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2017 CSUSB Innovation Challenge

Innovation Challenge

Huge Success for the CSUSB Innovation Challenge

Thursday night, May 25th at the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater housed the first ever ALL-INCLUSIVE CSUSB Innovation Challenge. CSUSB President, Dr. Tomás Morales joined the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) along with Dean Lawrence Rose of the Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration to kick off the main event featuring 6 presenting teams comprised of CSUSB staff, administration, students, and faculty that delivered cutting edge ideas!
Mike Stull, Director of the Inland Empire Center of Entrepreneurship (IECE), and Steve Abbott, Entrepreneur in Residence, emceed the event Thursday night to introduce the teams that presented their ideas and gained valuable insight to what real-world investors would be inquiring for their working ideas to come to reality. These teams were industrious in presenting their pitches and succeeded magnificently.
Congrats to the winners of the 2017 Innovation Challenge and special congratulations to the 1st place winning team - CaseAide an app currently in beta testing that will deliver significant time-saving reporting results to the social workforce at large.


The Winning Teams!!!


1st Place – CaseAide
Michael Edwards
Arturo Concepcion
Aracely Munoz
Michael Baaske

2nd Place – Hiveband Haptics
Raymond Good
Adam Ruppert
Matthew Atherton

3rd Place TIE – GradCheck app
Karina Alvarado
Samuel Sudhakar
Arturo Concepcion
Beatrice Larez
Amy Braceros
Lenora Rodgers

3rd Place TIE – KYRIOStech: Creative STEM Curriculum
Joshua Marshden
Drew Allensworth
Marlyse Aguirre
Megan Isaacs
Anastacia Webster
Christopher Burk
Dr. Vincent Nestler

4th Place – Open Spaces Parking app
Nathaniel Quinn
Ryan Palinawan

5th Place – LTC Driving Simulation Lab
Kimberly Collins
Arian Magyar
Dr. Yunfei Huo


Thank you to our prestigious judging panel of professional entrepreneurs, Alan Lewis, Garner Holt, and Michael Samardjiza.

The Challenge is ON IN 2018 CSUSB!

The Annual CSUSB Innovation Challenge competition gives everyone at CSUSB the opportunity to team up, sharpen new ideas, and solve problems. The Event features 2 Open Pitch nights to present your idea, network, form a team comprised of ANYONE from the CSUSB community, and compete for $15,000 in cash prizes at the main event. Interested in this event? It’ll be back next year! START BUILDING your team and your plan of attack!

If you have questions about the competition or entry process, contact Stacey Allis at Phone: 909.537.3217 or Email: stacey.allis@csusb.edu