SPARK SC launches competition for startups

first_imgUSC’s entrepreneurial umbrella organization, SPARK SC, hosted their 1000 Pitches kickoff event last Friday evening.Innovators welcome · Stephen Chen, a junior majoring in computer science, greets students at last Friday’s inaugural 1000 Pitches competition held inside Annenberg’s Innovation Lab. – Zhiliang Zhao | Daily TrojanAn annual competition that began at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1000 Pitches encourages students from all academic disciplines to submit their ideas, or “pitches,” in any of 10 categories including mobile apps, consumer products and small businesses, environment, health, university improvements, education, tech and hardware, web and software, sponsor pitches and research. The competition awards $1,000 to the winner in each of the 10 categories.A contestant pitches an idea by recording a video ranging from thirty seconds to three minutes in length that outlines his or her idea. Each contestant can pitch up to three ideas. Students can either submit their videos online or record at SPARK SC “pitch booths” — camera stations  to be set up on Trousdale Parkway on Tuesdays and Thursdays that allow students to pitch on the spot. The judging panel will consist of L.A. industry leaders who also sponsor the event.In order to get sponsors for the new competition, SPARK SC director of events Calvin LeGassick had to do a lot of pitching of his own. He worked with Adena Bauer, director of communications for SPARK SC, to set up the event. Planning started in early spring and lasted throughout the summer.“We felt that the entrepreneurial activities were really lacking and limited at USC,” Bauer said. “We’re trying to get students from all academic interests to put forth their ideas. We’re trying to foster an environment where students are working together to come up with innovative ideas and projects.”Held in Annenberg’s Innovation Lab, the kickoff event drew nearly two hundred attendees, including students, faculty and sponsors. Representatives from two major sponsors, Cornerstone OnDemand and The Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation, spoke at the event about their unique experiences with entrepreneurship as well as their optimism regarding 1000 Pitches’ potential.Dean Florez, president and CEO of 20 Million Minds, emphasized the need for innovative ideas from young minds.“You know how many millennials are in the United States, right?” he asked. “80 million — 80 million millennials [who have] a better understanding of what the problems are than a lot of guys my age. What’s really interesting about your generation is the fact that you are creating. You’re innovators. In fact, if you’re thinking about Silicon Valley, they have one really big, big problem. And that is [that] most of them are my age. And most of them look to you.”The 20 Million Minds Foundation is a privately funded organization with the goal of developing innovative solutions to improve access, affordability and success for students in higher education. Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson — whose $50 million donation funded the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience in early 2014 — 20 Million Minds supports both nonprofit and for-profit entities as well as policy leaders that advance educational technology.Florez also said that entrepreneurship can benefit from knowledge of the social sciences.“It’s not just about business,” he said. “It’s not just about the next start-up in Silicon Valley that takes off. We need your ideas in education. We need ideas in healthcare. We scour around the world for the best. We want solutions. We expect a solution from you. There’s so many problems in higher ed.”Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Cornerstone OnDemand Adam Weiss also spoke about his experiences in entrepreneurship. Cornerstone OnDemand is a company that offers talent management software to empower members of an organization to maximize skill sets, potential to learn and efficacy to collaborate.“To be an entrepreneur does not necessarily mean you’re starting a company,” Weiss said. “It doesn’t mean you’re recreating the wheel. In fact, at least in my mind, the most successful and interesting innovations are what I call incremental innovations.”He listed ride-sharing company Uber as an example.“Uber uses cars — those existed before,” he said. “Uber uses drivers — those existed before. But incrementally, Uber created almost a whole new area for transportation. At the end of the day, it’s [a] question of responding to the wants that people ask versus solving for needs. It’s sensing what the underlying needs are in society and figuring the solution.”Last year, Cornerstone launched the Cornerstone Innovation Fund as an effort to support promising start-ups that support the company’s vision. Depending the caliber of the pitches, the ideas that come out of 1000 Pitches might warrant the attention of the Cornerstone Innovation Fund.“We’re going to have an incubator in our office where we’re fostering start-ups,” said Josh LeGassick, a solutions architect at Cornerstone and Calvin LeGassick’s father. “I think that we are going to do more as result of the pitches. Depending on how the results end up, we may want to promote some ideas.”After the speeches, four students pitched their individual ideas to the audience as an icebreaker. The pitches included an online internship matching tool, healthy food trucks, an online thrift shopping experience and an alarm that incorporates social media. Following the opening pitches, a camera station was set up to encourage audience members to pitch their ideas immediately if they already had some in their minds.Binh Pham, an undeclared sophomore who attended the kickoff event, said the competition addressed the lack of entrepreneurial opportunities at USC.“I’m glad I found out about this event when I was at the involvement fair,” he said. “The pitches that kicked off the competition were really good. The contest in general is a great addition because I did feel that USC was missing an entrepreneurial aspect. This event has inspired me so that I might even submit a pitch based on some ideas I have.”last_img read more

