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Romance is in the air and so is ANTrepreneurship. A year that will be filled with new ideas, new startups, and plenty of failures! But remember, failures help us get closer to successes! 

Fall in love with your venture! It is time to date that brilliant idea that you have always had. Or if you don't have an idea, we can help you find a stellar one. 

Feel the LOVE, make 2016 a massive year of startup success! Check out the lovable Blackstone LaunchPad news below.

Sincerely, 
The Blackstone LaunchPad at UCI Crew!
What to look for at the Blackstone LaunchPad
WE ARE INVESTING IN YOUR VENTURE: Micro-Grant
  
We have an exciting opportunity for you to jump-start your business with a cash grant with no need for returns and no equity taken from your company.   

The Blackstone LaunchPad is offering a micro-grant for the first time in our history, and we are proud to present the opportunity to you! Be sure to outline how the money will be used to move your business forward. 

If you are interested, please fill out this  application (Note:  you  have  to have an account in our system ). 
Also, please note that we are offering $750 a quarter, so put down only what you need! Be sure to demonstrate a sufficient need for the grant. 
Applications are due by 
February 29th, 2016   and will be awarded mid-March.

Again the application is here.

Best of Luck,
Blackstone LaunchPad



Overlapp the Social Media App UCI needs!

Learn about a the newest Social Media mogul, the co-founder of Overlapp, Patrick Dumas.
The UCI student began development on Overlapp last year, his app launched roughly six months ago.

Overlapp gives us the opportunity to announce and talk to one another in a public forum. Perfect on college campuses. You gain followers as you Broadcast to people in your surroundings; possibly meeting your special someone to study with.  
Overlapp allows for immediate interaction to those around you, allowIng you to choose the demographic you wish to speak to. Download and make your next club announcement online. Find your next study buddy on Overlapp, find your next Date on Overlapp, find your next Startup Partner on Overlapp, with Overlapp the possibilities are endless and you get to make it the next largest Social Media App.

Patrick was primarily a user of apps, not a developer. He had had the idea for Overlapp when he went on a trip to Catalina with his partner.  Once he began looking for app developers to code for his app, ge found an OC developer who was in the field to realize his vision for a location based social interaction app.

When working out all the kinks about what the function of the app he and his partner decompressed in Mexico (which we do not suggest). He hopes to see other ANTrepreneurs learn and grow by developing and

Patrick is currently bootstrapping to gain users, having everyone he talked to download Overlapp and use it for their unique purposes. Patrick hopes this to be the newest app to garner Anteaters attention to interact with one another.  What Facebook is  to Harvard, Overlapp will be to UCI.

Download Overlapp and check out what UCI is up to!

More about Overlapp here

Android Download here
Apple download here 
New Firms 
at Homecoming Fair!

In the middle of Aldrich Park, despite ominous showers, the Alumni Entrepreneurship Fair showcased startups that could not lose their excitement, including Versafit, rohm, Instabuttons, and Bulletin. This fair was an opportunity to advertise in the UC Irvine community amongst alumni, students, and faculty.

Reflecting on previous Homecoming events, "there was never this," stated UCI graduate Alton Chislom and VersaFit co-founder, "to let alumni show off their businesses."

"We expect to get two to three times of users after this event," co-founder Julian Clarke chimed in. "This is the first time we're putting VersaFit on the map."

With the new year, these firms had continued to take leaps forward. While rohm, which facilitates planning events with friends, is launching this month, Brett Weir, creator of the programmable game console Lamestation, sought to add a developer to his staff at the fair, and Bulletin is also reaching out to Cal Poly Pomona.

CEO Esosa Agbonwaneten was "enthralled to see so many people here despite the weather," she stated. "It's great to see that the school cares so much for the alumni and students."

All firms received consultation from Blackstone LaunchPad, and the event was sponsored by both UCI Applied Innovation and BLP.
INC's America's 
Coolest  College Startups

Good luck to Versafit, Bulletin, and Fashends, which all applied in January to be highlighted by INC Magazine as one of "America's Coolest College Startups!" With rising traction from their users and support from UCI's Blackstone LaunchPad, these three firms are competing across the nation to gain the title of the top venture. Results will be released next month for the top 16 ventures. Good luck everyone! 
Lunchtime LaunchPad, We Love Advice!

