Startempire Weekly Wire Round Up: Tech Partnerships, Smart Cities, Amazon Fresh, Series A Funding, & More

By: Editorial Staff


Sep 25, 2021


Startempire Wire Weekly Round up

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Here’s our Weekly Wire Round-Up. This week we covered news related to Series A funding of a startup from Riverside, partnerships, smart city implementations, and Amazon’s entry into the Inland Empire via its Amazon Fresh brand.

Series A Funding

We reported on the $10M Series A funding of WurkNow, a Riverside-based workforce management software. Now, the startup is hiring more local talent and people from the Inland Empire who can help the company grow.

And, if you are a startup looking to raise your first serious dollars, meaning a Series A ($3M+), look no further than SoCal Venture Pipeline, a program that pairs up companies seeking Series A funding with the right VCs. It’s built on the pattern of  “Connect,” a program in San Diego that has generated $650 million in Series A funding for startups since 2015.

Amazon Fresh: Yet Another Investment by the Seattle-based e-Commerce Giant in the Inland Empire

Amazon stepped up its investments in the Inland Empire as a drone enthusiast filmed the company’s upcoming Amazon Fresh market in Murrieta Town Center in Riverside county. Since Amazon employs more than 40K people in the Inland Empire, it is the largest private employer with multiple fulfillment centers, two air hubs, and now an Amazon Fresh store.

Ontario: A Smart City in the Making

We covered the City of Ontario’s journey towards becoming the country’s leading smart technology city. In a newly built planned residential community called New Haven, the city has allowed Brookfield Residential to operate drone-based deliveries of shopping and recreation items (up to 40 lbs), robot carts that follow you, next-generation smart streetlights with built-in lighting, phone charging, environmental sensors, Wi-Fi, and 5G.

Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

School of Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino offers a $5K scholarship to one (1) student who is among the first ten students to apply and are accepted to the Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MSEI) program’s 2nd cohort for Fall 2021. Check out the article and see how the program goes beyond generic courses typically associated with MBA.

The ratio of courses in this program is 80% of courses related to entrepreneurship and only 20% to general courses.

Lastly, we shared EDA’s $900K grant awarded to UCR’S Office of Technology Partnerships under the CARES Act to aid Small businesses’ recovery.  


This week we have the following Meetups & Meetings coming up.

Inland Empire Bitcoin Happy Hour – Mon Sep 27 Link:

Tech-O-Tuesday Tech Meetup – Tue Sep 28

Conferences & Festivals

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