The Sky’s the Limit at the Cove

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January 21, 2020 By Ethan Perez

UCI Beall Applied Innovation’s new three-story location is built for success.

The new home of UCI Beall Applied Innovation is a three-story, 100,000-plus-square-foot facility in UCI Research Park with specially designed spaces to accommodate all manner of innovators. Over twice the size of the previous location and no longer split between two buildings, the Cove @ UCI is even better equipped to be the preeminent gathering place for Orange County’s vibrant business and innovation communities.

The Beach is a purpose-built event space that can accommodate over 300 guests and features 180 degrees of seamless display technology that can easily play content in any configuration. This inviting, ultramodern space is the new home for large events at the Cove, including seminars, meetings, conferences, panels, networking dinners and workshops.

Venture Cove is a dedicated pitching, screening and presentation space that features a high-resolution, wall-size screen and seating for up to 200 guests, combined. The space was designed to accommodate all presentation, video conferencing, recording and livestreaming requirements and can be split into three separate rooms of varying sizes.

The Longboard Lounge is a relaxed space that can be used to entertain guests or serve as a space for poster sessions. In addition to the Longboard Lounge, the Tiki Bar – a fully designed entertainment space with a wet bar and indoor and outdoor seating – can also be utilized in conjunction with the Beach and Venture Cove as a break area, networking space and to serve guests.

The makerspace at the Cove offers entrepreneurs the space and equipment to build prototypes. From 3D printers and laser cutters to soldering equipment and power tools, the makerspace has what it takes to bring an idea from concept to reality.

Helmed by Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy Chris Barty, the COSI lab aims to develop and commercialize biophotonics technologies for human health, research and medical devices. The 10,000-square-foot space features laser labs and office space for researchers and includes a state-of-the-art linear particle accelerator among other advanced technologies.

To accommodate the 40-plus Wayfinder teams that conduct startup-related activities at the Cove, a large open coworking space – complete with desks and lounge seating – is situated on the second floor between the offices and workspaces of Applied Innovation staff and Cove tenants. Here, Wayfinder teams can code, network and meet with Innovation Advisors to further develop their startups.

Applied Innovation staff – now all under one roof – are better equipped to develop entrepreneurial programs, assist with grant proposals, license technologies, meet with faculty and startups, and foster the collaborative atmosphere of the Cove.

More space at the Cove also means more offices for Cove tenants and ecosystem partners. The on-site presence of tenants and ecosystem partners allows for chance encounters and interactions between entrepreneurs of all stages, which can lead to meaningful connections and partnerships. The scale of collaboration at the Cove has never been greater than it is now.

The wet lab space by University Lab Partners, a nonprofit program of the Beall Family Foundation, provides economical wet lab and office space to local innovators. Rather than travel to San Diego or Los Angeles to access wet labs, startups in Southern California can more easily access this in-demand and much-needed resource within the heart of Orange County.

The new UCI Esports facility builds upon the original location at the student center on campus and doubles down on the program’s success. The second facility, the program’s flagship location, features dedicated offices and conference rooms for staff, an open workspace, a classroom, practice rooms and soundproof spaces for gaming and content production.

Attend the grand opening of the Cove on February 12.


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