FunBand Inc. Wins Best Presentation Award at Tech Coast Angels' Fast Pitch Competition

The Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa was brimming with energy on March 8th for the Tech Coast Angels' Celebration of Entrepreneurship Fast Pitch Competition. With over 160 startups who applied to compete, 12 teams advanced as finalists. The event was largely coordinated and orchestrated by Events Chair, Ora Villalobos, alongside a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Before this evening, teams participated in workshops with mentors from the entrepreneur and investor community in Orange County to refine their pitches. Comprised of seasoned experts, mentors devoted over 20 hours to the teams to prepare them for the competition. Available categories for startups to place included Best Presentation, Most Fundable, Best Overall, and Audience Favorite.  

FunBand Inc. Wins Best Presentation Award at Tech Coast Angels' Fast Pitch Competition

StartUpOC: Second Investor Showcase 2017

On February 22nd at the Cove, the second StartUpOC Investor Showcase sponsored by Applied Innovation, OCTANe, and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. Attendees represented a diverse spectrum of venture capital firms, angel investors, and local ecosystem partners. Participating organizations included EvoNexus, FastStart.studio, and Launchlabs @ Chapman University. Companies that pitched included five established and eight emerging, representing $33.5 Million dollars raised in total. The program format consisted of a ten-minute pitch by each startup, followed by a Q&A afterward. 

StartUpOC: Second Investor Showcase 2017

Angel Capital Association: Western Regional Conference

On Thursday, February 9th, the Angel Capital Association in collaboration with Tech Coast Angels, held their Western Regional Forum at the Cove. The daylong event gathered angel investment groups from across the United States to discuss industry trends, best practices, and the current investment climate.

Angel Capital Association: Western Regional Conference

Executive Next Practices Institute

Cove Resident, multiple industry sector representative and community partner, the Executive Next Practices Institute (ENPI), now in their 9th year, is a nationwide organization comprised of middle to large market enterprise leaders (Board, CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, HR, key executives). They meet regularly in cross-sector, cross-functional, collaborative forums to explore emerging trends and share transformative strategies to keep them ahead of today’s fast-changing marketplace.

Executive Next Practices Institute

Exploring International Collaboration - City of Gumi Lunch & Learn

Exploring potential collaboration between companies in Irvine with the growing industry hub of Gumi, a city located in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, a cross-section of Gumi city representatives, business leaders, and community leaders attended a lunch and learn at the Cove. Gumi industry representatives sought out Applied Innovation for the meeting to connect with medical device startups in the Irvine ecosystem seeking manufacturing partners that would help support the cost of getting an initial product to market.

Exploring International Collaboration - City of Gumi Lunch & Learn

Cove-based UCI startup BottleRocket Secures Over $200,000 in Recent Funding

Cove-based UCI startup BottleRocket has achieved a recent milestone, raising $240,000 from MuckerLab in Santa Monica and $20,000 from Dorm Room Fund. BottleRocket is the first on-demand pickup service that rewards users for recycling at home. Their team believes change starts with each person, which is why they created a simple way for households to redeem California Redemption Value recyclables at the push of a button. Comprised of UCI students and alumni, BottleRocket's team includes Arthur Avetisov, CEO and Co-Founder, Brian Leung, COO and Co-Founder, and Malik Ahmad Co-Founder, CMO. 

Cove-based UCI startup BottleRocket Secures Over $200,000 in Recent Funding

Syntr Health Technologies Advances to Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals

Cove-based UCI startup Syntr Health Technologies is making strides amidst the 2017 competition and pitch season. The UCI-based team has advanced to the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals taking place on March 8th. Out of the numerous startups that have applied, Syntr will be competing with nine other teams and allotted 60-seconds to pitch to a panel of esteemed judges. Additionally, they have been invited to pitch at the LA BioMed Innovation Showcase on March 9th, an event gathering startups from prestigious research institutions throughout California. Organizations participating include LA BioMed, Biocom, California Life Sciences Institute, CalState LA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Lab Launch, Larta Institute, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UCSD, USC, and more. 

Syntr Health Technologies Advances to Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals

UCI Global Innovators Experience & Showcase

The UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) collaborated with UCI Applied Innovation to host a group of nine students from both Kookmin and Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea for a residence program from January 30 to February 21, 2017. The program mission was to provide students with an immersive learning experience that exposed them to business principles, innovative practices, and culture in the United States.

UCI Global Innovators Experience & Showcase

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.

UCI ANTrepreneur Center's: Girlboss Panel 2.0

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. 

Connecting Things: Freelance Panel

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.

