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Founders & Investors: Get the New ACA Convertible Note Template

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) has just released a new model convertible promissory note template on their website. The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the use of convertible instruments for early stage financings. The two primary means of effecting these financings are SAFEs (Simple Agreement for Future Financings) and Convertible Promissory Notes (“Convertible Notes”). The former... Read more →

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New OCSC Silver Sponsor: Ardas

Welcome to Ardas, a new Silver Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Ardas is a premier outsourcing software development company with 19 years of experience, dedicated to delivering innovative and customized technology solutions. They have successfully implemented SaaS solutions and marketplaces for over 100 businesses across the US, UK, and Nordic region. Their expertise includes product design, MVP development, AI... Read more →

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Sunstone Management Partner Stella Zhang Delivers Impactful UCI Commencement Talk

Stella Zhang, COO of American Lending Center, Delivers Inspiring Commencement Speech to UCI Business School Graduates IRVINE -- Stella Zhang, COO of American Lending Center, delivered the commencement address Monday, June 17, for the Paul Merage School of Business masters graduates at the University of California, Irvine. Zhang, is an alumna of the FEMBA program, receiving her degree in 2005.... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Startup Company Member: TerraManta

Thank you to TerraManta, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! TerraManta: Platform for forecasting commodity prices using machine learning, starting with crude oil and corn futures. Their business plan is to manage outside capital and trade crude oil futures in a separate trading entity with TerraManta providing an exclusive license. OC Startup Ecosystem Directory Category: Artificial Intelligence AI... Read more →

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OC's TCA Venture Group Announces Recognition of Its Portfolio Companies

TCA Venture Group Portfolio Companies Win Both Categories of Angel Capital Association’s Esteemed Luis Villalobos Award Deep Blue Medical and Ready.Set.Food! honored at the premier annual event for angel investors in May IRVINE, CALIF., USA, May 23, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ -- TCA Venture Group (TCA VG) today announced that two of its portfolio companies, Deep Blue and Ready.Set.Food!, won both categories... Read more →

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Free Pitch Practice Startup Office Hours - Tuesday Noon

Want free expert feedback on your startup investor pitch? Or want to watch others pitch so you can learn how to raise money from angel investors and VCs? June's Free 'Startup Fundraising Office Hours' livestream is Tuesday June 25 at 3pm ET USA time (12 Noon PT). Founders join us to get free feedback on their 2 minute investor pitches... Read more →

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OC LIFe: Changing Tides, Headwinds, and Opportunities Facing Drug Development 6/26/24

OC LIFe aims to connect industry with entrepreneurs and strengthen the life sciences community. Join ULP at OC LIFe for a discussion on how drug development strategies are evolving. Join them Wednesday, June 26 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at The Park Club - inside The Monet Restaurant, 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The rapid increase in drug... Read more →

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OCSC New Startup Company Supporting Member: Entelligage, Inc

Welcome to Entelligage, Inc, a new Supporting Member of the OC Startup Council! Entelligage, Inc - Artificial Intelligence services company focused on pairing proprietary datasets with the power of AI. They build custom solutions that protect a company’s IP while providing white glove service. They are targeting B2B relationships with firms that don’t have a strong AI presence yet and... Read more →

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Irvine's Firebay Studios Unveils “Voice-to-Ad” Feature

‘Canva of audio’ AI startup, founded in Irvine, CA Firebay Studios, an Orange County-based startup aiming to build the “Canva of audio,” has raised an undisclosed amount in a funding round featuring Scott Craig. Launched in 2023 by an ad executive and engineers, Firebay Studios is an audio editing platform designed to streamline radio ad production. The platform includes AI... Read more →

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Orange County's ONSCREEN Announces Partnership with Care Daily

TV Becomes the Caregiver: ONSCREEN and Care Daily Partner on AI-Powered Caregiving Solution on the Home’s Biggest Screen Seamless family-connected care delivered through the familiar comfort of TV, empowering seniors to live well at home. New senior AI caregiver platform can bring peace of mind and improved outcomes. YORBA LINDA, CA, USA, June 11, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ -- ONSCREEN, Inc., a... Read more →

