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Microbiome Entrepreneurship Academy

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Understanding the gut microbiome has the potential to dramatically impact human and animal health. Join us for the inaugural entrepreneurship academy bringing together a network of minds to move ideas forward in this critical area of research.

Designed to move microbiome innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace, this three-day intensive, hands-on academy based on our award-winning platform brings together microbiology, biochemistry, food and nutrition, and human and animal health students, postdocs, and research faculty with exploratory interest in commercializing their research.

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

The academy includeS:

  • A three-day intensive on exploring the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research;
  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading industry executives, investors, and entrepreneurs;
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research and develop a presentation pitch about your idea;
  • Mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors in the microbiome arena;
  • The opportunity to develop a network of professionals in the microbiome fields who can help mentor and connect you as you move forward with your career or new venture.

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How to Apply

The academy is open to applicants with any affiliation (university or otherwise). It is primarily designed for upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering; however, the concepts and exercises may be broadly applied to any entrepreneurial venture. To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, we encourage participants to attend all three full days of the academy.

Applications will open in early fall.

Registration Fees

No cost: Participants nominated by our partner sponsors.
$1,000: 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. Registration fee does NOT include lodging, transportation or parking fees, which are the responsibility of the participant.

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2019 academy will take place in spring 2020 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:

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.

Apply to be a mentor >

2019 ACADEMY Speakers

Speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Andrew HargadonAndrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Joe DiNunzioJoe DiNunzio – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


 Sponsors have the unique opportunity to actively participate in the
academy, gaining direct exposure to leading researchers and emerging technologies across a variety of fields impacting the human and animal microbiome. All levels receive recognition in print and online materials.

Level Includes
$25,000 Platinum Sponsor Four (4) corporate participants in the academy, designation as headlining sponsor, and participation in our plenary session panel.
$15,000 Gold Sponsor Two (2) corporate participants in the academy and designation as the primary sponsor of opening keynote session.
$10,000 Silver Sponsor One (1) corporate participant in the academy.

Contact executive director Joe DiNunzio for sponsorship details.

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