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Hello, ANTrepreneur!

Welcome to our final newsletter of the year. In this issue, we feature one of the teams that placed first at last month's Beall New Venture Competition. After months of hard work, this group of students - which includes a freshman - was awarded $10,000!

If you would like to stay engaged during the summer, do not lose your cool. Our own volunteering programs and other opportunities throughout California will prepare you for the next school year and beyond.

Last, but definitely not least, our annual ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards was a huge success! Thank you to all the students who came out to support others, and congratulations to the ANTrepreneurs who received awards!

Thank you for your support and involvement throughout this year. We wish you all the best of luck for finals and hope you have a great summer vacation!

Follow our social media to stay updated about our activities over the summer. We'll be back with newsletters in the fall. 

The AC Team

What You May Have Missed

Volunteering Opportunities Now Open at the ANTrepreneur Center!

Are you a UCI student or alum interested in entrepreneurship? Apply to be a summer volunteer at the ANTrepreneur Center! 

You’ll get to work first-hand with real entrepreneurs and be exposed to all available innovation-based resources, such as UCI Applied Innovation, the ANTrepreneur’s free consultation services and much more. Previous volunteers with internships and jobs at Pandora, Square, and Hyperxite using skillsets and a network they acquired at the Center, making this program a powerful resume booster.

Students of all years and majors are eligible to apply. Hours are flexible, and no experience with startups is required. Volunteering opportunities range from marketing, consultations, event planning, and web development. If you are interested, or would like more details, email with a copy of your resume. 

Volunteers Wanted

Meet our New Volunteer: Aira Samontina

We are pleased to introduce Aira Samontina as one of our newest volunteers! Aira is a first-year Business Administration student from San Ramon, who is interested in public relations, entrepreneurship and marketing. At the Center, Aira creates content for our newsletter and blog.  

Aside from the ANTrepreneur Center, she works as a Finance Assistant at the UCI School of Law and is involved in UCI Athletics and the on-campus club, Women in Leadership. Her current goal includes creating a team and joining next year's New Venture Competition!

Read what she's written so far here!

Working Towards a Bustling Blog

Celebrating Rockstars at ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards

Congratulations to all of the winners of the fourth annual ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards! The award ceremony, which took place last Tuesday, May 29, featured notable UCI entrepreneurs who were nominated by supporters within the UCI community. This was a great night to recognize their hard work, and celebrate those who embody the entrepreneurial spirit.  Recipients came from a diverse set of backgrounds, and cultivated unique and innovative businesses. Read about each of the amazing award winners!

All the Stars

Shoutout to our Graduating Interns!

As the end of the quarter approaches, the time has come for our senior class interns to move on to bigger and better things. Thank you Keene, Jimmy, Isis, Natalie, and Simran for your work in the ANTrepreneur Center and your support of student businesses. Our events and initiatives couldn’t have happened without you. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

A Special Thank You to Our Assistant Director, Breanna Hale

Assistant Director Breanna Hale will be moving on to the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We would like to thank her for an amazing two and a half years at the ANTrepreneur Center. The programs and events that we run, as well as the resources we provide, could not have been possible without her vision and direction.

In her first six months, she tripled student involvement with entrepreneurship and propelled the ANTrepreneur Center forward exponentially in virtually every metric. More recently, she oversaw one of the highest turnouts ever for our female entrepreneurial panel, Girlboss, and the number of consultations increase by over 100 from last year, making support for entrepreneurship more accessible than ever.

Congratulations on the new job! We’re excited to see where you are headed!

Startup Feature: NVC Winners, featuring ARTEM

Each year, the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts the New Venture Competition, which offers UCI students, staff members, and researchers the opportunity to form a team, launch a startup and potentially fund their business idea all within five months. And each year, a wide variety of competitors strive for the $10,000 prize, which is awarded to the top teams in five tracks. 

Congratulations to this year's top teams!
Life Sciences: Mechanodontics (1st) and First Step Diagnostics (2nd)
Social Enterprise: Apeel Juice (1st) and CarDana (2nd)
Business Products and Services: Celebrate in a Snap (1st) and SolarLab (2nd)
Consumer Products: ARTEM (1st) and Gimme (2nd)
Consumer Services: Wing (1st) and Graduate Data (2nd)
Tech Surge: First Step Diagnostics (1st), Closed Loop Plastics (2nd), LaserFocus (3rd), and EchoSol (4th)

The first place winner for the Consumer Products track, ARTEM, includes a Physics major (and freshman) Emily Vu. She shares how the competition shaped her, her team, and her business over the course of five months. Read it by visiting the link below!

