September 16, 2020
THE FRESH SQUEEZE

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Hey OC friends!

As I'm busy putting away all my white clothes after Labor Day, I'm excited to see all the funding and M&A activity hitting. This has been such a weird year. With pauses on funding/acquisitions in March/April, then some switches turn back on and some still paused. Usually July-August is quiet with summer vacations, and now everyone is home and look at all of these deals down below like ZUUM and Cuddly. And the SPACs come to OC with Advantage Solutions going public in a reverse merger.

While we are still working to bring a full OC Startup Week (let's go 2021!), I'd welcome you to join the virtual SD Startup Month, with bite-size amounts of content daily for everyone, from founder skills to sales and people management and thoughtful virtual networking.

Hope you can join in!

Cheers,
Neal
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ORANGE COUNTY TECH ECOSYSTEM NEWS

Despite pandemic, Premier Workspaces thriving with innovation in difficult shared space sector

StretchLab uses technology and savvy operations to add locations during Covid-19

Major investments coming to John Wayne Airport to upgrade OC infrastructure

CoreLogic of Irvine receives an acquisition proposal at a $66 per share offering

HyperX of Fountain Valley introduces line of blue light blocking eyewear to help reduce eyestrain for gamers and professionals

Eight local startups seeking funding from $500k to $1.6M

Innovation advisor Parisa Khosropour helps local startups succeed

UCI's Chris Barty is working with laser technology to defeat COVID-19

Wayfinder startup VolunteerCrowd helps students give back through community service
OFFICE EXPANSIONS

Irvine's Anduril continues growth with planned offices in Boston and London
DEALS

Fvndit closes on a $30M round led by Accial Capital and Variant Investments

Newport Beach-based Aeon Biopharma hauls in $25M from Daewoong Pharmaceutical in a convertible note

Irvine's ZUUM Transportation raises total of $12.58M with 2nd seed round

LensGen of Irvine closes $10M in bridge financing led by HOYA Group

Aqua Medical of Santa Ana gets $8.2M in Series A-3 round led by ShangBay Capital

Seal Beach-based Cuddly raises $4M in Series A funding led by Lead Edge Capital
ACQUISITIONS

Advantage Solutions of Irvine to go public in a reverse merger with SPAC Conyers Park II at a $5.2B enterprise value

Newport Beach-based Kadenwood snaps up EcoGen Laboratories for undisclosed terms

Irvine's briteCITY acquires NIXSYS IT Services for undisclosed terms

Remita Health of Irvine acquired by Bristol Hospice of Salt Lake City for undisclosed terms

Novus Therapeutics of Irvine acquires Anelixis Therapeutics in a stock-for-stock transaction

BayWa r.e., with US office in Irvine, acquires Enable Energy for undisclosed terms

PhoneTag acquired by YouMail of Irvine for undisclosed terms
ONLINE EVENTS & DEADLINES
EvoNexus Orange County is accepting applications from deep tech, life science, and fintech startups, Open Deadline

First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020, September 15-16

VC Speaker Series with Miramar Digital Ventures featuring Bruce Hallett and Sherman Atkinson, September 18

Pismo Ventures National Venture Plan Competition; registration deadline September 27

OCBJ Innovator of the Year Awards, September 24

2nd Annual Women Talk Tech Conference, October 15 - November 5

Road to Reinvention 2020 Virtual Conference, October 15
JOBS SPOTLIGHT
Customer Relationship Executive, Ceridian (Fountain Valley)

Customer Success Associate, Zuum Transportation (Irvine)

Account Manager (Enterprise), Codazen (Laguna Hills)

Product Manager, Zigzy (Tustin)

Marketing Coordinator, LabRoots (Orange County)

Sales Executive, Voxology (Newport Beach)

.Net Full Stack Developer, iPourIt (Lake Forest)

Senior Java Developer, Jet Bridge LLC (Costa Mesa)

Mobile Application Developer, Cashpot (Irvine)

Account Manager, Stealthbits Technologies (Newport Beach)
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