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.
Application, Fees and Scholarships
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 UC Davis applicants.
To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.
We aim to allow any UC Davis student, faculty or staff who is accepted to the academy to attend free of charge. Refer to Fellowship Aid section for more details.
$1,000: Non-UC Davis 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.
Registration fees are waived and priority acceptance is granted to current participants from the following programs:
- Keller Pathway Fellows
- Business Development Fellows
- Leaders for the Future
- Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant Program
In addition, up to five scholarships sponsored by Anpac Bio-Medical Science Co. are available to STEM students, undergraduate through Ph.D.
Please contact senior program manager Niki Peterson for more information.
Location, Dates and Travel Information
The 2019 academy will take place Tuesday–Thursday, October 6–8, 2020, at the International 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.
Note: We will update with 2020 speakers over the summer.
Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Joe DiNunzio – Interim Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Victoria Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector
Ken Ouimet – Founder, Engage3
Edris Bemanian – COO and General Manager, Engage3
Mathew Magno – CEO, Japa Inc.
David Richardson – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Elise Bauer – Founder, Simply Recipes
Marcus Meadows-Smith – CEO, BioConsortia; Owner & Winemaker, Great Bear Vineyards
Ryan Sharp – Associate Director for Economic Engagement, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
Zane Starkewolfe – Associate Director for New Venture Resources, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
Serkan Berk – Associate Director for New Venture Resources, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
Robin L. Stears – Associate Director, InnovationAccess, UC Davis
Conrad Davis – Partner, Crowe