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

FastStart.studio

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.