• CSUN Bull Ring New Venture Competition

Bull Ring New Venture Competition

Shark Tank Meets Matadors

The Bull Ring returns in 2022 with $10,000 in cash and prizes! Build your ideas, connect with mentors, and plug into the startup community at CSUN this Spring. Get access to free workshops, dedicated mentoring and coaching sessions - all designed to guide you through the startup process, from idea to launch.

All CSUN student-created, -managed, and -owned ventures are welcome. Whether you have a seed of an idea and looking to explore it further, or have already put work into your concept, the competition is a great way to learn more about entrepreneurship, access mentorship and coaching, and receive critical early-stage feedback and advice. Please see below for full competition schedule, additional details, and eligibility.

Prize Packages

Grand Prize: $5,000
2nd Place: $2,500
3rd Place: $1,500
Audience Choice: $1,000

Each of the 20 Semi-Finalist teams will be paired with a dedicated mentor for the duration of the competition and provided additional coaching and support services. 5 Finalists will subsequently be selected to compete at the Final Event for the $10,000 in cash prizes.

Competition Schedule

Sunday, March 6th
Applications Due

Friday, March 11th
20 Semi-Finalists Announced

March 11th onward
Coaching & Mentoring Period

Friday, April 8th
5 Finalists Announced

Tuesday, April 26th
Final Event

Application Details

Application Details

Applications are due Sunday, March 6th, 2022 (submitted via Canvas) and require:

(1) a 10-25 page slide deck *or*
     5-7 page executive summary, AND

(2) a video not to exceed 2 minutes.

The Fine Print: Rules & Eligibility

The Fine Print: Rules & Eligibility

1) The competition is open to ALL current CSUN students.

2) The competition is intended for student-created, -managed, and -owned ventures.

3) Teams must be comprised of at least 2 members.

4) At least 50% of team members must be current CSUN students as of the 2021-2022 academic year (Fall 2021 graduates eligible). The "pitch" must be delivered by a CSUN student.

5) Businesses currently earning >$15K in annual revenue are not eligible.

6) Business that have already raised >$50K in funding from outside sources are not eligible.

7) Both for-profit and non-profit business concepts are eligible; however, sources of revenue must be addressed.

8) An individual may only be a member of one team.

9) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from past Bull Ring Competitions are not eligible.

About CSUN's Entrepreneurship Program

About CSUN's Entrepreneurship Program

The Entrepreneurship Program at the Nazarian College complements our students’ inherent energy and creativity with the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate the feasibility of an idea and ultimately pitch, launch, and grow a new venture. Whether planning to create a business or bringing the entrepreneurial mindset to a larger organization, the program prepares students to confidently present to an audience while developing a strong action-bias and a willingness to experiment.