Hey ANTrepreneurs! 

Although March is ending soon, there's plenty of events happening to turn your move your entrepreneurial ideas forward ! Our startup competition  Founders Frenzy is back, the largest tech and enterprise celebration in Orange County will be held next month, and multiple volunteer positions are abound. Also, if you're a marketer and interested in joining a startup, we've included an opportunity for you! 

This month, our own ANTrepreneurs have been making leaps and bounds. A student group has finally hit a long term goal of turning plastic waste into recyclable 3D printer filament, while another startup  has made it to the front cover of the OC Register! 

Read their stories, and check out the news below!

UCI ANTrepreneur Center
What to Catch Up On

Finally: 3D Recyclable Printing Filament!

Congrats to the Specialists in the Plastic Additive Manufacturing team for reaching a major milestone! After two years of research, planning, development, and dedication, this sustainability initiative has finally created a spool of 3D printer filament entirely from recycled plastic!

The members of SPAM have come a long way, and their success isn’t just attributed to their dedicated research and development. Networking, pitches, and management were also components to their consistent progress. To see other places where entrepreneurship and environmentalism intersect , check out our feature on the team and co-founders William Amos and Aldrin Lupisan.

Photo courtesy of William Amos.
Strawfree in the OC Register! 
Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register. 
Congrats to Straw Free  for making the FRONT COVER of the Orange County Register! So proud of these ANTrepreneurs of keeping our oceans clean

Read the article  here !

New Venture Competition Forges On! 
by Zejin Guo

The 2017 Beall New Venture Competition is a business competition open to all UCI students and faculty who have six months to form their own teams and fund their ideas. On March 8, students were invited to attend the fifth workshop about how to create financials when building their pitch decks.

Presenter Chris Baclawski, the founding managing partner for CB Capital Partners, explained how to present financials with the uniqueness that investors looking for, including the lifecycle of a company, the objectives, outline, examples of a business plan, and the link of the income statement, the balance sheet, and cash flow statement.

Mr. Baclawski said, “the investors care most if you have a long term relationship -contract with stores,” so the objective of making a business plan should be setting a direction for a company, capturing the interest of potential venture capital investors, and projecting confidence to potential investors and project value (obtaining sufficient funds to achieve milestones at an acceptable valuation).

The next workshop is on April 5, and will talk about “How to Create and Deliver a Pitch.” If you need more help while working on your project, the ANTrepreneur Center is here for you! Schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
Launchpad Thursdays Making a Bzzz

Last week we had the pleasure of having Ky Madden, the founder of Bzzz Bean, share his entrepreneurial experience with a big crowd of ANTrepreneurs.

Ky, a UCI alumni, spoke about his journey creating his delicious chocolate covered coffee beans. We all agreed that they were amazing as he gave us all a taste of his product. He spoke about how he is creating THE brand for coffee bean covered chocolate.

His vibrant packaging, recipe, and determination has enabled him to gain momentous traction. He sells around campus give Bzzz Beans a try!

The Month Ahead
Guess What's Back (back back), Back Again ('gain, 'gain)!

After smoothing out some edges, we’ve brought back Founders Frenzy 2017! From April 6 to April 21, 64 teams will face off against each other for the grand prize. Last year’s winning team brought home cash prizes and in kind support from Pivotal Law Firm. 

Official submissions are now closed, but we are accepting wild card submissions. Email antrepreneur@uci.edu for more information! Also- our events are open to the public! The first, Founders Frenzy Kickoff, will be held at the Paul Merage Auditorium (Room SB1 1200) at 5:30PM and will feature teams not only from the Eater Nation but also UCLA, USC, Chapman University, and Concordia University! It’ll be an exciting night to watch, so we hope that you RSVP and join us! You may even get the chance to pitch as a wild card! We hope to see you there!

Check out the competition website for more information.

Want to get Involved? Build your Resume with the ANTrepreneur Center!

The UCI ANTrepreneur Center is looking for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved with our center in a variety of roles. Think you’ve got what it takes? Find a position that interests you below and email your resume to antrepreneur@uci.edu !

