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  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Kicks off Summer Accelerator – Invites Community to Demo Day

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2016 CONTACT: Dave Adornetto Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet dadornetto@goletaentrepreneurs.com Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Kicks off Summer Accelerator – Invites Community to Demo Day The Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM) is excited to announce the G2 Summer Accelerator for local startups. The seven-week program, which kicked off on June 27th, is designed to help teams of entrepreneurs successfully launch and run their startups.  The program includes weekly curriculum on a variety of startup issues, including market validation, selling strategies, …

  • G2 Summer Accelerator is now accepting applications!

    G2 Summer Accelerator is now accepting applications!

      The G2 Summer Accelerator Commencing June 27, 2016, GEM and UCSB will host the G2 Summer Accelerator – a 7 week intensive program that provides entrepreneurs the toolset and network to launch and run a startup. Curriculum topics include: Customer Discovery Market/Product Validation Selling Strategies & Tactics Scaling Operations Managing Growth Raising Capital Legal Considerations Financial Management It is our goal to provide seed capital in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 to each team accepted into the accelerator. …

  • How Startups Survive and Thrive in Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara is becoming a Startup-Haven! Click here to check out how these companies thrive in this Santa Barbara Independent Article by UCSB’s Technology Management lecturer, Mathew Stotts  

  • Tech-Topia: Inside Santa Barbara’s Quietly Booming Tech Sector

    Tech-Topia: Inside Santa Barbara’s Quietly Booming Tech Sector

  • UCSB Becomes West Coast Hub for National Photonics Manufacturing Institute

    A robust integrated photonics manufacturing industry would boost the economy and result in energy-efficient, higher-performance computing and telecommunications By Sonia Fernandez John Bowers and postdoctoral researcher Tin Komljenovic with a wafer of integrated photonic circuitry to be manufactured by AIM In a bid to boost photonics manufacturing and bring more skilled, high-tech jobs to the country, as well as push the boundaries of energy efficiency and performance in computing and telecommunications, the Obama administration announced today that it has selected …

  • Salty Girl Seafood Startup Finds Footing in Santa Barbara Retail Market

    Salty Girl Seafood Startup Finds Footing in Santa Barbara Retail Market

    Co-founders and UCSB alums Norah Eddy and Laura Johnson keep focus on sustainable, traceable seafood but expand offerings with marinated, ready-to-cook fish Salty Girl Seafood came out of UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program New Venture Competition in 2014. From left, co-founder Laura Johnson, chief information officer Gina Auriemma and co-founder Norah Eddy. (Salty Girl Seafood photo) By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | Published on 08.30.2015 11:55 p.m. “Where can I get Salty Girl Seafood?” That was …

  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Makes Changes After One-Year Anniversary

    David Adornetto steps in as new executive director; space to get makeover Dave Adornetto, the director of UC Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program, has taken over as executive director of the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet incubator. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo) By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | Published on 08.17.2015 6:00 p.m The Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet incubator marked its one-year anniversary last month with change, including the appointment of a new executive director. Dave Adornetto, the director of …

  • City of Goleta Wins CALED Award for Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet

    Award Ceremony on April 22, 2015, in Riverside, CA The City of Goleta will be recognized by the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) on April 22 at the 2015 CALED Annual Conference in Riverside, CA, with an Award of Merit in the Economic Development Programs category for its role in the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM). The Economic Development Partnerships category honors development projects between public and private sector that exemplify the spirit of partnership during 2014. Some examples …

  • Goleta Ranked as 12th Best Commuter City in California

    Once again Goleta is being called a great place to live, work, and play. According to a study conducted by Obrella, Goleta has been ranked the 12th best commuter city in California. In order to establish a ranking, data was compiled to track the average commute times of drivers around California. Goleta ranked in the Top 40 with an average commute time of 18.2 minutes.  There are many factors that play into judging the best and worst commuter cities in …

  • Smartstones to Raise $50,000 on Indiegogo

    Smartstones to Raise $50,000 on Indiegogo

    We want to say congratulations to one of GEM’s members, Smartstones for their Indiegogo campaign that just launched this week. Their product, Smartstones Touch is a wearable device that lets you send messages with swipe, tap, or shake gestures. It can be easily charged through inductive charging and can connect wirelessly to the Internet. Smartstones was an idea that began at Startup Weekend Santa Barbara in November 2013 and is founded by a local team of entrepreneurs. The inspiration for …

