• Entrepreneurship Program

CSUN Bull Ring New Venture Competition - Final Event

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Grand Salon - University Student Union
CSUN Bull Ring New Venture Competition


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CSUN Bull Ring Final Event

The final showdown of five finalist student teams competing for over $70K in prizes in a "shark tank" style setting. Event is free to attend, open to the community, and light refreshments will be provided.

Fireside Chat w/ Jeff Marine & Chuck Davis
Chuck Davis | CEO and Chairman, Prodege
Chuck is an Internet entrepreneur, and Chairman and CEO of Prodege, LLC, an Internet and media company and parent of loyalty shopping service Swagbucks, based in El Segundo. His career includes having served as CEO of movie ticket site Fandango, and Shopzilla, also known as Bizrate.com.

Jeff Marine | Partner, Hybrid/JEM
After attending University High School and then CSUN, Jeff found his niche in the apparel industry, and is now a Partner in Hybrid/JEM Sportswear and Awake Inc. These companies, both headquartered in Los Angeles, produce private labels for major chain stores such as Macy's, Wal-Mart, Kohl's, and Target.

James Andrews | Founder & CEO, Authenticated
James is founder of Authenticated, a venture studio that invests in dynamic founders, ideas and companies. Their mission is to Authenticate, Illuminate and Accelerate the work of diverse and innovative teams by utilizing content and access to capital and culture to grow and scale businesses. James is a former entertainment exec who has built and sold two companies in the entmt. & tech space.

Karen Caplan | President & CEO, Frieda’s Specialty Produce
Karen is the second generation owner of Frieda’s, which introduced Kiwifruit, Sugar Snap Peas and Spaghetti Squash to America. She was the first female Chair of the United Fresh Produce Association and has served on numerous boards and leadership positions, including as chairman of the USDA Fruit & Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee and board member of the Federal Reserve Bank.

Utpal Mangla | VP & Partner - Watson AI & Blockchain, IBM
Utpal is a recognized leader in the Telecommunications, Media, and Entertainment (TME) Industry. With a goal of making "Watson Impact 1 Billion Consumers," Utpal and his team are at the forefront in making Blockchain, Robotics, AI and 5G EDGE real for clients across the globe by piloting use cases, deploying, scaling and replicating B2B/ B2C solutions in all geographies.

Susan Sarich | Founder & CEO, SusieCakes
Susan grew up in Chicago, where she was called Susie by her grandmothers. When Susie grew up to become Susan & moved to California, she brought along her grandmothers’ 3X5 handwritten recipe cards. After years in the hospitality business, in 2006 she launched SusieCakes, a premium dessert bakery and has since grown the brand to 26 retail locations throughout CA & TX.

More info: www.csunbullring.com