October 28, 2020

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Wow, a lot going on!

Hoping everyone is safe and sound from the fires. If anyone needs anything, from sharing resources to getting word out to a large group, we're here to support and help. 

With this past month being Women-Owned Small Business Month, we've been proud to support outstanding entrepreneurs and today you can tune in with the Orange County Business Journal for their Women In Business Awards. Entrepreneurship is actually on the rise during Covid-19 as the uncertainty has led some to take the leap. Very proud to see this and see so many small businesses rise from the ashes of this year. 

In other news, OC4 Venture Studio has rebranded to Operate Studios leaning into their superpower of bringing in expert help for early stage startups. Carey and crew are not just helping a few startups but helping build the connective tissue of the startup community in Orange County. Listen in to this week's AccelerateOC podcast with The Startup Community Way co-author Ian Hathaway.

With this being our last newsletter before the election, I ask you to vote. As readers interested in building the community around us, engaging in the process is a necessary step. Get out and vote so we can shape our community we are so passionate about.

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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Ian Hathaway, Senior Director at Techstars and co-author of The Startup Community Way

CloutHub of Irvine launches new social media platform focusing on free speech

CoreLogic of Irvine contributes $250k to local food banks as part of its ESG program

Fintech app Acorns partners with ZipRecruiter to power new Job Finder marketplace

Irvine's Masimo gets approval for its Rad-G Pulse Oximeter

EvoNexus partners with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to accelerate the growth of wirelss and Internt of Things startups

Zigzy of Tustin named OC's Best Tech Work Culture at Timmy Awards

Whizz app helps gig workers find available restrooms during COVID-19

Irvine-based Shoelace Wireless selected to join Telecom Infra Project's Ecosystem Accelerator Centers

Newport Beach-based MetroGroup arranged financing for $26.5M in three new industrial properties

Tarsus Pharmaceuticals of Irvine raises $88M in IPO

Irvine's Menlo Microsystems closes $44M Series B round led by 40 North Ventures

Diality of Irvine closes $12.5M Series B financing round to help fund FDA approval process

Aliso Viejo's ThinkIQ raises $11.6M Series A round led by Ecosystem Integrity Fund

New game studio Frost Giant of Irvine raises $4.7M for first RTS game

OnSite Waste Technologies of Newport Beach raises $3.5M Series A round led by Mark IV Capital, also of Newport Beach

Immerse of Irvine raises $1.5M Series A led by Eagle Venture Fund to develop its VR language teaching technology

Balboa Water Group of Costa Mesa acquired by Helios Technologies for $218.5M

CGTech acquired by Swedish firm Sandvik for undisclosed terms
EvoNexus Orange County is accepting applications from deep tech, life science, and fintech startups, Open Deadline

The 2020 UCI Innovator Awards, October 27

How Smart Professionals Create Immediate Traction and Accelerate Their Results, October 28

FinTech 2.0: Hype or Revolution - the Power of Inclusivity, October 28

Medical Innovation Exchange: MedTech Minds, October 28

SCORE: Women Business Owners Conference, October 29

Collaboration: Preparing for the Journey of Due Diligence, October 29

Women Talk Tech: Angel Investor Panel, October 29

Virtual Panel: Startup Stories of Pandemic Success, October 29

Titan Fast Pitch 2020 Finals, October 31

Women Talk Tech: Virtual Demo Day, November 5

UC Startup Innovation Challenge, applications due November 10

Ignite Series: A Fireside Chat with Lucy Dunn and Bill Carpou of Octane, November 12

Aesthetics Technology Summit 2021, January 20-22
Client Success Manager, Experian (Costa Mesa)

Client Partner - OEM Activation, IHS Markit (Seal Beach)

Business Development Manager, Solugenix (Yorba Linda)

Sr. Software Developer, Zigzy (Tustin)

Software Engineer, Extron (Anaheim)

Android Software Engineer, DealerSocket (San Clemente)

iOS Developer, Acorns (Irvine)

Product Manager, Ambry Genetics (Aliso Viejo)

Software Development Manager, Calance (Newport Beach)

Mobile Dept. Lead, MarketSource (Huntington Beach)
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