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Innovation is Happening in Riverside County

Thu, 20/04/2023 - 05:00


Riverside County, CA - The Riverside County Office of Economic Development is pleased to announce the return of Riverside County’s Innovation Month which has taken place every April, since its launch in 2017 (excluding 2020).

Riverside County Innovation Month is a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship and the ecosystem that supports small business. Innovation Month is designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit by connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to workshops, panels, business leaders, investors and more. Throughout the month of April, stakeholders throughout the county have hosted several events including regional fast pitch competitions that will showcase local business ideas.

The Riverside County Innovation Month capstone event – the Fast Pitch Finale - is set to take center stage on April 27, 11:30am-1:30pm, at UCR Arts in downtown Riverside. Special guest speaker Eric Eide, Managing Director, Alliance for SoCal Innovation, will discuss opportunities for startups and regional innovation advancement. Winners from the five regional fast pitch events will converge in a “Shark Tank” style competition that will be presented in front of a panel of judges who are business owners, elected officials, and venture capitalists.

To purchase tickets to this exciting lunch event, visit

2023 Riverside County Innovation Month Fast Pitch Finale Contestants:

• Dr. Givona Sandiford, Melospeech, Inc. – Southwest Quick Pitch Winner
• Jake Speyer, Guava – Greater Corona Fast Pitch Winner
• Guy Assif, Moducan Corporation – Coachella Valley Fast Pitch Winner
• TBD, April 21 – Riverside City Fast Pitch Winner

The Riverside County Office of Economic Development welcomes a new website: that will highlight innovation happening all year long in the county, from biotech to cleantech, as well as the county’s Innovation Incubators, and much more. The website features a webpage dedicated to Riverside County Innovation Month which can be visited for more detailed information on Innovation Month and how to participate at these events.

We would like to give a special thanks to our Silver Sponsor, California Baptist University, as well as our city and regional partners, Cities of Coachella, Corona, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, Riverside, Temecula, Wildomar, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Corona Chamber of Commerce, Southwest EDC, and UCR EPIC & ExCITE.

For more information you can also contact us at mailto:[email protected] or (951) 955-0493.

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