Zuventurez PITCH is open to, not just business majors, but all majors, alumni, faculty, or staff members at Azusa Pacific University. The training and mentorship offered is directed to all entrepreneurial-minded individuals who would like to promote their ideas. If you want to compete in the Zuventurez PITCH competition, submit your pitch deck to the Office of Innovation (


After eleven intensive weeks of workshops, coaching, and pitches, the final seven groups make their last pitch towards our panel of professional judges. This event will be held in UTCC on March 20, 2018. Everyone is welcome, seating is limited.




We hosted YouTube sensation, Zach King! His videos have been going viral for years, and he now has over 23 million followers on combined platforms. Zach came to speak to the APU community on his entrepreneurial success. We were pleased to have him, and are excited to continue to invite him back to campus this fall to launch our sixth season of Zuventurez PITCH.

Date: February 27th, 2018

ATTENTION PROGRAMMERS: We had our first Zuventurez hackathon! This was a great chance for people to learn more about coding and have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow graphic designers and computer programmers to work intensively on software projects. The goal of this event was to create a usable software. The catch, they only had three days to create it.

Date: January 19th – 21st, 2018


Modern Business Building Using Lean Startup
Join MADIA Tech Launch to hear from Sugath Warnakulasuriya, Managing Director of Thalamus Labs. Sugath will explain the right way to build your new venture Sugath will describe how to focus heavily on customer discovery, learn through continuous experimentation, and use inexpensive prototypes (MVPs) to validate your solution and get to product-market fit. Sugath will show how dedication to agile experimentation is the right way to ensure your time and money is directed to what your customers and investors demand.

Date & Time: October 30th, 8:30-9:30PM
Location: Mt. Sierra College, 800 Royal Oaks Dr, Monrovia 91016

Entrepreneurial Success Factors
Join MADIA Tech Launch for an evening exploring the key factors that could lead you to entrepreneurial success. Presented by MADIA Tech Launch, City of Hope, Pasadena Angels, InnovateLA, the City of Duarte, Lab Launch Monrovia, and Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Coalition. All proceeds will be donated to City of Hope to support their translational medicine programs.

Date & Time: November 7th, 7:00-8:30PM
Location: City of Hope, Argyros Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte 91010.

Building a Start-up with Laser Focus
Growing your startup requires funding, perseverance, patience, hard work, and sometimes new strategies and more funding. Please join MADIA Tech Launch to hear from an entrepreneurial leader who has experienced this first hand in leading Ondax, Inc. Randy Heyler, CEO of Ondax since 2010, has grown Ondax to become a world leader in the design and manufacture of specialized semiconductor lasers, filters, and high-performance spectroscopy systems for the industrial, defense, scientific and life science markets. Randy will share his company’s cutting-edge products and the pivots and lessons learned in building the company over the last seven years. Presented by MADIA Tech Launch, InnovateLA, and the City of Monrovia.

Date & time: November 9th, 6:30-8:30PM
Location: Tanner Research , 825 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016.

On Wednesday, October 25th, Skip Vaccarello (A.B., Harvard; MBA, Boston University) is an influential leader of tech companies in the Silicon Valley for over 35 years. Placed in the “Innovation Capital of the World,” Skip has seen the rapid change and growth in tech companies over the last 3 decades, the growth of networking and communications in the early 1990s, the explosion of Internet usage in the late 1990s, and the recent growth in social networking.