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NVC Alum EVMatch Connects Electric Vehicle Drivers with Charging Stations

A company started by two Santa Barbara-area women that matches up electric vehicle drivers with charging stations now has registered users throughout Southern California.

EVMatch was started by Heather Hochrein, its CEO, and co-founder Shannon Walker, and it was originally a master’s thesis project for the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. They were participants of the Technology Management Program’s 2016 annual New Venture Competition and won third place for their business plan EVMatch.

NVC Alum TrackR Secures a $50M in Series B Funding

One of the business plans that spun out of the Technology Management Program's 2009 Annual New Venture Competition, TrackR, recently secured a $50M Series B round funding. Among the participating investors were the Foundry Group, Amazon Alexa Fund, DoCoMo Capital, The Glenmede Trust and Bespoke Strategies. Founded in 2009, the company creates small wireless tracking gadgets that track where things are via mobile devices and remote servers.

Amazon Invests in NVC Alum TrackR

Can’t find your phone? Ask Alexa! Amazon has developed an Amazon Alexa skill that allows people to ask Alexa where their phone is and get a location.

Amazon has invested an undisclosed amount in a Californian startup that helps you track your personal belongings via an app and a bluetooth-enabled device. The ecommerce giant backed Santa Barbara-headquartered TrackR in a $50 million (£38 million) Series B funding round announced on Wednesday through its "Amazon Alexa Fund," which it has used to invest in TrackR previously.

NVC Alumni to BranchOut

Founders Lindsay Martien, Nicole Poletto, and Rick Thomas will soon officially launch their company, BranchOut, in Santa Barbara. BranchOut provides fun and exciting environmental activities for children in the nature setting, similar to that of the popular ‘escape room’ experience.

Technology from UCSB Startup Showcased at Major AR Conference

At the annual 2017 Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California, leading augmented reality platform Vuforia demonstrated their latest software application, Project Chalk, that lets users interact with others through video calling. It integrates the technology from UC Santa Barbara startup company Caugnate into Vuforia's platform, the industry's most advanced and widely adopted AR technology.