WE BELIEVE THE WORLD NEEDS MORE ENTERPRISING HUMANS—people with the initiative, knowledge and tools to market ideas that could fundamentally change lives and industries.
The Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship serves as a springboard for innovations developed in university, corporate and national labs programs. We help faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates—as well as scientists working outside academia—to see the path from cause to effect and to recognize in themselves the ability to walk it.
Our programs bridge science, engineering, social sciences and the humanities with business. Our cross-disciplinary approach provides aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs real-life opportunities to:
- analyze, enhance and communicate the potential impact of their research or idea;
- explore business opportunities;
- grow their network;
- build both the skill set and confidence necessary for a career as an entrepreneur—or as an intrepreneur in industry.
The network is the key, and we focus on understanding and building critical partnerships and connections.
“I’m honored to be part of this institute and its important work helping faculty and students translate their knowledge and skills into ventures that improve society and add value to the economy.”
— Mike Child UCD 76
Senior Advisor | TA Associates Inc. and Trustee | UC Davis Foundation
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The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a Center of Excellence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.