  
Lunchtime LaunchPad is here! Each week (Monday's @ 12pm and Thursday's @ 12:30pm) we bring in guest speakers to talk about entrepreneurial topics. Pizza is provided. 
 


Lisa Caprelli

The Power of Saying Yes

Lisa Caprelli is founder of Go Glossy Public Relations Marketing and Media located in Tustin, California. As a Hispanic woman business leader and with a 10 year radio career overlapping 20 years in business consulting, writing, new media, and branding, Lisa Caprelli is known as a source of inspiration and helping others to take action on change and innovation.

This discussion focused on how to avoid saying "No's" in a business.
Ricardo Vanegas

Getting Your First 1,000 Customers
 
 Ricardo Vanegas, a top-performing executive of Global Marketing, spoke on how YOU can get your FIRST 1,000 customers! 
Blythe Lasher  

Hiring the Right Employees  
 
Blythe Lasher, Accountemps staffing manager at Robert Half, discussed interviews, reference check necessities, as well as the importance of the current market and hiring trends.

Lola Garshfeld

A Start-Up's Tips to Board Dynamics!
 
 Dr. Lola Gershfeld, CEO of Level Five Executive, discusses "Startup Board Dynamics"! Dr. Gershfeld transforms boards into engaging teams - working directly with companies and organizations that touch people's lives every day.
This discussion focused on what structures you would need to create the right board for your start-up!
Capture the Snap
Ring Around the Roadey: Rocket is Playing Cupid <3

Watch out for Rocket as he hands out LOVE! Rocket is giving away FREE HUGS and swag. Check him out on ring road and make sure to take a snap with him.

Follow us on Snapchat @LaunchPad_UCI and during the week we will let you know when Rocket is making a loop around Ring Road. If you find Rocket and take a Snap with him, you will get some swag!
FREE Boba on Ring Road

Liked free boba? Take the next step to receive more FREE stuff!

Here is another opportunity for you: join our team of ANTrepreneurs! Sign up with us here. Give yourself the chance to explore new levels of your goals and aspirations and much more!  

We will be out on Ring Road all of Winter Quarter! So bring your date or friends so that they too can get free boba! 
We are Enamored with Tank Tuesday:
Love Sharks, Leave with Prizes 

Come watch an episode of Shark Tank with us every Tuesday from 12-1pm! We'll be in the Blackstone LaunchPad giving away free prizes, and we'll keep our eyes focused on top business executives grill rising startups. Bring your lunch, learn from the best or root for the little guy!
ANAHEIM DUCKS TICKETS Congrats!!

Congrats to our Anaheim Ducks ticket winners!

Enjoy your time but don't forget your home is here at UCI home of the Anteaters.

ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!
QUACK! QUACK!

P.S. Make sure to keep to keep following us on all our Social Media and we will have more opportunities for prizes like these!
Tips to Sharpen Your Startup
What's in a Name?
 
Starting a business opens the floodgates for a host of wonders, such as the product, manufacturing, and advertising. But perhaps the most daunting unkno wn is the most obvious: your startup's n ame! 
The right title will catch the eyes and ears of investors and consumers, so it must be engaging while enveloping your company's aspirations, mission, atmosphere, and product.  Cindy Yang, the head for small-business group at the personal finance startup, NerdWallet,  mentions that names like SurveyMonkey attract target  audiences with the   unorthodoxy,  while  deescalating 
anxiety about  questionnaires .
 
The choice is ultimately yours, but if Yang's column interests you, more can be found here .
Create the next Viral Food!  

Have you heard of the new cronut craze, the overloaded milkshake, or the rainbow bagel? Specialty food is a new hub of innovation, and targets foodie markets to satisfy cravings of sweet treats. Instagram and the foodie movement has grown, and the crave for insta-worthy and delicious sugar enriched food has become more abundant. Below are some wonderful creations of curious nom-nom food.


These colorful concoctions seem to come from every child's sugary dream. Have an idea from childhood for specialty food items? Come check out the Blackstone Launchpad and we'll help you realize your sweet vision. Your idea can be the next viral foodie craze with help from the Blackstone Launchpad at UCI.

Check out Business Insider for more about 
the Rainbow Bagel and the man behind the craze.
Startups to Fall in Love with...

Versafit


"Find a workout partner for your favorite activity anywhere, anytime with the Versafit App! Versafit is the on-demand, central hub for everything fitness. Signup today and find a workout partner near you!"

