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Startup Fundraising Office Hours for Entrepreneurs [Replay]

MasterMinds Startup Fundraising Video Free Office Hours help early stage company founders raise money for their startups. The fun, friendly live video Q&A sessions answer financing and strategy questions from entrepreneurs from all over the world with FREE expert startup advice. Startup Founder Discussion Questions This month Startup Council CEO Scott Fox took questions from startup founders live on camera... Read more →

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UCI's SimRated Impacts Today's Growing Online Education

SimRated Improves Patient Safety with an Online Educational Simulation Program The UCI startup is tapping into the growing online education market to teach students from high school to medical school basic surgical procedures. It’s no secret the online learning community has exploded to accommodate the pandemic’s massive shift to digital platforms. But SimRated has been ahead of the curve since... Read more →

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New Operate Podcast: Partner at TenOneTen

Minnie Ingersoll is a Partner at TenOneTen, an LA-based venture capital firm actively investing in early stage tech companies. They’ve made dozens of investments in a bunch of SoCal founders’ companies and have already had many acquisitions, unicorns and even companies go public. She also leads their podcast, "LA Venture". She was previously the co-founder of Shift Technologies, a newly... Read more →

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Irvine's Acorns Plans to Go Public

Acorns to go public via SPAC merger valued at $2.2B The savings and investing app will merge with Pioneer Merger Corp., the transaction is expected to close in the latter half of this year Fintech Acorns plans to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company Pioneer Merger Corp. that would value the savings and investing app at... Read more →

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New KPMG Tech Innovator US Competition: Applications Now Open!

Do you know a top tech innovator startup? Applications now open! KPMG has launched the Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in the U.S. competition – recognizing the fastest-growing, innovative tech businesses in the U.S. This competition represents the evolution of the successful Best British Tech Pioneer competition that has been led by KPMG in the U.K. for the past seven years.... Read more →

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Stewart Announces Acquisition of Irvine's Cloudvirga

Stewart Acquires Cloudvirga to Strengthen Digital Footprint Acquisition is a key step to Stewart’s digital strategy in creating a seamless end-to-end experience Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE:STC), announced today its acquisition of Cloudvirga, a leading fintech company powering digital mortgages, adding an industry-leading customer engagement technology platform to the Stewart family. The addition of Cloudvirga strengthens Stewart’s positioning in the... Read more →

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MasterMinds Startup Accelerator #52: Investor Help Q&A, Pitches, Networking

ENTREPRENEURS: Get expert advice for your startup questions, learn to raise money for tech startups, and network with startup founders and investors worldwide! GET TICKETS NOW for this Wednesday 6/9's Startup Accelerator Workshop: http://masterminds52.eventbrite.com The Startup Council's fun virtual MasterMinds workshops offer software and tech entrepreneurs, startup employees, founders, service providers, and investors a friendly place to learn, network, and... Read more →

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2021 UCI New Venture Competition Winners

Announcing the 2021 NVC Winners! The Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine is proud to announce the winners of this year's New Venture Competition: Grand Prize Winner ($10,000): Shaka Audience favorite ($1,000): MONI Business Products and Services: 2nd place ($2,500): Health Libero: A dual-sided marketplace focused on redefining price transparency... Read more →

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Grants for Diverse-Led SMBs in Orange County

Founders First CDC Announces Job Creators Quest Grant for Diverse Inland Empire and Orange County Businesses New program to create premium wage jobs and reward business resilience in underserved communities. May 20, 2021 - Inland Empire, Calif. - Founders First CDC (Founders First), a 501(c)3 non-profit that empowers expansion in diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses, announced its new Job Creators Quest... 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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New OC Startup Job Listings: MobilityWare, PropBidder, NexusTek, AWM Smart Shelf

Orange County startups are hiring engineers! Check out these new data scientist, systems engineer, and embedded software engineer job opportunities: MobilityWare - Data Scientist - Irvine The original Solitaire app developer. PropBidder - Head of Software Sales - Newport Beach An online bidding marketplace for homes & condos NexusTek - Systems Engineer - Orange A national, full-service provider of IT... Read more →

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Aliso Viejo's Syxsense Announces $6 Million Round of Funding

Syxsense Raises $6 Million Investment to Further accelerate its growth in Intelligent Automation of IT, Patch Management, Security Vulnerability Scans ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Syxsense, a global leader in IT and security management solutions is excited to announce its $6 million round of funding, led by Oquirrh Ventures and Origami Capital Partners, joining existing investor Signal... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Supporting Startup Company Member: VYRL

