Congresswoman Julia Brownley Tours Local Start-Ups in Ventura County

Thousand Oaks, CA – As part of National Start-Up Day, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) met with local entrepreneurs and start-ups in Ventura County yesterday. Congresswoman Brownley met with small business owners to discuss and better understand the challenges new companies in Ventura County face, and the ways to create a stronger business environment to help these companies flourish in the region.

“Start-ups are vital to our local economy. They are innovative and adaptive, constantly providing fresh ideas, new jobs, and contributing significantly to our community’s economic growth,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “Each year, start-up companies create more than 2 million jobs nationwide, fostering hard work, creativity, and passion. I am proud to support local starts-ups and small businesses that help strengthen our economy and our region as a whole.”

Congresswoman Brownley toured the following start-ups:

  • Sugar Lab Bake Shop – A made-to-order bake shop started in 2012 by mother-daughter duo, Kelly Shirk and Alison Davis, which specializes in custom cakes and scratch-made desserts. In May of 2016, they moved to their current location in the Victoria Plaza in Ventura, which has a larger shop with more desserts available on a daily basis.    
  • Hub101 – Cal Lutheran’s local start-up incubator which offers co-working, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to start or grow their business. Hub 101 provides resources, services, and assistance to help start-ups grow every step of the way. 
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“We’ve seen and helped entrepreneurs here in Ventura County take their ideas and turn them into impactful businesses – companies that address pressing needs and issues from bettering the quality of education to improving healthcare delivery to revolutionizing the way we provide services to people around the world. Ventura County has tremendous potential and continues to be a robust center of innovation, something Cal Lutheran University contributes immensely towards through its support of Hub101. Every day at Hub101, we are working towards fostering that growth,” said Greg Monterrosa, Community Relations Manager at Hub101.

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Brownley introduced the Start Up In A Day Act (H.R. 251) to help entrepreneurs more easily start their ventures by permanently authorizing a Small Business Administration initiative that streamlines the licensing and permit process to open a new business at the local level.

About Hub101
Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. Visit Hub101.LA for more information.

Energize California is looking for clean energy startups!

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) recently announced the launch of Energize California, a new initiative aimed at accelerating new clean energy technology commercialization through its network and Innovators Program for energy entrepreneurs and startup companies. The effort expand a four-county region including Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

Through the Energize California Innovators Program, qualified clean energy startups can gain access to mentors, pilot programs, testing and prototyping facilities, as well as opportunities to connect with industry thought-leaders, funding sources, and strategic partners. Interested startups can apply here: http://reic.wpengine.com/energizeca-innovators-application/

Funded through a six-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, Energize California is part of the Commission’s statewide initiative to meet increasing demand for innovation in the energy sector as more renewable resources are deployed. 

Anyone interested in clean energy can join the network and get the latest news on energy in California, join the community, and stay up to date on events in your area. To become part of the network and to learn more about Energize California, visit www.Energize-CA.org.

Join LACI and Energize California on August 2nd at Hub101 where we'll be highlighting local energy innovation and what's next for clean energy from the Port of Hueneme, Ventura Naval Base, and others. 

Kelly Ferguson is the Director Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Energize California initiative from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. You can reach her at kelly@laci.org.

 

About Hub101
Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. Visit Hub101.LA for more information.

IEEE Buenaventura awards Hub101, Outstanding University Partner Award

Westlake Village, CA –  Hub101 community manager Greg Monterrosa was chosen by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to receive the 2017 Buenaventura Award for Outstanding University Partner. All recipients will be recognized at a Hub101-hosted event Wednesday July 19 at 6:30 p.m.
           
The IEEE Section will honor several remarkable individuals and groups for their contribution to the community in the advancement of the learning or application of engineering, technology, science, and entrepreneurship. After the presentations of the awards, the evening will continue with a fun game of collaborative scientific creativity.


“Hub101 is a vibrant place for the entrepreneur and the perfect setting to thank and honor the individuals who created some remarkable technical or entrepreneurship programs to accelerate learning, the advancement, and the business application of technology,” Nathalie Gosset, Chair of the Buenaventura IEEE Section, said.

The IEEE Buenaventura Section expresses its sincere thanks to the Hub101 for its magnificent hospitality. Hub101 offers coworking, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to grow and scale their companies with the help of mentor guidance and events.

“I am grateful to be recognized by the IEEE. We are excited at Hub101 to continue to support such a great organization,” recipient Greg Monterrosa said.                                
 
About IEEE Buenaventura Section           
The IEEE Buenaventura Section is the local volunteer representation of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest technical society in the world, with 400,000 members.  The IEEE Buenaventura Section is one of the most active in IEEE Region Six, which includes the other Los Angeles-area Sections as well as the rest of California and the Western United States.  About 1,000 IEEE members live or work in Ventura County. Our group is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.                                         
 
About Hub101
Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. Visit Hub101.LA for more information.
 
