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Expert IEP Earns First Prize in 2021 PLASMA Demo Day

On April 29, 2021, the Student Startup Center awarded Expert IEP founder Antoinette Banks 1st Prize in the 2021 PLASMA Demo Day contest. Demo Day is the culmination of PLASMA, a 12-week bootcamp for early-stage companies with UC Davis undergraduate founders. Each year, ten venture teams are chosen to receive intensive mentorship, business education, and networking opportunities in the PLASMA accelerator program.

Student Entrepreneur Spotlight: CliQ

Kami and Sam, friends since freshman year, both struggled with the lack of communication among students within UC Davis’s large student body. They missed aspects of their high school classrooms: easily asking questions in class and befriending classmates. It was hard for them to connect with others who shared their interests. “It’s hard in between classes when you only have 10 minutes and you’re running around and you want to meet the people in your class,” Sam says.

Student Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kim Quach

Entrepreneurship wasn’t something Kim thought she would pursue in college, although she knew she wanted to start something. Growing up, she admired entrepreneurs and felt excited about the idea of building a company that creates social impact. Entrepreneurship “was always a dream,” she says, “A secret dream.”

Student Entrepreneur Spotlight: BioBandage

BioBandage began as a biodesign class project. Sabah, Nealah, Nadiah, and Elisa were grouped together based on shared industry and product interest. Care was also taken to diversify backgrounds as much as possible. BioDesign (DES 128) is a two-quarter course. Midway through the course, Team BioBandage submitted a proposal for the project they would complete to apply the science they had learned. They would prototype a bandage using bacterial cellulose. Eli’s and Nealah’s experience growing kombucha was valued.

Student Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jorge Arthur

Jorge Arthur had a taste of entrepreneurship before becoming a UC Davis student. In high school, he knew he wanted to try entrepreneurship. So he started a clothing brand. The experience opened new worlds to him, including connecting him to emerging leaders in the LA fashion world.

AccuDropper Earns First Prize in 2020 PLASMA Demo Day

On May 6, 2020, Nicolas Ventura and Remy Leutenegger were awarded $7,500 as the winners of 1st Prize and Most Improved in the Student Startup Center’s 2020 PLASMA Demo Day. PLASMA is a 12-week business accelerator for UC Davis undergraduate students. The program provides early-stage companies with an extensive mentor network, educational lessons with industry leaders, seed capital, and a rich entrepreneurial work environment. Nic and Remy are grateful to have won the competition.