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.
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.
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.
To kick off a month full of events, Connecting Things held a panel discussion at the Cove on June 1st about Creatives in Tech. The packed house came to hear panelist thoughts on creativity and innovation, as well as mingle and network before and after the event.
Aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Orange County came together at the Cove on June 24th for Startup Weekend Orange County. The event is a competition that puts creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit to the test as teams compete to develop a business model over the span of a weekend. Startup Weekend is a fairly well-known competition, and regularly holds events in a number of different cities and counties in countries all over the world.
The 2nd Annual UCI Blackstone LaunchPad ANTrepreneur Awards honored dedicated UCI entrepreneurs for their hard work throughout the year.
The night began with opening remarks from David Ochi, Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad, who welcomed the audience and described the format of the ceremony. “We have structured this event like an Oscars; in other words, there is not one ANTrepreneur of the Year Award that we just honor one person for being the best ANTrepreneur of the Year,” Ochi explained. “There’s a Best Movie but there’s also a lot of other awards, and that’s really designed to help you to see what other ANTrepreneurs are doing that really are outstanding efforts in areas of entrepreneurship.”
The Medical Technology and Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) brought UCI Applied Innovation, the UCI Office of Research, and interested entrepreneurs together to learn about MTEC and opportunities to pursue consortium project funding.
The day began with a network lunch, where guests were able to meet and connect with others interested in the medical technology field, and then everyone gathered in the Beach to hear Kristen Pugh introduce the guests to MTEC and the presenters.
On June 9th, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and material science students presented their senior designs at the BioENGINE Device Design Symposium, the culmination of several months of hard work and collaboration with UCI Applied Innovation. The event recognized the hard work of the seniors by providing them the opportunity to display their work and win the Capstone Design Awards and BioENGINE fellowships.
Brews & Brains celebrated its One Year Anniversary at the Cove with talks from UCI Professors, drinks, and science trivia. The night began with opening remarks from co-founder and Mechanical Science graduate student researcher Mike Bryant.
Bryant discussed the group’s origins and presented a video from Sandra Tsing Loh, the host of science radio program “The Loh Down on Science”. Loh and her science communications class inspired Bryant and Pharmacology graduate student researcher, Nayna Sanathara, to create Brews & Brains. Since March 2015, the organization brings together UCI graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to help them augment their communication and public speaking skills. Every other Tuesday, they discuss their innovative research and practice presenting it in TED style talks in front of a supportive audience.
A mixer at the Cove hosted by Tech Coast Angels and K5 Ventures, both Cove ecosystem residents, gave entrepreneurs the chance to network with investors on June 27th. The event focused on relationship-building, meeting and pitching investors.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) hosted an Innovation Forum on June 30th which focused on technology transfers through local universities and how to apply them to commercial use.
The morning began with a presentation and an introduction of the AMP SoCal program from the moderator, Libby Williams, the Project Manager for AMP SoCal, located at the USC Center for Economic Development.
The UCI Mobile Data Science Hackathon brought together over 85 student and industry participants who hacked big data over the weekend of May 14-15th. The inaugural Hackathon was founded by the UCI ICSSC (Information and Computer Science Student Council), the UCI Data Science Initiative, and M2Catalyst, LLC. The event was created to foster collaboration and support the newlyminted data science major.
Blackstone LaunchPad hosted an event promoting female entrepreneurship and future Girlbosses at the Cove on May 18th. The event featured a panel of successful female entrepreneurs who shared their experiences as women in power and inspired women to launch their own business. The event focused on the women panel who answered questions on topics ranging from entrepreneurship and networking to gender issues and being a woman in business.
The fifth annual IEEE GameSIG took place at the Cove on May 7th. GameSIG is a Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase that allows Southern California college game developers to present their best studentdeveloped video games to an elite judges panel of video game professionals. The Cove’s state of the art video displays and space allowed the attendees to see each of the finalists’ games up close and in person.
Over $100K in cash and in-kind prizes was split among twelve student-led entrepreneur teams that took top prizes at the 2016 Paul Merage School of Business - Business Plan Competition. The event was hosted at the Cove and cosponsored by UCI Applied Innovation and the Paul Merage School of Business. Community business leaders serving as judges awarded winners in numerous categories after a full day of pitches by 39 finalists out of an initial pool of more than 80 applicants.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Janssen BioTherapeutics put on a half-day series of presentations that explored the necessary requirements and considerations to achieve a successful biologic Investigational New Drug (IND) Application.