Teri Slack in front of the UC Davis sign

Why UC Davis is a Great Place for Entrepreneurs

“Aggie Innovators” are changing the world

“This truly was the apex of my education—blending my scientific expertise with my business acumen and my entrepreneurial spirit,” says MBA alumna Teri Slack.


UC Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Determined resources necessary to support and sustain palliative care clinic based upon recent growth and projected demand; demonstrated impact and key variables in allocating resources and support, organizational structure needs and defining the value proposition of the clinic to the health care system.

Sacramento Metro Chamber

  • Assessed what employees are looking for at various stages in their career and how regional businesses are meeting those goals with an evaluation of KPI benchmarks used to measure employment opportunities, deployment of survey to address workforce needs in the region, and development of a KPI scorecard.

Indigo Agriculture

  • Supported the development of the company’s transportation management platform (TMS) through an assessment of competition, identifying points of differentiation, and recommendations for how best to position and communicate the value of the platform to customers.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals

  • Explored opportunities to partner with “hidden gem” universities and innovators to develop a competitive advantage for therapeutic pipeline assets.

Textil Del Valle

  • Performed market research, evaluated key competitors and tested consumer interest in potential products and brand concepts to assess overall market attractiveness and next steps for high-impact Peruvian textile exporter, developing a sustainable clothing brand intended to reach the North American market in 2021.


  • Provided updated framework for setting measurable, shared goals focused on enterprise-wide model transformation and strategic planning, establishing prioritization standards, and building processes to effectively review progress.

Blue Rhino

  • Tested hypotheses for industry improvements in propane exchange purchase and delivery methods, including product cost efficiency and product enhancements, and provided actionable strategic recommendations for leadership team to gain market share.

Salmones Camachaca

  • Addressed need of Chilean salmon processor to develop a digital transformation strategy; assessed current industry technological trends, researched key innovations and developed a method to analyze business impacts and a proposal for the prioritization of projected ventures.

Ring Central

  • Researched operational and functional key performance indicators to understand relevance of vital information to key stakeholders; conducted a market analysis of industry benchmark information and created a strategic plan for adoption and framework for presentation of new KPIs.  

Hugo Casanova Wines

  • Developed detailed go-to-market strategy for a Chilean winery seeking to enter the U.S. market including industry and market research and comprehensive recommendations on prospective import channels and navigation of COVID-related industry challenges.
Samantha Brill MBA 21 from UC Davis named to P&Q Best and Brightest

Samantha Brill Named to Poets&Quants 100 Best and Brightest MBAs

Recognizing her extracurricular activities, leadership and potential, Full-Time MBA student Samantha Brill has been named among Poets&Quants 100 Best & Brightest MBAs: Class of 2021.

Dean Rao

Adapting Higher Education for the Lifelong Learner

Dean H. Rao Unnava talks with Andrew Hermalyn, president of global partnerships at 2U, Inc., about four major factors changing the landscape at universities and how life-long education has become more adaptive and flexible over time.

Shrimply Blue Dog Treats - photo courtesy of Jen Schmidt Photography

How Our Dog Treats Can Help Restore Lake Tahoe

Four keys to grassroots social entrepreneurism

MBA alum Yuan Cheng co-founded Shrimply Blue to help restore Lake Tahoe. His team is on a mission built on trust and social impact.  

Aggie Hacks 2021 with Google Cloud

Aggie Hacks Goes National to 100+ Competitors at Nine B-schools

Our MSBA program’s first nationwide virtual hackathon

As this year’s Aggie Hack student organizer, Jessica Padolina MSBA 21 learned about connection and collaboration with partners from Google Cloud.

Maurice Gallagher and Allison Brashear at UC Davis Health

New Rapid COVID-19 Test the Result of Partnership with Maurice Gallagher

UC Davis and alumnus Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., CEO of Allegiant Travel Company, partner on first COVID-19 test involving mass spectrometry, robotics and machine learning. The Gallaghers' major gift in 2007 named Gallagher Hall, our campus home.

MSBA Google Cloud Hero

UC Davis Welcomes Back Google Cloud Hero Competition

Google partnership paves way for practitioner certification

Teaming up with the pros from Google to learn cloud computing and reach our Google Cloud Practitioner certification.

Banner: MSBA Practicum Project

What’s an MSBA Practicum Project?

How are teams and corporate project sponsors selected

Behind the scenes of how practicum projects are developed and how the experience offers students professional growth.

Elevate pamphlet for Emerge Summit

2020 EMERGE Summit Elevates Young Professionals

Sacramento Metro EDGE’s virtual conference encourages bravery in community service, relationships and building the future of Sacramento

Recapping EMERGE, Chelsea Garner says: “I learned to speak out, speak up, embrace vulnerability, exercise my voice and not be afraid of failure.”


SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District)


The student team examined the problem of commercial power fraud and recommending analytically-derived solutions with the goal of creating a safer, sustainable and more equitable environment for its entire customer base. Founded in 1946, SMUD is Sacramento's community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, among the six largest of its kind in the U.S.