Innovation Challenge

Take the Sunstone Innovation Challenge

The Sunstone Innovation Challenge at CSULB 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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Information 2021 Meetings

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Feb. 15: Business Plan Due (First round)
March 1: Semifinalists Announced
March 11: Semifinalist Pitch Event
March 15: Revised Business Plans Due
March 26: Finalists Announced
April 8: Finalist Pitches

Apostle Incubator 2021 Meetings

Jan 19 – “Reconnect, Update & Thinking”
Jan 26 – "Prototyping & Technology"
Feb 2 – "Pricing your Product/Service" 
Feb 9 – "Shared Decision Making"
Feb 16 – "Funding your Startup"
Feb 23 – "Sharing Ownership"
Mar 2 – "Social & Digital Marketing"
Mar 9 – "Branding"
Mar 16 – "Pitching your Business" 
Mar 23 – "Intellectual Property Protection"
Apr 6 – "eCommerce Strategies"
Apr 13 – "Legal Structures"
Apr 20 – "PitchFest Competition"
Apr 27 – "LB Opportunities & Ecosystem Mixer"
May 4 – "Creating an Inclusive Culture"
May 11 – "Coaching & Wellness Revisited"
*program is subject to change

Congratulations to the Winning Teams

PeriDeals founders

Two startups, PeriDeals (pictured, right) and White Rabbit, beat out over 40 teams to land first and second place in the 2020 Sunstone Innovation Challenge. Read about other winning teams.

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