LA and OC Startups Raise (Almost) Record Cash in 2018

2018 brought the most growth capital investing to our region since 2000, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers and CB Insights, which published their annual "MoneyTree" report of regional venture capital trends and figures last week. The overall number of funding transactions in the Los Angeles/Orange County region decreased slightly (to 419... Read more →

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Startup Grind Irvine hosts Author Steve Glaveski

Startup Grind Irvine is hosting Steve Glaveski for a Fireside Chat. Please join us on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Eureka Building in Irvine, California. Featuring speaker Steve Glaveski, entrepreneur, author, and podcast host, along with Host, Jessica Acosta Jaquez, Startup Grind Director.... Read more →

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Startups: The Irvine Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you

OC entrepreneurs: You can help the city of Irvine and Orange County grow by sharing your insights and startups needs. On Tuesday, January 15th from 10AM-4:30PM at PeopleSpace, the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and partner Horizon Consumer Research will be interviewing local startups and early stage companies. Stop by and... Read more →

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Easy Comment Contest for Free Conference Passes!

Reminder: We have FREE PASSES for the Startup Grind Global Conference for you! If you'd like to attend one of the most dynamic and inspiring startup events in the world in February for FREE, read this post: https://www.ocstartups.org/2018/12/startup-grind-global-conference-ticket-giveaway.html Your odds of winning are very good! Just click through here for... Read more →

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Date Change: Speed Dating with Investors now MARCH 21

UPDATED DATE: Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) is hosting "Speed Dating with Investors" in Orange County. On Thursday, March 21, 2019, TCVN is giving entrepreneurs a chance to make personal pitches to a variety of investors. The format will allow startup founders to share multiple, short, one-on-one presentations to multiple... Read more →

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Bob Genthert Named Managing Director of EvoNexus

Bob Genthert, Co-Founder of ecoATM, has been appointed Managing Director of EvoNexus in Irvine. Southern California's leading startup incubator, EvoNexus encourages entrepreneurs to turn their inspiring ideas into fundable, commercially-viable companies. Bob Genthert was the Co-Founder of ecoATM, has 35 years of experience including CFO and SVP roles at Fortune... Read more →

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MasterMinds OC Entrepreneur Startup Accelerator #21

You're invited to another MasterMinds Startup Q&A Workshop - only for Orange County entrepreneurs. Join us on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the WeWork Irvine Spectrum offices. At the MasterMinds OC Startup Accelerator Workshops you'll meet a friendly group of local entrepreneurs, startup founders,... Read more →

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Welcome to the #GrowthOC startups blog!

Don't you agree that Orange County needs more coverage of all its exciting startup success stories? Our new blog is here to help! We're dedicated to sharing news from new local ventures that are powering up the OC technology ecosystem. The OC Startup Council is now blogging to help you... Read more →

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Startup Grind Global Conference Free Passes Giveaway!

Want to join us at the Startup Grind Global Conference in Redwood City in February for FREE? This inspiring conference brings 8000+ startup lovers together every February for 2+ days of inspiration, education, networking, and parties. Learn more about attending the Startup Grind Global Conference here. WIN FREE TICKETS We... Read more →

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New OCTANe Board of Advisors

The Orange County Technology Alliance (OCTANe) recently announced a new Chairman and Board of Advisors. The Aliso Viejo-based technology and life sciences accelerator appointed Jim Mazzo, Global President of Ophthalmic Devices of Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., as the OCTANe Chairman, effective January 1, 2019. Mazzo has been elected for a... Read more →

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2018 SVBs State of the Markets Fourth Quarter Free Report

Want to know what's in store for the global Innovation Economy? Check out Silicon Valley Bank's latest State of the Markets quarterly report here. It covers the latest trends and market factors for innovative growth companies, investors, and their advisors. 2018 Fourth Quarter "In the face of heightened geopolitical concerns,... Read more →

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Vincit acquires Devise Interactive

Vincit, a software development and design company based in Irvine, Palo Alto, and Finland recently acquired Devise Interactive, an award-winning Irvine-based agency focused on brand strategy, UI/UX and software development. “Orange County is a well-known hub for many leading food and restaurant brands. With Devise Interactive we have even stronger... Read more →

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Unconfirmed: Big valuation bump for OC's fintech startup Acorns?

Acorns Grow Inc. is rumored to be seeking new funding from investors that would give it an estimated worth of $700 million. An exciting Orange County-based growth startup that offers digital wealth management services, Acorns is said to be raising more than $100 million in a new investment round. According... Read more →

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BlackBerry buys OC Cybersecurity AI leader Cylance

BlackBerry Limited recently announced it was acquiring Cylance, Orange County's artificial intelligence and cybersecurity leader, for $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by February 2019, pending approvals and closing conditions. Founded in Orange County in 2012, Cylance's cybersecurity software uses artificial intelligence, algorithmic science, and machine... Read more →

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