The UC Irvine Environment Institute (http://environment.uci.edu)
The UC Irvine Environment Institute: Global Change, Energy, and Sustainable Resources was created to foster education and research opportunities that address interactions between the environment and society. Sustainable energy development and responsible use of natural resources has become increasingly urgent with 21st century changes in climate, technology, ecosystems, demography, and social practices. The Institute sponsors research partnerships that focus on defining and understanding the dynamic interactions among science, technological innovation, and societal response. The Institute recruits faculty to UCI who are leaders in the environment, global change, energy, and sustainable resources. Opportunities for community involvement include participation in sponsored seminars and working with the Institute to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations through funded programs and activities.
Tech Coast Angels Orange County Chapter (http://techcoastangels.com/)
The Tech Coast Angels OC Chapter actively seeks great startups to fund. Providing more than just money, Tech Coast Angels brings connections, knowledge, mentoring, and operational assistance to early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas. Tech Coast Angels is ever mindful that some of the world’s greatest companies began with angel investments and we take our commitment to that tradition seriously. Over 250 Tech Coast Angels members collaborate with each other on due diligence and then make individual decisions regarding potential investments. Our members invest in exciting companies in a wide range of industries including biotech, consumer products, Internet, IT, life sciences, media, software and environmental, among others. Since its inception in 1997, the Tech Coast Angels has invested more than $140 Million in over 170 entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.
OCTANe OC (http://octaneoc.org/home)
OCTANe connects people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth in Orange County. OCTANe members, over 2,000 OC business leaders, represent technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to: stimulate technology job growth and wealth creation in Orange County; help entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful businesses; help companies connect with funding and growth resources; help senior executives access intelligence, new technologies, and talent; help develop the next-generation of technology business leaders; and create a forum for technology company leaders to have a lasting impact on the future of Orange County. OCTANe has helped 35 companies receive more than $127 million in investment and equity exits, and enabled more than 500 companies to connect with Launch Pad, OCTANe’s hand’s-on, pro-bono accelerator for start-up companies in the technology, life science, and clean tech industries.
K5 Launch (http://www.k5launch.com/)
K5 Launch hosts, invests, and accelerates game-changing, early stage, technology driven businesses led by visionary founders. Organized as a full three-month boot camp, the K5 Launch program’s objective is to help a team of entrepreneurs build a lean, mean, and sustainable start-up. The two basic goals of the program are to develop a minimal viable product, and to perform market validation. Selected teams may receive equity funding (up to U.S. $25,000), along with personalized mentorship for the duration of the program. In association with UCI Environment institute, K5Launch will participate in Clean Tech Academy and will offer the possibility of up to three applicants to be part of a K5 Launch class in 2012.
Calit2 @ UCI (http://www.calit2.uci.edu/)
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology – known as Calit2 – is a two-campus multidisciplinary research institute. Calit2 divisions at UCI and UC San Diego leverage academic expertise with industry experience to conduct cutting-edge research in diverse fields. The goal: to develop innovative information technology-based products and services to benefit society and ignite economic development in the region and state. Collaboration is the foundation upon which the institute and the building itself were constructed. More than 200 UCI faculty and students are actively engaged in environmental, transportation, emergency management, health care, education and entertainment-based projects. Some conduct research and work with students in the building, while others maintain home department locations but collaborate on institute research. Close ties with industry are an important component of Calit2’s unique research approach. These partnerships facilitate creative strategies to improve technology transfer, speeding downstream commercialization of research discoveries. More than 100 companies – large and small, public and privately held – have become Calit2 partners.
The Paul Merage School of Business (http://merage.uci.edu/)
The Paul Merage School of Business at UCI offers four dynamic MBA programs – plus PhD and undergraduate business degrees – that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. The Merage School graduates leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through strategic innovation – supported by analytical decision-making, information technology and collaborative execution, and enhanced by a highly-personalized learning environment. In-class and on-site experiences with real-world business issues give our students the edge needed to help companies compete in today’s global economy. The Merage School is consistently ranked among the top AACSB-accredited programs through exceptional student recruitment, world-class faculty, a strong alumni network and close individual and corporate relationships. In its 2011 listing, the Financial Times ranks The Merage School MBA program at #27 in the US and #53 in the world. The Merage School combines the academic strengths and best traditions of the University of California with the cutting-edge, entrepreneurial spirit of Orange County in the heart of America’s Tech Coast.
UCI Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (http://www.cusa.uci.edu/)
The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs addresses the human and environmental security challenges of the twenty-first century through innovative research and education programs that integrate experts from the public and private sector. CUSA is the hub of a global network that undertakes interdisciplinary research to understand and develop sustainable solutions to pressing security challenges. CUSA’s education programs prepare the next generation of leaders and researchers and our public service activities enhance awareness, preparedness and response to help address emerging security challenges that impact families, communities, and nation.