CSUN Fast Pitch Announces 2018 Winners

  • Pierce college students present their powerpoint.

    The Pierce Supply Drop group visiting from Pierce College presenting their pitch. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • The Smart Prosthetics Team presenting their pitch.

    The Smart Prosthetics team presenting their pitch. Photo by Patricia Carillo.

  • The judges panel reading papers.

    The distinguished panel of judges. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • The Matador Soul Sauce team standing with their certificate.

    The Matador Soul Sauce team was awarded second place and audience choice. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • Horizon Covers accepts their grand prize.

    The grand prize winner, Horizon Covers. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

  • The 8 finalist teams, judges and supporters.

    All eight finalist teams, judges and supporters. Photo by David J. Hawkins.

In preparation for the high-stakes “Bull Ring” New Venture Competition in Spring, which comes with tens of thousands of dollars in prizes, students practiced putting their best pitch forward at the fourth annual Fast Pitch New Venture Competition.

On November 15, the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics hosted their fourth annual Fast Pitch. Fast Pitch is an “elevator pitch” competition where eight finalist students or student-teams have three minutes and three slides to pitch their business venture to a panel of professional judges and an audience. Each team presentation is followed by a five to seven-minute question and answer session with the judges.

In first place was Horizon Covers who won a $2,000 prize, in second place was Matador Sol Sauce who won $1,000 and an additional $500 as the audience’s choice team, and in third place was Bookmark winning $500.

Horizon Covers was created by Music Industry Administration major Maja Slopiecka. It specializes in tough, high-quality and reusable covers that keep luggage safe from scratches, dirt and water during travel.

Matador Sol Sauce, led by Human Nutrition majors Eirenel Eclevia, Madeleine Hoeks, Rise Morisato and Caroline Pak, aims to increase awareness about high sodium intake in the US and has developed a flavorful, low sodium hot sauce.

Bookmark, by Political Science​ major Tyler Valentine, is an app that improves retention and graduation rates among college communities by helping students succeed through greater social connections.