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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.

Academy Schedule

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications since the program and waitlist are full. Please consider attending a future entrepreneurship academy. 

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 2017 academy is held Tuesday–Thursday, 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 academy participants during one or both mentoring sessions, please sign up below:

Apply to mentor >


2017 Keynote Speaker

Bruce GermanBruce German – UC Davis Professor and Food Chemist, Food Science and Technology; Director, Foods for Health Institute

Good Bacteria and “Bad” Babies: Bringing Science to Health Practice

2017 Featured Speakers

We will add additional speakers as they are confirmed.

Peter BarrickPeter Barrick – Director of Operations, Sonoma Brands

Vickie LeeVictoria Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector

Andy HargadonAndrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cleve JustisCleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tamara FraizerTamara Fraizer – Intellectual Property Attorney, Squire Patton Boggs

Heidi JannengaHeidi Jannenga – Co-Founder/President, WebPT

Jolene JacobsJolene Jacobs – Senior Director, Medical Sales and Operations, Evolve BioSystems Inc.

Tracy ShafizadehTracy Shafizadeh – Director of Scientific Communications, Evolve BioSystems Inc.

Joe DiNuzzioJoe DiNunzio – Founder and CEO, Fido Management LLC

Shelley Birdsong-MaddexShelley Birdsong-Maddex – Assistant Vice Chancellor, Foundation and Corporate Giving, UC Davis

Joe Koepnick – Technology Development/Startups/IP Licensing, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis

Ben WangBenjamin Wang –  Founder/Chief Medical Officer, Nevap Inc.

Maelene WongMaelene Wong – President & CEO, ViVita Technologies Inc.

Robin StearsRobin Stears – Intellectual Property Officer, UC Davis

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