Sunstone Innovation Challenge

Take the Sunstone Innovation Challenge

The Sunstone Innovation Challenge at CSULB is coming back for 2021-2022. The Sunstone Innovation Challenge is an annual campus-wide business plan competition. We are looking for diverse teams to develop, promote and launch sustainable, entrepreneurial and innovative business ideas through the presentation of a well-crafted business plan that address the core concepts of Desirability, Viability, and Feasibility. The winning team receives support for their business, including $15,000 in seed funding, and space, marketing, legal and accounting services totaling up to $35,000. 


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1ST PLACE: Proto-Lin Violins- Team Lead: Ryon Adams, COTA

Across all cultures, music is a constant. It is a means of gathering, of emotional release, and a mode of expression unmatched in possibility. Among the artistic benefits, music provides cognitive positives. Regardless of age, there are always benefits to mental health when picking up a new instrument. Proto-Lin takes this challenge as an opportunity to design for broader appeal, minimizing the barrier of entry for new musicians. This involves rethinking centuries-old design and updating for modern mass manufacturing techniques like injection molding.

RUNNER-UP: The NIL Collective- Team: Lauren Fitzgerald, Scott Tomlinson, Anthony Angeles, Apostle Enterprise Lab team, COB

With the recent passage of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) legislation, college athletes have been presented with an incredible opportunity to monetize their personal brands. The NIL Collective offers solutions to all of these market segments. We are a trusted marketing and branding agency created “by students and for students,'' dedicated to helping female college athletes brand themselves by providing the tools, resources, and expertise necessary to ensure their future success.


At PAVANAS, we help our customers increase their Annual Energy Production (AEP) and reduce overall maintenance expenditures with a cost-effective, custom-built tape. We use Computational Fluid Dynamic based analysis methods to generate the most effective sizing of our proprietary Vortex Generators.

HONORABLE MENTION: Unstockable- Team Lead: Elizabeth Masso, MBA Student, COB

The team is developing an app in the FinTech space that will focus on financial literacy.  The target is 18- to 30-year-old individuals.


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