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By Jeff Pack

Portable toilet product named winner of Quad City Quick Pitch Competition


Last updated 4/26/2019 at 12:24am

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Paul Mangum, the founder of InstaPrivy, was named the winner of the Quad City Quick Pitch Competition Friday, April 19. He is pictured here with the judges of the competition.

After two hours of "quick pitches" from 13 entrepreneurs, the Quad City Quick Pitch Competition Friday, April 19, went straight down the toilet.

That's because a panel of judges chose Paul Mangum as the winner of the contest with his presentation of InstaPrivy, a lightweight, portable toilet system.

For his effective ability to sell, convince and promote his product to the judges, Mangum took home a $500 prize, donated by local businesses. Runner-up Darrell Pickens, founder of Relay, a company dedicated to transforming how truck drivers and trucking companies work together, pocketed $250.

Robert Moran of the Riverside Economic Development Agency announced the winners and told the crowd that both men will move on to compete at the Riverside County Fast Pitch Finale, May 2.

The second annual event was sponsored by Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee and Perris in cooperation with Riverside County and held at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs Exchange.

Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington was one of the judges and also addressed the competitors before the competition.

"I have seen the growth that has occurred in this region of the county," Washington said. "I also understand the real challenges for families to deal with one or more individuals in the family to have to commute more than 30 minutes or an hour and a half, each way, to and home from work.

"This is going to be something that will elevate the quality of life, so I encourage all of you to pursue your dreams," he said.

Washington was joined on the panel by Temecula city councilmember Maryann Edwards, InSoCal Connect's Jay Goth, Perris Mayor Michael Vargas, last year's competition winner Kirsten Gallagher, Murrieta city councilmember Christi White and Menifee city councilmember Dean Deines.

Each contestant had five minutes to present and two minutes to take questions from the judges.

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Paul Mangum, the founder of InstaPrivy, presents his product during the competition.

Mangum's high-energy, sense of humor, plain-speak and personable approach to his presentation clearly won over the judges.

"We created the coolest, portable toilet system ever," Mangum, a Temecula resident, told the audience. "It is super compact, it's lightweight and it was born out of necessity for my own family.

"It sets up in just seconds and due to the gift of an extra two minutes, I'd like to show it to you if you don't mind," he said.

His product resembles a flexible, collapsible laundry basket that expands quickly out of a backpack and contains a collapsible stool and equipment.

Learn more about InstaPrivy at

Learn more about Relay by visiting

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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