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Irvine: The Next Startup Destination
Irvine Company Office Properties
2/2017

It’s Monday night, the big game is on. Entrepreneurs, tech executives, angel investors and VCs have gathered at a Monday Night Football pitch party, swapping go-to-market tips, pitching best practices. A few blocks away, two engineers are in line at Starbucks waiting to order, standing behind an entrepreneur who just closed her Series A. No, this isn’t Silicon Valley. It’s Irvine, California–the next big startup hub.

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Irvine, Other OC Cities Top US Gaming Markets
OCBJ.com
8/7/2017

OC’s three largest cities scored high marks in a new study rating the best gaming markets in the country. Irvine, home of Blizzard Entertainment Inc., Obsidian Entertainment and Mobilityware, among others, was ranked eighth best city in the U.S. for gaming, according to a report by Washington, D.C.-based Wallethub.

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California Today: Grabbing Hold of the Life Sciences Industry
NYTimes.com
5/24/2017

The life sciences industry is one of California’s strongest economic engines — and it’s growing. A new report by Biocom, a trade group based in San Diego, found that in the last five years, employment in the state’s industry grew by 10 percent to more than 360,000 jobs, many of them high-paying.

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Irvine Co. and EvoNexus partnership evolving Downtown San Diego’s tech startup community
Bisnow.com
2/16/2017

In an Irvine Co. office tower at 101 West Broadway, The Vine SD consists of a 14,500 SF EvoNexus tech incubator, where seed-stage entrepreneurs receive free workspace and a 9k SF co-working facility operated by Irvine Co. that provides early stage companies low-cost office space, both for developing and launching products.

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State funds UCI innovation, research
Orange County Business Journal
2/7/2017

University of California-Irvine’s innovation institute has received $2.2 million from the state to help speed research and innovations to market. The state investment comes from Assembly Bill 2664, written by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks and signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Razer buys phone maker
Orange County Business Journal
2/1/2017

Irvine-based video game products maker Razer Inc. has acquired the majority of assets of a San Francisco company that developed a mobile phone that offers unlimited cloud-storage capacity.

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UCI team to compete on Hyperloop
Orange County Business Journal
1/24/2017

A University of California-Irvine engineering team will compete with more than 30 academic and independent engineering teams from around the world to determine which has designed and built the best “human-scale pod” for the Hyperloop transportation system.

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Planting The Seeds for Success (page 55)
Pelican Hill Magazine
Winter 2017 edition

In the hills that house University of California, Irvine’s University Research Park sits a building distinguishable from its neighbors only by the bright green “V” emblazoned on the façade. But what lies within is far from ordinary. Inside, innovation thrives.

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How The Vine & Orange County's entrepreneurial ecosystem are powering startup success
The Vine
9/16/2016

Get inspired by another success story fresh off The Vine! We spoke with Vojin Zivojnovic, CEO and Co-Founder of AGGIOS to learn how Irvine Company and Orange County’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem is fueling innovation.

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OC-based startup NarrativeWave raises $1.2 million in seed funding
Orange County Business Journal
8/18/2016

NarrativeWave raised $1.2 million in seed funding, bringing its total funding to $3.2 million. The software startup was started by San Juan Capistrano-based Frost Data Capital, which creates companies focused on energy, manufacturing and healthcare, and keeps them under its roof for the duration of their development.

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UC Irvine students doing web work for OC startups
Orange County Register
3/7/2016

If you’re an aspiring actor, you move to Los Angeles. A budding chef? Move to New York. And for blossoming Web developers and the entrepreneurs who need them, Silicon Valley is their mecca.

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15 Orange County startups worth watching
TechSpace.com
2/24/2016

Orange County startups are beginning to see considerable activity and an inflow of capital. With its picture postcard beaches, the lights of Disneyland, manicured towns and luxury lifestyle, ‘The OC’ is a California icon. It’s also an area that is bursting with personality, creativity, education, and growth: all things that create innovation and attract startups.

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Orange County venture capital hit $1 billion in 2015. What’s being funded here?
Orange County Register
1/21/2016

Startups in Orange County landed $1 billion in venture capital in 2015, a first since the dot-com bust in 2000. Where that money went is also reminiscent of the turn of the century. Software and medical device companies made up most of the deals inked last year.

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The next Silicon Beach? Orange County wants to build its tech community
LA Times
10/29/2015

On a recent evening, a crowd of entrepreneurs, investors and tech consultants gathered at an office building near UC Irvine, drinking Heineken, playing pingpong and watching the San Diego Chargers take an early lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the socializing was just background for the main event: an emerging effort to connect Orange County entrepreneurs and financiers in building a local technology sector more like those in Silicon Valley and L.A.'s Silicon Beach.

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Orange County economic growth finally revving into high gear
LA Times
7/23/2015

Off the 405 Freeway in Irvine, hundreds of workers are busy erecting a 20-story glass office tower, a stark symbol of Orange County's economic expansion. This year, the county is expected to add the most new jobs in 17 years, outpacing the growth rate of California and the nation.

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