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Irvine Tech Week is NOW!!

RIGHT NOW in Irvine there are DOZENS of panels, Happy Hours, resource fairs, pitch opportunities, open houses, a Techstars hackathon, and even a 5k Fun Run waiting for you! In other words, Irvine Tech Week is THIS WEEK April 15-21, 2024. Community groups and companies across the #GrowthOC ecosystem are working together to bring you the largest collection of startup... Read more →

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KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in the U.S. - Apply Today!

Are you ready to unleash the power of your tech innovation? If the answer is ‘yes’, entering the fourth annual KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator competition is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. If you’re like most tech innovators, the entrepreneurial journey has taken many routes of exploration and progress. The Private Enterprise Tech Innovator competition is helping to... Read more →

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Top 3 Most Common Fundraising Mistakes

An article we liked from Thought Leader Ash Rust: Stop Making these Common Fundraising Mistakes Fundraising has few guidelines and you won’t get feedback from most investors who pass. You will have more success and spend less time fundraising if you avoid the familiar pitfalls. Here are 3 of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them: Raising without... Read more →

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Urban Workshop: New OCSC Bronze Sponsor

Thank you to Urban Workshop, a new Bronze Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Urban Workshop: With over $1m worth of manufacturing equipment available, shared manufacturing space, and a supportive community, Urban Workshop presents the best opportunity for your product based business to thrive. Short duration training and mentoring teaches everything needed to run the equipment, make your own prototypes,... Read more →

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Capital Currents: Navigating the Investment Landscape

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about the technology industry: Keeping Up With Venture Capital Trends Venture Capital (VC) firms are a major funding source for e-commerce companies; however, funding has been on a decline compared to the record-setting 2021 levels. According to Crunchbase, Q4 2022 declined 13% compared to Q3 2022, and for the 2022... Read more →

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5 Exhibit Opportunities for #Startups & #ServiceProviders @ Irvine Tech Week

Want to show your stuff at #IrvineTechWeek? Here's five chances! All week April 16-21, 2024 there are multiple events showcasing the Irvine and Orange County innovation ecosystem. 5 of them offer startups the opportunity to have a display table, booth, or to PITCH investors. AND local service providers who serve startups and investors can exhibit at the Startup Resource Fair... Read more →

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Startup Fundraising LEGAL Q&A Office Hours Replay

Legal Q&A with a startup attorney was the highlight of this month's free Startup Office Hours video show. The Startup Council's Scott Fox hosted startup lawyer Joe Daniels of Nelson Mullins. The fun, friendly live video Q&A sessions answered legal, fundraising and strategy questions from entrepreneurs from all over the world with FREE expert startup advice. To watch the new... Read more →

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New OCSC Sponsor: Orange Marketing

Thank you to Orange Marketing, a new Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Orange Marketing helps B2B companies succeed with HubSpot by offering implementation, optimization, and operational support across all Hubs: Sales, Marketing, and Help Desk. They specialize in SMB and startups, SaaS and technology companies. Special Offer For OCSC Members: New HubSpot Customers - - For a bootstrap, seed... Read more →

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TCA Venture Group is looking for startup investments.

Are you a startup founder or team looking to raise capital for an early stage venture? With more than 400 accredited angel investor members, TCA Venture Group (formerly known as Tech Coast Angels) is the one of the largest and most active Angel networks in the United States. They got started and are headquartered right here in Orange County! Since... Read more →

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Unlocking Insights: A Conversation with Maryam Garg

Thanks to UCI ANTrepreneur Center for this valuable information about entrepreneurship: Meet the ANTrepreneur Center External Committee: Maryam Garg In this special interview series, we are proud to highlight the incredible members of the ANTrepreneur Center External Committee (ACE) and discuss their entrepreneurial experiences, their reasons for joining the ACE, and their best advice for aspiring student entrepreneurs. This article’s... Read more →

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A Founder's Guide to Appropriate VC Due Diligence

An article we liked from Thought Leader Chris Neumann of Panache Ventures: What is Appropriate VC Diligence? Founders get a lot of VC due diligence requests during fundraising. Most are straightforward, some can seem a bit odd and others can feel downright inappropriate. Here are 6 examples of appropriate VC diligence requests and 6 examples that should set off your... Read more →

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In Conversation with ANTrepreneurs: Lucretia Williams on Entrepreneurship

Thanks to UCI ANTrepreneur Center for this valuable information about entrepreneurship: Interview with ANTrepreneurs: Lucretia Williams In this interview, Ryan Foland, Director of the UCI ANTrepreneur Center, sits down with Lucretia Williams, co-founder of Cosign Reviews. Together, they talk about her startup and her best advice for early-stage entrepreneurs. 2023 was a huge year for Lucretia Williams. Not only did... Read more →

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Free Legal Startup Office Hours (virtual) - Tuesday 3/26

