CSE students with an idea for a new app or business venture may want to attend the Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship's Open House this Thursday, Jan. 15. The center is also inviting CSE and other UC San Diego students to participate in a PitchFest during the Open House, delivering a maximum 60-second pitch for a business idea. The Open House starts at 11:30am in room B210 in the basement of the CSE Building. The Pitchfest begins at 12 noon.
The event will give students an opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs (or entrepreneurs-to-be), including representatives from many of the 40 startups now part of the Moxie Incubator. (All teams in the incubator are allowed to compete for the annual Zahn Prize, which awards up to $20,000 to winning startups.) No applications or sign-ups are required for the Thursday event, but attendees are invited to deliver a one-minute pitch with the idea for a startup. According to the Moxie Center, "a business pitch is not about technology, but the value it would bring to customers." Attendees are also allowed to sit back and watch the pitches, then vote for the audience favorite (who is awarded a $50 prize). The judges' selection will walk away with $100. The event is open to students, staff, faculty and community members, but the Pitchfest competition is limited to UC San Diego students only.