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Making That Pitch — in 60 Seconds!

Oct. 29, 2014

Area high school and university student-entrepreneurs will play pitch against the clock in the Cal State Fullerton Fast Pitch Competition Nov. 8.

Competitors have only 60 seconds — no PowerPoint presentations, no props — to pitch their start-up ideas for scholarships and funding. Competitors will be judged on pitch delivery and pitch content, including clear value proposition, compelling technology and scalability.

"A fast pitch — or, elevator pitch as some call it — is where business gets started. Its purpose is to engage the listener and the hope is to get to the next step, which generally is a meeting to discuss the idea in more depth," explained John B. Jackson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, which is hosting the event with the Center for Economic Education, both part of the University's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

"Standing in front 200 people and pitching your idea is very challenging for anyone, let alone a student," he added. "Yet, once the students master that skill, they are empowered to do great things because they know that they can."

Top three finalists will be chosen by the crowd, via mobile phone, then endure a lightning round. Winners on the University-track winners compete for scholarships of up to $1,500; winners on the high school-track winners compete for awards of up to $500.

The program kicks off at 10 a.m. at Landmark Special Events, 408 N. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 92805. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Sponsors include CSUF alumnus and entrepreneur Dan Black, Wells Fargo Bank, investment manager Ken Guchereau, Empire Building Services, entrepreneur Vas Arora, Acel Solutions and the National StartUp League.

For more information, email Travis Lindsay at

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