Painting the Business Canvas

Upcoming Events!
Fill out this Survey for a Chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
A startup needs your help! In order to build up their business, they're asking for thoughts from you (yes, you) about financial education and literacy for young people. Fill out this form - it'll take fewer than five minutes to complete, and two respondents will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! So get moving, and fill out this quick survey before it closes!

Calling all UC Student Innovators!

Are you interested in social impact, entrepreneurship & innovation, or public service? The Big Ideas Contest, open to all 10 system UC campuses, is seeking highly-motivated students interested in social impact and entrepreneurship across the UC system to serve as Big Ideas Innovation Ambassadors.

Innovation Ambassadors work with students, academic and industry leaders, and the Big Ideas team to foster and engage the social innovation network on their respective campuses. Each UC System campus will have one designated Ambassador responsible for partnership development, outreach, event organization, and advising startups.

The role will take place from September through early December 2018, with an expected 10 hours per week commitment. Ambassadors receive a competitive stipend, two-day all expenses paid training at UC Berkeley in September, and other career development opportunities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on June 1, 2018, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Big Idea, Big Program

A Spot in Silicon Valley, Reserved For You

Interested in merging technology and business development? SVAcademy is offering a free Business Development Fellowship in Silicon Valley. This is a part time training program that is not only tuition free, but will also prepare students for the job market through one-on-one mentorship, real-world business experience, and developing business skills.

The program leads into a full time position in the Bay Area! Only those who apply by June 9 will be considered, so, so apply soon!


Student Startup Fund: Apply for up to $1,000 in Micro-grants!

Are you a UCI student with a few business ideas up your sleeve? (Don’t lie, we know you are.) Good news for you! The Student Startup Fund will provide up to $1,000 to support young entrepreneurs, like you, throughout their businesses’ early stages: prototyping, market research and product refinement.

The micro-grant was founded by UC Applied Innovation, which wants to ensure that students have sufficient funds to thrive and succeed with their new business ideas. Over half of UCI’s students are first-generation, or come from low to moderate income families, meaning that aspiring students have greater opportunities to see their concepts come to life through this fund.

Deadlines are quickly approaching. Recipients for the next cycle must submit an application July 9, 2018. It’s sooner than you think, so get moving!


Mark Your Calendars - Summer 2018 

Recurring Events
1 Million Cups - Watch and Share Business Ideas
Every Wednesday, 7:45 - 9:00 am at The Cove. RSVP (June 13).

Lunch and Learn - Learn from UCI Experts in Residence
Every other Friday, 11:30 am - 1 pm at The Cove. RSVP (June 15).

Individual Events
Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the Consulate of Canada Present: A Growth Path You Need to Explore
Tonight, 4 - 7 pm at The Cove. RSVP.

Automation: The Next Generation of Lean, Industry 4.0 for Manufacturing
June 7, 2018, 8 am - 3 pm at The Cove. RSVP.

SVAcademy Business Development Fellowship
Deadline June 9, 2018. Learn More. Apply.

Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Competition - Win up to $35,000 in Cash Awards 
Deadline June 10, 2018. Learn More. Apply.

Lunch and Learn - Smart City Ecosystem
June 12, 2018, 11:30 am -1 pm at The Cove. RSVP.

Using Stem Cells to Treat Brain Injury Presented by the UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
June 19, 2018, 7 - 8 pm at the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. RSVP.

Orange County Inland Empire SBDC Network Launch Day @ Applied Innovation
June 22, 2018, 10 am - 2 pm at The Cove. RSVP.

OCTANe's annual Ophthalmology Technology Summit
June 29, 2018, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm in Newport Beach. RSVP.

Student Startup Fund - $1,000 Microgrant Provided by UCI Applied Innovation
Deadline July 7, 2018. Learn More. Apply.

Orange County Business Council Chairman’s Leadership Breakfast Featuring Stuart McClure, CEO and Founder, Cylance
July 26, 2018. 7:15 - 9:00 am in Costa Mesa. RSVP.

UCI Finals Week and Commencement - Good Luck, and Congratulations!
June 11 - June 15, 2018.

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