Pitch. Launch. Grow. Demo Day

OC's annual pitch competition for life science start-ups

Join us for Pitch. Launch. Grow. Demo Day. Finalists present live on August 13, 2024, where the winner of Pitch. Launch. Grow. 2024 will be announced.

Applicants have the opportunity to apply for one of three tracks, life science, medical technologies, and pediatric. The life science track includes companies developing technology in the fields of drug discovery, pharmaceuticals, and therapeutics. The medical technologies track includes companies developing medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health innovations.

3 Tracks with Prize Packages

2 Life Science Winners

Priority admission or renewal to University Lab Partners and 1-year ULP lab space (one (1) - 6ft lab bench) valued at $29,400.

2 Medical Technologies Winners

Priority admission or renewal to University Lab Partners and 1-year ULP lab space (one (1) - 6ft lab bench) valued at $29,400.

1 Pediatric Winner

Priority admission or renewal to University Lab Partners and 1-year ULP lab space (one (1) - 6ft lab bench) valued at $29,400.

$2,500 Prize from CTIP, an FDA-funded pediatric device accelerator.

One hour of virtual mentorship from Terence Sanger, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at CHOC Research.


UCI Beall Applied Innovation

5270 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617

Event Schedule

4:00PM Registration, networking, sips and apps

4:30PM Welcome remarks

4:45PM Keynote Presentation 

5:30PM Finalist pitches

6:30PM Networking, sips and apps

7:15PM Winner of 2024 Pitch. Launch. Grow. Announcement

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Life Science
  • Maysam Pessian - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Kelly Kaihara - General Inception
  • Andrew Rae, MBA - Woodgreen Ventures
Medical Technologies
  • David Friedman - Tech Coast Angels
  • Biren Mehta - Johnson & Johnson
  • Hal Walbrink - Xinetix
  • Len Brandt - D2M Venture Development 
  • Terence Sanger, MD - Children's Health Orange County
  • Kenneth Grant, MD - Children's Health Orange County
  • Evan Tsang - Skylar Consulting
  • Nadine Afari - Children's Health Orange County


Event Partners

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Our tagline, HR that Makes a Difference™, defines what we do. It emphasizes that human resources is a key driver of growth and contributes to a business’s bottom line. This is what sets Insperity apart.

Insperity has a long history of improving the success equation of small and midsize businesses across the country – because when businesses succeed, communities prosper.

And in today’s changing business environment, it’s our privilege to take care of an organization’s most valuable asset: its people.


HATCHspaces ®, LLC is a Los Angeles-based real estate development platform focused on simplifying the process of scientific innovation by creating purpose-built life sciences facilities for companies emerging from academic and incubator networks. With properties in various regional submarkets, HATCHspaces’® mission is to deliver the life science community state-of-the-art lab facilities at varying scales, allowing regions to retain early-stage bioscience and biotechnology start-ups emerging from research environments.

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NexCore Group is a national healthcare real estate investment and development company that focuses on acquiring, developing, owning and managing healthcare facilities including medical office buildings, wellness facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, single and multi-specialty physician buildings, life sciences facilities, seniors housing communities and transitional rehabilitation centers. NexCore has completed $4.7 billion in healthcare real estate transactions throughout 29 states, developed and acquired over 14.3 million square feet of healthcare properties across the country and currently manages over $2.9 billion of healthcare facilities spanning 7.3 million square feet. The company has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top Healthcare Real Estate Developers in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare and HREI.

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Sunstone Management is a diversified private capital firm located in Southern California that invests in diverse early-stage technology entrepreneurs who seek to build great companies. We believe in the aspirational power of the American economy to attract and inspire investors and entrepreneurs from throughout the world. We deliver new and exciting opportunities for economic growth through the creation of innovative public-private partnerships, and our unique experience across government, education, and private sectors.

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Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), a pediatric healthcare system based in Orange County, California, is committed to being a leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care. CHOC’s growing community includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo and a regional network of primary and specialty care clinics serving children and families in four counties.

CHOC offers several clinical programs of excellence providing the highest levels of care for the most serious pediatric illnesses and injuries, physical and mental. CHOC’s research and innovation institutes are focused on translating real patient needs into real-world treatments so every child can live the healthiest and happiest life possible.

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Representing the Pioneers and Disruptors Associated with Market-Changing Innovation in Technology and Life Sciences

The unique history of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati closely traces the birth and evolution of Silicon Valley.

For more than 60 years, Wilson Sonsini has represented technology pioneers associated with virtually every milestone innovation, as well as life sciences trailblazers shaping the future of healthcare.

Today, Wilson Sonsini is synonymous with ushering promising and innovative technology and life sciences companies through their business life cycle.

And as our clients have grown, so has our firm. We now represent some of the largest companies in the world—and thousands of the smallest ones, too.

Event Details

Community Event

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

04:00 PM - 07:30 PM


UCI Beall Applied Innovation

5270 California Ave, Irvine, CA 92617

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