Online MBA Virtual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club

Virtual Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VIE) Club for the Online MBA program serves to educate incoming and current students of the opportunities that exist at UC Davis for entrepreneurial and innovative interests.

VIE Club plans a variety of events, such as:

  • General Meetings
  • Speaker Events
  • Workshops
  • Book, Podcast, and Readings Discussions
  • Socials (in person and Zoom)
  • Networking Meetings
  • Panels on the Online MBA Experience

Club Mission

Our mission is to make our community a wealth of resources for first-time entrepreneurs and facilitate a diverse support network. From hopeful founders to curious newcomers, all backgrounds are welcome to learn with us and support each other through the entrepreneurial process.

Board Members

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Frances Fritz
Fall 2019 Cohort

Software Consultant at IMA Technologies, Cofounder of Citymatch and KarmaCollab. Frances has competed in the Big Bang! and Little Bang! Competitions at UC Davis, and is involved in other startup organizations in the Greater Sacramento area. She is dedicated to making innovation accessible to all and collectivizing knowledge.



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Jeff Blake
Winter 2020 Cohort

President/CEO of an agricultural consulting firm as well as acting president of an investment group specializing in farm real estate and management. Co-founder of the virtual farmers market e-commerce platform, Glocal. I’ve participated in several entrepreneurship programs and competitions, including the Big Bang. I am passionate about the tech industry, particularly in innovations that create a more sustainable food supply chain. A father to 3 amazing kids, I enjoy sharing my passion with my kids, and anyone else who will listen to me ramble on!


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Meredith Roberts
Intercampus Liaison

Meredith Roberts is a 2nd-year OMBA student. She is currently consulting in the energy sector and working on growing her own business. She was previously the Director of External Relations at Sierra Energy, a waste-to-energy technology startup based in Davis.

Roberts earned her B.S. in Entomology at UC Davis and has been in the environmental field for over 15 years, working in business development, strategic planning, communications and fundraising for both private industry and the nonprofit sector.

Roberts’ interests and research include strategy, technology management and organizational behavior. She is active in her local business community and serves on the Davis Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee where she was chair in 2018–20.

Outside of her time working and in school, Meredith can be found on ski and hiking trails or at home in her garden.


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Angel Melchor
Fall 2019 Cohort

Marketing enthusiast, developing entrepreneur, and proud father of two. Angel has competed and participated in multiple innovation competitions and accelerators. He is passionate in empowering others to become leaders and find their human excellence in innovation. 



  Andrew Horng