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UC Entrepreneurship Academy

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.

Academy schedule

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 UC Davis applicants.

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

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Registration Fees

We aim to allow any UC Davis student, faculty or staff who is accepted to the academy to attend free of charge. Refer to Fellowship Aid section for more details.

$1,000: Non-UC Davis 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

Registration fees are waived and priority acceptance is granted to current participants from the following programs:

In addition, up to five scholarships sponsored by Anpac Bio-Medical Science Co. are available to STEM students, undergraduate through Ph.D.

Please contact senior program manager Niki Peterson for more information. 

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The 2019 academy will take place Tuesday–Thursday, October 6–8, 2020, at the International 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.

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2019 Speakers

Note: We will update with 2020 speakers over the summer.

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

Ken OuimetKen Ouimet – Founder, Engage3

Edris BemanianEdris Bemanian – COO and General Manager, Engage3

Mathew MagnoMathew Magno – CEO, Japa Inc.

David RichardsonDavid Richardson – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

Elise BauerElise Bauer – Founder, Simply Recipes

Marcus Meadows-SmithMarcus Meadows-Smith – CEO, BioConsortia; Owner & Winemaker, Great Bear Vineyards

Ryan SharpRyan Sharp – Associate Director for Economic Engagement, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis

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

Serkan BerkSerkan Berk – Associate Director for New Venture Resources, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis

Robin StearsRobin L. Stears – Associate Director, InnovationAccess, UC Davis

Conrad DavisConrad Davis – Partner, Crowe

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