Welcome back to VYRL, a renewing Supporting Member of the OC Startup Council! VYRL - Over fifteen thousand brands use Carro as a new kind of retail sharing network. Brands can never have enough attention. “Attention” delivers visitors, customers, followers, subscribers, growth and relevance. The only problem with attention is that it’s expensive. That’s why Carro is the largest partnership... Read more →

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Announcing Irvine's AXON Networks Launch

Introducing AXON Networks - dedicated to helping internet service providers innovate faster, strengthen their brands, and deliver a total networking experience Former Greenwave Systems business unit secures $27M in funding, will empower global companies to innovate quickly, scale to any size, and future proof their business strategies IRVINE, Calif., COPENHAGEN, Denmark and SINGAPORE, April 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- AXON Networks,... Read more →

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Startup Tips for Founders – Startup Steroid interview with OCSC CEO

Thanks to Startup Steroid's Dhaval Kapadia for interviewing our CEO Scott Fox for startup founder advice. Catch Scott as he shares his experience and journey as the CEO of OC Startup Council and explains the Startup Council's mission to accelerate the #GrowthOC ecosystem. Per Wikipedia: Scott Fox is an American financial and self-help author, specializing in entrepreneurship and startup company... Read more →

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Irvine's Austin Capital Invests in MRB Direct

MRB Direct Announces Investment by Austin Capital Fintech Fund II makes investment in MRB Direct, a Software-as-a-Service provider for compliance and banking solutions for cash intensive industries. IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- MRB Direct, Inc. announces a seed round investment by Fintech Fund II, a $125 million venture fund managed by Austin Capital General Partner, LLLP that targets... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Code and Theory, SpaceX, CISOSHARE, Cothrive

Orange County startups are hiring! Check out these new local .NET web application developer, semiconductor test engineer, and cyber security consultant job opportunities: Code and Theory - .NET Web Application Developer (Rhythm) - Irvine Agents of change moving through today's digital world. SpaceX - Semiconductor Test Engineer - Irvine Revolutionizing space technology. CISOSHARE - Cyber Security Consultant - San Clemente... 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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KPMG Launches Tech Innovator Competition in the U.S.

Do you know a top tech innovator startup? Applications now open! KPMG has launched a competition to find the top Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in the U.S. – recognizing the fastest-growing, innovative tech businesses in the U.S. This competition represents the evolution of the successful Best British Tech Pioneer competition that has been led by KPMG in the U.K. for... Read more →

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Startup Advisors Members in Orange County

Startup Advisors Members: A directory of startup advisors, consultants, mentors, studios, and firms providing advisory services to Orange County tech startups and their Founders. See the list below for resources that can help OC startup companies with strategy, introductions, presentations, financials, raising money, marketing, and more. These local companies serve as valuable resources for our Orange County startup community. Their... Read more →

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UCI New Venture Competition 2021 Grand Finale 5/27/21

Join them for this year's UCI NVC Grand Finale! Join them Thursday, May 27 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM online. The 17th annual New Venture Competition, sporting nearly $100,000 in cash and in prizes, will conclude virtually. Following a competitive 85 concept submissions, 54 semi-finalists competed on May 14th for 1st and 2nd place in each of 5 tracks. Those 10... Read more →

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New OC Startup Job Listings: Microdesk, TRAFFIK, Agora Neos, Bling

Orange County startups are hiring engineers and developers! Check out these new local react developer, tech product development lead, and senior backend software engineer job opportunities: Microdesk - BIM Modeler - Irvine Combines technology and business process consulting to help firms successfully plan, design, build and operate land and buildings. TRAFFIK - React Developer - Irvine An award-winning advertising agency... Read more →

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New OC Ecosystem Directory Free Listing: acmpny

Welcome to this new free listing in the OC Startup Council Startup Ecosystem Directory: Marketing & Design: acmpny - Anaheim (And get a free listing for your company or organization in the OCSC Startups Ecosystem Directory HERE.) Read more →

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Orange County's Alteryx Introduces $50M Strategic Venture Fund

Alteryx Introduces Alteryx Ventures for Strategic Investments in Companies Innovating in Analytics, Data Science and Analytical Applications New Alteryx Corporate Ventures Fund Will Help Startups Accelerate Innovation in Areas that Complement Alteryx's Strategy and Vision IRVINE, Calif., May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Alteryx, Inc. (NYSE: AYX), the analytics automation company, today announces the formation of Alteryx Ventures, a $50 million... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing GOLD Sponsor: Silicon Valley Bank

Thank you to Silicon Valley Bank, the founding Gold Sponsor of the OC Startup Council, for renewing its sponsorship! Silicon Valley Bank helps innovators, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. For over 36 years, SVB's diversified platform has offered the most inclusive and effective models for global commercial banking for innovators, enterprises and investors, private venture investing... Read more →

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