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New Venture Competition Feature: ARTEM

You’ve heard about them before. Get to know one of the top teams at UCI’s Beall New Venture Competition, which includes a freshman with an idea that was hatched more than a year ago.

Startup Spotlight: Prickly Pear

Meet a third year ANTrepreneur focusing on puns and plants through her business.

Julery Designs

Created by a business student during the Fall Quarter 2017, this company has transformed from a class project into a small business.

Startup Spotlights: ListingZen

Founded by two alumni, ListingZen provides the world’s only end-to-end real estate operating system.


Meet a team, including a freshman, that celebrates underground artists and is striving to provide an affordable marketplace for art.


Airmule is revolutionizing the airline industry by allowing air travelers to sell their unused luggage spaces to ship goods.

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, […]

Valenza Chocolatier

  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

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 […]

Sol Sisters

“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 […]

Bulletin (Lythous)

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 […]


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…

Coffee Buddy

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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