March 04, 2020

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Happy March! We're in the thick of #covid_19, affecting the stock market, causing travel disruptions, conference cancellations, and more. Hoping everyone is feeling well. Something interesting that occurred to me was that locally, a lot of us execs and founders travel to the Bay or around the world for conferences or office/client visits and those may be getting cancelled now. The silver lining might be that we have the opportunity to engage execs in our local community as they have a little bit more bandwidth right now. Make that ask to get them as a mentor or speaker to your upcoming event. Let's get them engaged!

Peter Brennan of the OC Business Journal did a good  overview  of what the local venture capital ecosystem is like, including the largest fund, Toba Capital, with $1.2 billion under management, Okapi Venture Capital, True Family Enterprises, Cambridge Companies CPG, CerraCap Ventures, RX3, and Raj Capital. It's great to not just see local money but also these teams investing locally too. Want to hear from the latest investment fund OC4 Venture Studio? Come out to  Startup Grind's March 18  event to hear from Carey Ransom. 

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Local Podcast - Accelerate OC
Listen to Carey Ransom interview Toby Corey, former President of Tesla

Irvine's Kajabi wins acclaim from Inc. Magazine and The Startup Weekly

Allied Esports of Irvine announces no additional offering of public stock

Fountain Valley's HyperX unveils new gaming keyboards

Brea's ViewSonic donates $500k toward youth and education efforts

Software provider Datto opens new Irvine office

Applied Medical Resources Corp acquires a 125k sf office and warehouse facility in Lake Forest

Safran Passenger Innovations leases 209k sf multibuilding complex in Brea

Iridium Technology merges with Irvine's DFTech for undisclosed terms

BriteCITY acquires ANiMODUS of Irvine for undisclosed terms

RPM Consolidated Services of Fullerton acquired by Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation for undisclosed terms

Inari Medical files for IPO seeking up to $100M

NeuroVasc Technologies raises $34M in funding from China-based Wago

Irvine-based Aivita Biomedical raises $12.5M Series B2 round

Newport Beach's Search with Style seeks seed funding up to $600,000 on SeedInvest crowdfunding platform
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MasterMinds OC Entrepreneur Tech Startup Accelerator Workshop @ EvoNexus, March 4

1 Million Cups @ EvoNexus, March 11

Applications to Chipotle's food-tech accelerator in Newport Beach due by March 11

Investor Expo by Global Capital Network @ Center Club, March 12

Startup Grind Investor Speaking Series featuring Carey Ransom, President OC4 Venture Studio and host of the Accelerate OC podcast @ OC4 Venture Studio, March 18

Identifying and Protecting your Intellectual Property @ Cal State Fullerton, March 23

Silicon Valley Startups Game and Q&A Fireside Chat @ 300 Spectrum Center Drive, March 26
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