More info here

Android Download here

Apple Store Download here
InstaButtons

Need your button fix, its the perfect accessory for your next campaign or promo for your club. Custom buttons and on campus FREE delivery.

Check us out at:

ETSY

-InstaButtons team
ANTrepreneurs: Kristie, Alec, Cameron, Caden, and Zach  

Bulletin Mobile App Launched their pilot on October 2015 in over 10+ classes. Over the course of the pilot, we maintained our presence to garner feedback from the professors and students.
 For more on Bulletin Check below: 

Instagram

ANTrepreneur: 
Esosa Agbonwaneten
Apply for Monet Networks!

Monet Network, a startup advancing video analytics to measure true sentiment and engagement using non-verbal cues analysis, is currently  looking for platform engineer, business, and sales interns.

Platform engineer interns are responsible for architecting and implementing highly scalable services for mobile and website applications. You should be comfortable communicating, as well as working in an open-ended environment with flexible roles in a constantly changing environment. You will be part of a small, nimble team of developers who love solving hard problems. 

Qualifications: 
-experience in developing applications in LAMP and MEAN stack
-proficiency in designing and implementing RESTful web services
-expertise in Node.js, PHP, and one other object oriented language
-familiarity with design patterns; passion for producing elegant
-maintainable code
-ability to interface with business stakeholders and engineers
-coding as a passion with examples of what you've built

Candidates are recommended to have a degree in Computer Science and experience in:
-MySQL and general relational database concepts  
-testing and continuous integration
-Selenium
-PHP frameworks (Smarty)
-NoSQL (Mongo DB)
-Amazon Web Services (EC2, S3, RDS, Elastic BeanStalk)

Business and sales interns will work with Monet's Marketing and Sales team. Out-of-the-box thinkers and go-getters who can take a new disruptive technologies and apply to old and new markets are desired; experience with digital media marketing, as well as Digital Agency Market and Media Media and Content Creation Market are a plus. Monet Networks promises that this will be a fun job to learn a new technology, learn from an experienced business team, and grow in a challenging and fun start-up environment.

Monet Networks is currently located at EvoNexus at 5151 California, Suite 150, Irvine CA 92617 (next to the UCI Cove). Send your resumes and cover letters to Anurag Bist at anurag.bist@monetnetworks.com.

What to know!
1 Million Cups 

1   Million   Cups  is an awesome event, and a great platform for feedback. 
 
The format is simple. Each week two entrepreneurs get to give a six minute presentation, followed by a 20 minute question and answer session led by the audience members. We are currently booking for Winter presentations. If you have a startup or have an idea, we want you to join us. It is a friendly environment for early startups to gain valuable help from the community. Held at The Cove every Wednesday morning at 8am, you can also come by to be part of the audience. 
 
The event is free and we provide coffee and tea. 
 
If you would like to apply to be a presenter, please apply at http://www.1millioncups.com/irvine 
 
Do You Know T.E.A?
 
Get involved with T.E.A. with Spring Lab and Rotational Internship Program.

Spring Lab: The SpringLab, designed and produced by The Entrepreneur Association, is an immersive 10 week program that brings together student designers, developers, and business people to share ideas, build teams, and launch a startup. We teach entrepreneurial skills to university students in a hands-on environment. All meetings begin at 7pm in the new Paul Merage School of Business building, SB1 2100. Click the name of the workshop to register.

Rotational Internship Program: The TEA Rotational Internship Program is an on-campus rotational internship program where students have the opportunity to work directly with the ANTrepreneur Center and The Entrepreneur Association.
 

For more information, visit teauci.com or contact Asher Yeh at ashery@uci.edu
From TEDxUCIrvine

Welcome back Anteaters, we hope you all had a wonderful break and are motivated to start this new year. We hope that your Passion Planners have allowed you to stay on top of exams and daily tasks. If you have ever wanted to be a part of organizing a TEDx event we encourage you to apply to be a v olunteer here and  Tedster  here!

Come and Network for the New Year: 
 Lunch and Learn 
at The Cove

Come out and see the new series of speakers at The Cove, Lunch and Learns allow for you to hear first hand the in and outs of Entrepreneurship. The Lunch & Learn event is an opportunity for Experts-in-Residence (EiRs) to present informal talks and Q&As with startup teams working at the Cove.  Make sure to schedule it in for you to start and develop your next project!

