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Entrepreneurship Program - Events

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

Fall Semester

Startup Workshops
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.

Fast Pitch New Venture Competition
CSUN Fast Pitch is an "elevator pitch" competition held in the Fall Semester where 8 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. More Info

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 and features some of the top minds discussing innovation and entrepreneurship in the 21st century. More info


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 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 and in-kind donations. The inaugural event was Spring 2016. More Info

The Archives (Past Events):

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
Photo Gallery
Media Release


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)
| 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.

Photo Gallery
Media Release

Spring 2018: 3rd Annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition

3rd Annual Bull Ring
New Venture Competition
Final Event Program
Media Release
Photo Gallery (Final Event)
Photo Gallery (Semi-Finals)

Grand Prize ($20,000)
Wheelchair Assist
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)
Campus Runner
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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Media Release

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)
Spicy Matador
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)
Deaf Connect
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

[Video Recap]

Bull Ring Final Event
Event Concluded 5/2/17
Photo Gallery
Event Program

Bull Ring Semi-Finals
Event Concluded 4/4/17
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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.

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

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 Fast Pitch event in November 2015, where students have 2 minutes to pitch their idea live in front of judges for recognition and 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!



Startup Workshop Series, October 2015

Fall 2015: 3rd Annual Art of Innovation Conference