Titan Fast Pitch 2016 Synopsis
Saturday, October 21 at 1pm at Cal State Fullerton





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 21st, 2017 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/middle 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

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

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Lightning Round Judges

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.


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 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!

Titan Fast Pitch Videos

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