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UC Entrepreneurship Academy
September 12–14, 2018

The three-day UC Entrepreneurship Academy is the premier academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations. It is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.

The academy is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty, and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You’ll gain the knowledge and networks needed to develop the commercial potential of your research or idea.

The application deadline for the UC Entrepreneurship Academy is August 30, 2018.
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The academy includes:

  • An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.
  • Daily 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.

2017 Academy Schedule

How to Apply

 Apply by August 30, 2018 > 

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 participants.

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

Registration Fees

$250: California university/college students and faculty.
$500: Out-of-state 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.

Fellowship Aid
Keller Pathway Fellowship

Through the generous support of Barry and Lynda Keller, we have recently launched the Keller Pathways Fellowship Program. Selected fellows attend the academy free of charge as the first step in a year-long affiliation with our institute. Read more >

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

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2018 academy is planned for Wednesday–Friday, September 12–14, 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 >

2018 Featured Speakers

Note: We will add 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

Benjamin Finkelor Benjamin Finkelor – Executive Director, UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute

Christopher HussainChristopher Hussain – CEO & Founder, RealKey

Roger WerneRoger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tim KellerTim Keller – Executive Director, Inventopia

Liz TangLiz Tang – Director, UC Davis Student Start-up Center

Jeff BennettJeff Bennett – Co-Founder and President, StartupSac

Bri JamesBri James – Co-Founder, Scrumpt, Inc.

Zane StarkewolfeZane Starkewolfe - Associate Director, New Venture Resources, UC Davis Venture Catalyst

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