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
• Personal technology
(laptops, tablets,
smart phones, desktop
computers, etc.)
• Entertainment
• Alcohol

EXPENSES NEEDING HIGHER APPROVAL

• Service or consultant
agreements (marketing,
software development, etc.)
• Legal fees (corporate
formation expenses)
• 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.

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Contacts

Chloe Hsieh

Entrepreneur Experiences Coordinator

chloe.hsieh@uci.edu