February 13, 2021
Dr. Doug Wilson - Chairman of the CEO Leadership Alliance, Orange County, California - spoke on purposeful and responsible leadership combined with innovation (RLI) and what that means for an organization in 2021. The development of an AI workculture in Orange County is a notable example of purposeful-driven leadership that drives impact within a community. AI Innovators such as Anduril Industries (defense) and City of Hope (health care) play an important part in the OC ecosystem, and with the recent launch of Southern California Master Fund (SCMF), investors now have access to impact investors to curate and connect partners to emerging, new, and disruptive start-ups in this AI space.
January 30, 2021
The SC Master Fund invests in promising local venture capital funds that will in turn invest in early-stage high-potential innovation companies based in and around Orange County. Research by the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County (CLA-OC) has identified that a root cause of many of OC’s social problems is a lack of good jobs that enable workers to afford to live and work here. Building a top-tier innovation region can help resolve this. When it comes to talent, our region is the largest producer of STEM Ph.D.s and second in STEM undergraduates in the U.S., but the majority leave to take jobs in Silicon Valley or other tech hubs. At the same time, the lack of deep talent pools is a barrier for many OC companies to grow here. To build a successful innovation hub, business leaders need to provide good jobs that keep talent in OC, and significantly increase local innovation capital.
November 4, 2020
EnvisionOC was founded by business and community leaders working toward a common goal of creating a thriving Orange County for all. This fall brings several opportunities to promote new connections, with a number of virtual events highlighted below - read on!
October 16, 2020
Most people, even longtime residents, are unaware that OC was the site of the first legal case in the U.S. to hold that school segregation itself is unconstitutional and violates the 14th amendment. The Mendez vs. Westminster decision led to the 1947 law in California ending nearly 100 years of public school segregation in the state. Visit this link to watch the OC Department of Education video of the groundbreaking for Mendez Tribute Memorial Park, which explains how OC has a rich heritage in the fight for equality and opportunity nationwide.
September 28, 2020
The California Rebuilding Fund was created to support small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will aggregate funding from private, philanthropic, and public sector sources – including an anchor commitment from IBank. The California Rebuilding Fund is intended to serve the smallest of small businesses that make up an essential part of the California economy.
August 31, 2020
We spotlight current news and resources that help connect our communities, with the common goal of creating a thriving Orange County for all. Read on to learn about new tools being launched to showcase the county, its educational institutions, and helpful tips for your career, enterprise, and lifestyle.
August 6, 2020
The Alliance for SoCal Innovation works closely with a number of leading corporations in the SoCal region, such as data analytics company Alteryx, who are aligned and committed to elevate the region as a global center for innovation and entrepreneurship. In response to a data analyst shortage and massive disruption in general employment due to the pandemic, Alteryx launched their ADAPT program, which offers free data training to thousands of workers globally as part of a broader initiative to expand data literacy and upskill workers adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
August 4, 2020
As part of a prescription to reshape 21st-century healthcare, the University of California, Irvine announced the establishment of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the first public pharmacy school in the Los Angeles-Orange County region, which will bring new solutions to advance health and wellness for the community
June 25, 2020
CEO Dean Stoecker’s belief in the power of Alteryx Inc.’s value, and its desire to help those impacted is showcased by their offering of free data training to thousands of unemployed workers, to upskill them on data analytics. Their ADAPT program, which stands for "Advancing Data and Analytics Potential Together", is meant to get these professionals back on their feet as quickly as possible. The company's cross-town move in Irvine, and with OC being an ideal location for an underlying pool of talent, sees the coronavirus pandemic as a wake-up call for business executives to embrace data analytics.
June 23, 2020
Game Developer Ready at Dawn, whose behind titles such as The Order:1886 and Lone Echo, has been acquired by Facebook, and will operate under Facebook's Oculus Studios banner. According to Oculus, Ready at Dawn caught the attention of Facebook with its 2017 VR hit Lone Echo and its redefined VR movement mechanic. In 2003, Ru Weerasuriya co-founded Ready At Dawn Studios in Irvine, California, and helped build the company to become one of the leading developers in the world today. Oculus VR, which also originated from Irvine, has grown over the years with VR developers and talent from over the world, and expanded the VR footprint within Orange County.
June 23, 2020
Welcome to the first edition of our EnvisionOC Newsletter. As we aim beyond economic recovery in establishing Orange County as a top-tier hub for innovation, promoting a connected business ecosystem and attracting and retaining top talent in our workforce are paramount. To that end, EnvisionOC was launched to help showcase the breadth of career, enterprise and lifestyle opportunities offered.
May 18, 2020
Chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc. has changed its headquarters to Irvine from suburban Boston. The company employs some 450 people at UCI Research Park, and has become the third-largest publicly traded company with headquarters in Orange County. The COVID-19 pandemic weighed on the company’s most recent financial results, increasing the company's employability factor, and providing more opportunity to OC growing talent base. OC’s vibrant and growing community of technical professionals supports the continued expansion of Skyworks’ highly talented workforce. Irvine is also home to the Skyworks’s design center for custom and standard analog and mixed signal semiconductors.