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Founders - What do you think of these JOBS Act 4.0 Proposals?

Ten years ago the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 was signed into law providing expanded pathways for capital formation for small businesses and startups. While the JOBS Act represented a significant legislative step, many businesses still struggle to raise needed capital and struggle with costly regulatory burdens, particularly following the pandemic. Republicans on the Senate Finance... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels Announces Alliance with MEDA Angels

Alliance Between Tech Coast Angels and MEDA Angels Expands Investment Opportunities, Deal Flow and Provides Additional Capital Collaboration between the two acclaimed angel groups adds new deal flow, equity investment, and unique expertise in medical and healthcare markets IRVINE, CALIF. AND WASHINGTON (PRWEB) MARCH 29, 2022 Tech Coast Angels (TCA) and MEDA Angels (MEDA) today announced that MEDA will become... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels Orange County Elects New President for 2022-2023

Lisa Walker Elected President of Tech Coast Angels Orange County Lisa Walker has been elected president of Tech Coast Angels Orange County for 2022-2023. She is the first woman to lead the chapter in its 25-year history. Tech Coast Angels Orange County (TCA OC) today announced that Lisa Walker has been elected president of the angel network chapter for 2022-2023.... Read more →

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Irvine's Pismo Ventures Announces NVPC Winners

Pismo Ventures' National Venture Plan Startup Competition Announces Winners National Event Provided Startup Businesses Unprecedented Access to Venture and Investment Industry Experts for the Second Year in a Row IRVINE, CALIF. (PRWEB) JANUARY 06, 2022 EcoSoul Home and SFA Therapeutics (1st place tie,) Eyedaptic (2nd place,) and Cooler Heads (3rd place) named as winners in the second annual National Venture... Read more →

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Orange County's Givsum Announces Opening of a $2 Million Seed Round

Givsum, Inc. Announces A $2 Million Seed Round Led By VC Fund SteelBridge Labs Givsum receives funding to accelerate growth, while launching its new online auctions feature. Newport Beach, CA: Today, Givsum announces a new $2 million Seed Round of financing, led by VC Fund SteelBridge Labs. Givsum is an all-in-one platform that helps charitable organizations save time and money... Read more →

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Harvard Business Review: Peek Into the Role of a Venture Capitalist

An article we liked from the Harvard Business Review: How Venture Capitalists Make Decisions An inside look at an opaque process Summary. For decades now, venture capitalists have played a crucial role in the economy by financing high-growth start-ups. While the companies they’ve backed—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and more—are constantly in the headlines, very little is known about what VCs... Read more →

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National Venture Plan Competition: Final Winners

Starting with 185 Companies and Ending with 10 Competitions Ends by Choosing the Top 3 The National Venture Plan Competition offers startups one the biggest opportunities to raise capital by fast-tracking them to present to many investor groups, angels, and VCs. After the last year’s competition, millions of dollars were invested in several companies by investors, angels, angel groups, VCs... Read more →

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Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs - OC Happy Hour 11/16

Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California is having its first Orange County Happy Hour event. Stanford alumni - come to meet fellow Stanford entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, and investors! We'll be mingling and discussing the latest startup trends, news, investing opps, and local companies. Tuesday, November 16, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Newport Beach Location provided with RSVP (This is an... Read more →

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OC's New BankTech Ventures Announces Managing Director

New BankTech Ventures Fund Names Entrepreneur & Fintech Investor Managing Director Carey Ransom to lead the innovative fund built specifically for community banks by a unique group of partners in the community bank ecosystem. IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BankTech Ventures, LP, (BTV) a venture capital fund with general partners from The Venture Center, the Independent Community Bankers... Read more →

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Upgrading Executive Level OCSC Investor: Title3Funds

Thank you to Title3Funds, a renewing, upgrading startup investor Executive Member of the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory: Based locally in Laguna Beach, Title3Funds provides online capital formation utilizing Title III of the JOBS Act, Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF). Title III of the JOBS Act opened startup investing to EVERYONE, regardless of income, with SEC protections. Title3Funds has cracked the... Read more →

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Your Startup Friends? Your Accountant? Your Investors? Your Lawyers?

Everybody has a network: Your boss, colleagues, mentors, lawyers, investors, accountants, classmates, startup friends… Could you please forward this newsletter to them with a quick invitation to subscribe for free? We could use your help expanding the reach of the work the OC Startup Council does to support local entrepreneurs and deal flow for our community. Twice every week the... Read more →

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SoCal's Tech Coast Angels Realizes Highest Startup Return

Tech Coast Angels Realizes Largest-Ever Return for Portfolio Company Procore Technologies’ IPO and Continued Success Nets Early Investors 368x Return from Original Investment and $12.4 billion Market Cap IRVINE, CALIF. (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 02, 2021 Tech Coast Angels (TCA) today announced that one of its “unicorn” portfolio companies has realized the highest multiple return since the angel network’s inception in 1997.... Read more →

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Renewing Orange County Investor Listing: Cove Fund

