Smith Center Start-It UP!

Start-It UP! Series Overview

Each year, the Smith Center organizes the Start-It-UP! Series with the UP! Club, where student entrepreneurs are mentored to create the perfect pitch for their startup. Students attend a series of workshops to develop their ideas and prepare to present to a panel of judges made up of VCs, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and industry leaders for a chance to win $10,000 in prizes.*  

*Subject to CBE approval and not a cash prize.

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Start-It-UP! offers students at Cal State East Bay a place to collaborate, innovate and support each other's aspirations; whether that is creating their own start-up or working with a team to realize theirs.

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Start-It UP! Series Has Launched!

Launch Month
Start-It-UP! Steps to Submit

2022 Start-It UP! Series Calendar of Events

(Click on title of each event to register)

Feb01

Start-It UP! Launch Month

Get to know more about the UP! Club, how to enter the Pitch Day Competition 2022, how to get accesss to exclusive events*, and career opportunities

Mar22

Start-It UP! Launch/Ideathon

With guest speaker Gary Prioste- President of Cloud Solutions at Quisitive.

Apr07

Q&A Session : Problem Identification + Market Research

Start-It UP! teams learn about finding a need for a business to address, researching and estimating the market size for the business idea, and work on related parts of the pitch deck. Resources to be used: https://bit.ly/1st-Workshop https://bit.ly/2nd--Workshop

Apr12

Startup Grind

Exclusive Access Apr 12-13* Sign up at the Start-It UP! Launch/Ideathon event on Mar 22nd or contact us directly.

Apr18

Q&A Session : Solutions + Final check before submission

Teams learn about proposing commercially viable products/services and delivery systems; they work on a symbolic prototype and related parts of the pitch deck. Resources to be used: https://bit.ly/3rd-Workshop

Apr24

Submission Deadline for Pitch Decks

Access the Pitch Deck Template using the link above.

Apr26

Pitch Day Finalists Announced

May05

Pitch Day

Finalists present in front of a panel of judges and a winner will be chosen. CLICK ON THE EVENT NAME (PITCH DAY) TO RSVP.

Start-It UP! Success Story

sophia-romanova-weissman-picture.jpgI can confidently say that the Smith Center's Start-It-Up! Series and pitch competition changed my life. Half a year prior to this Series, with the help of a team, I designed a card game that expands emotional intelligence, soft skills, and improves the quality of in-person communication. Playtesters loved it and there was a need for it in this world, but I didn't establish any plans to bring it to market because there was nothing giving me that direction and push. Then came the Start-It-Up! competition.

The Start-It-Up! Series gave me the opportunity to turn a passion project of mine into a career upon graduation. Participating in the workshops and winning second place in the competition fueled my ambition to dedicate my all to this product. I received fantastic mentorship from the Smith Center directors, Christian Roessler and Izzet Darendeli, and advisor Tim Wat. They genuinely cared about the success of our startup idea and provided constructive, practical feedback.

The workshops guide you in developing a business around your idea through an accelerated process which is challenging yet rewarding. We accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. The opportunity to conquer a challenge like this simply isn't possible in a typical classroom setting. The pitch competition was the highlight of my student experiene.

Sophia (Romanov) Weissman, CEO of Jest

Past Finalists

Bonty
Bonty
Bonty
Bonty

A gentle approach to skincare.

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CreARTivity
CreARTivity
CreARTivity
CreARTivity

We will help you inspire your inner artist, so you can create life’s masterpieces!

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EzTruckin
EzTruckin
EzTruckin
EzTruckin

Helping truck drivers adapt to the technology era.

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GIG-E
GIG-E
GIG-E
GIG-E

A next generation gig marketplace that provides an all-inclusive solution for “on-demand” employment and economic opportunities.

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Hook It UP
Hook It UP
Hook It UP
Hook It UP

Easy way for students to complete tasks.

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Iniso
Iniso
Iniso
Iniso

Impacting society not only in Etinan, Nigeria, but in the world at large.

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Jest
Jest
Jest
Jest

Ridiculously funny way to expand emotional intelligence and social skills.

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Lend-A-Hand
Lend-A-Hand
Lend-A-Hand
Lend-A-Hand

An AI based credit scoring, risk assessment and tracking system that enables POS financing through merchants within minutes.

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Mayvenn Hair Artelligence
Mayvenn Hair Artelligence
Mayvenn Hair Artelligence
Mayvenn Hair Artelligence

Dynamic style options with unique tailored results for each user.

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PentaRx
PentaRx
PentaRx
PentaRx

Better Data. Better Health.

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Play2Save
Play2Save
Play2Save
Play2Save

An affordable monthly subscription for our sustainable toy.

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Shelter Tonight App
Shelter Tonight App
Shelter Tonight App
Shelter Tonight App

Providing a dynamic easy to use app in real time connecting available resources for homelessness.

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Student Engine
Student Engine
Student Engine
Student Engine

Inspire, engage, achieve.

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