May 26, 2017

Sac State Says: Craziest Business Pitches

Top to bottom: Pierre Balthazar, Christopher Vaeches and Anne Fuller (Photos by various photographers. Illustration by Sebastian Cambrey)

What are the craziest ideas that Sac State students have pitched to you or consulted with you on in the past?

Dean of College of Business Administration Pierre Balthazard (Photo courtesy of College of business Administration)

Pierre Balthazard

Dean of the College of Business Administration

“There aren’t crazy ideas, I think some of the best products in the world are sometimes seen as being crazy. Best products I’ve seen are half-baked and sometimes ill-prepared to paint a vision. Sometimes these entrepreneurs don’t realize the amount of work needed to create the idea.”


Christopher Vaeches (Photo by Vu Chau)

Christopher Vaeches

Senior, Entrepreneurship & Marketing Double Major and president of the Sacramento Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs

“One that I thought was funny was a jacket that would turn into a blanket — kind of like a Snuggie, but you could actually wear it and look good.”


Business professor Anne Fuller (Photo courtesy of College of Business Administration)

Anne Fuller

Professor, College of Business Administration

“An exotic fruit import business. The student had relatives in Southeast Asia and was aware that some regulations on fruit importation were changing (but, the class) found that a firm recently opened in Southern California with this exact business model, so I encouraged the student to contact the firm about a northern California expansion opportunity.”


Read about Sac State alums who have started successful businesses or Sac State students who are entrepreneurs themselves. 


This story was produced by the students of the State Hornet Digital Academy: Vu Chau, Ashley Morosky, Sharon Castilo and Sebastian Cambrey.

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Vu Chau

Vu Chau is studying journalism at Sac State and currently the Digital Editor at The State Hornet. He joined the student-run organization as a staff writer spring 2016 and became the culture editor the following fall. Vu has experience working as an intern at Sactown Magazine (summer 2016) and Capital Public Radio (fall 2016). Vu likes to write about everything news and culture. In 10 years, he sees himself confidently striking through the streets of New York City working as an editor for a lifestyle publication. He doesn't like tacos—loves burritos but thinks they should be in a bowl instead of wraps. Vu can be reached at [email protected]

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