April 30, 2019
I'm Entrepreneur in Residence at CSUN and CEO of Newsroom AI, a visual storytelling platform for the mobile Web. I hope to give students a taste of startup life from the front lines.
Bull Ring is where energetic CSUN students from schools across the campus can combine academics and their thirst for an entrepreneurial life. The 4th annual competition was hosted by the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
Bull Ring Ring kicked off in early March, with 40 teams submitting applications. What did it take to compete? A 10-25 slide deck or 5-7 page executive summary and a two-minute video. After weeks of rigorous mentoring, the fun began. The 22 semi-finalists teams pitched their startups to judges at a bustling trade show-like event in the Oviatt Library.
The event began with a special guest regaling everyone with his startup journey, from 8th grade to today. Then, the finalists did their thing. They pitched to four judges, who launched question after question. As the judges convened to pick three winners, a campus A Cappella group took to the stage to entertain us all.
Chuck Davis, chairman and CEO of Prodege and Internet pioneer, talking about what he realized as a college student entrepreneur.
What excites you? Real estate? Hospitality? Retail? Technology?
Who do you want to work for? Google? Disney? Tesla? Bank of America?
Where do you want to live? East Coast? West Coast? Pacific Rim?
What do you like to do? Sales? Accounting? Coding? Marketing?
Jenna Flynn of NoSpill Systems, a product that keeps take-out food and beverages level and locked in place in a car seat.
Brandon Cervantes of Smart Prosthetics, a reliable, trusted artificial limb, especially for the young in emerging countries.
Tyler Valentine of TASL, collaborative software that connects students academically and socially.
Kevin Canoun of Neuwork, a learning network to help students fill the gap between schools and the real world.
Maja Slopiecka of Horizon Covers, the tough reusable cover to protect luggage.
They took home $40,000 in cash prizes and $30,000 of in-kind services from Bull Ring's partners.
NoSpill Systems, the nifty tray that keeps take-out food and beverage items locked in place in a car seat.
Horizon Covers, with its tough reusable luggage cover.
Smart Prosthetics, an aritifical body part accessible to everyone, especially youth in emerging markets.