On July 7th, the Cove hosted its Summer Cove Share Fast Pitch Mixer. At this seasonal event, Cove Share teams gave a 90-second pitch on their startups and products to a diverse audience. Cove Share teams included UCI students, researchers, faculty, and alumni working on startups with the support of UCI Applied Innovation. The fast pitch mixer consisted of 29 groups from the Cove Share program.
The event began with opening remarks from Matt Bailey, Director of Collaborative Venturing for UCI Applied Innovation. Following his introduction, each team presented their pitches. Experts in Residence (EiRs) were also in attendance to observe their mentees’ progress by seeing them in action, incorporating the training and guidance they have received while working at the Cove.
After the pitches concluded, Cove Share teams went to their respective booths that were set-up for the audience to visit and interact with. Attendees engaged in product demonstrations and spoke with the teams behind each venture.
“I thought this event was great for Cove Share teams to connect with people who have experience in the field they wish to enter. It was also a fantastic way to network,” said Crystal Sanchez, CEO of Guardian Locket, one of the participating Cove Share teams that pitched at the event.
Karena is a Marketing and Communications intern at the Cove. She contributes to the Cove Currents newsletter and blog in addition to supporting various marketing and design projects for UCI Applied Innovation. She is passionate about media, storytelling. Karena is an undergraduate at UCI majoring in Literary Journalism and minoring in Digital Information Systems and Political Science.