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OCSC Renewing Bronze Sponsor: TiE SoCal Angels

Thank you to the TiE SoCal Angels, a Renewing Bronze Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! TiE SoCal Angels is a network of successful entrepreneurs, professionals, and highly educated individuals who are now turning their passion for business into investments and mentorship for the next generation. Started by a handful of dedicated individuals in the 1990s, TiE SoCal Angels formalized... 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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Renewing OCSC Startup Investor: Operate

Thank you to Operate, a renewing startup investor in the OC Startup Council Ecosystem Directory: Operate: A better way to build game-changing software companies with capital & hands-on operators. Operate's experienced entrepreneurs and operators not only have been in the trenches, they’ve built a large network of people in technology and studied hundreds of startups over the years. What they’ve... Read more →

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OCSC Announces Expansion to Help Life Sciences & MedTech Startups

Community Service Group Adds Membership and Publicity Coverage for BioTech, Medical Devices, and Healthcare Ventures in Orange County FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Sept 2022 - Irvine CA: The OC Startup Council is pleased to announce its expansion to serve Orange County life sciences, biotech, medical device, and health care technology startup companies, entrepreneurs, and investors. The OC Startup Council is... Read more →

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Best Angel Program Award goes to TiE SoCal Angels

Congratulations to TiE SoCal Angels for winning the "Best Angel Program" award at TiE Global's annual global retreat in Rome, Italy. Affiliated with TiE's Southern California chapter, TiE SoCal Angels is an exclusive membership-based angel group of accredited investors and influential business individuals investing their time and capital in discovering and supporting early-stage and high-growth startups. In competition with TiE... Read more →

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TiE Global Angels Investor Summit 2022

TiE Global Angels Investor Summit was organized by TiE Global Angels in association with TiE SoCal Angels, and TiE SoCal. TiE Global Angels Investor summit was a roaring success over three days from July 28th through 30th. This event was one of the largest gatherings of venture capitalists, angels, family offices, and individual investors in Southern California. First TiE Global... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels Summer Party

Tech Coast Angels Orange County recently hosted its annual summer party. Angel investor members, sponsors, spouses, and friends turned out for a festive evening in Newport Beach. This year's theme was an "Evening in Paris". Fine French crepes were made-to-order by the Crepe Story catering team and enjoyed by all. Thanks to TCA veteran Bill Waldo for arranging the venue... Read more →

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Orange County's Tech Coast Angels Announces Third Annual Fund

Tech Coast Angels Orange County Fund for 2022 Continues to Provide Local Entrepreneurs with Startup Capital IRVINE, Calif. – June 15, 2022 -- Tech Coast Angels Orange County (TCA OC) today announced its third annual fund, TCA OC Fund 22, created to provide an additional source of capital for entrepreneurs and a new opportunity for angel investors. The fund is... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels’ Portfolio Company Recognized at ACA Summit

Tech Coast Angels’ Portfolio Company Healionics Honored with Angel Capital Association’s 2022 Luis Villalobos Award for Life Sciences Company aims to improve health and quality of life for dialysis patients IRVINE, Calif. – May 31, 2022 – Healionics, a Tech Coast Angels’ portfolio company, was honored with the Angel Capital Association’s (ACA) highest honor: the 2022 Luis Villalobos Award. Named... Read more →

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Tech Coast Angels 2021 Annual Report Highlights

Tech Coast Angels Sets Membership and Investment Records for Third Consecutive Year In 2021, TCA increased investments to a record $20.4 million in 53 companies, grew membership to more than 500, accepted its 500th company, and realized 11 successful exits IRVINE, Calif. – May 17, 2022 – Tech Coast Angels (TCA) invested $20.4 million in a total of 53 companies... Read more →

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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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