The Titan Fast Pitch Finals are finally here! After months of hard work we have narrowed it down to the top middle school, high school, and university/community college student-entrepreneurs and they’re all pitching! Watch as students pitch their creative concepts and answer tough questions from our esteemed panel of judges.

Find out who wins the Titan Fast Pitch!!!

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Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Union Bank

Gold Sponsors

Dan Black Family Foundation

Dan Black Family Foundation
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Ashok Patel

Bob Godlasky

Hosts

Finals Judges

Karl Freels

Director, Dan Black Family Trust

Karl Freels
Karl Freels

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 Final Round judge at the Titan Fast Pitch competition this year.

Natalia Razeghi

Sr. Credit Executive, Vice President at MUFG Union Bank

Natalia Razeghi
Natalia Razeghi

Natalia Razeghi is a commercial loan underwriter with 18 years of experience including Citigroup, being a co-founder of a start-up lending company, 11 years at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and counting. She is currently a Credit Executive, Vice President, underwriting law firms, medical groups and other professional segment borrowers of Wealth, Private Bank, and Business Banking. Natalia came to this country as a foreign student from Russia at CSUF.

Upon completion of her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, she joined Citigroup’s paid internship which lead to a full time career in banking. The internship was sourced via a fully-employed banking executive who was teaching evening classes at CSUF. You can say Natalia owes much of her success to the foundation and professional contacts that CSUF provided her early on.

Dr. Cathleen Greiner, PhD

Regional Director, Business and Entrepreneurship, Orange County, California Community Colleges

Dr. Cathleen Greiner, PhD

Dr. Greiner is a long-time educator in higher education and the community colleges as a teacher, dean, and vice president, with expertise and responsibility in leadership, online learning, equity and inclusion, and networking with employers and community/ educational partners to respond to a disruptive economy and changing learning needs while building enduring bridges between business and education. As a small business owner, she also bridges real work application and educational responsiveness.

In leading the California Community Colleges’ Business & Entrepreneurship Sector in Orange County–which is the largest employment sector in the county–she is focused on student equity, diversity and inclusion, career and workforce preparation, college transfer, and internships and work-based learning. She networks and creates linkages with employers across the region to gain and/or upskill a diverse workforce and collaborates with public and private partners to support workforce readiness and college opportunities. Most recently, she is joining forces with OC industry to emphasize economic reactivation, entrepreneurship, and transitioning and standing up a “new” marketplace and business ecosystem in the region.

As a strategic, long-range planner with an entrepreneurial spirit, she is a sought-after expert on organizational growth, the gig economy, the new world of work, the impact of AI, automation and technology, and on the need to prepare students and individuals for academic and workplace success. She is a faculty member for the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (strategic planning and case studies), as well as at the Online Teaching Conference and DET/CHE.

Connect with her https://www.linkedin.com/in/acathleengreinerphd/

David Morris

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Royal Business Bank

David Morris

David is a 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. Over the past year, he was the President of a troubled bank, which was an experience of a life time. David is interested in all aspects of financial management whether the organization is on solid footing or in trouble and he has a passion for strategic and tactical planning.

Bryan Ruef

Founder, 10-8 Systems

Bryan Ruef
Bryan Ruef

With almost 10 years of experience in public safety, Bryan saw the shortcomings in public safety software and created 10-8 Systems, a cutting edge, cloud-based dispatch software company.  Since its inception in 2019, his software has handled over 165,000 incidents in 48 states, used by city police, state constables, fire departments, and more.  10-8 was also attributed to saving over 650 lives in Hurricane Dorian.  Bryan is a student at Cal State Fullerton, studying computer science.

Scholarships

University Scholarships

1st Place: $1,500 + One Hour with patent attorney Justin Sanders ($300 value) + Residency at CSUF Startup Incubator ($5,000 value)

2nd Place: $1,000 + One Hour with patent attorney Justin Sanders ($300 value) + Residency at CSUF Startup Incubator ($5,000 value)

3rd Place: $500 + One Hour with patent attorney Justin Sanders ($300 value) + Residency at CSUF Startup Incubator ($5,000 value)

4th Place: $250 + One Hour with patent attorney Justin Sanders ($300 value) + Residency at CSUF Startup Incubator ($5,000 value)

High School Scholarships

1st Place: $400

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $200

4th Place: $150

5th Place: $100

Middle School Scholarships

1st Place: $400

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $200

4th Place: $100

Middle School Finalists

Fourth Place: Hanna Corona: GumBee | Florence Nightingale Middle School

Third Place: Jaydon Tsan: EnviFood | Florence Nightingale Middle School

Second Place: Anastasia Efremova: OC Kids Business Club | Oxford Preparatory Academy – Saddleback Valley

First Place: Jubilee Gutierrez: Polyccine | Florence Nightingale Middle School

High School Finalists

Fifth Place: Nicholas Mejia: Student Source | Pacific Ridge School

Fourth Place: Jenna Ferayorni: The Garden Doggy | Pacific Ridge School

Third Place: Corissa Sweet: The Thermoband | El Dorado High School

Second Place: Jade Bahng: The Daily Daisy Project | Troy High School

First Place: Nicholas Rabjohn: Team Forum | Pacific Ridge School 

University/Community Colleges Finalists

Fourth Place: Joshua Worrel: Zeba Pens | Cal State Fullerton

Third Place: Arneeb Mahbub: Conshus Clothing | University of California Irvine

Second Place: Blanca Rojas: Bring That Boba | Cal State Fullerton

First Place: Maryam Edah-Tally: Fleur À Cheval  | Cal State Fullerton

Special Thanks

Thank You to Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

MUFG Union Bank

Our Gold Sponsors

Black Family Trust

Royal Business Bank

California Community Colleges

Ashok Patel Family

Bob Godlasky

RJE International

Teachers

If you are a teacher, or an educator of any type, thanks for all you do. I really want to make sure you understand how much we value what you are doing. Teachers are the cornerstone of this entire program.

Judges

If you are a Bullpen Round Judge, or a Lighting Round Judge, thanks for all you do.

Cal State Fullerton Team that puts this event on – Let’s give it up for Dr. Radha Bhattacharya, Dr. Atul Teckchandani, Cristian Sanchez, Cathleen Greiner, Natalia Razeghi, Fatemah Bahhour, Scott Landow, Karl Freels, Charlesetta Medina, and David Morris.

Student Competitors: Thanks Guys, Well done!

We will see you next year!!!

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