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Hey ANTrepreneurs!

It’s time for our 4th annual ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards! We will be celebrating the accomplishments of UCI startups who have pushed the boundaries of entrepreneurship. It is a night you do not want to miss. RSVP for our event on Tuesday, May 29th from 6:00-8:00pm at The Cove!

Last month was an absolutely wild ride. Thank you for making April’s Giving Day a huge success! With all of your donations, $104,517 from 178 gifts was raised - more donations than any other UCI school or individual unit! This funding will help us support and improve the Center. (If you weren't able to donate on Giving Day- You can still make your mark here.) Thanks for everything!

Speaking of funding, if you need resources for your business idea, check out the Student Startup Fund provided by UCI Applied Innovation. You have the opportunity to get up to $1000 of funding to help cover project related expenses.

Enjoy the sun and the beautiful weather! More news, like why one of our interns acquired a business at 21, is below for you to read! 

The AC Team

What You May Have Missed

Check out These Speakers Worth their Weight in Gold 🔥

Each Wednesday and Thursday night of the quarter, experienced business owners lead our Workshop Wednesday and Traction Thursday events. They share their stories and bolster students through workshops and fireside chats. Attendees learn how startups operate and discover that entrepreneurship is not as difficult as it’s made out to be - and enjoy free food at the same time!

The speakers lined up for the next two weeks are:

Tonight: Hamid Lalani, a technology leader who will speak on the advent of artificial intelligence into the mainstream enterprise.

Tomorrow: Rachel Medina (right), who will share how she built her company, Just Home Magazine, a publication focused on home improvement.

Week 8 Wednesday (5/23): Manoj Puthenveetil (left), Vice President of Software Engineering at QMerit, who will speak on how to find your right target market.

Week 8 Thursday (5/24): Pete Wong, who will speak about his journey creating Yummi (these events include free food - so yummy twice over).

Interested in attending? We’re holding the events 6-7 pm at the Beall Center on Wednesdays, and our center on Thursdays. Anyone is welcome to attend, so download this calendar as a reminder. See you there!

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Giving Day: A Success Because of You!

Thank you to everyone who donated to the ANTrepreneur Center during last month's Giving Day! We raised $104,517 from 178 gifts - more donations than any other school or department at UC Irvine! Special thanks to the Choi Family, whose incredible $100,000 donation was unlocked after 100 donations were made. These funds will enable us to host weekly events, quarterly programs, and consultations to the UCI community for free, making these resources more accessible.

Your support is what makes entrepreneurship on campus possible; thank you again to our donors and everyone helping to power entrepreneurship on campus! If you have a few minutes to spare, visit our donation link; any amount is appreciated. 


Give and Gain

Roll Out the Red Carpet: ANTrepeneur of the Year Awards are Here!

It's that time of the year again! Join us at The Cove on May 29 to celebrate UCI ANTrepreneurs who have made strides in their businesses. This year has been chock full of inspiring and ambitious student startups, all of which have made significant milestones. Come to support your fellow ANTrepreneurs as we hand out awards for the most environmentally friendly startups, unique marketing techniques, the ANTrepreneur of the Year, and more!

Be sure to RSVP- we hope to see you there!


Date: May 29, 2018
Time: 6-8 pm

Venue: UCI Applied Innovation (The Cove)


What? He Acquired a Business at 21!?

Instead of our monthly Startup Spotlight, we asked one of our consultants, Matthew Nguyen (yes, that's him in the photo), for advice based on his entrepreneurial experiences.

At 21, he acquired a video production company called Trumpetbird Productions, while managing his own photography business at the same time. In our newest blog post, Matt shared some key points that expanding startups may face when deciding whether to buy out other firms. Read more in the blog post below!


Businesses Taking Flight

Upcoming Events!

