Toro Tank winners awarded cash

img_7018Biannual competition gives aspiring entrepreneurs resources to succeed.

By Jocelyne Salcido
Online Staff Writer

A company specializing in the safety of electricians was the grand prize winner at this week’s Toro Tank competition.

This was the second such competition at California State University Dominguez Hills. It is based on the popular TV reality show, Sahrk Tank. Here, students, staff, faculty and the community can audition, pitch their inventions and ideas and have the chance to win prizes and business support.

About 25 people attended thepresentations.The event was two hours long. The six judges included Chair of the Marketing Department Professor Thomas James Norman, Associate Professor in Marketing Kirti Sawhney Celly, both from CSUDH, and others from the community who also have professional backgrounds in entrepreneurship and marketing.

Seven business ideas were presented and there were three winners. Each presenter had eight minutes First place won $500, second place $300 and third $200. All winners will receive free consults with judges to help grow their business ideas.

The winning project was Smart CSM, founded by Craig Caryl and Tyson Schilz. The cloud-based data system stores critical information from electrical outlets and panels. It’s a new way to control the monitor’s status from the anywhere there is internet access. The program also helps protects electricians working with electrical fuse boxes, outlets or panels from suffering injuries or possibly dying.

Second place went to entrepreneurship and marketing senior Jaesen Alfassa, who has come up with Silent 2 Sounds. The device is both earphones and earplugs.

Third place went to Physics Professor Claudio Egalon who has developed Science and Sensors Technology. This device measures the contaminants in fluids using optical fibers. Eglon’s device measures the most samples than any other device in the market.

The audience voted along with the panel of judges, though the outcome was different. In first place was Alfassa, followed by Caryl and Schilz tying with Alina Ugas with The Final Step, facilities that would help people with alcohol problems.

The Toro Tank was led by Executive Director the Entrepenuerial Inistitute College of Business Administration and Public Policy Mike Grimshaw and took place at 1 p.m. April 15 in the Loker Student Union.

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