Titan Fast Pitch

What is the Titan Fast Pitch Competition?

The Titan Fast Pitch was created to inspire and encourage students at universities, high schools, and middle schools to develop creative business concepts and to share those concepts with the world.

The competition itself is broken up into two tracks: one for high school and middle school students and the other track for university/college, JC students.

Each competitor will present their sixty second pitch for their concept multiple times during the competitions first round, called the Bullpen Round. The competitors with the highest scores from this round will advance to the final round, which we call the Lightning Round. They will give their sixty second pitch again but this time they will also be required to answer questions from our VIP panel of judges.

Register to Compete or be in the Audience

Full Titan Fast Pitch Rules: Click Here

Full Lighting Round Question Bank: Click Here

If you are a minor, please print out this release form, sign it yourself and have a parent or guardian sign it, and bring it with you on the day of the competition.  (If you are coming with your class on a bus, make sure that your teacher gets your signed form before you get on the bus.)


Saturday, October 27

Registration begins at 12:15pm

Competition begins at 1:00pm

Competition ends at 4:00pm


Cal State Fullerton – Titan Student Union

Pavilions A, B, C

800 North State College Blvd

Fullerton, CA 92831

How to Pitch your Concept in 60 Seconds

Scholarships for Top Finishers in Titan Fast Pitch

University Scholarships*

1st Place: $1,500

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $250

High School/Middle School Scholarships*

1st Place: $400

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $200

4th Place: $100

*These amounts are from the 2017 Titan Fast Pitch competition; the 2018 scholarship awards will be updated shortly.

Judges & Sponsors

(Judges and Sponsors from Titan Fast Pitch 2017)

Vijay Raman

Vasur Ventures

Vasur Ventures backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming companies. We invest in sectors of business enterprise software technology including applications, cloud/SaaS, data center, management, networking, security and storage. We also look at all sectors of consumer software technology including commerce, gaming, marketplaces, media, mobile, services, and social. It is our belief that entrepreneurs should demand that their VC investors do more than just write a check and or assist with valuable connections.

Our core beliefs guide us to be the best partners we can be. Entrepreneurs choose to work with us because they share similar values. We partner with young companies trying to find their way and with established companies looking for additional growth. We invest in seed, series A, B, C and growth stages. If you are a creative, high energy team with imagination and a sharp intellect we would love to talk to you.

Michael Sawitz


Michael Sawitz is the Founder and CEO of FastStart.studio, a business incubator in Irvine, CA. Additionally, Mr. Sawitz has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amailcenter Franchise Corporation, the franchisor of AIM Mail Centers, since its inception in 1985. He sold the brand in August of 2011.

Since July 1979, he has also served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Michael Sawitz, Inc. which operates a sign center division and an equipment and fixtures division. He has been a featured guest on radio talk shows such as Professional Insights, National Public Radio and California Grand Opening. He has been a frequent speaker at various minority business development centers sponsored by the SBA, numerous Franchise Business Network events and twice as featured presentation at the Technology in Franchising National Conferences, and has been the keynote speaker at the PC Synergy Conference.

Mr. Sawitz has been featured in nationwide publications such as Franchise Update and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Additionally, he is Entrepreneur in Residence at California State University Fullerton Mihaylo School of Business and Economics. Michael Sawitz has also cofounded and served as the President of the National Alliance of Ship Centers, a non-profit industry association.

France Dixon Helfer

CEO & President of TinyKicks Inc

Ms. Helfer is the President and Chief Executive Officer for TinyKicks Inc, a University of California wearable healthcare technology company housed in the EvoNexus Irvine Incubator. With 30 years in the Medical Device and Healthcare Industry, over 25 as a senior executive, Helfer brings Serial Entrepreneurship & leadership, Business & Corporate Development, Operations, R&D, and International Sales and Marketing expertise for Fortune 500, start-up and emerging growth companies. She’s worked with over 20 company C-executives to develop business strategy, fund raising, strategic alliances and JV’s for medical devices. Helfer’s strength is developing medical products from inception, IP protection, and clinical trials through global market launches and growth with a focus on a robust product pipeline and reimbursement.

She’s held executive positions at Halo, Medtronic, SORIN, Xenotech (MDT), Eclipse Surgical (IPO). Founder & CEO of Pegasus Biologics, she raised $32M, and in less than three years, built the company into an emerging growth revenue company with a solid product pipeline, acquired by Synovis Life Systems. She’s raised > $50M in angel funding and Venture Capital firms.

David Morris

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Royal Business Bank

Financial executive with experience in all aspects of accounting, treasury and financial management. He has spent most of his career in the financial institutions industry as a Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer. David is interested in all aspects of financial management whether the organization is on solid footing or in trouble. He has a passion for strategic and tactical planning.


Karl Freels

Dan Black Family Trust

Karl is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship and STEM education. As a member of the Dan Black Family Trust, he has helped direct activities towards enriching the lives of students at Cal State Fullerton and beyond. Karl is excited to be a Lightning Round judge at the Titan Fast Pitch competition this year.


My-Ngoc Allred

Wells Fargo

My-Ngoc Allred is a District Manager at Wells Fargo.

Titan Fast Pitch Hosts

Titan Fast Pitch Sponsors

Black Family Foundation


Additional Sponsors include: Dr. Atul Teckchandani, France Helfer, Vas Arora, and Student Innovation Collective.

Titan Fast Pitch Schedule

12:30pm – Registration

Registration starts at this time. Come early to network with other innovative people!

1:00pm – Introduction

Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, John Bradley Jackson and the Director for the Center for Economic Education, Radha Bhattacharya introduce the Titan Fast Pitch Competition

1:30pm – Bullpen Round

Competitors get the opportunity to make their 60 second pitches to as many of the Titan Fast Pitch judges as time allows. We expect in excess of 150 competitors and we will have approximately 40 judges present to score pitches during this round. Each time a competitor presents to a judge the judge will score their presentation and at the end of this round all scores will be tabulated and competitors will receive a score that is representative of the average score they received from our judges.

2:30pm – Intermission

Opportunity Drawings!



3:00pm – Lightning Round

The top university and high school competitors compete in the final round to determine who is the best pitcher! These competitors will present their pitches one last time and this time in front of the entire Titan Fast Pitch audience and our Lightning Round judges. After a competitor has presented they will get questions asked to them by our Lightning Round judges. So be prepared!

3:30pm – Judges Deliberate & Attendees Celebrate!

While the judges make the hard choices about who the ultimate winners are, competitors and all attendees celebrate another successful Titan Fast Pitch with more OPPORTUNITY DRAWINGS, ENTERTAINMENT, and NETWORKING!

3:50pm – Winners Announced

The judges have made their decisions. Who will win? This is the time to find out!

4:00pm – Titan Fast Pitch Closes

The Titan Fast Pitch officially comes to an end with a few words from our hosts but you can stick around for a while to mingle with all of your new friends!