YouTube personality Zach King will speak to Azusa Pacific University students about his entrepreneurial success on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 7-8 p.m. in Wilden Hall, located on East Campus at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa. With 23 million followers, King’s six-second videos, digitally edited to look as if he is doing magic, capture the imagination of his viewers and demonstrate his artistic genius. APU’s Zuventurez program hosts this unique event.
Following King’s visit, APU’s top five student and alumni teams will pitch their startup ideas to a panel of judges who have entrepreneurial and/or angel investment experience. The top teams compete for a $15,000 prize on March 20 at 7 p.m. in Upper Turner Campus Center, also on East Campus.
Four years ago, the Office of Innovation launched Zuventurez to support emerging entrepreneurs and startup founders by offering a platform to create, test, and pitch business plans. Undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to dream, build, and launch their bold startups that make a difference in the marketplace. Today, Zuventurez offers two programs to help entrepreneurs: PITCH and INCUBATE. To further support business-minded students, the university recently launched a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship.
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