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VC Trends According to KPMG Private Enterprise’s Venture Pulse Report

US Venture Capital Investment Falls from 2021 Highs but Should Remain Robust, Says KPMG Private Enterprise’s Venture Pulse Report Geopolitical uncertainty and supply chain challenges drive renewed emphasis on support technologies US Venture Capital (VC) investment declined for Q1 2022 from 2021’s record-breaking levels, although it remained substantially higher than every quarter prior to 2021, according to the latest edition... Read more →

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OCSC New Bronze Sponsor: TiE SoCal Angels

Welcome to the TiE SoCal Angels a new 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 the... Read more →

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A Closer Look at Stock Dilution

A Thought Leadership article we liked from Propel(x): Stock Dilution in Startup Investing — Good or Bad? So, you have taken the plunge and invested in a startup and received your stock. But what happens in the future when new investors come in? It is important for you to understand stock dilution. What is Stock Dilution? Stock dilution happens when... Read more →

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Introducing Startup Trail: A Game About The Policy Challenges Tech Startups Face

Can you survive the Startup Trail? Try guiding your own startup from inception to IPO in a fun, new browser-playable startup policy simulator game called Startup Trail. The free game is built to help everyone better appreciate the many policy, legal, and regulatory challenges faced by US startup founders today. It's your chance to act as a startup CEO and... Read more →

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Irvine's Pismo Ventures Announces Internship Matching Services

Announcing the Pismo Ventures Matching Services! Matching companies with interns at no cost! Our goal is to provide opportunities for host companies, like yours, to be matched with motivated students through no cost virtual/remote internship opportunities. This matching service will bring you the help you need to move your business forward while providing mentorship to students eager to learn and... Read more →

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Start Your Company on Capbase (OCSC Member Discount)

Capbase makes it easy to set up and run a new company. Setting up a new company can be difficult, confusing, and expensive. Instead, Capbase helps startup founders incorporate, divide equity with co-founders, issue shares, create cap tables, and raise funds from investors - all from one convenient online platform. Capbase's cloud-based software quickly takes your new company beyond the... Read more →

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Chapman Seeks Industry Partners for Free Engineering Internships

Chapman Engineering Student Accelerator: Creating Industry Partnerships to Retain Orange County Talent The Chapman Engineering Student Accelerator (CESA) is an innovative new internship program launched within the Fowler School of Engineering. CESA is tailor made for companies seeking to build robust employment pipelines in Orange County. Through the CESA partnership, companies receive year-round Chapman engineering student interns with Chapman footing... Read more →

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OCSC Renewing Sponsor: Blue C Creative Marketing Agency

Thank you to Blue C Creative Marketing Agency, a renewing Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Blue C Creative Marketing Agency is an Orange County based, full service creative marketing and advertising agency. Since 1998, they have been transforming brands by helping them solve marketing challenges, developing strategies that allow them to outshine the competition and repositioning them for the... Read more →

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If Startups and Investors Don’t Agree On an Exit

An article we liked from Thought Leader Dave Berkus: What if you and your investors don’t agree on an exit? First, the implied promise: Taking money from professional investors such as angels or VCs usually requires that you agree to seek an exit for those investors in your plan, often targeting five to seven years as the ideal period for... Read more →

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Orange County Fellowship 2022 - Applications Open!

The Orange Fellowship is a program committed to cultivating OC into a premier, inclusive, innovation talent hub. It is a two-year leadership program for recent college graduates currently working full-time in an OC company or business. The Fellowship is open to recent college graduates from 2018 – 2022 with a bachelors or masters degree. The program is of no cost... Read more →

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Why Your Startup Should Consider Equity Crowdfunding

An article we liked from Thought Leader Daniel Fetner of Alpaca.VC: Founder Playbook: When & Why to Raise from Equity Crowdfunding Platforms Democratization is a powerful tool. We’ve seen democratization play out in various industries, with technology (almost) always playing a major role in enablement. In addition, the number of technology companies that have incorporated “democratization” into their mission statement... Read more →

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MasterMinds Startup Accelerator #59 Entrepreneurs Q&A and Networking - May 5

ENTREPRENEURS: Get expert answers for your tech startup strategy questions, learn new growth and fundraising tactics, and enjoy fun networking with founders and angel investors, too: https://masterminds59.eventbrite.com The Startup Council's fun virtual MasterMinds workshops offer inclusive access to innovation, startup strategy, and investment capital. Join software and technology entrepreneurs, startup employees, founders, and investors to help each other and network.... Read more →

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OCSC Member Benefits: Free Brex Credit Cards

Brex is the first corporate credit card designed for startups - and you can get one! SPECIAL OFFER: Now OCSC Startup Company Members can get a Brex card for your company with NO FEES for LIFE and great benefits - including up to $5000 in AWS credits! Brex provides corporate cards to startup company founders with no personal guarantee required,... Read more →

