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 University of California applicants.
To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.
$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.
The year-long Keller Pathways Fellowship Program is generously supported by Barry and Lynda Keller. Selected fellows attend the UC Entrepreneurship Academy at no cost. Applications for the 2019/20 academic year are closed. 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.
FEATURED SPEAKERS: TIM and tom zheng, co-founders, Vite Kitchens
In 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.”
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