Sunstone CSU Startup Launch

The first annual Sunstone CSU Startup Launch Competition took place on May 6 at the University Student Union on CSULB Campus! Next year it returns and will be held at San José State University.

The Sunstone CSU Startup Launch Competition is a groundbreaking partnership designed to level the playing field for aspiring CSU entrepreneurs. In 2021, the Sunstone CSU Startup Launch Competition brought forth six mission aligned Cal State Universities to plan a regional pitch competition with the largest prize pool specifically for CSU founded ventures. The CSU Startup Launch Competition is the only one of its kind, focusing specifically on supporting and recognizing the entrepreneurial spirit of CSU entrepreneurs.

Student pitching to a group of people


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Who We Are Looking For:

  • For-profit businesses, non-profits, and social enterprises
  • Up to $20,000 dollars in prices per category.
  • Current students or recent graduates (Graduation date must be May 2021 or later)
  • Products, Services and Impact Driven Models
  • We welcome applications from CSUN, CSULB, CSUDH, CSULA, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSUF
  • Interested in participating but don't see your school? Send us an email

**Notice: CSUN, CSULB, CSUDH, CSULA, Cal Poly Pomona, and CSUF are the only campuses participating in YR1 (2022). Other Cal State Universities will be invited for 2023 and on.**


8:00am to 10:00am - Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking

10:00am to 12pm - Concurrent Pitch Tracks

12pm to 1:00pm - Lunch/Judges Deliberation

1:00pm to 2:00pm - Awards

*subject to change



SubmitIt, Team lead: Joshua K, CSUN

Octobit, Team Lead An An Chang, CSUN

PAVANAS, Team Lead Komal Gada, CSULB

The Spacecraft Company, Team Lead Gavin James, CPP

Gotta Go Foods, LLC, Team Lead Rachel Littell, CSUF

10-8 Systems, Team Lead Bryan Ruef, CSUF


Weekly, Team Lead Jonathan Witkowski, CPP

Fility, Team Lead Asger Mathiasen, CSUN

Haze Technology, Team Lead Jason Stone, CSUDH

Split, Team Lead Rudy St. Felix, CSUN

Prospect, Team Lead Raymond Garcia, CSUF

GRIDE, Team Lead Asli Sungur

ClassChat, Team Lead Emanuel Tafese, CSULB


Fresh Vend, Team Lead Jimmy Can Bacelis, CSULA

HSH Vetted Services, Team Lead Libby Donkor, CSUDH

Sustainable Bluefin Tuna, Team Lead Young Yang, CSUF

Familias Unidas, Team Lead Ashley Chetia, CSULA

Unwind–Meditation Trainer, Team Lead Arthur Varin, CSULB

Plants 4 the People, Team Lead Jacob Fry, CPP

Unstockable, Team Lead Elizabeth Masso, CSULB

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