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UC Entrepreneurship Academy

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. Priority is given to UC-affiliated applicants.

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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
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 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 >

2018 Featured Speakers

Note: We will update with 2019 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

FraizerTamara Fraizer – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Ben Wang, NeVap Inc.Ben Wang - Founder/Chief Medical Officer, NeVap Inc.

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

Mark Randall, AdobeMark Randall - Chief Strategist, VP of Creativity, Adobe Systems

Harold SchmitzHarold Schmitz – Chief Science Officer, Mars Inc.

Gina LujanGina Lujan – CEO and Founder, Hacker Lab

Mariah HellerMariah Heller – Co-Owner and Chief Operations Manager, CaliRoots FitFusion

Tim BrownTim Brown – Chief Executive Officer, Evolve BioSystems, Inc.

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