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Imagine three days in which you meet one amazing entrepreneur after another and leave inspired enough to almost quit b-school to launch your own startup. That’s what I found at Ignite 2014, which had the inspiring tagline, Fueling Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs. The conference was hosted by UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management and organized in collaboration with Rice University.
In the aisle of Whole Foods, you may come across a jar of Just Mayo created by Hampton Creek Foods (HCF), a rising star in the quickly expanding food tech arena. Yet this is much more than just mayo: HCF has received financial backing from Khosla Ventures and Founders Fund, as well as recognition from big names such as Bill Gates and top chefs around the country. But why?
(Davis, CA) – Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to collaborate, develop and test their business ideas in the annual UC Davis business plan competition. The registration deadline is Feb. 14.
Green Tech Entrepreneurship Academy alum Peter Frykman and his startup Driptech were recently featured in a New York Times story on the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship in India. Driptech makes affordable, efficient irrigation systems for small-plot farmers. Check it out!
Congrats to UC Davis alumni John Bissell (2008, BS in chemical engineering), named to Forbes “30 Under 30″ list for Energy and Industry. John is an alum of our Green Tech Entrepreneurship Academy and shares his entrepreneurial insights as a mentor in our programs. He is the co-founder of MicroMidas, which aims to turn trash into plastic.
“We’re very excited to have Cleveland Justis join us,” Andrew Hargadon, a professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the founder and faculty director of the institute, said in a release.
The Office of Science and Technology cites our NIH-funded collaboration with UC Davis School of Medicine to commercialize science and engineering innovations.
People often think entrepreneurship is a one-idea, one-shot game: you have a great idea and you pursue it until it makes you rich or makes you run back home. That’s a shame because it keeps people from exploring entrepreneurship as a career. It’s like thinking the only career in music is to be frontman in a rock band. In truth, most entrepreneurs take part in multiple startups before launching their own, and they play many different roles besides the star.
An innovation gap has emerged as American universities have focused on basic research and industry has concentrated on incremental product development. This gap has widened in recent decades, and the country has failed to close the gap in large part because of three myths-that innovation is about lone geniuses, the free market, and serendipity.
Watch the great new start-up ideas in the 2013 Big Bang! Business Plan Competition Finals on UCTV website.
Sacramento’s high-tech community scored a rare hit Friday – one of its own went public.
A new approach to tissue preparation that makes heart valve replacements less likely to be rejected by the body’s immune system — potentially giving transplant patients longer, healthier lives — was the clear favorite in this year’s University of California, Davis, business plan competition — sweeping both the first prize and the People’s Choice award. ViVita Technologies, a team comprising a UC Davis veterinarian and three biomedical engineering doctoral students, took home a total of $12,000 in the 13th annual Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.
Each year, the UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition brings together interdisciplinary teams of students, researchers and faculty with mentors from the region’s business community. The event is sponsored by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
In March, UC Davis hosted 35 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows at the inaugural International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy. The academy represents the university’s expanded involvement in the U.S. Department of State–funded Humphrey Program.
Humphrey Fellows to Gain Entrepreneurial Edge
New International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy
UC DAVIS will host more than 40 Humphrey Fellows from around the world at the inaugural
International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy in March, presented by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Alumni Tim Keller and Collin Casper Savor VinPerfect’s Success
Start-up Produces the "Perfect" Wine Cap
Tim Keller MBA 08 has a dream—and the persistence to make it a reality. A UC Davis viticulture and enology alumnus, Keller worked for 12 years as a winemaker in Sonoma and Napa counties before enrolling in the Graduate School of Management.
Today he’s the co-founder and CEO of VinPerfect, maker of a revolutionary screwcap for wine bottles that is poised to turn the 21-billion-unit annual global market for wine closures on its head. He’s joined in this quest by former classmate Collin Casper MBA 08, VinPerfect’s co-founder and COO.
$1 Million Grant to Help Develop Sustainable Agricultural Businesses, Provide Innovative Technologies
UC Davis is one of six recipients nationwide, and the only one in California, to receive a $1 million award in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration’s 2012 i6 Challenge Grant competition.
The university has used the grant to establish the Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center.
The biggest bang in this year’s UC Davis Big Bang! Business Plan Competition came from the S2E Energy founder with a thin, transparent material designed to conduct the sun’s power more cheaply and efficiently than existing solar technology. As first-prize winner, Jon Servaites took home $10,000 at the May 25 finals of the 12th annual competition, which is organized and run by UC Davis MBA students.
Second prize of $4,500 went to the creators of Happy Baby vending machines, for on-the-go access to diapers, organic snacks and other baby products.
Business Accelerator Davis Roots Opens with Two Start-ups
Historic Hunt-Boyer Mansion Home for Early Stage Ventures
Davis Roots, a new nonprofit business accelerator bridging the city of Davis and the University of California, Davis, officially opened at the historic Hunt-Boyer Mansion on April 30. The enterprise was built to support start-ups with the goal of keeping them in Davis once they succeed, and already has two new companies ready to move in.
by Marianne Skoczek
Biomedical engineer Julia Choi wants to move life-saving technologies out of the research lab and into the world. Toward that goal, she joined more than 40 fellow scientists and engineers from universities across the U.S. at the inaugural Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy at UC Davis last summer. Participants, ranging from professors to first-year graduate students, brought their research in fields from cancer to cardiovascular medicine to neurology—and a thirst to see their work have a real-world impact.