Social Media Coordinator: managing a sustained and regular presence in social media sites.
Recommended skills/qualities:
-Detail oriented
-Outgoing personality
-Creative thinking
-Have a good eye for aesthetic design (Graphic design experience of any sort is a plus!)

Marketing Coordinator: entails managing a wide range of marketing processes and projects. Previous marketing experience mandatory.
Recommended skills/qualities:
-Leadership skills
-Organized (to prioritize and work on a tight deadline under fast-paced conditions)

Student Outreach Coordinator: Maintain and build relationships with other UCI departments and students.
Recommended skills/qualities:
-Great interpersonal skills
-Communication skills
-Involved on campus
-Outgoing personality

Programs Coordinator: Supports the center by performing administrative duties related to planning, directing and coordinating weekly programs.
Recommended skills/qualities:
-Great problem solving skills
-Ability to take the initiative and work independently
-Strong communication skills
-Telephone etiquette skills
-Project management skills

Events Coordinator: Supports the Center by performing administrative duties related to planning, directing and coordinating events and operational activities. Also generates new event ideas and provides event schedules.
Recommended skills/qualities:
-Great problem solving skills
-Ability to take the initiative and work independently
-Communication and project management skills

Student Consultant: Consult with students on their entrepreneurial ideas and ventures through socratic consulting and coaching. Consultants analyze the existing activities and practices of a student or team, and provide advice for creating new strategies and improvements (not required to be in at the ANTrepreneur Center at all times; can be an “upon appointment” basis).
Recommended skills/qualities:
-Adaptable and quick thinking
-Experience with startups is preferred
-Great communication and problem solving skills
-Friendly and encouraging
Marketers, Join a Startup!

EJ Lim and UCI graduate Yang Jiao are putting together an e-commerce startup for supplements and looking for a co-founder. Experience with any type of marketing is required to join for equity. If you’re interested, email mjkn11@hanmail.net or yjiao7@uci.edu
for more details.
Machine Learning Students: Apply for Seasonally Fresh! 

Seasonally Fresh is looking for an ICS student or engineering student with skills in machine learning to help us conform data for our system. Data is from the USDA and other sources. Please contact us if you're interested in either independent study credit, an internship, or other possible collaboration. Our startup team is working out of the Applied Innovation center at UCI and we are entered in the New Venture Competition.

If interested, contact: Cynthia Kirkeby by emailing classbrain@gmail.com.

Entrepreneur Teams Coming Your Way! 

VentureWell is a nonprofit higher ed network that intends to provide science and technology innovators the support, training, and access to networks and resources they need to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

This nonprofit is now accepting applicants for the the E-Team Program, a competitive national grant program that provides funding, hands-on workshops, peer networking opportunities, and expert coaching for students working to commercialize their product. Up to $25,000 will be provided in grants to drive applicants’ venture!

Interested? Read more and apply before the deadline, May 3, 2017! 
Party at Eureka FEST!

The largest annual tech and enterprise festival in Orange County is back for a third year!

On April 8, Eureka FEST 2017a day-long program of panelists and keynote presentations, will feature successful and influential entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and industry experts. Not only will attendees learn from workshops, enjoy great food, listen to pitches, and check out demo showcases, but they will also rock out to live performances by Multi-Platinum recording artist Vassy! 

If you’re interested in seeing the above panelists and speakers, networking, learning about the OC tech scene and venture capitalism, or just looking for a place to hang out, and more, this celebration is for you! RSVP for more information.
Mark Your Calendars: April 2017
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About the Writers
Zejin (Lucy) Guo is a first year Business Economics major wishing to explore her potential. She is a newsletter editor at the ANTrepreneur Center, and always dreamed of becoming a good entrepreneur through hands-on learning and experiences.
Will Khaine is a second year Software Engineering major and the ANTrepreneur Center Newsletter Editor in Chief. He's interested in supporting socially responsible startups, and spends his spare time programming, eating chicken sandwiches, and drinking coffee. Lots of coffee.