  • Coworking on the Goleta Coast

    Coworking on the Goleta Coast

    COLLABORATION. OPENNESS. COMMUNITY. ACCESSIBILITY. SUSTAINABILITY. PRODUCTIVITY. Amenities Shared office environment, networking events and workshops, office amenities, mentors and advisors, 24 hour access and security, enterprise grade managed wireless, free parking, natural light, move-in ready, unlimited coffee, new furniture, and new kitchen. Conference Rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis and can be booked in advance through the online GEM calendar. Pricing Coworking Members pay a membership fee of $200/month per individual. One-week trial memberships are available. For more information, …

  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Celebrates Long-Awaited Opening in Old Town

    Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Celebrates Long-Awaited Opening in Old Town

    It’s been several years in the making, and several hundred people gathered Wednesday night to celebrate the long-awaited opening of the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet, or GEM, incubator space in Old Town Goleta, which aims to serve as a catalyst for startups in the area as well as a way to capture young talent and ideas emerging from UCSB. The organization is a collaboration of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, theCity of Goleta and UCSB, and will provide affordable office and conference space …

  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet June 2014 Update

    Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet June 2014 Update

  • Join Us for the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Open House

    Join Us for the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Open House

        If you have any questions, please call 805.967.2500 ext 4 or contact Cortney, cortney@goletavalley.com.                        

  • Congratulations to the 2014 Summer Accelerator Teams

    We would like to thank all the teams that applied for this year’s Accelerator and congratulate the following six teams on becoming the first group of startups in GEM. Here is a brief description of what these entrepreneurs will be developing in GEM’s first Summer Accelerator Program. FLT FLT is based on a technology developed at UCSB that employs a new approach to general lighting.  They use an alternative light source to generate white light – a laser diode.  Energy …

  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM) Announces Selected Teams for its Inaugural Summer Accelerator Program

    Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM) Announces Selected Teams for its Inaugural Summer Accelerator Program Summer Accelerator Program Strives to Nurture Six Entrepreneurs Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM), a provider of resources and support to science and technology start-up businesses, today announced the teams selected for their inaugural Summer Accelerator Program at their new incubator office located in Old Town, Goleta. The program, which will enable teams of entrepreneurs to develop business-related skills necessary to get their startups going, will take place from July …

  • Deepest Condolences to the Family and Friends of Those Harmed in the Isla Vista Tragedy

    All of us here at the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM) want to express our sincere condolences to the victims of the recent senseless rampage in Isla Vista.  We know that no words will bring peace to the families who lost loved ones.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of: KATHERINE BREANN COOPER CHENG YUAN HONG GEORGE CHEN WEIHAN WANG CHRISTOPHER ROSS MICHAELS-MARTINEZ VERONIKA ELIZABETH WEISS May they forever be remembered.

  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet Announces the Summer Accelerator

    More information can be found at the following press release. bit.ly/1k98XSa  

  • Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet to Open New Incubator, Launch Summer Accelerator Program

    A new incubator space for startups will host a soft opening next week, coinciding nicely with a rollout of the first-ever Summer Accelerator Program offered through the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet. GEM’s physical location at 600 Pine Ave. in Old Town Goleta was made possible by donations from those involved in the partnership of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Goleta and UC Santa Barbara. Likewise, an additional gift — from local investor, entrepreneur and GEM backer Chris …

  • Santa Barbara High School’s Dons Net Café Wins at the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Virtual Enterprise International Trade Show

    Congratulations to the sixteen students of Santa Barbara High School’s Dons Net Café for winning first place at the Bay Area Entrepreneurship Conference and Virtual Enterprises International Trade Show. Dons Net Café team, which was headed by Jesus Terrazas, Linda Arellano, Amazing Grace Llanos, Alex Gazga, Jordan Anguiano, and Hector Avila, was judged first place in the Sustainable Business Plan category. Around 1,300 other high school students from across the nation participated in the conference, which was held at the …

  • San Marcos High School Entrepreneurship Academy Prepares the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

    I recently had the chance to look at San Marcos High School’s Entrepreneurship Academy, which launched in Fall 2013, enabling students to explore their interests as well as future opportunities in business. The program is very unique to the community and it gives students in their senior year the opportunity to interact with real businesses and develop an entrepreneurial spirit that they can carry on with them in achieving their future goals. The program provides a wonderful service by coordinating …

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