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TechPortal Talks: Benefiting from the pre-incubator experience

Title: TechPortal Talks: Benefiting from the pre-incubator experience
Event Date: 11/16/2017 - 11/16/2017

Calit2 Building Auditorium, UC Irvine


According to conventional wisdom, nine out of 10 startups fail. The problem? It’s not true. The U.S. Small Business Administration says 66 percent of startups make it to two years and roughly half of new businesses survive five years of operation. But often, very early-stage startups are not ready to jump head first into the commercial marketplace. That’s why CALIT2 opened TechPortal, a pre-incubator to house and assist young startups still in the process of formulating business plans, developing prototypes, establishing an entrepreneurial team, soliciting investments and preparing for market readiness. TechPortal has been home to 16 startups, many of which have gained strong footholds in their respective markets. Others are currently navigating the pre-incubation channels, and some simply didn’t succeed.

Join us Thursday, November 16, 2017 to:

·       Hear firsthand accounts of lean startup practices and lessons learned

·       Understand new startup customer-development and ideas-validation processes

·       Discover unique resources that a campus pre-incubator can provide

·       Learn about federally funded revenue streams and get advice from an early-stage investor

·       See what UCI is doing to better enable commercialization efforts


5:00 p.m. Registration

5:30 p.m. Presentations

7:30 p.m. Networking Buffet Dinner


Paul Dhillon, CEO, Integra Devices

Aditi Majumder, UCI professor and founder/president, Summit Technology Laboratory

Byron Shen, CEO, Velox Biosystems

Rick Smith, co-founder/managing director, Crosscut Ventures 

Nancy Kim Yun, senior director, Research Translation Group, UCI Applied Innovation 


Michael Guiliana, partner, Knobbe Martens


Knobbe Martens, LLP


Complimentary parking available in the Anteater Parking Structure. Driving and parking details found here.