Titan Fast Pitch 2016 Synopsis





Student-Entrepreneurs: It’s time for you to crush it!

Clear your calendar – It’s going down! The Titan Fast Pitch Competition kicks off Saturday October 29th, 2016 at 1pm and you’re invited! Come compete with or watch the most innovative student-entrepreneurs vie for a spot on the winner’s podium, and their share of scholarships. All finalists are chosen in real time.

There are two tracks: one for high school students and another open to all university/college/JC students, not just CSUF students. Competitors better be ready to pitch their concept because they will get multiple chances to pitch their concepts to our elite panel of judges. This first round robin will feature dozens of judges that allows all competitors to give their 60 second pitches multiple times.

Scores from the first free-for-all round will be tabulated on the spot with the best moving on. Students that survive this free-for-all will have to endure the Lightning Round: an accelerated Q/A panel, administered by Distinguished Judges. (Don’t worry, there is a link to the Lightning Round questions below.)

After all questions have been asked and pitches made our judges will determine who the winners will be. Winners will receive scholarships and exposure for their ideas and themselves.

Do you have what it takes?

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.)


How to make a 60 Second Pitch

University Scholarships

1st Place: $1,500 + Interview by Entrepreneur Media Startup Youngry

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $250

High School Scholarships

1st Place: $400

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $200

4th Place: $100

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Lightning Round Judges

Dan Black


Dan Black is a true university citizen. His gifts and pledges to Cal State Fullerton will undoubtedly have an impact on the lives of countless students for generations to come. He enrolled at CSUF in 1964 and took, without great intention, a freshman physics course. Mr. Black credits this course taught by future friend and mentor, the late Dr. Ray Adams, for influencing his decision to pursue a career in physics. Mr. Black graduated in 1967.

Following graduation, Dan worked in sales and marketing for EG&G, a firm that manufactured physics equipment. In 1973, he started his first company, Trace Analysis Laboratory. He left that company a year later and launched MineraLab – later renamed Advanced Medical Nutrition, Inc. – which he sold in 1998. Dan then co-founded ProThera, a nutritional, supplemental company, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board and CFO.

In 1998, Mr. Black reconnected with his alma mater. That year, he established the Dan Black Scholarship, which provided $25,000 annually for scholarships to physics majors. In 2000, he funded the Dan Black Program in Physics and Business. In 2006, the university renamed it Science Laboratory Center “Dan Black Hall” in recognition of Dan and his wife Kathy Chao Black’s more than $4 million in gifts and pledges to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Blacks also pledged $100,000 to the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics’ capital campaign and $25,000 to the performing arts campaign.

As his many gifts of support have proven, Mr. Black is a true university citizen and cherished alumnus.

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.

Bill Taormina


Bill Taormina Sr. is an amazing booster for Cal State Fullerton and the Center for Entrepreneurship in particular. Mr. Taormina learned about being an entrepreneur and a leader from his father as they went about the daily duties of running a family business. As a native of Anaheim, Mr. Taormina can take pride in launching businesses and serving on charitable foundations for a variety of organizations. Some of his ventures include: Co-founder Anaheim Disposal and CVT Recycling Center, Founder of Anaheim Community Foundation, and Founder of Clean City, Inc.

As part of the CSUF Business Consulting Program, Mr. Taormina has sponsored many projects for various business and philanthropic ventures. These students are afforded a unique opportunity to do consulting work for real businesses and organizations and have their opinions heard out and potentially implemented if they’re accepted by the client. Projects like these are a passion for Mr. Taormina and his family because they have a huge impact on the lives of the students who complete these projects; giving them the confidence to start their own businesses or push for innovative solutions for the companies that they will work for in the future.

Mr. Taormina and his family have a special place in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community and we’re glad that he will be able to serve as a judge in the Titan Fast Pitch Competition.


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.


Alicia Lopez

Wells Fargo

Alicia Lopez is a community outreach financial educator with great experience in teaching financial literacy.

Alicia is responsible for reaching out to communities in Orange County where she partners with
numerous nonprofits, schools, civic organizations and businesses to teach financial literacy on behalf of Wells Fargo.

Ash Kumra


Ash Kumra is an award winning entrepreneur, author, public speaker and talk show host recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. He is also an authority on entrepreneurship, social media & branding by authoring the book series “Confessions from an Entrepreneur”, spoken to over 10,000 people and has been cited in 100’s of articles including Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, Startup America/Up Global, LA Times, OC Register, Tedx & The White House. Ash has also hosted over 100 interview with business mavens, authors, entrepreneurs and celebrities who have achieved their dreams and goals.

Ash is currently helping run Youngry (a media company informing, inspiring and elevating young & hungry minded entrepreneurs to thrive).

Ash is also Chairman Emeritus of the board for one of Southern California’s largest entrepreneurship education non-profit Tech Coast Venture Network (“TCVN”), Co-leader for the California Team for White House/Steve Case founded “Startup America” (now owned by Up Global), Advisor board member for UC Irvine’s Merage School Of Business and on the leadership advisory board for the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 initiative.


Dan Black Family Trust


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; Director for the Center for Economic Education, Radha Bhattacharya; and founder of the National Startup League, Will Taormina introduce the 2016 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 2016 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!

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