Hey ANTrepreneurs!

We hope you’ve been enjoying this summer. Even though time off from school means the chance to enjoy some down time, plenty of entrepreneurial events and opportunities are abound. This month, ANTrepreneurs are bustling. One startup was featured in the Washington Post. Another that provides trackers at venues to give attendees peace of mind is seeking funding later this month!

If you're in Orange County, check out some upcoming events, including a talk on cutting edge technology (machine learning and automation, anyone?) at the UCI Cove. If not, read up on some news and advice on the startup world we’ve included below.


UCI ANTrepreneur Center 

What to Catch Up On
Washington Post Features Straw Free

If you haven't heard of Straw Free, it's literally making headlines. Started by a UCI staff member, this business aims to eliminate single use plastic straws via bamboo straws, and educational and business outreach.

We're so proud of them for being featured in the Washington Post. Check out the article
We're at Orientation!
Startup Spotlight
FunBand Inc's Planning to Soak Up the Fund

A common adage among parents is that “it takes a village to raise a child”. For Rehema Feleke, Simon Loo, and Massoomeh Mullen, that common saying also applies to their startup, FunBand Inc.

Since winning first place at the 2016 Business Plan Competition, the startup has been expanding at an unbelievable rate. Not only has the trio gone from idea to prototype in less than a year, they’ve received the Best Presentation award at the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Competition and are seeking funding at the Cove Fund later this month. Read more to learn about how this business idea took off. 

Entrepreneurship Outside Ring Road 

Here’s some news and tips in the global startup sphere!


How to Network on Instagram Direct Message

Believe it or not, sliding into someone’s DMs doesn’t have to end with a date. Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk takes advantage of the fact that Instagram users can message almost anyone else on the platform to expand your network. He recommends tracking the people you’d like to work with, providing them with value, and closing with a message (Photo from KnowYourMeme). Full article

Why This Hot U.S. Razor Startup Just Made a Leap Across the Pond

Harry’s is a shaving subscription based company that took off just four years ago. On June 28, it expanded to the United Kingdom. Recognizing a large and highly retentive target audience, on top of market opportunities, was a key factor in making this decision. Full article

Here’s some more articles you may consider reading: 
The Month Ahead
Mark Your Calendars!

If you’re in the OC, check out these events! 

  • TCVN Workshop: Intellectual Property - What, When, Where, Why, and How at The Cove, July 13, 6-9 pm. RSVP.
  • Lunch and Learn with Michael Shimokaji at The Cove, July 14, 12-1 pm. RSVP.
  • OCTANe’s Coffee at The Cove, July 18, 7:30-8:30 am. RSVP.
  • 1 Million Cups at The Cove, July 19, 8-9 am. RSVP.
  • Tech Panel: AI, Machine Learning & Automation at The Cove, July 20, 6-8:30 pm. RSVP.
  • 1 Million Cups at The Cove, July 26, 8-9 am. RSVP.
  • TCVN Mentoring Night at Saritasa, July 27, 6-9PM. RSVP.
For additional entrepreneurial events throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County areas,
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