Thank you to this renewing startup investor of the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory: Cove Fund - A family of seed-stage venture capital funds that provides startup funding for promising new Southern California ventures. Visit the Investors category in the OCSC Directory to learn more about this and many other local venture investors! (And get a free listing for your... Read more →

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Orange County's Ankona Capital Raises $66M Fund

New Southern California Growth Stage Venture Firm Ankona Capital Raises $66M for its First Fund The Orange County-based venture firm, founded by experienced software founders and investors, is funding high-growth B2B SaaS companies NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ankona Capital (“Ankona”), a new southern California-based growth-stage venture firm, officially closed its first fund at over $66... Read more →

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Orange County's Tech Coast Angels Sets Records in 2020

Tech Coast Angels Posts Record Highs in 2020 for Investment, Membership, and Number of Companies Funded Angel network fueled startup ecosystem with $19.4 million for 64 companies including $7.9 million through annual chapter funds, realized four successful exits, and expanded its geographic reach. IRVINE, Calif. – June 15, 2021 – Setting records for the second consecutive year, Tech Coast Angels... Read more →

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Shoonya CEO Recognized by Women’s Economic Ventures 

Shoonya CEO Rashi Bahri Chitnis Named Winner at Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Founder of language & cultural learning app receives honor from Women’s Economic Ventures (Santa Barbara - May 28, 2021) Shoonya Kids announced today that Founder and CEO Rashi Bahri Chitnis has been named a winner in the 11th Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. Presented by the nonprofit Women’s... Read more →

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Orange County's Tech Coast Angels Invests in SST Wireless

Tech Coast Angels OC Invests in SST Wireless to Bridge Industrial IoT Gap VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, May 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Tech Coast Angels Orange County is pleased to announce an investment in SST Wireless, a leading provider of wireless, industrial condition-monitoring sensors, gateways, and cloud-based equipment monitoring & analytic services. Based in British Columbia, Canada, SST Wireless helps customers... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Member: Next Level Management

Thank you to Next Level Management, a renewing Member of the OC Startup Council! Next Level Management: We are a family office with over 25 years of experience in early stage/start up investing. In addition to providing growth capital, we are active investors and leverage our business experience to help companies achieve success. We generally focus on companies that are... Read more →

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Irvine's Kajabi Raises $550 Million in Funding Round

Kajabi Raises $550 Million and Garners Valuation Over $2 Billion with Growth Financing Led by Tiger Global Investment comes as the all-in-one e-commerce platform is now powering more than $1.5 billion in annual customer GMV and experiencing explosive growth, solidifying Kajabi as the market leader in the knowledge economy IRVINE, Calif., May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Kajabi, an industry-leading e-commerce... Read more →

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Unorthodox Ventures Invests in Costa Mesa's Awkward Essentials

$2.3 Million Seed Deal: Awkward Essentials Rounds Second Base With Unorthodox Ventures After-Sex-Brand's Seed Round Will Support Brand Innovation And Expansion COSTA MESA, Calif., March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Awkward Essentials, a personal hygiene company with the first after-sex clean up product of its kind, the dripstick, announced the close of a $2.3 million seed round by capital partner Unorthodox... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels Orange County Successful 2020

Tech Coast Angels Orange County Reports Successful 2020 Even in Uncertain Economic Climate; Looks Ahead to its 2021 Fund with Optimism One OC Fund 20 company has already generated a 3.5x return and 250% IRR to investors Tech Coast Angels Orange County (TCA OC) today announced that its inaugural annual fund, TCA OC Fund 20, exceeded expectations even in the... Read more →

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SeedFolio: SoCal's newest Seed-Stage VC Fund 4/19/21

Join JJ Richa in a fireside chat with Joe Gatto, Managing Director of SoCal's newest Seed-Stage VC Fund on Monday, April 19 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM online. Learn about Joe's journey from entrepreneur to investor and how SeedFolio evaluates early-stage companies. GET MORE EVENT INFO HERE… Want more events? Please see the full OC Startup Events Calendar here. Read more →

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New Orange County Investor Listing: Surlamer

Welcome to Surlamer, a new startup investor recently added to the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory Surlamer - A seed venture firm that invests in innovative med tech and consumer companies based in Southern California. They partner with local entrepreneurs and leverage their extensive network to grow innovative companies. Visit the Investors category in the OCSC Directory to learn more... Read more →

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Stradling Named to the Top 20 Venture Capital Firms by PitchBook 2020 Global League Tables

Stradling is pleased to announce it has once again been ranked in the top 20 venture capital law firms in the PitchBook Data 2020 Global League Tables. Highlights of the category rankings are listed below and you can find the full rankings here: https://lnkd.in/dsKZzNB #12 in West Coast Region #18 in US Deals (overall) #18 in US Representing Companies #20... Read more →

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New OCSC Investor Member: Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California - Orange County

Welcome Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California - Orange County, a new startup investor recently added to the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory: Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs of Southern California - Orange County is a Stanford Alumni Association group that seeks to unify and enrich the startup ecosystem by facilitating investment, education and mentorship opportunities for entrepreneurs and alumni... Read more →

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