What: Five student teams will pitch their new business ideas and compete for a total of $70,000 in cash and prizes at California State University, Northridge’s annual Bull Ring New Venture Competition.
The competition connects entrepreneurial CSUN students with business professionals and offers cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, plus an additional $30,000 in in-kind prizes, to help launch their new business venture ideas. The Bull Ring, modeled after the hit ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” is organized by CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics.
When: 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Where: Grand Salon
University Student Union
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Who: Five student teams:
Maja Slopiecka & Ada Slopiecka — Horizon Covers; tough, reusable luggage covers that include an embedded RFID chip allows real-time luggage tracking;
Jiatong Han, Kevin Canoun & Avery DeWitt — Neuwork: helps students fill the gap between schools and the real world by providing the opportunity to learn mandatory skills;
Jenna Flynn, Bretiel Danipour, Tammy Nguyen & Stephanie Villa — NoSpill Systems: keeps take-out food and beverage trays level and locked in place on the seat of a vehicle;
Brandon Cervantes, Hamdi Ahmed, Kevin Vartanian, et al — Smart Prosthetics: uses smart materials to design a prosthetic arm to assist below-the-elbow amputees, and
Tyler Valentine & Adam Rodriguez — Tasl: a collaborative software for college to connect and engage students both academically and socially.
Chuck Davis, CEO and chairman of Prodege
Jeff Marine, partner with Hybrid/JEM
James Andrews, founder and CEO of Authenticated
Karen Caplan, president and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce
Utpal Mangla, vice president and partner with Watson AI & Blockchain IBM
Susan Sarich, founder and CEO, SusieCakes
Media Contacts: Carmen Ramos Chandler, CSUN Media Relations, (818) 677-2130, and Leyla Sade on site.