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UC Entrepreneurship Academy

The three-day UC Entrepreneurship Academy helps students, postdocs and faculty in science and engineering gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea. Join us and learn how to move your research out of the lab and into the world.

The academy is taught by university faculty and by investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. 

The academy includes:

  • An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.
  • Seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.

Academy schedule

How to Apply

The academy is open to upper-division undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty in science and engineering. It is open to applicants from any university. Priority registration given to University of California applicants.

To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy. 

Click here to apply >

Registration Fees

$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. This does NOT include lodging, transportation or parking fees, which are the responsibility of the participant.

Scholarships may be available in cases of demonstrated need. Please email senior program manager Niki Peterson to inquire further.

Fellowship Aid

The Keller Pathways Fellowship Program is generously supported by Barry and Lynda Keller. Selected fellows attend at no cost as the first step in this year-long program. The deadline to apply to the program is August 12. Learn more >

To be considered for a fellowship, please indicate “Yes” where indicated on the application form.

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2019 academy will take place Tuesday–Thursday, September 10–12, at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis main campus.

Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner are provided daily. Participants are responsible for their lodging, transportation and parking fees.

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 participants at this academy—and/or at one of our other entrepreneurship academies—please apply below.

Apply to be a mentor >

FEATURED SPEAKERS: TIM and tom zheng, co-founders, Vite Kitchens

Tim and Tom ZhengIn 2017 UC Davis seniors Tim and Tom Zheng spent hundreds of hours in their tiny apartment testing recipes, calculating nutrition and reimagining the perennial student staple of instant ramen into a delicious, nutritious (and still fast and convenient) alternative. In April 2018 they launched a Kickstarter campaign—and reached their $10,000 goal in less than an hour. By mid-May they’d raised almost $250,000 from 4,295 backers, and Vite Kitchens launched.

Join us to hear about their entrepreneurial journey, commitment to making their ramen ethically and responsibly—including high-quality U.S. ingredients and paying employees a fair, living wage—and adherence to ”communication, transparency and just generally trying to be good people.” RSVP now >

2019 Speakers

Note: We will update with additional speakers as they are confirmed.

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

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

Vickie LeeVictoria Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector

Ken OuimetKen Ouimet – Founder, Engage3

Edris BemanianEdris Bemanian – COO and General Manager, Engage3

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