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OCSC Silver Sponsor: KPMG

Thank you to KPMG, a Silver Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! KPMG is passionate about solving the business challenges that keep their clients up at night. The 1000+ professionals in Southern California understand KPMG clients because they have been there themselves. Contact: Ryan Youhan, Business Development - [email protected] - (714) 609-7069 https://home.kpmg/us/en/home/about/offices/orange-county-1.html OC Startup Ecosystem Directory Category: Accounting Thanks... Read more →

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OC CTO TALKS | Happy Hour & Roundtable Discussions 6/20/24

Join The CTO Talks Series on a Happy Hour & Roundtable Discussions in Orange County! Join them Thursday, June 20 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Hangar 24 Orange County, 17877 Von Karman Avenue #Unit 110, Irvine, CA 92614. What Can You Expect From This Meetup Event? For the first time, The CTO Talks Series in Orange County will have a... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Startup Company Member: Cyrano.ai, INC

Thank you to Cyrano.ai, INC, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Cyrano.ai, INC: An artificial intelligence company focusing on improving the quality of conversations, not just transactional QnA. Effective communication is the single biggest advantage an individual or company can have, and they are bringing that ability to everyone. They are currently optimized for commercial deployments, though longer... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Member: Artios Consultants Inc.

Thank you to Artios Consultants Inc., a renewing Member of the OC Startup Artios Consultants Inc.: Fractional finance executives that structure, optimize, and manage business operations that scale with your growth. They work with you "in" and "on" your business to ensure all functions are moving together towards the same vision. OC Startup Ecosystem Directory Category: Startup Advisors Visit this... Read more →

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OCSC Gold Sponsor: Nelson Mullins

Thank you to Nelson Mullins, a Gold Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Nelson Mullins: Expert Legal Counsel to Startups and Investors Nationwide on Formation, Financing, Growth, and Exit. They are globally renowned for their high-quality, responsive, pragmatic representation of entrepreneurial tech, life sciences, and consumer enterprises and the investors who support them. With a compelling value proposition comprised of... Read more →

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UC Irvine Launches UNA-OC Student Chapter: Empowering Global Innovators

UCI ANTrepreneur Center Spearheads New UNA-OC Student Chapter to Advance Sustainability Known for its robust sustainability initiatives, the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) is now offering students a new avenue to get involved and make a difference. The ANTrepreneur Center at UC Irvine has announced the creation of the university’s first student chapter of the United Nations Association of... Read more →

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Renewing OCSC Startup Company Member: Omnigarde LLC

Thank you to Omnigarde LLC, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Omnigarde LLC is a startup company with an aggressive plan to become a leader in the biometric security market using artificial intelligence(AI). In the short period of its inception, OMNIGARDE has demonstrated its ability in building top-tier biometric technologies when compared to the major industry's competition. To... Read more →

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VC Money Management: A Peek Inside Their Spending Strategy

An article we liked from Thought Leader Chris Neumann of Panache Ventures: 🎵 IF I HAD A (HUNDRED) MILLION DOLLARS 🎵 Thinking about how to spend money is something that VCs do regularly. In venture capital, “portfolio construction” refers to how a fund “spends” (invests) its capital. How much is invested in new companies vs. follow-on investments? How big should... Read more →

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KPMG 2024 Tech Innovator Competition - Deadline Approaching!

Are you ready to unleash the power of your tech innovation? If the answer is ‘yes’, entering the fourth annual KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator competition is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. If you’re like most tech innovators, the entrepreneurial journey has taken many routes of exploration and progress. The Private Enterprise Tech Innovator competition is helping to... Read more →

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Crafting Success in the Crypto Universe

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about the technology industry: Navigating Risk: Best Practices for Managing Crypto and Digital Asset Investments The crypto and digital asset market operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Without proper risk management, institutional firms become susceptible to the risk of financial loss by way... Read more →

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