Twilio acquires SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

Congrats to University of California, Riverside alums and all around cool guys Tim Jenkins and Elmer Thomas on the $2B acquisition of their company SendGrid by Twilio. Thanks for all you do for our Riverside and Inland Empire tech startup ecosystem.

Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock

EPIC SBDC Panel on Startup Scaling and Fundraising a success

We had a strong turnout of Inland Empire entrepreneurs for our EPIC SBDC panel discussion at The Box Theater at Inland Empire Startup Week on October 2nd. Our region and our entrepreneurs are truly grateful for these investors and entrepreneurs who took the time out of their busy schedules to come talk to us about fundraising and scaling startups:
Brent Granado, Managing Partner, Sway Ventures
Dr. Eamonn Keogh , Co-Founder, FarmSense
Mike Krebs, Angel Investor, Pasadena Angels
Tim Jenkins, Co-Founder and former CTO, SendGrid
Also, congrats to Tim on the announcement of his next big thing!
Get in touch if you want to learn more about what is happening in our growing startup ecosystem in the IE and at UC Riverside.

Sensorygen raises up to $500K from UC Riverside’s Highlander Fund

Congrats to Tom Stone, Anand Ray and the team at Sensorygen on your funding round from UC Riverside’s Highlander Venture Fund. This is a big win for our growing Inland Southern California tech startup scene as our talented entrepreneurs and researchers at UC Riverside start to get noticed by VCs.

Female founders in Riverside County

Excited to have Dali Rivera from Sticks and Stones be one of the 7 startups to join our Startups for Innovators program in partnership with UC Riverside at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs Exchange (TVE2). We need more female founders in Riverside County.

UC Riverside’s Highlander Venture Fund Launches

In case you missed the big announcement – UC Riverside has launched the Highlander Venture Fund – a $10M venture capital fund that will make seed capital investments on campus and in regional startups. If you want more info, please get in touch with me if you are an entrepreneur in the Riverside County region.

Congrats to the Corona Cohort

Congrats to the Corona cohort for completing our UC Riverside Startups for Innovators program. You all are great examples of the growing startup scene and entrepreneurial talent we have here in Riverside County. I look forward to continuing to work with you to help you grow your companies.

Seven startups complete UC Riverside’s Startups for Innovators program

Congrats to the 7 startups and entrepreneurs who completed our Startups for Innovators program in partnership with EPIC, UC Riverside and the Murrieta Innovation Center. I’m excited to follow you as you continue your startup journey as well as help you navigate our growing Riverside County tech ecosystem.