• Production shot from DON GIOVANNI
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra

Music Therapy Grad Student and Team Members take Third Place at CSUN’s Bull Ring Event

May 17, 2017

Germ 3 Solutions Team

Germ 3 Solutions Team

Congratulations to Deborah Kazel Sipos, a senior graduate student in the Music Therapy Studies Program, and her team members: Jacob Sipos, Noah Sipos, and Josh Halem, on receiving third place in this year’s Bull Ring Final Event held on May 2, 2017 in the USU Grand Salon.

Germ 3 Solutions’ first product, the Body Substance Isolation (BSI) Sleeve, is a germ free barrier for blood pressure cuffs, which helps reduce the spread of infectious diseases in medical settings. The Germ 3 Solutions team received $5,000 towards the development of their product, in addition to free legal, marketing, and mentoring services. This impressive achievement was no small feat for this dynamic team considering the first and second place teams were semifinalists in last year’s Bull Ring.

Bull Ring 2017“We are truly honored to even be considered in such an outstanding field of contenders especially as I am not in the business department,” Sipos said. “I also want to thank Professors Ron Borczon, Helen Dolas, and Diane Roscetti for all of the invaluable skills I have learned as a student in their music therapy and music entrepreneurship classes. The outstanding education I received proved to be so beneficial in helping us prepare our pitch, and do the necessary research to structure a professional presentation.” Former alum of CSUN’s Art Department, Ms. Sipos is also the current President of MTAN (Music Therapy Association of Northridge), a student organization whose members are either majoring or interested in music therapy.

Now in its 2nd year, the Entrepreneurship Program at the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics strives to complement the new Minor in Entrepreneurship by pairing 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. 

At its core, the Bull Ring New Venture 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, and adjusting dynamically as the first customers emerge.