Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Whether you missed our CONNECT Weekend Kickoff event or want to experience it all over again, watch the video here! Andy Wilson and Mike Giardello recap Innovate Pasadena’s progress and outline its vision for the future. Mark Breitenberg provides some background on CONNECT Weekend and introduces speaker Bill Gross, CEO of Idealab. Gross talks about a radical non-proprietary “open-source” strategy for launching startup companies that leverages Pasadena’s community of entrepreneurs. Enjoy!

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  • We’re still receiving positive feedback from our recent inaugural CONNECT Weekend, but we wanted to offer some highlights from each collaborator’s hard work. During the 4-day celebration we coordinated 14 events with over 50 partners and sponsors and had nearly 2,500 attendees! What did CONNECT accomplish? Here are some highlights from the weekend:

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  • Following years of careful planning headed by future California Senator Jack Scott and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative (PBC), a non-profit biotech incubator, quietly opened its doors for business in 2004. The following decade held unprecedented growth for PBC, mirroring the success of its namesake city. During these formative years the PBC expanded from 500 square feet to occupy over 13,000 square feet in 3 separate facilities, assisting nearly 30 startups along the way and shows no sign of slowing down.

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  • Hack for Pasadena is looking for developers, designers and idea-makers to inspire the next round of technologies that will shape Pasadena’s future in a data-driven economy. Moreover, Hack for Pasadena is excited to announce that over $6,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s) along with meetings with Venture Capitalists and other prizes valued at over $1,000.

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  • Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the opportunities to experience and celebrate innovation during CONNECT Weekend on March 13 – 16th? Are you not sure what to do and when? Well don’t worry. We’ve got just the thing to put your mind at ease. The CONNECT Weekend Program is now available in a beautiful printer-friendly PDF! Its map and event descriptions will let you navigate the Weekend with ease. See you soon!

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  • Join us to celebrate the success of Innovate Pasadena’s CONNECT Weekend with a night of laughs at the Ice House Comedy Club. The event will include presentations from all of our CONNECT Weekend pitch and hackathon winners, as well as a special show by Stanford EE Turned Standup Comedian, Don McMillan of TechnicallyFunny.com.

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  • There’s no better time than now to start learning a new skill. That’s one of the philosophies behind Rails Girls, a free two-day workshop for women who want to learn and build web apps. Started in 2010 in Finland, Rails Girls has spread to places like Turkey, Egypt, Japan, Peru and now Los Angeles for the second year. Women of all ages and experience levels, mostly beginners, will learn how to sketch, prototype, program and deploy a web app.

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  • The Oak Crest Institute of Science is pleased to be participating in the inaugural citywide CONNECT Weekend hosted by Innovate Pasadena. Oak Crest is an innovative chemistry and education center where experienced scientists work side-by-side with high school through post-grad students to solve compelling problems in environmental and medical science. On Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oak Crest is opening its doors to entrepreneurs, small science startups, university faculty, high school and college students as well as K-12 teachers for guided tours and presentations inside this thriving working/teaching chemistry research laboratory.

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  • Recently I’ve been fascinated by how crowdfunding is changing the way ideas become reality. Many of you probably know all about the concept of crowdfunding and its growing popularity in helping startups gain momentum and support through the popular platforms of Indiegogo and Kickstarter. As a real estate developer, I was always curious about how this could be implemented in my own field. Up until the JOBS act was passed by our President, crowdfunding in real estate development was hampered by various SEC securities regulations; now, with those regulations eased, I’m excited to see what the future has in store.

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  • It’s an exciting time to be a technology-focused entrepreneur in Southern California. A startup ecosystem has blossomed, anchored in Silicon Beach and emerging in other regions as well such as Culver City, Pasadena and even DTLA. Funding for Southern California startups has also grown significantly over the past several years, from sources such as angels, venture funds, private equity firms and strategic investors. Yet among the ever-growing buzz and excitement surrounding this phenomenon, angst exists among some entrepreneurs that funding sources remain scarce for Southern California startups.

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