CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumni Wins Fast Pitch Competition

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alum, John Chi, accepting his prize at a recent fast pitch competition. Good job John!!!
CSUF Entrepreneurship Alum, John Chi, accepting his prize at a recent fast pitch competition. Good job John!!!

This story is a bit old but we’d still like to take the time to recognize John Chi for yet another great achievement. Earlier this year, he participated and won the Funding the Big Idea 2015 competition. Hosted by TriTech, Funding the Big Idea is part competition and part symposium on how startups can raise capital. John faced 40 tough challengers at this competition. From John:

Funding the Big Idea definitely lived up to its name! It was a tremendous opportunity to interact directly with experienced investors and experts in alternative funding sources and to be able to learn from them.  It’s so inspiring to meet so many fellow entrepreneurs sharing their passion, ideas and stories all in one place – and to reconnect with familiar faces still going strong!  Everyone was so helpful and supportive.  I’m so grateful to leave FTBI with so many new friends and connections.  Many many thanks, TriTech!

John’s business is called Synova Life Sciences and he has wowed entrepreneurs and investors with his idea. Synova Life Sciences is a biotech company that is in the process of developing adult stem cell therapies to help people with arthritis and other chronic illnesses. Finishing in first place at the 2013 Business Plan competition and in second place at the first Titan Fast Pitch competition John has steadily developed his idea into the startup that it has become.

Here’s a video chronicling some of the talks at the Funding the Big Idea 2015 event (sorry, it doesn’t look like any of the fast pitches made it into the video but there’s still a lot of quality content there):

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