UC Irvine recently presented its Engagement Award to the high-tech, clean-tech and biomedical campus-networking group OCTANe@UCI. The recognition goes to programs that provide a service to the community while enriching the lives of students.
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Through OCTANe@UCI, students gain advice from experts in the tech and biomed fields on everything from drafting a business plan, to crafting a persuasive pitch to potential investors, to processing patents.
“Networking aspiring entrepreneurial students with established businesses has created many opportunities for growth and innovation in our community,” said Tanya Zabelegui, OCTANe@UCI’s program director. “Since UC Irvine is at the forefront of developing technologies, it’s vital to connect the researchers with the businesses that would bring those technologies to the marketplace.
The program is an offshoot of a larger professional networking group – OCTANe – that was created to help entrepreneurs connect with potential investors, existing companies grow and stimulate the creation of new jobs.
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