Program Detail

Ignite Conference
Fueling Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs, March 2 -5, 2016

The Ignite conference provides entrepreneurial MBA students and others with a chance to meet some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Bay Area.

Bringing together students, CEOs, and business leaders

A collaboration between the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Rice University, Ignite is a four-day summit and tour that brings together innovative CEOs and business leaders to speak with students from UC Davis, Rice University, and other top universities. During the course of the program you’ll network with other students, meet top entrepreneurial leaders and visit innovative companies in our own backyard, such as:

learn from the personal stories of entrepreneurs

Ignite 2016 runs Wednesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5, 2016. This intense immersion experience begins with a welcome reception on the evening of Day 1, Bay Area field trips by bus on Day 2 and thought-provoking speakers on Days 3 and 4.

Students learn from the personal stories of entrepreneurs working to build their companies and from the successes—and failures—of the best and brightest that the Bay Area has to offer. 

If you are a current MBA or MPAc student who is interested in attending, please apply now. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. The cost for this unique and informative four-day experience is only $150. Once accepted into the program, prospective attendees will be sent detailed information on how to register. Questions? Please contact Ignite program manager, Niki Peterson.

2016 Featured Speakers

Jack Gill – Scientist, Venture Capitalist, Professor and Philanthropist

Ann Stevens – Dean, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Brad Burke – Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Cleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cate Dyer – CEO/Founder, StemExpress

Leah Goold-Haws – Girls Gone Global, Center for International Trade Development

Mark Randall – Chief Strategist, VP of Creativity at Adobe

Pedro Santos – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OSCOMP and HICOR Technologies

Nicholas Seet – Co-founder,

John Bissell – CEO/Co-founder, Micromidas, Inc.

Andrew Smith – AT Dynamics, Inc.

Location, Dates & Travel Information

Ignite 2016 runs Wednesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5, 2016 on the UC Davis main campus in Davis, CA.

Coffee/tea, light snacks and lunch are provided daily. Dinner is provided on Day 1 and Day 4. Lodging, transportation and parking fees are the responsibility of the participant.

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