UCI ANTrepreneur Center's: Girlboss Panel 2.0
On Monday evening, February 6th, UCI ANTrepreneur Center gathered a panel of female entrepreneurs together to share their startup experiences. Focusing on shared challenges among entrepreneurs, attendees learned what it takes to be a “Girl Boss.” Panelists included Amy Jo Pedone of Valenza Chocolatier, Cassandra Miller of See Jane Go, Esosa Agbonwaneten of Bulletin App, Josephine Lee of The Pointe Shoppe Inc., and Mamta Jain Valderrama, author of A Girl in Traffick.
Connecting Things: Freelance Panel
Connecting Things held their first event of the year, sponsored by Design, Inc., holding a panel to discuss freelancing from three different industry perspectives. Born from the idea that makers need a place where they can share, learn, and start collaborations that can feed their skills and passions, Connecting Things is a monthly event series in Orange County, CA and Brooklyn, NY with a goal that attendees leave with a new perspective or meet new people.
New Venture Competition Workshop - How to Transform An Idea To A Business Model
In the third installment of the 2017 New Venture Competition workshops, Matt Bailey, the Director of Communications and Ecosystem Development at UCI Applied Innovation, talked about how to transform an idea into a business model. The 2017 New Venture Competition at the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business and UCI Applied Innovation, is a competition open to all UCI students, faculty, and researchers.
OCTANe - Coffee @ The Cove
On Tuesday, January 7th, OCTANe held its inaugural Coffee @ The Cove event, bringing the entrepreneur community together to network and explore new opportunities to collaborate with one another. Focused on driving innovation by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital, OCTANe provides numerous resources and programs through their Connect, Launchpad, Growth Services, and Capital initiatives.
Fast Forward Competition
From October 5th through November 30th at the Cove, the UCI ANTrepreneur Center and the MORE Foundation brought the Orange County entrepreneur ecosystem together to participate in the inaugural Fast Forward Business Competition. The competition provided students at UCI and anyone from the local startup community a chance to form a team, develop a business plan using existing non-UCI intellectual property, and pitch to a panel of judges. The grand prize included an opportunity to negotiate a licensing agreement for use of the patent as well as a formed business entity. The judges for the competition included long-time entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and a representative from Nantworks which provided the IP.
Ken Fairbanks, Tom Mattoon, Robin Beck
Ken Fairbanks began his career with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of senior sales and business development positions. Most recently, Ken worked for the Duchossis Group, a $2B privately held family holding company located in Chicago. Serving as Sr. Director of Business Development, Ken was responsible for developing and exploring growth strategies across their diverse portfolio of companies. Ken retired from the Duchossois Group in 2014 and now consults with companies regarding IoT and business development.
UCI Career Center - Diversity & Recruiting in the 21st Century
On Friday, December 2nd, Applied Innovation hosted the UCI Career Center at the Cove for their event, Diversity and Recruiting in the 21st Century. The programming for the day centered on providing recruiters a chance to learn how to reach students with employment opportunities in light of the quickly changing recruitment landscape on college campuses.
GPS-BIOMED Pitch Competition
GPS-BIOMED, an NIH-funded program for UCI graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences, hosted their annual elevator pitch competition at the Cove on November 21st. The purpose of the event was to teach graduate students how to: communicate the broad implication of their work, publicize their cutting-edge research to the public, and tell their story in an authentic and engaging way. The competition also served the larger mission of the UCI Graduate Professional Success (UCI-GPS) Initiative which strives to help scientists for a variety of careers within the biomedical research workforce.
The Tech Surge Awards, sponsored by UCI Applied Innovation, is a separate and parallel track of the 2017 New Venture Competition (NVC) the encourages the translation of UCI-generated innovations. To qualify for the Tech Surge Track, participating teams must use UCI intellectual property (IP) as a core element of the venture it is entering into the NVC. Teams in this track will be competing for over $20,000 across four awards as well as for coveted automatic entry into a summer incubator program at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation to pursue post-competition commercialization activity. Teams wishing to enter the Tech Surge Track must register with UCI Applied Innovation by no later than January 23, 2017, one week ahead of the Concept Paper submission deadline of January 30. Tech Surge teams will be giving separate pitches at a to-be-determined date in May. Winners will be announced at the NVC Awards Ceremony on May 12. Throughout the competition process, Tech Surge teams have an opportunity to work closely with UCI Applied Innovation staff to progress their venture and hone their competition materials. Also, Tech Surge teams will also have access to tailored mentorship experiences, special workshops, and other enrichment opportunities will be made available exclusively for Tech Surge participants.
Tech Coast Angels - Inaugural Medical Device & Life Sciences Mixer
On Wednesday evening, November 16th, Tech Coast Angels (TCA) gathered the Medical Technology (Med-Tech) and Medical Device communities together to engage, network, and collaborate with the larger goal of elevating the medical device and technology ecosystem. The event included presentations from UCI's BioENGINE program, an overview of the current Med-Tech and Medical Device industry, along with pitches from emerging startups building traction within the Orange County ecosystem.