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As spring approaches, opportunities to plant your firm grow abundant! We continue to hold weekly events for you to network, sharpen your entrepreneurial skills, and turn your business idea into a reality.  One of our speakers from Girlboss 2.0 is holding an internship position, and the deadline for the Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is today! If  social innovation is more of your speed, the J.M. Kaplan Fund is holding a prize contest that may provide $175,000 to fund your idea!

But this month brings chances to start not only your business; other ANTrepreneurs are coming out of  hibernation as well. UCI startups have showcased their products at the UCI Homecoming Fair, and in this issue, the founder of a business producing UV-protective clothing shares her experience.

Check out the news below!

UCI ANTrepreneur Center
What to Catch Up On
Postponed: Founders' Frenzy
Due to scheduling conflicts, we are moving Founders' Frenzy to April 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions about this change, or Founders' Frenzy!
ANTrepreneurs Budding at Homecoming Festival 2017
by Will Khaine

Last Saturday afternoon, alumni, students, faculty, and staff all gathered in Aldrich Park for the UCI Homecoming Festival. Enveloped by classmates reconnecting, food trucks, and live performances, among other features, a string of UCI businesses filled a row of booths as part of the Festival's Innovation@Home showcase.

A wide variety of startups were on display, including company for foodies Yummi, rideshare app for women SeeJaneGo, computer hardware company Nxzt, and medical businesses Modulated Imaging and Nanomedical Diagnostics

All startups were able to expand their exposure to multiple classes of the university.

Also part of the festival was Related & Co., a growth consulting and business development firm. “Selling something tangible is easier than selling an experience, a consultation,” stated Atahan Isik, the company's founder. Being part of the festival “exposes the company and shows that we are all engaged with the UCI community.”

Other ANTrepreneurs, however, wanted to do more than market. Blue, a Bluetooth social networking app that allows users to connect within close ranges, took advantage of the diverse attendees to receive feedback. 

With over 100 people downloading the app over the course of the festival, "we've had great turnout," said founder Jose Montero. "We got to see if this is something students would want." 

As the afternoon turned into the evening, the temperature took a turn for the chilly. But that couldn't hamper any enthusiasm." It was great. We just wish it was a little warmer," facetiously remarked SeeJaneGo co-founder Savannah Jordan.

David Cuccia, CEO of Modulated Imaging, also reflected on the afternoon. "It's great to be a part of an event for everything UCI and showcase an example of how thing can work when all the prices come together," he said.

Sol Sisters: Challenges
and Counsel
by Lucy Guo

“I don’t believe that we should have to compromise the safety of our health for our choices in fashion and expressing our personality.”
-Shelby Anderson

Sol Sisters, owned and founded by third year Social Policy and Public Service major and ANTrepreneur Shelby Anderson, is a one-stop shop for the everyday women’s sun protective needs. It provides fashionable UV protective clothing, cosmetics, and accessories at an affordable price.

The idea to begin the business arose from a burn accident that happened to Shelby in the summer of 2013. The burn made Shelby’s skin extra sun sensitive, and she failed to find the UV products that fit both her personality and age. It turned Shelby to create a one-stop-shop for UV protection with a wide selection of attractive fashion choices: Sol Sisters.

The paramount challenge building this enterprise is working solo. All steps of developing Sol Sisters are either initiated or accomplished by herself. To put herself into an atmosphere of sharing business ideas, Shelby has been visiting UCI ANTrepreneur Center a lot for mentoring, attending events, and applying for business competitions.

Another common challenge as a college entrepreneur is to balancing a startup and school. The tip Shelby provides is that she uses a big calendar to write down everything she needs to do to stay organized.

Looking forward, Shelby aims to get into an accelerated program, and to design and produce her own line.

To keep up to date on Sol Sisters, check out its website and Instagram.

Share Your Story as a UC Entrepreneur

Last November, the University of California launched a campaign to highlight entrepreneurship among students, faculty, staff, postodcs, and alumni within its 10 campuses. 

As a resource for the UCI community to develop business ideas, we've helped to share the stories of over 80 ANTrepreneurs! Check out what makes them UC entrepreneurs in the compilation above.

If you'd like to submit a video, come by the ANTrepreneur Center to record! All participants will receive an "I Am an Entrepreneur T-shirt."
Launchpad Thursdays
with Charles & Co.!

We were very fortunate to have  Lawrence Charles  speak at last week's Launchpad Thursday. He shared his incredible story of how his determination and persistence created  Charles & Company . Inspired by traditional British Tea, this firm strives to share the comfort, health, and togetherness of drinking tea.

We really enjoyed his charisma, energy, and passion. And he was very thankful for all the great questions attendees asked. It was truly a great event. Thank you all for coming!
Congratulations to the Beall New Venture Competition 2017 Semifinalists!  

The 2017 Beall New Venture Competition, held at the Paul Merage School of Business, is open to all UCI students and faculty. After six months of workshops, and teams networking and planning, the semi-finalists were announced by the UCI ANTrepreneur Center. The teams listed below will compete in the final round for more than $100,000 in awards on May 12.

Check out the amazing teams!

Business Products and Services
  -Arco Preventative Solutions
  -HRD Square
  -Seasonally Fresh
  -We Scan
  -ZephyR Augmented Reality Solutions

Consumer Products
  -Closed Loop Plastics
  -Coffee Buddy
  -Kavumbu Water
  -Spark-A Smart Home for the Masses

Life Sciences
  -Autism Project
  -NanoShield Biotix
  -Red Lion Robotics
  -Sensium Medical
  -Salux Diagnostics
Consumer Services
  -Eater Zone
  -Edusol Virtual Reality App
  -OnDemand Tutor
  -PlayDate/ Social Networking

Other Teams Advancing
  -APIC Diagnostics
  -BioDrop iFDA
  -Cardiac Consult
  -Eyecon Inc.
  -Realreplies App
  -Sensenium Medical

Special thanks to The Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and its Program Manager, Hannah Thompson, for providing this list. 
The Month Ahead
Girlboss 2.0 Speaker Now Offering
Social Media and Campus Liaison Internship! 

Mamta Jain (MJ) Valderrama is a local author, speaker, entrepreneur, and  panelist from last month's Girlboss. Her debut novel, A Girl in Traffick, is out now.

Mamta has an open Social Media Growth Expert and Campus Liaison internship position. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how to develop social media and network, so if you're interested read on !

Apply for the J.M.K. Innovation Prize:
$175,000 for Social Entrepreneurs! 

If your startup or nonprofit is focused on the environment, heritage conservation, or social justice, this contest is for you!

As part of its initiative to support social, environmental, and cultural causes, the JM Kaplan Fund is once again holding the J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The New York City-based family foundation will provide up to three years of support, at $50,000 each year , as well as a $25,000 cache of funds for technical assistance and targeted project expenses. 

This contest will be especially useful for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries. Those firms which represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need, demonstrate the potential to develop a pilot or prototype using Prize funding, and can follow through on the promise to benefit communities are heavily encouraged to apply . The deadline is April 28, 2017. Good luck! 
Visit our Weekly Events!
Mark Your Calendars: March 2017
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please visit  www.socalcal.com .

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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 Business Information Management 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. 
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