The University of California has just announced the five finalists of its new “I am a UC Entrepreneur” contest for alumni, sponsored by Future Planet Capital.
Alumni from the University of California system have raised over $44bn in capital over the last 11 years and have incorporated over 3240 companies. Now, five cutting-edge startups have won the opportunity to pitch to over 600 business leaders at this year's Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit in Monterey, CA.
The five companies will be mentored by Barbara Burger, President of Chevron Technology Ventures, Vitaly Golomb, Partner at HP Tech Ventures, Francis Ho, VP at the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, Jeremy Kranz, SVP and head of GIC's Technology Investment Group and Charlie Fiechter, Managing Member at Greenleaf-TNX Management, LLC.
Following the GCVI pitch sessions, Future Planet Capital will also select one finalist to take part in the second annual Future Planet Awards that will take place at Global Corporate Venturing’s symposium in London in May 2018.