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The Alliance for SoCal Innovation recently convened a diverse cross section of innovation ecosystem leaders from across Southern California for an intensive one day conference.

This regional economic development planning workshop focused on uniting and leveraging the diverse and compelling innovation nodes that define the SoCal innovation network. 

With an invitation-only guest list of professionals involved in accelerating So Cal's startup, entrepreneurial, research, and commercialization efforts, the group gathered at the UC Irvine Research Park to generate clarity of purpose, goals, and a coordinated strategy to tackle shared challenges and opportunities for regional economic development. 

New UCI Applied Innovation + University Lab Partners Facilities 

The day began with a tour of the new "Cove" building at UC-Irvine, led by Richard Sudek, Chief Innovation Officer of UC-Irvine.

Tour of the New UCI Cove

The tour included a preview of the new University Lab Partners space - the area's first independent, nonprofit wet lab incubator for life sciences research and startups. 

ULP tour

Leadership Forum

The forum's attendees included 50+ key stakeholders from across the region – e.g. CEOs, founders, industry experts, investors, elected officials and other top policymakers, economic development experts, academics, entrepreneurs, and regional planners.

Andy Wilson Introduces Ecosystem Leadership Forum

Alliance Executive Director Andy Wilson introduced the Leadership Forum Program to the guests. 

SoCal Innovation Leadership Forum

Moderated by the Corporate Accelerator Forum's Diana Joseph, together they spent the day discussing topics of mutual interest and benefit to the region.

Startup Ecosystem Conference

Breakout sessions tackled regional differences and identifying challenges to communications, collaboration, and community-building, as well as growth opportunities.

Startup Ecosystem Investment Discussion

Beautiful real time graphic summaries of event discussions were included!

SoCal Ecosystem Map Graphic

Thanks to the Sponsors

Sponsors for the event included: The Irvine Company, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Verizon Communications, Inc., The Corporate Accelerator Forum (CAF), and SoCal Alliance Regional Development.

Thank you to the Alliance for SoCal Innovation for its leadership in organizing and hosting this unique event to help accelerate our regional innovation ecosystems.



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Looks like a great event!

andy wilson

We were thrilled to be able to convene such a committed group of ecosystem leaders. We are excited to support the work of these important local leaders, but also look to unify our collective efforts so it might have a greater regional impact. Andy Wilson, Executive Director of the SoCal Alliance

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