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6th Annual UCSC Business Design Showcase

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The UC Santa Cruz Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) invites you to the 6th annual Business Design Showcase, a student business pitch competition for seed funding. The free event will be here in Santa Clara at the Silicon Valley campus.

Doug Erickson, B.A. literature and Latin '78, vice president of U.S. sales for Nanigans, investor in Santa Cruz tech companies Buoy Labs and Inboard Technology, cofounder of UCSC’s hackathon (this year renamed CruzHacks), and founder of the popular Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup, delivers the keynote address to inspire UCSC’s newest entrepreneurs.

While enjoying light bites and wine, peruse the open forum showcase of student businesses and vote online for your favorite to determine the people’s choice. Bring your smart phones to text your vote.

CruzFire: Internet of Things (IoT) device using gas, temperature, and humidity sensors to detect forest fires and relay this data to a base station via wireless long-range radio

Cryptanna: web and mobile tool that allows users to interact with and personalize a trading bot for cryptocurrency with no trading experience required

Darfin: uses bio-mimicry 3-D printing to create surfboard fins

Deep Shirt: machine-learning cloud app that generates personalized T-shirt designs and prints them

Def Jamz: using math, code, and lights, assists the deaf and hard-of-hearing to play musical instruments

Down Hammock by Sugi Sacks: revolutionary hammock keeps the user warm without extra weight or by taking up extra space in a backpack

Foodzi: online platform that connects at-home cooks with meal purchasers in the local community

Frequen-sees: wearable, head-level device for the blind and visually impaired that detects above-the-waist obstacles

Let’s Get Social: virtual-reality (VR) storytelling platform that helps non-profits evoke empathy, attract donors, and market social causes

Realtime by Novateur: social media app that connects college students with groups, events, and other people based on shared interests

Santa Cruz Waveworks: continuous, streaming surf data and condition monitoring hardware and online system for real-time surf's up

Sea + Tech: mobile platform to bolster alternative seafood markets' ability to compete globally

SlugSpace: powered by SmartParkIOT (SPIOT), provides user-friendly parking lot information and tracks future parking availability


Andrew Beldin, B.A. economics ’09
opportunity hunter, chief dealmaker
Leatherwood Capital

John DeWees, B.S. biology ’73
investor, entrepreneur, mentor
CEO and president
WaveTrue Science + Technologies

Craig Dudenhoeffer, B.S. ecology and evolutionary biology '11
Ocean Solutions Accelerator

Stephen King, M.S. applied economics ’86
member, board of directors, MMBB Financial Services
CEO, Online Legal Marketing

David Wittenkamp, consulting CFO
Silicon Valley