There are several programs in place to support the ecosystem and entrepreneurial community on the UCI campus, from mentorships to industry specific groups.
The BioENGINE program prepares students to be workforce ready with relevant skills. The program sets out to inspire students to change society through understanding and addressing real-world needs.
A community of local business experts who volunteer their time to help novice entrepreneurs. The goal is to maximize the chance of successful launches, accelerate business growth, and foster funding opportunities.
I-Corps™ is a national science foundation initiative to increase the economic impact of research it has funded.
Program focused on encouraging commercialization of UC innovations from all fields of research with the intent of stimulating entrepreneurship at UCI.
A U.S. Small Business Administration-funded program at the Cove that offers no-cost, confidential consulting for high-technology, high-growth, scalable ventures emerging from the local region.
SBIR and STTR grants provide non-dilutive federal funding and encourage small businesses to engage in research and development with high commercialization potential.
Student Startup Fund
Microgrants available through UCI Applied Innovation to current students engaged in the campus’ entrepreneurship programs, competitions and centers. The Fund helps cover entrepreneurial project expenses.
A parallel track for teams participating in the Beall New Venture Competition. Teams must use UC intellectual property as a core part of a business idea.
Wayfinder is an incubator for UCI-affiliated startups. It is designed to accelerate development from the formation to funding stages. It provides teams with space, strategic guidance, and other valuable support resources.