New Venture Competition Workshop - How to Transform An Idea To A Business Model

UCI Invests $4.4 Million to Strengthen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Infrastructure

UCI researchers face a gap in the funding and resources needed to commercialize early stage technologies. Leveraging $2.2 million over 3 years in funding through AB2664 legislation, the Bridging Innovations Gaps (BIG) initiative will strengthen our regional innovation infrastructure. The BIG initiative bridges the gap between promising UCI research and commercialization and spurs regional economic development. This investment enhances and strengthens 3 synergistic programs:

UCI Invests $4.4 Million to Strengthen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Infrastructure

The Nifty 50 Websites and Resources for StreetSavvy Business Executives

My business partner, Brian Newton, and I were talking about resources for business executives.  Since I host a segment of a business cable TV Show called EYE on Business (Time Warner/Spectrum), and my section focuses on StreetSavvy Business (from my days growing up on the streets of New York, hence the image to the left), we decided to develop a "Nifty 50" list of those sites and resources that would be ideal for the StreetSavvy Business Executive.   StreetSavvy Business is aimed at finding solutions to complex business problems and by so doing executives are leading their companies in new thoughts, directions, and opportunities.   StreetSavvy Business is a way to prevent companies from regressing to the mean - and worse, mediocrity.

The Nifty 50 Websites and Resources for StreetSavvy Business Executives

Prof. Joyce Keyak

Cancers that begin in the breast, prostate, lung, thyroid and kidney can spread to the vertebrae and weaken them while causing pain to the patient. Gamma radiation therapy to kill the tumor is toxic to bone, spinal cells and nerves, leading to paralysis. Because of this, doctors often delay radiation treatment in patients with metastatic cancer as long as possible, leaving patients in pain as tumors progress.

Prof. Joyce Keyak

Tri-Tech SBDC – SBIR Workshop

On November 15th, Tri-Tech SBDC (Small Business Development Center) hosted a workshop focused on preparing applicants for Phase II of the SBIR and STTR grant application process. Speakers for the evening included Martin Kleckner III, Ph.D., MBA, Senior Counselor for TriTech SBDC and Larry Schultz, Managing Partner of Hein & Associates. Kleckner and Schultz’s combined experience included stints as National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps adjunct faculty and National Institute of Health (NIH) SBIR reviewer, as well as significant financial expertise in the areas of revenue recognition and SEC reporting. The workshop agenda included: the Phase II commercialization plan, accounting requirements, budgeting for Phase II, and the related financial audit. 

Tri-Tech SBDC – SBIR Workshop

CART Symposium

On Tuesday, November 7th, the UCI Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART) gathered the community to the Cove to discuss current autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research practices and findings. CART’s mission is to, “abolish current and future cases of autism, a severe neurodevelopmental disorder, through discovery, implementation, education and advocacy of novel care, so no child is lost to autism.” The symposium provided a forum for meaningful dialogues between families faced with ASD, subject matter experts, and key influencers.

CART Symposium

Method to Characterize Cut Gemstones

The invention uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) to create a three-dimensional map of cut gemstones, both loose and in settings. This map will inform gemologists about the location and characteristics of defects, as well as more accurately measure the weight of cut gemstones that are analyzed in their settings. This information can be used to accurately determine the overall quality and monetary value of cut gemstones.

Method to Characterize Cut Gemstones

UCI Applied Innovation Set to Launch Evolved Design of Incubator Program, Rebranded as Wayfinder

For the past year and a half, the Cove Share program has been home to a variety of UCI-based startups. Through a broad set of available resources, including the Experts-in-Residence Network, teams have built relationships with investors, advisors, and community partners that have paved the path for successful capital raising, advancement of technology, and refinement of their business models, among other significant milestones. During this time, UCI Applied Innovation has also received valuable input and feedback from participants to improve the program for the benefit of all. In the spirit of innovation and change, the Cove Share program will be ending in April 2017, making way for the launch of the new Wayfinder incubator program.

UCI Applied Innovation Set to Launch Evolved Design of Incubator Program, Rebranded as Wayfinder

Modulated Imaging Receives FDA Clearance for Ox-Imager CS System

On January 18th, Modulated Imaging, Inc. announced that it received clearance from the FDA for its Ox-Imager CS technology. This device is designed to assist clinicians with the identification of lower limb vascular issues, so that patients can receive appropriate, timely treatment. With  FDA authorization, Modulated Imaging can now launch the technology at clinical centers throughout the United States.

Modulated Imaging Receives FDA Clearance for Ox-Imager CS System