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Program Detail

Ignite Conference
Fueling Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs, March 7-10, 2018

The Ignite conference provides entrepreneurial MBA students and others with a chance to meet some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Bay Area.

Ignite 2017 Video
Ignite Conference

Bringing together students, CEOs and business leaders

A collaboration between our institute, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management 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. You’ll network with other students, meet top entrepreneurial leaders and visit innovative companies in our own backyard, including:


learn from the personal stories of entrepreneurs

Ignite 2018 runs Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10. This intense immersion experience begins with a welcome reception on the evening of Day 1, Bay Area field trips by bus on Day 2 and thought-provoking speakers on Days 3 and 4.

Sample Program Agenda from Ignite 2017

Students learn from the personal stories of entrepreneurs working to build their companies and from the successes—and failures—of the best and brightest that the Bay Area has to offer. 

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If you are an MBA or MPAc student who is interested in attending, please apply now. Deadline to apply is February 10, 2018. The cost for this unique and informative four-day experience is only $250. Once accepted into the program, prospective attendees will be sent detailed information on how to register. Questions? Please contact Senior Program Manager Niki Peterson.


2017 Featured Speakers

2018 speakers will be listed as they are confirmed.

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

Brad BurkeBrad Burke – Managing Director, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Cleveland JustisCleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cate DyerCate Dyer – CEO/Founder, StemExpress

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

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

Rao UnnavaH. Rao Unnava – Dean and Professor, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Kristen TobeyKirsten Tobey – Founder and Chief Impact Officer,  Revolution Foods

Lorin JohnsonLorin Johnson – Founder, Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Nicholas SeetNicholas Seet – Co-Founder, SIVI AngelList Syndicate

Andrew SmithAndrew Smith – CEO and Founder, ATDynamics Inc.

Brad ChisumBrad Chisum – CEO, Chronodyne


Location, Dates & Travel Information

Ignite 2018 runs Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10, 2018 on the UC Davis main campus in Davis, CA.

Coffee/tea, light snacks and lunch are provided daily. Dinner is provided on Day 1 and Day 4. Lodging, transportation and parking fees are the responsibility of the participant.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors

Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen
Jardesca California Aperitiva

Interested sponsors for the 2018 Ignite program should contact us directly.


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