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 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.
2018 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 UC participants.
To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.
Please check back to apply for the 2019 academy.
$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.
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 2019 academy will take place 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 update with 2019 speakers as they are confirmed.
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
Benjamin Finkelor – Executive Director, UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute
Tamara Fraizer – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Ben Wang - Founder/Chief Medical Officer, NeVap Inc.
Tim Keller – Executive Director, Inventopia
Liz Tang – Director, UC Davis Student Start-up Center
Jeff Bennett – Co-Founder and President, StartupSac
Bri James – Co-Founder, Scrumpt Inc.
Zane Starkewolfe - Associate Director, New Venture Resources, UC Davis Venture Catalyst
Mark Randall - Chief Strategist, VP of Creativity, Adobe Systems
Harold Schmitz – Chief Science Officer, Mars Inc.
Gina Lujan – CEO and Founder, Hacker Lab
Mariah Heller – Co-Owner and Chief Operations Manager, CaliRoots FitFusion
Tim Brown – Chief Executive Officer, Evolve BioSystems, Inc.