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Bull Ring New Venture Competition

Calling all student entrepreneurs:
The Bull Ring returns in 2020 with $70,000 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.

The application deadline is Sunday, March 8th, 2020.


Shark Tank Meets Matadors

Now in its 5th year, the Bull Ring New Venture Competition serves as a launch pad for new business ideas from CSUN students across campus. The event is hosted by CSUN's David Nazarian College of Business & Economics and has been made possible thanks to the continued generosity and support of distinguished CSUN alum Jeff Marine and his family.

Please see below for full competition schedule, additional details, and eligibility.

 

Prize Packages

Prize Packages

Grand Prize: $20,000
2nd Place: $10,000
3rd Place: $5,000

Each of the 20 Semi-Finalist teams will also receive $250.

In addition to the cash prizes, the top three finishers will receive a combined $30,000 of in-kind sponsorships from our generous sponsors - DLA Piper (legal), IntersectLA (marketing/branding), and Armanino (finance/accounting).

The prize money, sponsorships, and follow-on services are intended to provide you with not only significant startup capital, but also connections to industry leaders with the knowledge and expertise necessary to further market, organize, and protect your new venture.

Full Competition Schedule

Competition Schedule

Sunday, March 8th
Application Deadline | Submit

Friday, March 13th
20 Semi-Finalist Teams Announced

March 13th onward
Coaching & Mentoring Period

Thursday, March 26th | 3:30-5:30pm
Bull Ring Semi-Finals ("the trade show")
Audience RSVP / Save the Date

Tuesday, April 28th | 5:30-7:30pm
Bull Ring Final Event ("the shark tank")
Audience RSVP / Save the Date

Application Details

Application Details

Applications are due Sunday, March 8th, 2020 (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 2019-2020 academic year (Fall 2019 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.