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Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs Happy Hour 5/3/22

Orange County startup founders and angel investors are invited to the next Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs Happy Hour. We'll be mixing and mingling with an emphasis on making new startup friends. Come join us to discuss entrepreneurial challenges. new early stage local ventures, and to help to support the Orange County startup ecosystem through mentoring, networking, and investment. Who: Stanford... Read more →

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Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Thanks to these Sponsors who support the OC Startup Council’s work accelerating the local tech startup ecosystem. Their investments in our community help power the #GrowthOC movement and the many free services the OCSC offers to support local founders, entrepreneurs, and startup ventures. PLATINUM SPONSORS Withum GOLD SPONSORS Silicon Valley Bank Rutan & Tucker, LLP Tech Coast Angels Nelson Mullins... Read more →

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$35M OCIE SBDC California Dream Fund Grants

California Dream Fund Grant The OCIE SBDC Network is partnering with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) to provide eligible small businesses the opportunity to apply for a grant award. About the Dream Fund The California Dream Fund is a one-time $35 million grant program providing grants up to $10,000 to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation... Read more →

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Free Startup Angel Investor Office Hours AMA - Tuesday Noon

This month's free "Startup Fundraising Office Hours" livestream is Tuesday, April 26 at 12 Noon PT. Startup Entrepreneurs – Free LIVE Fundraising Q&A with Angel Investor/Serial Founder/Startup Expert Scott Fox Join us LIVE and bring questions about raising money for your startup! Bring your startup questions to the Startup Council’s FREE founder fundraising “Office Hours”. You'll get FREE expert Silicon... Read more →

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What You Need to Know About Pro Rata

A Thought Leadership article we liked from Propel(x): What is pro rata and why does it matter when investing in startups? For a so-called dead language, Latin still manages to pop up frequently in the modern day, especially in the legal and financial world. The term “pro rata” is Latin, and it is simply a fancy way to say, “in... Read more →

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Rutan & Tucker Legal Fees Discount for OC Startups

$10,000 LEGAL SERVICES FOR ENTREPRENEURS: RUTAN & TUCKER Thanks to GOLD Sponsor, Rutan & Tucker, all OCSC Member startups can get first class legal services at great rates from a local law firm that's been serving Orange County entrepreneurs for over 100 years. Qualifying local startups can get help with early stage corporate matters like company formation/incorporation, fundraising negotiation or... Read more →

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Startup Investor Fit Research Checklist

An article we liked from Thought Leader Saba Karim: Startup-Investor Fit The definitive index to identify investor-fit for your startup. An 18-point checklist, with three sections to help you find SIF. You’ve all heard of Product-Market fit (PMF), but I bet you haven’t heard of Startup-Investor Fit. Because, it didn’t really exist… until now. Startup-Investor Fit (SIF) is the degree... Read more →

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Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) Updates for Startup Investors

Thanks to OCSC Silver Sponsor Armanino LLP for this information about Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) tax issues: Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) There are many reasons we’re currently seeing so many inquiries and requests for assistance around QSBS. Numerous companies undergoing funding rounds –investors are demanding QSBS information. Increase in secondary offerings. Requests in spinoffs inquiring about qualifications. More... Read more →

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OCSC Gold Sponsor: Nelson Mullins

Thank you to Nelson Mullins, a Gold Sponsor of the OC Startup Council! Nelson Mullins: Expert Legal Counsel to Startups and Investors Nationwide on Formation, Financing, Growth, and Exit. They are globally renowned for their high-quality, responsive, pragmatic representation of entrepreneurial tech, life sciences, and consumer enterprises and the investors who support them. With a compelling value proposition comprised of... Read more →

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An Expert's Advice on Equity Decision Making

An article we liked from Thought Leader Wil Schroter of Startups.com: The Risk of Trading Vulnerability for Opportunity "I'm just getting started and thinking about giving away some equity for a Co-Founder and some early investment. It sounds like a lot of startups do this, but is there something I should be considering before I hand out all of this... Read more →

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Startup Office Hours: Fundraising for Entrepreneurs [Livestream Replay]

Startup Office Hours help early stage company founders raise money for their startups. Hosted monthly by Startup Council CEO Scott Fox, the free #livestream AMA sessions take fundraising, growth, and business strategy questions from entrepreneurs worldwide. This Month's Startup Founder Discussion Questions Replay Video Click to Watch the Replay! We took live questions from startup founders on camera and via... Read more →

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OCSC Members Benefit: Brex Corporate Credit Cards for Startups!

Brex is the first corporate credit card designed for startups - and you can get one! SPECIAL OFFER: Now OCSC Startup Company Members can get a Brex card for your company with NO FEES for LIFE and great benefits - including up to $5000 in AWS credits! Brex provides corporate cards to startup company founders with no personal guarantee required,... Read more →

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