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An Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Model w/ Dave Gross – RCMakes and NewCo

Presented by: IEEE Buenaventura Entrepreneurship Group
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NewCo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit private operating foundation committed to startup education and investment by means of an entrepreneurial apprenticeship model. We operate three programs: RCMakes which launched in 2017, NewCoding launching this spring and NewCo Seed Fund launching in late 2018. Assets under management exceed $5 million.

∙  RCMakes is a school-based, student-operated Job Shop & Community Makerspace at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo. RCMakes produces goods and services, provides internships and student employment, awards earned academic scholarships, and incubates startup businesses.

∙  NewCoding is a free 6-week blended online / in-person beginner coding program for Ventura County students. Curriculum and best-practices are derived directly from professional coding bootcamps with software engineers and student interns as mentors. In-person classes are once weekly at the Pharos Center for Innovation in Camarillo.

∙  NewCo Seed Fund is the evergreen investment arm of the foundation making Program Related Investments (PRIs) in Ventura County startups that support the mission of the foundation by employing student interns and promoting early career development. Portfolio companies are vetted and managed through a proven venture capital process.

About the Speaker
Dave Gross is an educator, entrepreneur, engineer and investor. He co-founded Motodyne, Fastclick, Persistence Partners, Connexity, RCMakes and NewCo Foundation with multiple successful exits including an IPO. He was an early-stage investor in Procore, BioIQ, Sirigen and Invoca. He is currently the General Manager of NewCo Foundation that operates RCMakes, a student-operated makerspace and job shop, as well, a free coding bootcamp for Ventura County students.