EDUCATION: Seeks donations to fund health, tech, museum
The University of California-Irvine wants to raise $2 billion by 2024—the largest-ever fundraising campaign in the history of Orange County.
EDUCATION: STEM, housing, research plans
Chapman University is preparing for growth, and the Orange-based school is optimistic that the city of Orange will support its plans to expand.
More students; $175M Campaign
California State University-Fullerton is the biggest campus in the Cal State system. It wants to get bigger.
Westcliff Adds, Moving Law School
Orange County’s oldest law school, Western State College of Law, is on track to get a new base of operations and a new lease on life.
INNOVATION: Blast tackles micro saving
Some of Walter Cruttenden’s biggest ideas begin with very small numbers.
Brandman Enrollment Up, Nabs Corporate Partners
Traditional MBAs are in decline across the country.
Institutions Get Grants, Join With Groups on New Work
Local community colleges saw full- and part-time enrollment drop this year, by 0.6% and 3.5% respectively, for an overall decline of 2.6%.
INNOVATION: K5, Edwards vets involved
Koa Accel, a recently unveiled accelerator for early-stage medical device startups, is betting on its experienced team to achieve success.
Irvine-based GigX Inc., an online job directory that caters to professionals seeking part-time, long-term work at a variety of C-level positions, has launched.
Lab Co-Op Tests Get Insurance OK
Genomic Testing Cooperative added insurance approval for two cancer tests, a move it said will cut medical costs and boost care.
FOOD: Aims for 3,000 stores by year’s end
Irvine’s Before the Butcher earlier this year became the first vegan brand to see its products hit the meat counter at the supermarket chain Bristol Farms.
Seal Beach-based Cuddly Inc., a fundraising platform for animal organizations that likens itself to Amazon, GoFundMe, and WishGo all in one, recently announced its new pet adoption tracker product, created in collaboration with San Francisco-based globaliD Inc.
RETAIL: $10M+ raised; $50M ad budget
Todd Davis, co-founder and former chairman and chief executive of Tempe, Ariz.-based identity protection firm LifeLock Inc., has set his sights on a new industry: CBD.
SimRated, a simulation-based e-learning tool, has developed software that allows students and other healthcare practitioner users to learn and practice a variety of medical procedures.
More Locations on The Way; Pushing $8M
Sender One Climbing, an indoor rock climbing gym—where, full disclosure, I coached youth climbers for nearly three years prior to joining the Business Journal—is scaling new heights.
FINANCE: Fintech raises $70 million
Scott Saunders is on a mission “to transform sad money” at Happy Money.
Irvine-based Huckleberry Labs Inc. is incorporating artificial intelligence into its baby tracker app, which helps parents maintain and improve their child’s sleep patterns.
Fintech upstart Happy Money has raised $70 million.
EDUCATION: Student count from 500 to 906
Chapman University is moving ahead with a sizeable expansion plan at the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, the Orange-based school’s graduate health science campus in the Irvine Spectrum.
Newport Beach-based Protecht Inc., an event ticketing and insurance company, has announced a partnership with Spectra, a venue management and hospitality services firm based in Philadelphia.
Aliso Viejo-based OCTANe, the business technology accelerator that largely operates within the medical and technology industries, raised about $306.7 million in the first half of 2019 for small business development specializing in tech and life science entrepreneurs.
Irvine-based Vusar has launched its immersive visualization tool, an augmented reality product that allows design-focused consumers to interact intuitively with a company’s product design.
An off-market secondary sale of Tech Coast Angel’s stake in Marina del Rey-based LeaseLock closed last week.
Employee Retention Remains Tough Task
Send out the press release: Orange County’s biggest public relations firms boosted their employee counts by a modest 1.5% in the 12 months ended July 31.
Irvine-based virtual reality language tutoring platform Immerse Inc. has partnered with Nashua, N.H.-based Transparent Language Inc., a large contractor for language learning that services the U.S. government.