August 12, 2020

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Hi there and happy August,

Some great recent deals, including Newport Beach-based Indi, which has a superstar team, and Irvine-based Syntiant, a previous EvoNexus-incubated chip maker. They raised $9M and $35M respectively. Also another new fund, Newport & San Diego-based Ankona Capital Partners, has wrapped up their fundraise and are deploying capital, with a focus on Southern California. Great to have a team of entrepreneurs-turned-investors looking to meet local later stage companies.

In other investing news, in the first half of 2020, Tech Coast Angels has invested more than $9.7M in 31 companies. Great to see the tech ecosystem working!

Have you seen UCI Wayfinder's VC speaker series? Some great recent speakers you can watch in their archive. Also congrats to the new cohort companies: AquaTex, Current Surgical, InfraDerm, ModernSyndicate, Violux!

Have a great week!

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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Jeff Gardner, President & CEO of CalAmp, discussing IoT and connecting the mobile economy.

Matregenix of Irvine announces development of new breathable antiviral nanofiber to combat coronavirus

Irvine's Vincit named one of Fast Company's Best Workplaces for Innovators 2020

Orange-based GrandPad helps keep seniors connected with loved ones

Semi-private airline JSX to launch regular flights between OC and Napa Valley

Super73 of Irvine enjoys massive demand increase for its electric mopeds

Hyperice of Irvine named official recovery technology partner of NBA

Irvine's Bitvore wins People's Choice Stevie Award at 2020 American Business Awards for AI-driven fintech

Masimo launches patient charting and alerts platform UniView: 60 on heels of strong Q2 earnings

Irvine's Syntiant raises $35M Series C round led by M12 and Applied Ventures

NowRx, with offices in Irvine, raises $20M Series B through SeedInvest crowdfunding

Indi of Newport Beach raises $9M Series A funding round

Fluxergy of Irvine is adding 20,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility due to demand for Covid-19 test kits

Rivian looking to expand into new 15,000+ sq. ft. space in Laguna Beach
EvoNexus Orange County is accepting applications from deep tech, life science, and fintech startups, Open Deadline

National Venture Plan Competition applications open July 22 - August 6

Women-Focused Workshop Series: Writing SBIR Research Plans with Enough Technical Detail, July 29

OC MasterMinds Startup Accelerator w/Tech Coast Angels, August 12

Introduction to IP for Startups, August 19

UCI Beall Wayfinder Incubator application deadline, September 6

OCBJ 26th Annual Women in Business Awards, September 9

OCBJ Innovator of the Year Awards, September 24
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