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Recap: Best Version of You Series: Samir Janjua and Gavin Masumiya

By Molly Strawn

Samir Janjua and Gavin Masumiya, both up-and-coming personal life coaches, spoke at Hub101  recently. They discussed their own life stories, struggles and what made them into the person they are today. They led the audience through self-discovery and self-reflection, engaging with the audience in conversation.

They explained that emotions can be cultivated through action, and that positive affirmations and incantations can set the tone for an entire day. They closed with a meditation exercise called the Emotional Flood, encouraging participants to get in touch with the beat of their hearts and with past memories that reflect love, pride, and gratefulness.

As a person who is always focused on the next best thing, living in the moment is sometimes difficult for me, let alone the past. Memories often escape me with the overwhelming reality that is the future. I never pay attention to myself, even through other grounding exercises. But feeling my own heartbeat during the Emotional Flood exercise let me connect with my base humanity, and changed everything for me.

I am not an emotional person by any means. I power through the day, all business and no play, with an attitude bred through professional devotion and desire for academic perfection. So it shocked me when someone was able to break down my facade and leave me in tears.

The most powerful memory reconciliation for me was love. At first, I thought of my corgi. As cliche as it sounds, that little dog is the better half of myself. He is an extension of my soul and completes me. He always encourages me to be a better person; the person he sees me as.

But then memories I haven’t thought of in a long time struck me out of nowhere. 

In December 2015, my grandmother had a stroke. Recently, she has struggled with depression, diabetes and breast cancer that has left her a shell of her former self. I try not to think about it often. 

And it hit me during the Emotional Flood. Spending time with her is one of the strongest memories of love that stood out in my mind. And yeah, I cried after I shared that memory with everyone in the room last night. Nobody expected me to. That room was full of my business partners, my bosses and my work friends so it was not an atmosphere I would ever see myself expressing those feelings, but I needed it.

So thank you, Gavin and Samir. Your powerful session has taught me a little more about myself that I didn’t know before. I plan on going to see my grandmother this weekend, something I have avoided doing for a long time. If she is in my happiest, purest and most powerful memories of love, that should mean something.

From the bottom of my heart and from everyone at Hub101, thank you for your special visit. To check out more about Gavin and Samir, visit samirjanjua.com and lifenthuziast.com.

Operated by Cal Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, programs and community for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.

Start-Up Kids Summer Camp comes to Hub101

By Molly Strawn

For the past two years, California Lutheran University facility including  business school Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler and Professor Vlad Vaiman, students and alumni have been working on Start-Up Kids, an Non-Profit focused on teaching entrepreneurship to young children through elementary school programs. They aim to teach problem-solving skills that will form the future leaders of our community.

So far, they have been successful in helping kids understand the process of being a real life entrepreneur. The Start-Up Kids team has been teaching their entrepreneurial program at Westlake Elementary school and one of the teams, Want It Warm, was part of the Cal Lutheran New Venture Competition in 2017.

“We believe entrepreneurship should focus on recognizing and building the necessary capabilities to create better leaders for our society through innovation, passion, and purpose,” Co-Founder Tyler Lucas.

Currently, the team is working hard to expand into neighboring communities and gain all the traction and public attention they can. They will also be working to raise funds for the upcoming fall semester. Other elementary schools in the area have shown interest in Start-Up Kids, and the team is working hard to raise funds and provide the program to the targeted schools.

This summer, Start-Up Kids will be holding summer camps at Hub101 in Westlake Village. The programs make it fun to unlock the creativity in young entrepreneurs and get them into the problem-solving mindset. Creative innovators, successful entrepreneurs and knowledgeable professionals make up the instructors.

 “I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful, creative, thought provoking class you are providing for my son, third-grader Matthew,” Kathleen Oates, a parent of a Start-Up Kids participant, said. “Matthew didn’t love coming to school this year. He now looks forward to E Block every day, brainstorming with the older kids, and says he feels ‘challenged and truly asked to think’ in [the] class.”

The week-long program is broken into three intertwining modules that help kids dive into the entrepreneurial process in a fun an interactive format.

 The first module is “Explore” where kids will learn about the field of entrepreneurship and how individuality creates unique perspective. The kids can also recognize current problems around them that they have the opportunity to solve.

  The second module is “Create.” Participants will be using creativity and brainpower to idealize potential solutions for the problem they recognized.

The third and final module is “Build” where everyone will be put into teams to apply their problem-solving skills to develop an innovative product or service.

“Developing minds at a young age makes the difference of a lifetime. The skills we teach and develop will make kids shine throughout their educational and professional careers. Preparing for success starts now,” Lucas said.

Summer Camps: Our one-week summer camps unlock the entrepreneur in children. In just one week, your Start-Up Kid will learn what entrepreneurship is, how to create and select winning ideas, and how to turn them into viable businesses.

All three camps will be run at Hub101, a fantastic co-work space and incubator (operated by California Lutheran University) at 31416 Agoura, in Westlake Village, CA 91361. 

s a non-profit organization, Start-Up Kids is always accepting donations and scholarships from supporting community members. Visit Start-Up-Kids.com to view summer camp schedules and pricing.

 

Operated by Cal Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, programs and community for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow, and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.