Program Detail

Angels on Campus
Provides researchers with a risk-free environment to gather commercialization feedback

The Angels on Campus mentoring program is designed for students, postdocs and faculty to meet with angel investors on campus and explore commercial opportunities surrounding their ideas.

Each quarter, three or four individuals or teams formally share their ideas with a panel of three to four investors. Sessions typically last 40 minutes. Over the past three years, more than 40 startups have presented to the angels. Two dozen of those were alumni of the institute’s entrepreneurship academies.

This rare opportunity provides researchers with a risk-free environment to gather commercialization feedback and to build their network with the investment and business community. It also allows angel investors to foster their network on campus and see first hand potential technologies coming out of UC Davis.

Angels on Campus is a collaboration between the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Venture Catalyst, and Davis Roots.

This is was a great experience and it gave us invaluable feedback. The Angels’ suggestions will definitely strengthen our pitch and business plan. We look forward to cultivating the relationships that have been created today.”

—Lucas Arzola, Co-founder, Inserogen


Quarterly during the 2017/18 academic year. Planned dates include:

  • November 28, 2017: 5-7 p.m.
  • February 20, 2018: 5-7 p.m.
  • April 24, 2018: 5-7 p.m.

How to Get Involved

Interested researchers, students and faculty should complete and submit an idea form with their pitch and send it to the institute. Selected participants will then provide a ~10-slide pitch deck for delivery during the mentoring session.

During the session, each person/team will share their pitch with the angels and gather feedback on next steps and commercial viability.

Download Submission Form

Submit your request to present at the Angels on Campus to senior program manager Niki Peterson.