14, 2017
Fast Pitch New Venture Competition
CSUN Fast Pitch is an "elevator pitch" competition held in the Fall Semester 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 "Fast Pitch" Competition is meant to be a prelude, or 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.
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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
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 encouraged to compete. The event is split into two distinct events: the trade-show style Semi-Finals and the "shark tank" style Final Event. 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