What we're about

Entrepreneurship is empowerment - and social capital is currency.
If you're working on business #1 ... or even business #100, this community is here to help make valuable connections with potential business partners or investors, as well as learn from experts regarding the skillsets and mindsets necessary to succeed in today's entrepreneurial environment.

Our members include but are not limited to: entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporate executives, company representatives, tech professionals, creative arts professionals, angel and accredited investors, startup experts, revolutionary startup entrepreneurs looking to change the world - or their local community (lean, bootstrap, crowdfunding, or venture capital focused), and people seeking to expand their professional development and/or network.
The Harvard Business Review has noted: "Face-to-face communication is the broadest bandwidth communication you can have in professional life", and we believe the current business environment will continue a transition towards what thought leader Seth Godin refers to as the "connection economy" - where value is increasingly created through the connections we make and less so through industrialism.
Therefore we endeavor to provide networking and educational events that will be uniquely effective in initiating professional connections, developing important relationships, and leveraging social capital to grow a business and increase personal influence.
It only takes one person to change our personal or professional lives. Undoubtedly, you will make new connections at our events likely to change yours... forever. Every event will have its own unique opportunities. Every. Single. One. It's "about time" to enhance your Networking ROI:
- Return on financial investment.
- Return on time investment.
- Return on emotional investment.
- Return on influence.
- Return on integrity.
- Return on ideas.
Thank you for your consideration in sharing this group with your network, and/or bringing a friend or business associate with you to our events. As author and thought leader Simon Sinek noted:
"We do not become great leaders, we do not fulfill our potential when we work to see ourselves grow or rise. It is when we devote ourselves to seeing those around us rise that we actually grow. And when the people we care about also work to see us grow, then they too will grow... The only true way for any of us to grow, to truly fulfill our full potential, is when we work to help others do the same."

Upcoming events (4+)

Techstars Startup Weekend, Irvine 3/24/23 - 3/26/23


Techstars Startup Weekend by PeopleSpace: OC Tech Hub

Learn how to think, work, and build like a startup in 54 thrilling hours.

Join them Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26, 2023 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at PeopleSpace, 1691 Kettering St, Irvine, CA.

THIS IS A PAID EVENT – YOU MUST BUY A TICKET USING THE LINK. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-startup-weekend-irvine-tickets-440186669177

Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive foray into the world of startups. Over an action-packed three days, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors to show you how to get more done faster -- and, maybe even start that Business


Want more events? Please see the full OC Startup Events Calendar here.

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Irvine Tech Week Wrap Party 3/26/23

Great Park Gallery

Come celebrate an epic week of amazing events at the Irvine Tech Week Wrap Party!

RSVP for the Event on Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irvine-tech-week-wrap-party-tickets-546659432077

Join them Sunday, March 26 from 6:15PM to 8:30PM at Great Park Gallery, 280 Corsair, Irvine, CA 92618.

Get ready to celebrate an epic week of innovation, creativity, and collaboration at the Irvine Tech Week Wrap Party! Join them for an unforgettable night of food, drinks, and music, as they honor the brightest minds in the tech community and toast to their success.

But the party doesn't stop there! They're thrilled to showcase the final 3 winners of Startup Weekend as they take the stage to pitch their groundbreaking ideas. Be the first to hear about the next big thing in tech and witness the birth of new innovations.


Want more events? Please see the full OC Startup Events Calendar here.

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How to Raise Startup Money Free Fundraising Office Hours Expert Q&A w Scott Fox!

Online event

Startup Entrepreneurs – Free LIVE Fundraising Q&A with Angel Investor/Serial Founder/Startup Expert Scott Fox

Bring your startup questions to the Startup Council’s FREE founder fundraising “Office Hours”. You'll get FREE expert Silicon Valley advice to help diverse entrepreneurs start, raise money, and grow new ventures.

Have questions about raising venture capital? How to find product/market fit? Angel investors? Pitch decks? Building your team? Protecting your intellectual property? How to find investors and pitch to raise your seed round? Starting a company as a first-time, female, or minority founder?

A fun, friendly #livestream videocast show for startup founders and friends, our mission is to increase access to innovation and investment for all. Join startup expert, Scott Fox, for valuable startup strategy advice, fundraising expertise, and networking, too.

WHEN: The 4th Tuesday of every month at NOON Pacific Time (300pm ET/~800pm UK): https://mastermindsofficehours.eventbrite.com

Podcast: http://scottfoxradio.com

HAVE A STARTUP QUESTION? RSVP in advance for helpful, free expert feedback LIVE!
Please send in your Startup Question here ***before ***the show:

Your Host & Moderator: Scott Fox CEO of the Startup Council, Chairman of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs Orange County, Tech Coast Angels, investor in 20+ startup companies, serial startup founder, best-selling entrepreneurship author of Click Millionaires, Internet Riches, more…


** Presented in partnership with the Women's Business Center. **

Cake Equity: Thanks to Cake Equity for supporting this show! Learn how Cake's global stock options platform can help your startup team easily 'share the cake', too. Their basic plan is FREE for your first 5 option grants, and you can save 20% after that by visiting https://cakeequity.com/partner/orange-county-startup-council.

Want great FREE Startup Advice NOW? Click to SUBSCRIBE & see previous shows now at https://www.youtube.com/scottfox

By attending/watching all participants recognize that advice given is for entertainment/informational use only, agree to release, indemnify, hold harmless, defend, and pay defense costs for all organizers from any and all liability or claims, and consent to use and sharing in any media of any photos or videos taken.

SBIR Series 4/6: Better Understand the SBIR Review Process 3/29/23

Online event

By University Lab Partners

6-part series to take you through the SBIR program with ScienceDocs consultant

RSVP for the Event using the link - https://www.universitylabpartners.org/our-events/better-understand-the-sbir-review-process

Join them Wednesday, March 29 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM online.

SBIRs are one of the most common non-dilutive funding mechanisms to help life science startups get started.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.


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Past events (600)

Irvine Tech Week OC Startup Council Community Happy Hour 3/24/23

Location shared after registration.