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.
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 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.
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).
A UCI team, led by Chemistry Ph.D. candidate Mya Le Thai, had an incredible breakthrough, overcoming this obstacle through a combination of hard work and serendipity while experimenting with nanowire coating. The discovery, which has garnered international attention in both scientific circles and popular culture, moves us closer to a day when batteries might not need replacement. In particular, the breakthrough holds promise for commercial batteries used in computers, smartphones, appliances, cars, and spacecraft.
Brett Goldsmith, a UCI alumnus, and his partner, Ross Bundy, have revolutionized the medical field with their company, Nanomedical Diagnostics, or Nanomed.
Based out of San Diego, Nanomed created a graphene-based biosensor called AGILE technology that provides medical professionals with increased diagnostic accuracy and speed at a fraction of the current cost. Graphene, the invention that won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, is a single atom thick layer of bonded carbon.
UCI alumni Esosa Agbonwaneten, founder of Bulletin LLC, Kimberly Veliz and Nicole Mendoza, co-founders of Slapband Vitals, and Kathy Eiler, Director of Federal Relations for UCI, all were invited to the White House to participate in and explore the National Maker Faire.