Dr. Byron Shen, CEO of Velox Biosystems, and Jason McKeown, CEO of Neurovalens were each awarded a $15,000 cash prize for their unique innovative and creative startups as winners of UC’s 3rd Annual “I am a UC Entrepreneur” pitch competition.
Faculty, staff, students and alumni from all 10 University of California campuses were invited to enter the competition. Twelve finalists were selected to pitch their companies to 750 business leaders and venture capitalists at the Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation (GCVI) Summit.
Shen, who is affilated with UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, won in the early-stage track. McKeown, who is affiliated with UC San Diego, won the late stage track.