Meet the Players of the NVC End Game (Taylor Swift Not Included) 

This Friday, Over 70 teams composed of UCI students will finish the grueling marathon that is the New Venture Competition. Five months have passed since teams began submitting papers, revising business models, and preparing pitches. All their hard work culminates this weekend, as all compete for the chance to win more than $100,000 in prize money, strengthen their presentation skills, and build business experience.

We’re proud of the work these students have done. Check out the teams or more competitions. Best of luck to all of you!

Meet the Finalists | Other Competitions

Wayfinder is Back: Apply by June 1 to Boost to your Business Idea!

Wayfinder is a structured incubator program housed inside The Cove at UCI that connects UCI-affiliated startups with the resources they need to grow. Wayfinder teams span a number of industries, from life-saving medical devices to disruptive software platforms.

The eighth cycle of the incubator is now open for applications. Apply by June 1, 2018 to be considered for the next cycle within Wayfinder, and join businesses that have expanded quickly due to this program like BottleRocket, Voxel, and Schoolr. For more information and admissions criteria click here.


It’s Time to Make Waves

Time is Running out for $1,000 - Apply for the Student Startup Fund!

Are you a current student who wants some funding for your startup? Check out the Student Startup Fund! Provided by UCI Applied Innovation, the fund was created in order to support young entrepreneurs throughout their businesses’ early stages: prototyping, market research and product refinement.

Over 50 percent of UCI’s students are first-generation, or come from low to moderate income families. UCI Applied Innovation wants to make sure that a large portion of our student body can still thrive and succeed with their new business ideas.

The Student Startup Fund distributes funding every quarter and is always open to applications. However, the earlier you apply in the quarter, the better chance you have of receiving the money quickly! Applicants must have previous demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship by participating in on-campus entrepreneurship programs. Don’t delay, start your business today!


Jumpstart Your Startup

We're Partnering with SVAcademy to Get You To Silicon Valley!

This summer, SVAcademy is holding its Business Development Fellowship to prepare college graduates for jobs in technology. Most business leaders believe today’s grads aren’t job-ready, and the fellowship aims to change that through one-on-one mentorships, development of crucial business skills, and real business world experience - all while working with a business in Silicon Valley.

Graduate right into a junior role at a fast growing company with a full time offer through this part time job training program - and best of all, it’s free for you! We have open spots right now, but time is running out. The deadline to apply for the next cohort is May 28, so apply quickly!


Find Company in a Cohort

More Events and Programs

Recurring Events
1 Million Cups - Watch and Share Business Ideas
Every Wednesday, 7:45 - 9:00 am at The Cove. RSVP (May 23).

Workshop Wednesday - Practical Tools for Business Growth
Every Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the ANTrepreneur Center (May 16).

Traction Thursday - Fireside Chat with Founders
Every Thursday, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the ANTrepreneur Center (May 17).

Lunch and Learn - Meet and Learn from Experts-in-Residence
Every other Friday, 12:00 - 1:00 pm at The Cove. RSVP (May 18).

Individual Events
Annual UC Walks Event and UCI Wellness and Safety Fair
May 16, 2018, 10:00am-1:30pm at Aldrich Park. RSVP.

JLABS - Sell Your Science: Best Practices for a Non-Confidential Pitch Deck
May 17, 2018, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Cove. Promo code: jlabs@uci. RSVP.

UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium: Innovation & Collaboration
May 19, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Student Center. RSVP or Apply for a Presentation.

VentureWell - Win up to $30K in Grants
Deadline May 23, 2018. Apply.

Investor Pitch Day 2018 - Pitch Your Business in Front of Investors
May 24, 2018, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm in Newport Beach. Apply to Compete.

SVAcademy Business Development Fellowship - Your Entryway into Silicon Valley
Deadline May 28, 2018. Apply.

4th Annual ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards 
May 29, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Cove. RSVP.

OCTANe's Technology Innovation Forum
May 31 - June 1, 2018 in Newport Beach, CA. RSVP.

Wayfinder Cycle 8 Application Deadline - Take Advantage of a UCI Incubator
Deadline June 1. Apply.

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