University of California 3rd Annual Pitch Competition

12 UC Entrepreneurs Win Opportunity to Pitch at Venture Summit!

The University of California is pleased to announce the 12 finalists of the 3rd Annual UC Entrepreneur Pitch Competition for UC’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni. These 12 finalists will pitch their startups to more than 800 business leaders and venture capitalists at the 4th annual 2019 Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation (GCVI) Summit, held in Monterey, CA, from Jan. 29-31, 2019.

VC judges will select one winner from each competition track to receive a $15,000 cash prize.

UC leaders congratulate our entrepreneur finalists!

Dr. Christine Gulbranson, senior vice president and chief innovation officer for the University of California, congratulated the 12 finalists alongside chancellors from the finalists' campuses in a short video message.

  Connect with Dr. Christine Gulbranson.

About the Annual UC Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

The 3rd Annual "I am a UC Entrepreneur" competition for UC entrepreneurs was launched in November 2018, to highlight the innovation and creativity of our 270K students, 200K faculty, and 2 million living alumni.

UC invited faculty/staff, student, and alumni entrepreneurs to participate in the competition to highlight the impressive work and richness of innovation in UC’s expansive innovation ecosystem.

6 Early Stage Finalists



Startups in or before Series-A.

Shawn Headley

Aluminum Oxide

Advanced Materials

Viola Sutanto

LimeLoop, Inc.

Transportation

Charlie Yeh

mFluiDx

Medical Diagnostics

Nicholas Halverson

Occuspace

Other

Byron Shen

Velox Biosystems

Medical Diagnostics

Lorenzo Rossini

Veocor Diagnostics

Medical Diagnostics

6 Later Stage Finalists



Startups in or post Series-A.

Megan Mokri

Byte

Software and Services

Michael Demetriou

GlyTR Therapeutics

Medical Therapeutics

Neel Grover

Indi.com

Software and Services

Olin Hyde

LeadCrunch.ai

Software and Services

Jason McKeown

Neurovalens

Medical Devices

Homayoon Kazerooni

suitX

Medical Devices

 

Mentors



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

 

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