Student entrepreneurs make their pitches with investors

Four students from Brandman University competed in the Titan Fast Pitch Competition on Oct. 21 at Cal State Fullerton. The program gave student entrepreneurs 60 seconds to present their ideas before dozens of judges.

Brandman Titan Pitch
Deb Ferber, DBA, (center) meets with her Brandman and Chapman students after the Titan Fast Pitch Competition. Isiah Lopez (front, left), Morais Burge (fifth from right) and Alexxis Torres (third from right) had 60 seconds to sell their ideas.

Alexxis Torres, Morais Burge, Isiah Lopez and Marcos Villa learned about the event at Deb Ferber’s Entrepreneurship 101 webinar sponsored by Career Services and Alumni Relations.

Torres, currently working toward her B.A. in psychology, proposed “New Age Concept,” offering evidence-based treatment along with a team of medical professionals to help individuals get their lives back from drug addiction and alcoholism.

Burge, an MBA student with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, pitched “Hair by Vera Long,” a company selling human hair extensions at an affordable price.

Lopez, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student and president of the Brandman Business Society, pitched “Aruta,” a notary signing agency modeled on the speed and gig economy style of Uber.

Brandman Student pitch VillasMarco Villa waits for the reaction to his "Urban Uplift Farm" pitch.

Villa, also a BBA student with an emphasis in organizational leadership, presented “Urban Uplift Farm,” a locally based, sustainable organic farm with the mission of enriching community through quality organic produce.

In addition to the 60-second pitches, the Brandman students and those from a variety of other colleges and universities had almost three hours to spend with investors and build networking opportunities, said Ferber. In addition to her role as an assistant professor in Brandman's School of Business and Professional Studies, Ferber served as a mentor, working with the students for several week. She also hosted a dinner for them.

At the next Career Services/Alumni Relations webinar on Thursday, Oct. 26, Ferber will discuss using social media to market a small business. Go to the Beyond Brandman: Using Social Media to Market Your Small Business sign-up on Eventbrite for more information and to register.

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