News of a record year for startups based on UC Davis research or ideas spun out of the campus. Five of the 14 new company founders participated in entrepreneurship academies at our UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Institute hosted more than 60 researchers from across the UC system at the University of California Entrepreneurship Academy in September.
Q&A with Professor Andrew Hargadon on building an innovation factory, the surprising truths about how breakthroughs happen, and his new book, Sustainable Innovation.
“Backing an innovation isn’t a single decision. It’s a web of choices and actions to which everyone in the company must commit,” says Professor Andrew Hargadon, in this thought-provoking article. Hargadon is the founder and faculty director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Economic Engine: The UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s academies and business development programs played a role in this new national status for the campus, which recognizes universities working to support economic development.
University competitions help turn ideas into lean, mean, well connected startups with great potential for profit. Smart Modern Entrepreneurs Pals highlights our UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition, and PlayPatch, winner of the first prize and the People’s Choice award. UC Davis MBA student Chuck Temple (left) and Justin Klein, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering and a Business Development Fellow at the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, show their wearable birth control device.
Graduate School of Management alumnus and 2008 Big Bang! Business Competition winner Tim Keller is leading Area 52, a tech business incubator where entrepreneurs can rent office space and have access to a full-fledged machine shop to turn their ideas into products.