Why I Acquired a Company at 21
Student consultant Matt Nguyen shares why he acquired a video production company at the young age of 21 and shares advice for entrepreneurs seeking to expand their business.
Startup Spotlight: Prickly Pear
Meet a third year ANTrepreneur focusing on puns and plants through her business.
Welcoming the Community to an Open House
On March 1, we celebrated our new location with students, alumni, student businesses, and local entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship continues to play a more vital role to prepare students for life beyond college. Take a look inside the daily activities we partake in to support students with ideas. This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 edition of UCI Magazine.
Startup Spotlights: ListingZen
Founded by two alumni, ListingZen provides the world’s only end-to-end real estate operating system.
The Top Three Lessons from Girlboss: From Employee to Entrepreneur
With a panel of established female entrepreneurs, Girlboss continues to inspire and connect aspiring female entrepreneurs with the larger community.
ANTSgiving 2017: Building Social Enterprises that Make a Difference
In collaboration with the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, our second annual nonprofit panel brought together over 100 attendees.
ANTSgiving 2016 Brings Together Social Enterprises
What does the 28th child of a family, lover of pets, student with an emphasis in Mandarin, and marketing guru have in common? They are all leaders of nonprofit organizations, and the panelists of last Tuesday night’s ANTsgiving. Lydia Natoolo, Kelly Reeves, Shea Rouda, and Jerri Rosen gathered with approximately 50 other entrepreneurs and students […]
Startup Spotlight: Schoolr
There is an increasing amount of tutoring resources today to help students learn their subjects. However, most of them are either expensive or inconvenient to use. “I want to do something to change the way it works for worldwide students.” said Ryan Rodriguez, CEO and co-founder of Schoolr. David Kanda (left) and Ryan Rodriguez (right).Schoolr, […]
Get Your Tickets! Girlboss Featuring Laura Neubauer
Join the UCI ANTrepreneur Center and the National Association of Women Owned Businesses on Tuesday, November 17, 2017, for our first event of the year! What Girlboss is a series of events that encourage and support aspiring female entrepreneurs by sharing the stories of successful business leaders, and connecting them to the Orange County community […]
Amy Jo Pedone, founder of Valenza Chocolatier.It is one thing to pursue a hobby you love in your leisure time, but the dimensions change dramatically once it becomes your full time job. Being an entrepreneur is no soft cookie and we brought in Amy Jo Pedone, the creator of Valenza Chocolatier (VC), to share […]
Straw Free founder Diana Lofflin and students connect at the UCI Fall Sustainability Fair. Last Tuesday, UC Irvine’s first annual Fall Sustainability Fair packed sudents, faculty, and staff onto the basketball courts of the Middle Earth housing community. College-affiliated organizations offered their regular swag, but at the Straw Free booth, the prize was bamboo straws. […]
Serious Side Projects
Since the 1990s, board games have resurged in popularity. Nearly $370 million were contributed to board games over Kickstarter’s history, and purchases spiked 56 percent from 2014 to 2015. Hoping to make a move into this market is Serious Side Projects, a startup created by UCI ANTrepreneur Nathaniel Dalerio, Hartnell College student Michael Porras and […]
“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 […]
College students in the US always have many tasks to deal with, including school work, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. In fact, there’s so much to do that more than 55 percent of students get fewer than seven hours of sleep. “The traditional means of getting information were just adding to my stress level. And […]
Entrepreneurship remains such a rare opportunity for students who grew up in the United States and abroad, that those wishing to hold onto that chance will surrender even what they keep close. For UCI graduate Vivi Huang, among the list of items she sacrificed was her car. “I used the money my parents gave me […]
ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards
On June 2, at the Paul Merage School of Business, we held our third annual ANTrepreneur of the Year Awards! We hope that those who attended enjoyed celebrating the entrepreneurial achievements of the UCI community. For those who missed it, check out the winners below! Congratulations to Our Winners! Best Marketing Technique: Straw Free Best […]
Girlboss with Keynote Speaker Julie Hudash
On Monday evening, May 22nd, over 60 members from UCI, Team Kids and the Orange County community gathered to attend the UCI ANTrepreneur Center’s third Girlboss event. Julie Hudash, founder and CEO of Team Kids, the keynote speaker of the event, shared her experiences as a female entrepreneur and starting her non-profit company, Team Kids. […]
When rejection becomes common you learn how to take it. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing confidence. Such is the case for ANTrepreneur Alex Yang, who, alongside Shan Wu, co-founded the software development agency and platform Shokse. Unlike other agencies, their startup relies on artificial intelligence to provide small and medium sized businesses with freelance software development teams, which remains…
Near the end of fall quarter, five students majoring in engineering and computer science had a simple business idea and no business knowledge. This quarter, those same students advanced to the final rounds of the Beall New Venture Competition and the Beall and Butterworth Product Development Competition. The product these ANTrepreneurs–Siddhant Kasat, Omair Farooqui, Cameron […]
Specialists in Plastic Additive Manufacturing (Closed Loop Plastics)
A subtle observer at UCI’s Java City may notice a trash can reading “Renew 3D Print”, asking drinkers to throw away their coffee lids. But what is missing on the container is who the lids will go to: the members of the Specialists in Plastic Additive Manufacturing, a sustainability initiative consisting of nine students at […]
The most recent version of the Airnotes glove, designed by Kevin Shih. Last week, the UC Irvine startup AirNotes celebrated the one year anniversary of its wearable glove technology. What began as a passion project has transformed into a promising venture that will formally become a company before the end of this year. The CEO, […]
Throughout the computer science community, one may hear whispers of Python dying out as a programming language. Its slower operating speed compared to other languages, many claim, renders it useless. ANTrepreneurs Alec Kriebel and Ofri Harlev, however, disagree. That is because on May 1, the UC Irvine startup InstantCustom, of which Alec and Ofri are […]
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