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Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition

Pitch Your Ideas to Investors & Business Owners!

All CSUSB Students Are Welcome to Compete

The Student Fast Pitch Competition is an innovative program offered by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) that gives CSUSB students an opportunity to jump-start their entrepreneurial dreams by presenting their business ventures to a panel of investors and entrepreneurs. The annual competition consists of up to 15 student entrepreneurs giving 90-second fast pitches to a panel of investors and other members of Southern California's entrepreneurial community. Each fast pitch is judged for the quality of the presentation and its investment potential.

Submit Your Entry HERE! - Submit Your Entry HERE!

Pitch a Business or Product in 90-Seconds for a Chance to Win!

Entering the Fast Pitch Competition is easy! All you need to do is:

Enter your online application along with up to a 250-word summary of your proposed business concept. You will be notified directly after the entry deadline has been reached if you are selected to be one of the 15 students to compete at the semi-qualifying event. At the qualifying event, you will present to our panel of judges (comprised of investors and entrepreneurs). From there they will determine and select the top 5 students who will receive additional mentoring and coaching in preparation of making their pitch at the 21st Anniversary of Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards gala held the evening of November 15th, 2023.

If you have questions about the competition or entry process, contact Stacey Allis at Phone: 909/ 537-3217
or Email:

/ Student Fast Pitch - The Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition is open to all students at Cal State San Bernardino. Submissions will open soon for 2023!

/ Fast Pitch Finalists are Featured at a Black-Tie Gala - The Top 5 finalists from the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition will deliver their final 90-second pitch presentations on stage at the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards gala to a live-voting audience that determines the top winner and gets your idea heard in an auditorium full of entrepreneurs!

/ Entrepreneur Garner Holt - Garner Holt is the founder of Garner Holt Productions, the world’s leading producer of animatronic figures and theme show attractions with its creations featured in Disneyland parks, Universal Studios, and many more high-profile businesses. He continues to show his dedication to the Spirit of Entrepreneurship and the community every year by sponsoring the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition

What Happens After I Enter?

All student entries will be evaluated by a panel of experts from Cal State San Bernardino's Entrepreneurship program.

From the entries, we will select up to 15 students as semi-finalists who will receive mentoring and coaching in preparation of making a 90-second pitch to a panel of investors at the qualifying event.

At that event, 5 finalists will be chosen to make a final pitch at the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards gala, at which time the cash prizes will be awarded!


The following criteria must be followed to enter the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition:

  1. All students entering must be currently enrolled at Cal State San Bernardino at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. All students will pitch proposed business ideas or businesses that have been in operation less than 1 year.
  3. All submitted materials must be the original work of the student.

The Fast Pitch Review Committee reserves the right to reject any business idea for the following reasons:

  1. Deemed to be in violation of the CSUSB Code of Ethics.
  2. Violates any local, state or national law.
  3. Appears to be pornographic in nature.

All CSUSB Students are Welcome and Encouraged to Compete!

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