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.
2017 Academy Schedule
How to Apply
We are not yet accepting applications for the 2018 academy. Please check back closer to the academy date.
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.
$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 2018 academy is planned for Tuesday–Thursday, August 28–30 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 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 2018 speakers as they are confirmed.
Peter Barrick – Director of Operations, Sonoma Brands
Victoria Lee – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US), Co-Chair, Global Technology Sector
Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Cleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Tamara Fraizer – Intellectual Property Attorney, Squire Patton Boggs
Heidi Jannenga – Co-Founder/President, WebPT
Jolene Jacobs – Senior Director, Medical Sales and Operations, Evolve BioSystems Inc.
Tracy Shafizadeh – Director of Scientific Communications, Evolve BioSystems Inc.
Joe DiNunzio – Founder and CEO, Fido Management LLC
Shelley Birdsong-Maddex – Assistant Vice Chancellor, Foundation and Corporate Giving, UC Davis
Joe Koepnick – Technology Development/Startups/IP Licensing, Venture Catalyst, UC Davis
Benjamin Wang – Founder/Chief Medical Officer, Nevap Inc.
Maelene Wong – President & CEO, ViVita Technologies Inc.
Robin Stears – Intellectual Property Officer, UC Davis