The Experts-in-Residence (EiR) network is a group of local business leaders who volunteer their time to support the development of the UCI Applied Innovation entrepreneurial ecosystem. The goals of the EiR Network are to increase the likelihood of success of UCI-affiliated ventures by providing insightful and actionable guidance and mentorship to individuals and teams and to foster engagement between the University and the local entrepreneurial community to accelerate the commercialization of University innovations.

EiRs contribute to UCI Applied Innovation in a number of capacities ranging from working with startups in the Wayfinder incubator program to advising on patentability analyses and assessment of commercial potential, reviewing commercialization grant proposals, presenting at community workshops, serving as resources or speakers for other campus entities, serving as competition judges, or operating as general coaches/mentors to individuals or startup teams associated with UCI.

EiRs represent a wide array of entrepreneurial experience levels from founders to chief executives. They also bring a wealth of skills and contacts in disciplines as diverse as finance, operations, human resources, marketing, and law. Their careers include fields ranging from high tech to high touch, and represent both B2B and B2C.

Beyond their functional expertise and experience, EiRs bring a desire to see potential entrepreneurs succeed. Their relationships with the men and women they advise are a source of both pride and accomplishment. In addition to the rewarding experience of mentoring budding entrepreneurs, EiRs benefit from opportunities for personal and professional growth, networking, and a close connection to the UCI Applied Innovation community.


Get Involved

There are many different ways in which to serve as an EiR that allows for a spectrum of interests and availability. The roles with which an EiR are matched and the amount of time an EiR spends volunteering depend on his or her willingness and desire to participate, availability, applicable skill set, and synergy with mentees.


Next Steps

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the EiR Network, email Matthew Hanson, Ph.D., Director, New Ventures (



Matt Hanson, Ph.D.

Director, New Ventures