Fall 2018: 4th Annual Fast Pitch New Venture Competition
The 4th Annual CSUN Fast Pitch New Venture Competition concluded on November 15th, 2018.
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Final Event Program
1ST PLACE ($2,000)
HORIZON COVERS | Maja Slopiecka
Horizon Covers specializes in producing tough, high-quality, and reusable covers that keep your luggage safe from scratches, dirt, and water during travel.
2ND PLACE ($1,000) + AUDIENCE CHOICE ($500)
MATADOR SOL SAUCE | Eirenel Eclevia, Madeleine Hoeks, Rise Morisato, & Caroline Pak
Matador Sol Sauce aims to increase awareness about high sodium intake in the US and has developed a flavorful, low sodium hot sauce.
3RD PLACE ($500)
BOOKMARK | Tyler Valentine
Bookmark is an app that improves retention and graduation rates among college communities by helping students succeed through greater social connections.
Fall 2018: 5th Annual Art of Innovation Conference
The 5th Annual Art of Innovation Conference concluded on November 2nd, 2018.
Spring 2018: 3rd Annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition
3rd Annual Bull Ring
New Venture Competition
Final Event Program
Photo Gallery (Final Event)
Photo Gallery (Semi-Finals)
2018 PRIZE WINNERS
Grand Prize ($20,000)
Mechanical engineering students Steven Meza, Quinn Darrach, Nichta Harabedian, Bashir Tirmizi, Sutichai Savathasuk, et al.
Wheelchair Assist has designed a new type of patient lift device for hospital and rehab center use. This new device combines the functionality of standard patient lifts with the mobility of a wheelchair.
Second Place ($10,000)
Dushan Perera (Master’s Computer Science) & Olen Andoni (University of Nantes, France)
Moontalk is a cryptocurrency community built for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts - exchange market insights, track and share your portfolio, and get the latest news, articles, and coin prices.
Third Place ($5,000)
Sarah Shapov (Graphic Design), James Tam (Computer Science), Joey Ramirez (Marketing), & Yvette Ravaee (Marketing)
Campus Runner is a community-based platform, where students and faculty can get their food and supplies delivered directly to them. With Campus Runner, students can save time and earn money.
Fall 2017: 3rd Annual Fast Pitch New Venture Competition
The 3rd annual CSUN Fast Pitch Competition concluded on November 14th, 2017.
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GRAND PRIZE ($2,000)
Dushan Perera (MS Computer Science, CSUN) & Olen Andoni (MS Computer Science, University of Science & Tech - Nantes, France)
Moontalk, a social platform for the cryptocurrency community, enables users to chat live with other investors, exchange market insights, and manage their portfolios.
2ND PLACE ($1,000)
Tiffany Eng (MS Nutrition and Dietetics), Alejandra Perez (MS Human Nutrition), & Stephanie Ng (MS Human Nutrition)
Spicy Matador is a delicious salt-free spice blend formulated at CSUN, created for use on all foods, for retail distribution.
3RD PLACE-TIE ($250)
Nikolay Filichkin (Business Law/Marketing) & Zachary Gilman
Stashpak is developing a smell-proof and water-resistant pack with sleek Italian design for the fast-growing cannabis industry.
3RD PLACE-TIE ($250)
Akshay Nande (MS Software Engineering), Pratik Ghive (MS Electrical Engineering), & Rahul Rokade (MS Electrical Engineering)
Deaf Connect helps the 300M deaf people across the globe who cannot hear the spoken language, understand and communicate with those who don't know Sign Language.
Spring 2017: 2nd Annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition
Bull Ring Final Event
Event Concluded 5/2/17
Bull Ring Semi-Finals
Event Concluded 4/4/17
Grand Prize ($20,000)
Team Members: Steven Van Alen (Business Management) & Martyna Skrodzka
Sleepyhead is an e-commerce sleep startup that sells a memory foam mattress and topper that’s shipped in a box to your door anywhere in the USA. One mattress donated for every ten sold.
2nd Place ($10,000)
Team Members: Muris Mulalic (Psychology) & Wan Song
MyGymPals mobile app and website enables exercise enthusiasts at large to connect with fitness communities for on-demand activities, challenges, and workout buddies.
3rd Place ($5,000)
Germ 3 Solutions
Team Members: Josh Halem (Business Management Major & Entrepreneurship Minor), Deborah Kazel Sipos (Graduate Music Therapy), Jacob Sipos, & Noah Sipos
Germ 3 Solutions’ first product, the Body Substance Isolation (BSI) Sleeve, helps reduce the spread of infectious diseases in medical settings.
Fall 2016: 2nd Annual Fast Pitch New Venture Competition
[Video Recap: 2016 Fast Pitch New Venture Competition]
[Photo Gallery: 2016 Fast Pitch New Venture Competition]
[Event Program: 2016 Fast Pitch New Venture Competition]
1st PLACE - $2,000
WEBAPES | Edgar Limon, Arvin Flores, & Jasmine Beeman
WebApes is developing a Smart Script that can be embedded within webpages, considered to be inaccessible, to identify and organize page content allowing the visually impaired to easily navigate through websites.
2nd PLACE - $1,000
SLEEPYHEAD | Steven Van Alen, Martyna Skrodzka, & Jean-Que M
Sleepyhead is an e-commerce sleep startup that sells a memory foam mattress and topper shipped in a large box to your door anywhere in the USA; for every ten we sell, we’ll help a person in need sleep well.
3rd PLACE - $500
FIT US | Carrie Huang, Denise De Sequera, Luis Turcios, & Luke Rimando
Fit Us is developing a free mobile app to help users find workout partners at local fitness centers and or get trained by our affordable personal trainers.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - $500
WE-GO | Ferny Arana, Andrew Cohen, Melanie Gordon, & Austin Veal
We-Go is connecting event creators with event participants through a mobile event marketplace to build awareness of on-campus events and conveniently let students be a click-away from attending.
Fall 2016: 4th Annual Art of Innovation Conference
Spring 2016: Inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition
April 26, 2016: Inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition Student Finalist Teams and Distinguished Judges. Read more!
April 7, 2016: Inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition Semi-Finals - Twenty teams were narrowed down to just five through the course of the event.
[Video Recap: 2016 Bull Ring]
[Photo Gallery: 2016 Bull Ring Final Event]
[View/Download 2016 Bull Ring Final Event Program]
[Photo Gallery: 2016 Bull Ring Semi-Final Event]
The inaugural Bull Ring New Venture Competition kicked off in Spring 2016 with $50K in prize money awarded to student startups. Of the 58 initial applications, 20 were selected to present their ideas at the trade-show style Semi-Finals on April 7th. The field was then narrowed to just five teams, who then competed at the "Shark Tank Meets Matadors" Finals on April 26th. The esteemed panel of judges included David Nazarian (Founder, Nimes Capital), Jeff Marine (CEO, JEM Sportswear & generous prize donor), Zack Schuler (Founder, Cal Net), William Wang (Founder, VIZIO), & Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (Founder, OPI).
1st Place ($25K): Vibe Probiotics - (2 minute video)
2nd Place ($15K): Take Sessions - (2 minute video)
3rd Place ($5K): EduCode - (2 minute video)
Fall 2015: Inaugural Fast Pitch 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: Inaugural Startup Workshop Series
Fall 2015: 3rd Annual Art of Innovation Conference