California State University System Hosting Demo Day Powered by Sunstone

20221021 CSU Demo Day Powered by Sunstone (6)

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunstone Management announced that it is the primary sponsor of today’s inaugural CSU Demo Day. The event, which is open to founders affiliated with any campus of the California State University community, will allow the CSU community to connect with equity and angel investors all in one place. Sunstone’s sponsorship comes through a charitable donation from the Sunstone Community Fund.

The Demo Day will take place from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the campus of California State University, Long Beach.

“Through the Sunstone Community Fund, we are committed to nurturing the early-stage entrepreneurship community within our universities in California, and so we are thrilled to support the CSU Demo Day,” said John Keisler, CEO & Managing Partner of Sunstone Management. “With nearly 500,000 students enrolled in the CSU system each year, the Demo Day is sure to play host to a diverse set of founders from across the state who are the next generation of Californian creators.”

“Partnering with Sunstone to provide a forum for startups from the entire 23 campus system of California State University to pitch to investors in one place is a potential game-changer for innovation in California,” said Wade Martin, of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University, Long Beach.” “The CSU Demo Day pitch event is a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, students and alumni startups to raise working capital or seed round funding to take their idea to market! We are excited to launch this event and believe it will grow significantly in the coming years.”

Twenty-five startups will pitch at CSU Demo Day.


About Sunstone Management: A Financial Times (FT) Americas’ Fastest Growing Company

Sunstone Management is a diversified private capital firm located in Southern California that invests in diverse early-stage technology entrepreneurs who seek to build great companies. We believe in the aspirational power of the American economy to attract and inspire investors and entrepreneurs from throughout the world. We deliver new and exciting opportunities for economic growth through the creation of innovative public-private partnerships, and our unique experience across government, education, and private sectors.

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About Sunstone Community Fund

The Sunstone Community Fund is a Donor Advised Fund managed by the National Philanthropic Trust. It is an important component of Sunstone Management’s vision to advance public-benefit programs that support the development of inclusive and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems. The SCF supports a network of universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that develop and implement university-based entrepreneurship programs, early-stage tech accelerators, and advance local economic development through inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation.

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