UCI NVC Mixer & Workshop #1

From Problem to Solution: Developing a Business Idea and Transforming it into a Business Model

Join us as we kick into high gear with our first workshop, From Problem to Solution: Developing a Business Idea and Transforming it into a Business Model. We will be closing the evening with a Competition Mixer that is open to the business community and UCI faculty and staff.

This event is a premium opportunity to meet teammates. We will close the workshop by inviting students on-stage to deliver 30-second pitches on their idea or what they can contribute to a team. The mixer will follow. As always, name badges will be color-coded to identify potential teammates!

New Venture Competition


Larry WilkLarry Wilk
Lecturer, The Paul Merage School of Business

Larry retired in 2013, after 26 years at The Walt Disney Company. His latest role was 8 years as VP of Worldwide Operations for Home Entertainment and VP of Operations & Strategy for Studio Operations. In these dual roles, he led global supply chain & project planning. He worked with teams in 60 countries and started operations in Brazil, Russia, India & China. He also led the DEG (Home Entertainment Trade Assoc.) Operations Committee, and implemented sustainability, digital and standards initiatives. Before the Studio, he spent 5 years as part of the opening team at Hong Kong Disneyland, leading Operations Development for back-of-house. At Disneyland, he spent 8 years improving & expanding the Resort, culminating with the opening of Disney’s California Adventure. Larry’s Disney career began in 1987, as an intern to write the Disney Store business plan. He was then hired to be a part of the small opening team, that eventually added 300 stores in 15+ countries. This role included 3 years in Memphis running Distribution and 3 years in Japan as head of finance, systems, and distribution. Prior to Disney he spent 8 years with Andersen Consulting in the Retail industry.

Larry has a BBA with Honors from Southern Methodist University, where he got his first taste of teaching as a TA & RA for many courses. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he focused on Marketing & Operations.

At UCI, Larry is on the Board at the Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Center for Applied Innovation.


The UCI New Venture Competition offers UCI students, staff members, and researchers the opportunity to form a team, launch a startup and potentially fund their business idea all within 5 months. You have full control over what you create. We connect you with other students, provide you with the tools to transform your idea into a concept, and even match you with industry mentors to develop your concept into a solution. Teams submit a 3-page concept paper in February and those chosen as semi-finalists build a pitch deck and present their idea to the judges in May!



Event Details

Date: 01.10.2018
Time: 05:30 p.m. - 07:00 p.m.
Event Type: Public