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WWE RAW: Bobby Lashley and Lana continue love story in latest episode

first_img After the October PPV Hell In A Cell, the Monday Night RAW kicked off with some intense action and unexpected twists in the WWE universe. Lana and Bobby Lashley continued their love story in the latest episode of RAW. In the previous episode Bobby Lashley and Lana shocked the entire WWE fans and Rusev by kissing each other for a quite a healthy amount of time in front of Rusev. It seems that the fans are enjoying the love triangle and WWE may soon book a fight between Rusev and Bobby Lashley.Also Read- WWE Hell In A Cell: Charlotte Flair Wins 10th Women’s Championship Last Updated: 8th October, 2019 13:01 IST WWE RAW: Bobby Lashley And Lana Continue Love Story In Latest Episode Bobby Lashley and Lana continued their love story in the latest episode of RAW. Check out what happened between Lana-Lashley-Rusev love triangle on Monday LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read- WWE: Chris Jericho’s Reaction To ‘Hell In A Cell’ 2019What will happen in future?It seems that WWE is planning something big with the Rusev-Lana-Bobby Lashley love triangle at the moment. The Bulgarian Brute will return to PPV action at the upcoming event of Crown Jewel. Rusev and Seth Rollins will team up as a part of the 10-man tag in Team Hogan vs Team Flair match. However, WWE may also build up the feud between Rusev and Bobby Lashley with Lana as the centre attraction. After the last episode of RAW, fans were assured that Lana and Bobby Lashley are dating each other.Also Read- Brock Lesnar To Bobby Lashley, Wrestlers Who Have Excelled Outside WWE First Published: 8th October, 2019 13:01 ISTcenter_img Written By Also Read- WWE Hell In A Cell: Was Seth Rollins Vs Bray Wyatt The Worst Fight?Did Lana and Rusev break up?For the time being, it seems yes. No one expected Lana to pair up with someone else but during the last RAW, the equation changed when Bobby and Lana got into a liplock. However, in this week’s RAW things went further ahead when Lana and Bobby Lashley were seen together on Lana’s bed. The video was shown when Rusev was in the ring and the Bulgarian Brute got distracted after seeing his wife with Bobby Lashley on their bed. In the video Bobby Lashley explained that Lana decided to leave Rusev and choose Lashley since Rusev was sending a lot of their money back home in Bulgaria. However, Lana added more fuel to the fire by claiming that everything she and Rusev owned was in her name and she was taking it back. Rusev was in utter shock throughout with nothing to do and snapped on both Randy Orton and Baron Corbin. COMMENT Raj Sarkar FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Leicester move closer to EPL title, Spurs humble Man U

first_img United look unlikely to be with them, given that cross-town rivals Manchester City are four points ahead in fourth place. As things are progressing, record 20-time English champions United could see Leicester guarantee the title by winning at Old Trafford in three games time. Leicester are in unfamiliar territory but not showing it. There are no nerves, no sign of anxiety from Claudio Ranieri’s team. Some observers suggested the manager was crying when he entered the field after yesterday’s fifth successive win. “It’s fantastic when you see before the match a lot of old ladies with Leicester shirts outside the stadium,” Ranieri said later. “I said, ‘Unbelievable, they came from Leicester to support us.’ That is emotional; that is fantastic; that is football. “I want, through you, to say thank you for the support. It’s unbelievable. They are amazing. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream. But to do this, we must be concentrated.” It’s looking bleak for Sunderland, who are four points from safety but with a game in hand over Norwich. There was little at stake in yesterday’s third game apart from Liverpool gaining confidence ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which is locked at 1-1. Liverpool dislodged Stoke from eighth place by beating the Anfield visitors 4-1. Alberto Moreno’s fine Liverpool opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic in the 22nd minute. But Daniel Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead before half-time and substitute Divock Origi netted twice after the break. POOR CHANCES FOR UNITED LONDON (AP): Leicester’s first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved yesterday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itself. Jamie Vardy’s double at Sunderland sealed a 2-0 victory that guaranteed a coveted top-four finish. Leicester remain seven points clear at the top and are starting to resemble a Premier League thoroughbred with their effortless march to a first title. This isn’t what a title run-in should look like for a team yet to win the league title in its 132-year history and were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Tottenham are waiting to pounce on any slip-up by Leicester. The second-place London club responded to Leicester’s Sunderland success by ending a 15-year wait for a home win over Manchester United. A 3-0 victory was secured by Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring within five minutes, 46 seconds in the second half. It pushed Tottenham a step closer to joining Leicester in the Champions League next season, having only featured in Europe’s top competition once before.last_img read more

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