At the time Bruce Tromberg began his academic career at UCI as a postdoctoral scholar in 1988, the market for his research, lasers and optics in biology and medicine, was extremely small.
Despite the apparent low market value for such work, the University and BLI founders, Prof. Michael Berns and Prof. Arnold Beckman, saw the significance and worth in investing in the fields of optics and photonics. The founding researchers knew that light could be a very powerful and elegant scientific tool for studying the human body.
Frank Jaksch, Chief Executive Officer of ChromaDex, an innovative natural products company, challenges his employees to always be looking for the next crucial discovery, connection, and ultimately, game-changing molecule. Pterostilbene is one such molecule for the company, with advancements that can be traced back to ChromaDex’s culture of encouraging innovation.
Youngry, a multimedia news startup focused on covering the latest news to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, brought together experts from the local startup and investment ecosystem to educate and answer questions from the audience on Title III as it pertains to Equity Crowdfunding on Thursday evening.
A diverse mix of entrepreneurs, investors, and future startup founders poured into the Cove to learn about Title III of the JOBS Act. The policy went into effect May 2016 allowing startups to raise up to $1 Million dollars every twelve months from a wider mix of investors than previously available.
Gina Heitkamp, CEO and co-founder of Middle School Moguls, strives to create examples for young women interested in technology and entrepreneurship. The origins of the startup began with Gina and her sister/business partner Jenae Heitkamp. Together they developed Middle School Moguls, a multimedia brand that inspires young girls from ages 6-10 to become entrepreneurs and foster an interest in technology.
Imagine spending a summer inside a microcosm of innovation surrounded by industry professionals, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Three months focused solely on exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge, and working together to build the future. This summer, 15 student-interns explored this concept at the Cove through the Intercollegiate Summer Start-Up Program (ISSUP).
On July 13th, the Cove hosted the Orange County chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) to discuss the past, present, and future of Virtual and Augmented Reality. The event’s host was Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, founder of All These Worlds, LLC, a virtual reality project that incorporates storytelling and stress relief for veterans and soldiers. Dr. Morie is a recognized authority in using Virtual Reality (VR) to deliver meaningful experiences that enrich people’s lives. She is an artist, scientist, and educator with advanced degrees in both fine arts and computer science.
A nearly 20-year Inside Sales veteran and executive, Dionne specializes in teaching leaders and organizations how to establish and grow teams through engaging, informative workshops and seminars.
Joe Stafford is an avid entrepreneur in the information technology, cloud hosting, and electronics industries with a successful history applying his financial and strategic planning skills coupled with sales management and marketing to help companies drive earnings, growth, and value.
Marc is a Senior Executive in Biomedical Systems Product Development with broad experience in regulated, life-sustaining systems such as dialysis, plasmapheresis, combination drug and device systems, sterilization, area decontamination, protein modifications, and delipidation.
Monica brings over 22 years of experience in the technology and aerospace industries. Her expertise ranges from space, robotics, to consumer electronics. She’s been involved in research and development in artificial intelligence, networking architectures and hardware, telematics systems, and space systems.
On July 20th, the Cove hosted Tech in Motion for an Orange County tech panel titled, “Data Science – Trusted Relationships and Scientific Innovations.” Tech in Motion is a national event series with the goal of bringing local tech communities together to meet, learn, and innovate. The moderator for the evening was Sean Goodwin, a serial entrepreneur with experience in analytics at several private finance firms (TD Investment Funding & Datacom) and technology in several mobile app startups (DealAppSeo & Fitness Super Pass). The panel discussion explored data science’s application, advancements, and its societal impact.
On July 14, 2016, the Cove hosted 118 eighth grade girls from TechTrek for a series of workshops focused on invention and innovation in STEM fields.
TechTrek is a week-long summer program held at eight campuses across California. The goal is to increase female involvement in math and science with an emphasis on fostering a sustained interest in these fields in their later years. Organized by the American Association of University Women, they hosted their first program at Stanford in 1998.
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.
On the weekend of July 9th and 10th, the Cove hosted WordCamp Orange County. At WordCamp OC, guests networked, collaborated, and immersed themselves in everything WordPress. Attendees varied in experience, background, and discipline. They included designers, developers, bloggers, business owners, writers, and people brand new to the platform.