Get Started – Orange County California
Pitch To Win Over $10,000 In Prizes
Cox Business and Inc.
are bringing “Get Started OC” (#GetStartedOC) to Orange County, California, in partnership with Inc. magazine on Wednesday, April 20th.
Get Started OC will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive over $10,000 in prizes including a Cox Business technology package.
REGISTER TO PITCH YOUR BUSINESS or IDEA
Submissions are now closed – we will announce finalists later this week.
REGISTER TO ATTEND & WATCH THE COMPETITION
Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.
The evening will include:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 (Evening) 6:00-9:00 pm
WHERE: AV – 16500 Scientific Way Irvine CA 92618 AV is Orange County’s hottest new meeting and event destination. Located just blocks from the Irvine Spectrum Center and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
ADMISSION: FREE and open to the public but you must register to attend
Meet The Get Started OC Moderator
Ken Kraft is vice president of marketing for Cox Business, Cox Communications’ $1.8 billion division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses. Kraft is responsible for the all B2B marketing including segment marketing, brand, product marketing, pricing, customer education and marketing communications.
He leads a nationwide team tasked with the creation and implementation of marketing strategies and campaigns to further accelerate top line revenue growth and customer retention within Cox Business.
He serves as a senior member of the Cox Business and Cox marketing leadership teams and closely aligns with Cox Business sales, product development and management and business operations organizations.
Meet The Get Started OC Panelists
Lindsay Blakely, Los Angeles bureau chief for Inc.
Lindsay Blakely is the Los Angeles bureau chief at Inc. Magazine. She oversees the website’s innovation and design coverage as well as covers L.A. startups. She’s interviewed The Honest Company’s Jessica Alba, Box founder Aaron Levie, serial entrepreneur Evan Williams, among other successful entrepreneurs.
Previously, she was a senior editor at CBS Interactive, where she worked on BNET, a web property focused on management advice, where she also frequently hosted BNET’s live daily web show. Before that, she was a reporter for Time Inc., where she wrote features and short stories for Business 2.0’s print magazine. She attended Boston College, and then received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Michael Sawitz, Founder and current CEO of FastStart Studio and a partner in MedDevCo
Michael is the founder and current CEO of FastStart Studio and a partner in MedDevCo (university medical IP representation).
Michael is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Cal State Fullerton, and is on the board of directors for Tech Coast Venture Network.
Richard Sudek, Executive Director of UC Irvine Applied Innovation
Richard Sudek, PhD, is a lifelong entrepreneur, experienced angel investor, and currently serves as Executive Director of UC Irvine Applied Innovation. In 1999 Richard sold his data networking design business, Nadek, to SAIC, a $10 billion international firm. Richard has been active in the angel investing community since 2000, has served on the Angel Capital Association board, and is Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels. His research focuses on the investment decision process, and he has worked to pass this knowledge along to young entrepreneurs in his former role as an educator at Chapman University. Richard currently sits on the Tech Coast Angel Board of Governors, as well as boards of non-profits, engineering and high technology companies, and non-profits.
David Glickman, Founder and CEO of Ultra Mobile and Primo Connect
David Glickman is Founder and CEO of Ultra Mobile and Primo Connect. Ultra Mobile is a nationwide carrier that delivers innovative, cost effective mobile voice, text and data services for international communications. In 2015, Ultra Mobile was named America’s fastest-growing private company, winning the prestigious top spot on the Inc. 5000, with growth of 100,000% and annual revenues of $118 million. Primo Connect was incubated by Ultra Mobile to make free international communication around the world a reality via an iOS/Android app. Glickman has spent over 20 years founding successful businesses including TelePacific, which grew to a $500 million valuation in two years and Justice Technology, also ranked number 1 on the Inc. list in 1998. Mr. Glickman is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and earned a Masters in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Primo Connect was incubated by Ultra Mobile to make free international communication around the world a reality via an iOS/Android app. Glickman has spent over 20 years founding successful businesses including TelePacific, which grew to a $500 million valuation in two years and Justice Technology, also ranked number 1 on the Inc. list in 1998. Mr. Glickman is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and earned a Masters in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at http://www.coxblue.com/get-started/ (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of Orange County California who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business serviceable area. Entry Period begins 1/26/15. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started OC: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319.