The Basement Programs & Events

The Basement Programs & Events

Weekly Meet-Ups

Ongoing, Every Sunday, 4:00PM – 6:00PM at The Basement

Every Sunday eChallenge hosts weekly Meetups for Basement teams and other UC San Diego students who have entrepreneurial interests and want to link up as well as network with likeminded students.

Evening with Expert: Navid Alipour

May 18th, 6:00PM at The Basement

Topic: Funding Your Startup

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.

TEDx: Secret to Better Work w/Emily Loui

May 20, 1:00-2:00PM at The Basement

Facilitated discussion with Emily Loui around the secret to better work. We invite anyone interested in entrepreneurism and networking with likeminded individuals to join us at The Basement.

Hera Quick Pitch

May 21st, 6:00PM at Hera Hub

Listen to 10 exciting venture pitches from San Diego’s best and brightest ladies in a room full of female angels and women startup supporters. Stay for Dessert Deals where female funders and female founders will efficiently connect for opportunities for funding follow-ups.

Please Register here:

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.)

For more information please visit here:

Evening with Expert: Babak Forutanpour

May 28th, 6:30PM at The Basement

Topic: From a Napkin Sketch to a Successful Kickstarter

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.

Startup Weekend Los Angeles

May 29th through May 31st, 6:30PM in Los Angeles

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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