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Ignite Conference
Fueling Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

The Ignite conference provides innovative graduate-level students in all disciplines with a chance to meet some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Bay Area.

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Ignite Conference

Bringing together students, CEOs and business leaders

A collaboration between our institute, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship 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. Participants network with other students, meet leading entrepreneurs, and visit innovative companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

“I would rather fail at changing the world, than succeed in an unimportant way.”
—Mark Randall, Adobe

Ignite 2018 drew a diverse group of more than 90 Ph.D. students, medical students and MBAs from UC Davis and partner universities to learn about early-stage entrepreneurship. In keeping with UC Davis’ and Rice University’s commitment to inclusion, approximately 40 of Ignite’s attendees were women, as were 40 percent of our speakers and panel participants.

Read 2017/18 Business Development Fellow Denise Bronner’s blog about her experiences at Ignite:

Conference Ignites a Passion for Business, One Startup at a Time

Ignite 2019 will visit the following companies:

learn from the personal stories of entrepreneurs

This intense immersion experience includes a welcome reception on the evening of Day 1, Bay Area field trips on Day 2, and thought-provoking speakers at the UC Davis campus on Days 3 and 4. Coffee/tea, light snacks and lunch are provided daily. Dinner is provided on Days 1 and 4.

Ignite 2019 Program Agenda

Students learn from diverse entrepreneurs working to build their companies and from the successes—and failures—of the best and brightest in the Bay Area. 

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The cost for this four-day experience is only $250. We will send accepted applicants detailed information on how to register. 

Questions? Please contact Senior Program Manager Niki Peterson.

2019 Featured Speakers

Jack GillJack Gill – Scientist, Venture Capitalist, Professor and Philanthropist

Chris Hussain – CEO/Founder, RealKey

Pam MarronePam Marrone – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marrone Bio Innovations

Mark RandallMark Randall – Chief Strategist, VP of Creativity, Adobe

Rebekah MosesRebekah Moses – Senior Manager, Impact Strategy, Impossible Foods

Nicholas SeetNicholas Seet – Co-Founder, SIVI AngelList Syndicate

Brad ChisumBrad Chisum – CEO, Launch Factory

Brittany BarretoBrittany Barreto – CEO and Co-founder, Pheramor

Sally EdwardsSally Edwards – Founder and CEO, Heart Zones Inc.

Ben Lyon, BiopharmaBen Lyon – Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Immix Biopharma Inc.

Location, Dates & Travel Information

Participants are responsible for their lodging, transportation and parking fees.​

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