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Business Law Society Hosts First Annual Drive: Pitch & Mix Event

April 16, 2014

Business Law Society Hosts First Annual Drive: Pitch & Mix Event

On Friday, March 28th, the Business Law Society hosted DRIVE 2014, its first annual Pitch & Mix event. The combination Pitch-Night/Mixer saw student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges in a format akin to ABC’s SHARK TANK before receiving feedback in the form of questions and dialogue about their businesses.

Business ideas ranged from health sciences—including intravenous vitamin therapy and a cure for cancer—to e-commerce and social networking portals aimed at taking a piece of the market away from companies like eBay and MeetUp. Moreover, a couple of the businesses even featured a legal bent: one a new tax software solution founded by a practicing tax attorney and the other a non-profit organization aimed at providing victim-support during the period following prosecution. David Duwe, a German student pursuing his MBA at San Diego State University, won the competition with his pitch for Aspyrian Therapeutics, a new start-up based in San Diego that focuses on developing novel, targeted therapies for cancer treatments.

Following the Pitch contest, guests were invited to the 3rd floor lobby for a Business Mixer wherein local entrepreneurs could connect with business-minded students from the San Diego legal community.

Business Law Society at Thomas Jefferson School of Law was founded in 2013 for the purpose of creating a forum wherein a marriage between the academic and the applied may take place. The Business Law Society provides opportunities for its members to gain valuable knowledge about Business Law and provides a mechanism for these students to develop the skillset required for a successful career in Business Law. 

The programs are aimed at increasing legal awareness and support for the students involved with our organization while providing an opportunity for students to share and exchange ideas concerning Business Law. Through this, they are introduced to other business-minded law students and exposed to different career options as they get connected with the local business community within San Diego. By allowing our students the chance to meet those who have gone before and forged their own paths to success, we are creating an occasion for students to get a hands-on look at how to carve out their own piece of the market. Moreover, by inviting businesses to join us, we are fostering relationships that will have real-world implications as we prepare the next wave of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

If you are interested in learning more about the Business Law Society or would like to join the organization, please email