2.12.16  12:00pm  Joe Stafford: Building Your Startup Team

2.19.16  12:00pm  Dennis Thompson: Value Selling in Today's Healthcare Market

2.26.16  12:00pm  Joe Hines: Content Marketing
Spero Diagnostic, the 2014 Beall first place recipient.
Butterworth and Beall are back!

If you have an idea about a design or technological product you've wanted to put on the market, then these competitions are for you! Open to all UCI students, the Butterworth Product Development in ICS and Beall Student Design in Engineering will be hosting their annual kick off this Thursday from 12:30-1:30pm in Donald Bren Hall room 6011. With free food, and both contests offering $30,000 in cash awards, this event will be one you will not want to miss! Don't forget that there will be a host of speakers to connect with, including finalists from 2013 and 2015 finalists, the deans of the ICS and Engineering schools, and our very own Executive Director David Ochi!  RSVP and check out previous finalists'  entries. Any other questions can be directed towards Associate Director of Engineering and ICS Kristin Huerth at khuerth@ics.uci.edu.
Calling All Female Entrepreneurs!
Women's lifestyle digital media company SheKnows Media has just announced its #CampusPitch contest! Female US college students who have founded their own business or nonprofit organization are encouraged to submit a 30 second video about their value proposition. 

Five entrants will receive complimentary tickets and travel accommodation to the women's entrepreneur conference We Festival this April 13-14. In addition, winners will work with members from ThePitch, one of SheKnows' platforms, to help create a professional video featuring their organization. The final video will be shared throughout all of SheKnows' outlets, whose followers total over 255 million!

Those interested can apply or find out more about SheKnows. #CampusPitch closes on March 15, 2016.
Clash of the Techies!
Mark Your Calendar 
Get Organized! Mark Your  Calendars! 
  
 
February 9th, 2016 Shark Tank Tuesday at BlackStone LaunchPad

February 11th, 2016 Lunchtime LaunchPad at BlackStone LaunchPad

February 10th, 2016 BPC Workshop: How to Write a Business Plan at the Merage School Executive Commons, MPAA 100. RSVP here

*****Next Monday, February 15th, our office will be closed and there will be no Lunchtime Launchpad*****

February 16th, 2016 Shark Tank Tuesday at BlackStone LaunchPad

February 17th, 2016 BPC: Intellectual Property and Protection at the Merage School Executive Commons, MPAA 100. RSVP here

February 18th, 2016 BPC: Concept Papers Due by 11:50pm

February 18th, 2016 Lunchtime LaunchPad at Blackstone LaunchPad

February 22nd, 2016 Lunchtime LaunchPad at Blackstone LaunchPad

February 23th, 2016 Shark Tank Tuesday at BlackStone LaunchPad

February 25th, 2016 Lunchtime LaunchPad at BlackStone LaunchPad

February 25th, 2016 Internship and Research Opportunities at the Calit2 Building Auditorium UC Irvine

May 4th, 2016 Entrepreneurial and Career Opportunities at the Calit2 building Auditorium UC Irvine

How to Get Involved 
It is easier than you think. Scan the list and let us know your interests. 

1 Million Cups:
Want to present at our weekly event to share your startup with the community? 
 
Office Hours:  Share your wisdom with students  here .

Event Speakers Apply here .
  
Lunchtime LaunchPad Guests: 
Share your experiences with students during lunch  here.
  
Mentor/Venture Coach:  Learn more here .

Event volunteer:  Volunteer at events  here .

Peer 2 Peer Mentor:
Are you interested in mentoring fellow students? Apply here

Internships: 
Does your company have internship opportunities to offer to our entrepreneurs? Please submit positions here.
Some Launch Highlights.
Goodbye Ryan we will Miss You!!

Such an honor to have had the opportunity launch and grow this awesome program at @ucirvine. So much #respect for the hundreds of #ANTrepreneurs and hundreds of #startups created. Much #love to the #BLP crew. Thanks for taking risks, dressing up in silly costumes, and spreading the good word of #entrepreneurship here at #UCI. I may be gone, but I won't be far. I'm still at UCI! Remember the only way to fail, is to not start a company and #fail. You are in great hands with Breanna, David, Khaila, Alec and the growing team of rockstars. #ginger out! Word! #BXLaunchPad#UCInnovation
-Ryan Foland 
Welcome Breanna!! Our new Assistant Director


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