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Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy

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Do you want to use your ideas and education to help solve our complex world’s many challenges—but don’t know how to begin?

Our Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy can help get you started.

We are all capable of being an entrepreneur, in some form or another, if we apply the right tools and empower the creator inside us.

Sana Karimi | Sociology Major

UC Davis students in all majors and disciplines—from the life sciences and engineering to the humanities and social sciences—are welcome to apply for this one-day immersion in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Note: We will offer our next Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy in the fall. Please check back.

Undergraduates on Zoom

We can change the world with time and effort, regardless of the challenges that need to be overcome.

—Reece Guyon | Chemical Engineering Major

growth mindset > > > solutions

Innovation and entrepreneurship is about much more than launching companies. It represents a mindset that:

  • Seeks solutions where others see obstacles.
  • Builds uncommon collaborations where others work alone.
  • Compels action when others are frozen by uncertainty.

Get inspired: join us and…

  • Discover how you can harness the power of innovation to solve big problems
  • Understand the core concepts of innovation: creativity, commitment, entrepreneurship
  • Grow the initial skills to identify a problem that is worth solving
  • Begin to develop your entrepreneurial mindset

You do not have to have an entrepreneurial idea or project that you are currently working on. 

innovate online

The academy will take place as a Zoom webinar. Although we will be meeting virtually, log in prepared to engage and grow through discussions, teamwork, and the energy and experience of meeting other amazing Aggie Innovators from across campus.

Innovation can stem from the motivation to fix a problem that no one else has thought to fix.

Allisa Tran | B.S. in Biotechnology

how WE’LL spend the time


Time Session
10–10:15 a.m. Introduction and Welcome
10:15–11 a.m. On Innovation: Creativity, Commitment and Entrepreneurship
11–11:45 a.m. Innovation Exercise
11:45 a.m.–Noon Break
Noon–12:45 p.m. Identifying, Defining and Solving Problems
12:45–1 p.m. Wrap up and Assignment


Time Session
10–10:15 a.m. Reconvene and Opening Discussion
10:15–11 a.m. Recognizing Uncertainties and Validating Technology, Market and Business
11–11:45 a.m. In Building an Entrepreneurial (Network) Mindset
11:45 a.m.–Noon Break
Noon–12:45 p.m. Making A Pitch: The Who, What and Why
12:45–1 p.m. Wrap up and Path Forward
1–2 p.m. Optional Office Hours

​​We will take short breaks throughout the sessions to keep our bodies and our minds agile and engaged.

I discovered the importance of staying open to learning new things and being receptive to new opportunities that come my way.
—Shail Trivedi | Mechanical Engineering Major


The academy will introduce you to the innovation and entrepreneurship landscape at UC Davis and beyond. You’ll learn about coursework and extracurricular activities such as the Big Bang! Business Competition, Little Bang! Poster Competitions, EQUIP, PLASMA and more can help you take your entrepreneurial experience to the next level.

Meet Your Instructor

Joe DiNunzio is the executive director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and an assistant adjunct professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He is a senior executive with three decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations.


Contact Sumiko Hong, special projects manager at the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

Note: Support for the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy is provided by Blackstone LaunchPad Powered by Techstars.

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