Technology is taking the world in new and exciting directions. Nowhere was this more apparent than at the fourth annual Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s TechTopia Summit held at UC Santa Barbara on July 11th, 2019. Over 100 attendees gathered to enjoy an interactive walking tour that took them from the one-of-a-kind Allosphere Research Facility to the California Nanosystems Institute and then to the UC Santa Barbara Nanofabrication Facility.
At each stop, attendees were greeted by subject matter experts and given a tantalizing glimpse into the innovative work being done. Also showcased during the event were the partnerships between the local business community and the school. Discussions included how local entrepreneurs can collaborate with UCSB to take advantage of world-class facilities and gain access to the latest innovations and experts in their fields.
After the tour, everyone gathered for a reception and program at the beautiful Club and Guest House, overlooking the lagoon. A panel of experienced entrepreneurs shared their wisdom and insights about growing a business in Goleta. Panelists included Greg Fish, Entrada Ventures; Kathy Odell, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV); and Kyle Lewis, Technology Management Graduate Advisor at UC Santa Barbara. While growing a business in the Goodland is not without challenges, they all spoke positively about the unique opportunities available to the Goleta business community right in their own backyard.