Programs and Events at The Basement, the collaborative space for UC San Diego’s entrepreneurial community

Evening with Expert: Navid Alipour

May 18th, 6:00PM at The Basement

Topic: Funding Options

Navid Alipour is Co-founder & Managing Partner at Analytics Ventures. He is also the founder of La Costa Investment Group. Navid looks to address the need between angel investors and big venture capital funds. He plays an active role in building amazing teams and advisor boards that can raise money, generate revenue,  and tackle their respective verticals from Healthcare to Internet of Things.

Previously, he has managed approximately $100 million at Fortune 500 financial services companies. He is a Business Advisor  at CONNECT and advisor to several other  San Diego startups. Navid has also been a panelist, judge, speaker, and moderator on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship at forums such as UCSD, USD, SDSU, MIT Forum, EvoNexus, CyberHive, and CONNECT.

 Evening with Expert: Babak Forutanpour

May 28th, 6:30PM at The Basement

Topic: From a Napkin Sketch to a Successful Kickstarter, to a Deal with a Shark

In this presentation, Babak Forutanpour will share his motivation for wanting to create the world’s best ball, and how he took the idea through several rounds of prototyping, to finding a manufacturing partner overseas, to launching a successful Kickstarter, to having Arya Ball picked by NBC Today Show as Hot New Toy for 2014, to landing a deal with Daymond John of ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, all in one year. Babak will explain the principles behind the lean start up model, value of patents, importance of guerrilla marketing, and why you don’t have to quit your day job to be an entrepreneur.

 eChallenge Business Plan Competition

May 22nd, 5:00PM at The Basement

The Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego is excited to present the 2015 $100,000 Business Plan Competition.

This year, we will be having finals in two categories; Technology and Bio/Medical Sciences. Semi-finals will be on May 22nd in The Basement, UC San Diego’s newest entrepreneurial center, located at Mandeville Center.

Register here:

 Women in Technology and Engineering Panel Discussion

May 27th, 3:00PM – 4:30PM at Career Services Center, Horizon Room

Please join Women in Science & Engineering and Graduate Women in Science & Engineering for a Panel Discussion on Women in Technology and Engineering. The panelists are: Dr. Jane Moores (Assistant Vice Chancellor Technology Transfer), Dr. Tajana Simunic-Rosing (Professor CSC-ECE), and Dr. Marian Stewart-Barlett (Founder and Lead Scientist Emotient Inc.)

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