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Win up to $50,000 in value, including $10,000 in seed funding, to make your idea happen.


The CSULB Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from across the university to make a difference in our local and global communities through innovation. Program activity has begun for the 2014-2015 competition.

In addition to the seed funding, you can win office space, marketing services, and more. See awards and recognition, click here to learn more.

Coming up: Come learn about other funding opportunities for your business idea. Attend an info session this Thursday at 4pm at the Niggli Conf. Center (ECS-312) to hear more from representatives from Long Beach City College and the Innovation Fund SoCal. Click here to see details.

News & Updates

Hear about last year's winner and his app roll out!!
Daily 49er Article

Read this interesting article about how to focus your market and make your business a success:
LinkedIn Article

Office Hours began on September 17. Every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm and Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm in EN-2 300-D. Stop by! If you want to ensure a certain time during office hours, write to us with your request at: innovate@csulb.edu

Idea Generation - Click here to learn more about how to come up with a business idea or to see if your idea is worth pursuing:
Business Ideas
Idea to Business
Tech Entrepreneurship

CSULB is excited to announce an opportunity for students with innovative ideas. The CSULB Innovation Challenge provides resources for students to put their ideas into action.

If you have a business idea you believe could be a success, enter our Challenge and make your idea happen.

See the timetable for important dates and deadlines.

InFluidS Named 2014 Winner!!!

Influid Wins
Influids team members, Shahab Taherian (second from the left) and Jeremy Bonifacio (in the middle), along with Dr. Forouzan Golshani, Dean of the College of Engineering (far left), Mike Baghramian ,Chairman of the Innovation Challenge Advisory Committee (second in on the right) and Dr. Hamid Rahai, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering (far right)

InFluidS was announced as the winner of the 2014 Innovation Challenge at the April 10th Awards Event. Three other teams made the Final Four and had the opportunity to present to a panel of judges who selected the winner. The Final Four were:

InFluidS -Led by Shahab Taherain, and includes team member Jeremy Bonifacio, is a company that plans to bring clarity and insight to pulmonary physicians' most complex diagnostic challenges through easy, accurate and reliable computer simulations.

Orbital Dynamics -Led by Darin Koblick, and includes team members Sara Bordbar,Maribel Francisco and Clinton Sylvestre II, provides a menu of algorithms coded in MATLAB. The online e-commerce approach targets those in education, government and the commercial marketplace.

TooferMe -Led by Alexandro Gracia, and includes team member Issac Pineda, developed and produces a multi-functional dog leash is already making sales in the multi-billion dollar pet marketplace.

Uncharted Innovations -Led by David Chen, and includes team members Tim Mraz, Rigoberto Pulido and Lauren Takayama, have developed a travel toothbrush where portability, convenience, durability and style exceed those currently on the market.


Waiting for the announcement
Waiting for the Announcement of the Winning Team
Members of all of the Final Four teams anxiously wait for the judges to announce the winner

A crowd of about 100 people attended the Event, including Bob Foster, the Mayor of the City of Long Beach; Don Para, University President; members of runner-up teams, sponsors, mentors and friends and family.

Each team had 15 minutes to present their business plan and the judges had 10 minutes to ask questions. Once all the presentations were complete, the judges deliberated for what they said was an extremely difficult decision. All the teams were very impressive and have the potential to be great businesses.

The winner will receive $10K in seed funding for the business and up to $40K of in-kind services, such as legal, Intellectual Property protection, accounting and tax. In addition, they will have access to University resources, such as an office on campus, and be mentored over the next 12 months.

For more information, please write to innovate@csulb.edu.