Titan Fast Pitch

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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.)

When

Saturday, October 27

Registration begins at 12:15pm

Competition begins at 1:00pm

Competition ends at 4:00pm

Where

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

Lightning Round Judges

 Natalia Razeghi

Natalia Razeghi

Credit Executive III, Vice President & Regional Chair for OC – WIN ERG

Natalia Razeghi is a commercial loan underwriter with 18 years of experience including Citigroup, being a co-founder of a start-up lending company, 11 years at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and counting. She is currently a Credit Executive, Vice President, underwriting law firms, medical groups and other professional segment borrowers of Wealth, Private Bank, and Business Banking.  Natalia came to this country as a foreign student from Russia at CSUF.

Upon completion of her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with concentration in Finance, she joined Citigroup’s paid internship which lead to a full time career in banking. The internship was sourced via a fully-employed banking executive who was teaching evening classes at CSUF. You can say Natalia owes much of her success to the foundation and professional contacts that CSUF provided her early on.

Dan Black

Dan Black

Entrepreneur and Dan Black Family Trust

Dan Black enrolled at CSUF in 1964 and took, without great intention, a freshman physics course. He credits this course — taught by future friend and mentor, the late Dr. Ray Adams — for influencing his decision to pursue a degree earned in 1967 and a career in physics.

Following graduation, Mr. Black worked in sales and marketing for EG&G, a firm that manufactured physics equipment. In 1973, he started his first company, Trace Analysis Laboratory, which he left a year later to launch MineraLab – later renamed Advanced Medical Nutrition, Inc. – that he sold in 1998. He then co-founded ProThera, a nutritional, supplemental company.

A proud Titan, Mr. Black has been an active supporter of future alumni, particularly in science and business, both by meeting with students and supporting student educational endeavors. In recognition of their contributions to the University and to students, Mr. Black and his wife, Kathy Chao Black, were honored with the naming of Cal State Fullerton’s Science Laboratory Center, “Dan Black Hall,” in 2006.

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.

Ken Guchereau

Ken Guchereau

Owner – Guchereau Company

Ken is a serial entrepreneur and a philanthropist.

Titan Fast Pitch Hosts

Titan Fast Pitch Gold Sponsors

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!

Entertainment!

Networking!

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!