Access funds to bring your idea from concept to reality

Use of Funds

The Student Startup Fund helps cover specific project-related expenses (up to $1,000) to further develop entrepreneurial concepts/startups for students and recent alumni. Additional funds may be available in exceptional cases. Granted funds are intended for immediate or short-term use, and should adhere to the following criteria:

ALLOWABLE EXPENSES

• Prototyping materials
• Project supplies
• Specialized software
(less than $1,000)
• Small equipment
(note that UCI retains
ownership of the
equipment after the
project has ended)
• Fees associated with
attending project-related
conferences or events
• Expenses related to
customer discovery
• Expenses related to
lab testing

UNALLOWABLE EXPENSES

• Living expenses
(rent, food, gas, etc.)
• Stipends/payroll
expenses
• Equipment greater
than $5,000
• Legal fees (corporate
formation expenses)
• Personal technology
(laptops, tablets,
smart phones, desktop
computers, etc.)
• Entertainment
• Alcohol

EXPENSES NEEDING HIGHER APPROVAL

• Service or consultant
agreements (marketing,
software development, etc.)
• Patent fees
• Costs to host an event
(venue, food, etc.)

Accepting Applications Now!

Student Startup Fund applications are considered on a rolling basis, so it is in the best interest of the student to submit as early as possible.

Click to apply today!

Contacts

Hayley Young

Assistant Director, New Venture Group

hayley.young@uci.edu