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UC Entrepreneurship Academy

The three-day UC Entrepreneurship Academy is the premiere academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

The academy is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty, and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You’ll gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

The academy includes:

  • An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.
  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.

UCEA 2015 Agenda

DEADLINE TO APPLY: TBD. 2016 UCEA dates are not yet set.

How to Apply

The academy is open to upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering. It is open to applicants from any university. Priority registration given to UC participants.

To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: TBD. 2016 UCEA dates are not yet set.

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Registration Fees

$250: California university/college students and faculty.
$500: Out-of-state university/college students and faculty.
$1,500: Participants with no university affiliation.

Registration fee includes course, materials and dining. Payment due upon acceptance to the program. This does NOT include lodging, transportation or parking fees, which are the responsibility of the participant.

Fellowship Aid
Keller Pathway Fellowship

Through the generous support of Barry and Lynda Keller, we have recently launched the Keller Pathways Fellowship Program. Selected fellows attend the academy free of charge as the first step in a year-long affiliation with our institute. Read more >>

UC Davis Grad Pathways Humanities/Social Science Fellowship

Through the generous support of the UC Davis Grad Pathways program, we will provide a limited number of fellowships for graduate student applicants from a humanities and/or social science background.Selected applicants receive half off of their registration fee ($125). Ideal candidates have a project concept with potential market opportunity.

To be considered for a fellowship, please indicate “Yes” where indicated on the application form.

Location, Dates & Travel Information

The academy is held September 15-17, 2015 at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis main campus.

Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner are provided daily. Lodging, transportation and parking fees are the responsibility of the participant.

We recommend the following nearby hotels:

Featured Speakers

Andrew Hargadon, Faculty Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Cleveland Justis, Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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Mike Ward, Partner, Morrison and Foerster
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Bob Crowley, The Mustang Group
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Julie Hirota, Blue Line Arts
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Roger Halualani, Founder and Principal, Epiphany Partners
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Mike Mielke, Program Manager, Trumpf, Inc.
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Jim Olson, Founder and CEO, WestShore Management Group
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Scott Adams, Founder and CEO, Velocity Signs, LLC
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Tamara Frazier, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
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Mike Gill, Environmental Protection Agency
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Dushyant PathakUC Davis Office of Research
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Zane Starkewolfe, UC Davis Office of Research, Venture Catalyst
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Annemarie Meike, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
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Cara Wasilewski, Industry Grants, Inc.
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Call for Mentors

An integral part of the academy experience is the opportunity for participants to engage with industry professionals over two evenings. If you are interested in serving as a mentor for academy participants during one or both mentoring sessions, please sign up below:

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