On January 30th our five finalists pitched their startup at the 2018 Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit. Learn more about their experience with our inaugural campaign.

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UC leaders congratulate our alumni entrepreneur finalists!

UC's alumni entrepreneur campaign finalists were selected from a pool of contestants representing all 10 UC campuses. Watch our senior vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship, Christine Gulbranson – and the chancellors of each finalist's UC alma mater – offer their congratulations and encouragement ahead of the finale pitch event.

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UC alumni create groundbreaking products and revolutionary companies.

Our five finalists will pitch their startups in front of more than 600 corporate venturing and innovation leaders at the 2018 Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit held in Monterey, California from January 30th to February 1st, 2018.


Watch to learn more about UC's five alumni entrepreneur campaign finalists and their innovative companies.

Jude Calvillo


Software and Services

Heather Hochrein

EVmatch, Inc.


Brian (Hon Wye) Soo

Lume LLC

Electronic Systems and Components

Michael Urner

Tergis Technologies LLC

Medical Devices

Sophia Yen

Pandia Health

Software and Services


Finalists are paired with a VC mentor to help prepare for their final pitch.


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