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MADIA tech report: Monrovia’s Oak Crest educators fuel entrepreneurs of all ages

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Entrepreneurs are known to have a special way of thinking: they have an idea and work diligently to turn it into a business, and mixing entrepreneurship with laboratory science is no simple task. But in Monrovia, Oak Crest Institute is helping many students and practicing scientists find a path to engage in innovative and technical careers. 

You can learn more about the scientific and educational activities going on at Oak Crest Institute by attending the next meeting of MADIA Tech Launch on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Chris Buser, a senior faculty member at Oak Crest will be discussing “Research, education, and Innovation at Oak Crest: How a small group of people makes a big difference.” The meeting will be held at Tanner Research, 1851 Huntington Drive in Duarte. 

Dr. Buser will discuss the many facets of Oak Crest Institute and its laboratory facilities and business incubator services. The meeting will be held both in person and online. Tickets are available through lnkd.in/gC4f8MdU for online and in person options. There is no cost for the online stream. Tickets for the in-person option are $15.50 if ordered by noon Oct. 12, or $20 at the door, and include a delicious and healthy dinner catered by Little Green Forks.  Proof of COVID vaccination is required for entry.

In September, Oak Crest, working with the Pasadena Small Business Development Center, was notified that they won one of 84 grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The grant will focus on helping underserved minority entrepreneurs in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math develop ideas, launch startups, and find funding for continuation of validated commercial projects. This new initiative will serve community college STEM, graduate, and post-doctoral students. 

As a research and education center, specializing in chemistry and biology, Oak Crest serves students and innovative thinkers from a wide range of academic levels. Over the summer, in cooperation with the City of Monrovia, the Institute’s Junior Researcher Academy introduced seventh to ninth graders to studies in diverse fields such as microscopy, molecular biology, solar energy, electrical circuits, geology, forensics, public health, and botany. 

MADIA Tech Launch is regional technology community serving the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, and as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, it works to ensure the region’s technical, scientific and industrial workforce is connected and has the tools they need to be successful. 

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