March's free Startup Fundraising Office Hours #livestream will be at Noon on Tuesday 3/26. Bring your #LEGAL questions about #incorporation, #startup #equity, finding angel investors, pitching venture capitalists, growth and traction strategies, and whatever #challenges your #startup is facing. Special Guest Attorney: Joe Daniels This month StartupCouncil.org CEO and #angelinvestor Scott Fox will be hosting Attorney Joe Daniels LIVE "on... Read more →

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How to Boost DevOps Efficiency with AI

Thanks to our Supporting Member Pegasus One for this thought leadership article outlining best practices for startup software products: How Can a Devops Team Take Advantage of Artificial Intelligence? Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be a valuable tool for DevOps teams to optimize their processes, improve efficiency, and automate repetitive tasks. According to Encora, “40% of DevOps teams will be using... Read more →

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Navigating Customer Development with AI: The Founder’s Guide - GPT Edition

An article we liked from Thought Leader Alok Nandan, PhD of First Rays Venture Partners: Founder's Guide to Customer Development - 🔥GPT edition🔥 A lot has changed since I wrote one of these. I wanted to revisit some of these insights from the previous series (Part 1, Part 2, AI-edition, COVID-edition) – in the brave new world of AI. For... Read more →

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Startup Fundraising Office Hours "Pitch Practice" Replay!

This month Startup Fundraising Video Office Hours invited early stage company founders to practice the "Investor Pitches" they're using to raise money for their startups. The fun, friendly live video investor pitch practice session provided entrepreneurs from all over the world with FREE expert pitch feedback. The latest free lunchtime session hosted by our CEO, Scott Fox, shared his critiques... Read more →

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The Crucial Role of SOC 2 Reports

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about System and Process Assurance: A SOC 2 To Satisfy? As organizations rely more and more on vendors, undergoing a Service Organization Control examination resulting in a SOC 2 report can help real estate service providers demonstrate security strength. The risks associated with using third parties continue to evolve, with... Read more →

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How Startups Can Benefit From Value Engineering

A Thought Leader Guest Post from Has Patel of Infologic: How can Startups create “Value” with Value Engineering models? Why Value Engineering? Startups can benefit by adopting a Value Engineering focused approach to developing their venture. Value Engineering can be defined as a systematic approach to enhancing the value of a Product or Service. To a customer, the product value... Read more →

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New Silicon Valley Bank State of the Markets Report (Free PDF)

Thanks to our Gold Sponsor Silicon Valley Bank for this free State of the Markets report: State of the Markets H1 2024 SVB’s Innovation Economy Outlook Here are some highlights: For companies successfully raising venture deals, revenue growth has slowed by 36 to 42 percentage points depending on the company size. Nearly 70% of startups reduced net burn year over... Read more →

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Free Pitch Practice Startup Office Hours - Tuesday Noon

This month's free Startup Fundraising Office Hours #livestream returns Tuesday, February 27 at 12 Noon PT with a special Investor Pitch Practice edition! #Startup #Entrepreneurs - you can bring your 2 minute startup pitch for friendly, free, feedback and fundraising Q&A with Angel Investor/Serial Founder/Startup Expert Scott Fox. You'll get FREE expert Silicon Valley advice to help diverse entrepreneurs start,... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Platinum Sponsor: Withum

Thank you to Withum, a renewing Platinum Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Withum is an accounting firm that is focused on Advisory, Tax, and Audit Services. They are a forward-thinking, technology-driven advisory and accounting firm committed to helping their clients be more profitable, efficient, and productive in today's complex business environment. They provide the industry expertise and innovative solutions... Read more →

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Empower Innovation by Sponsoring the Sunrise Venture Pitch Competition 2024

Calling for Sunrise Venture Pitch Competition Sponsors! Are you looking to inspire youth? Do you want to make a lasting impact on the community? The Sunrise Venture Pitch Competition is perfect for you! The Sunrise Venture Pitch Competition is a California-wide competition for high school students. The competition fosters entrepreneurial spirit and helps students develop business skills that can turn... Read more →

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In Conversation with ANTrepreneurs: A Deep Dive into the Journey of Vatsal Ananthula

Thanks to UCI ANTrepreneur Center for this valuable information about entrepreneurship: Interview with ANTrepreneurs: Vatsal Ananthula At the UCI ANTrepreneur Center, University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) students can take advantage of a wide variety of resources and opportunities to help them explore the world of entrepreneurship and develop the skills to be successful in their professional pursuits. From the... Read more →

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Stock Option Strategies in M&A: What You Need to Know

Thanks to OCSC Platinum Sponsor Withum for this valuable information about Business Planning: Merger and Acquisition Effects on Stock Options Due to the magnitude of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in both the private and public markets, it is important for founders, executives, and employees to all consider the effect a consolidation could have on stock options. In some cases,... Read more →

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Fundraising Video Office Hours - Free YouTube Replay

Our free Startup Fundraising Video 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. The latest free lunchtime session hosted by our CEO, Scott Fox, was Jan 23. To watch the new Startup... Read more →

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