Develop your startup from formation to funding

Connecting UCI-affiliated startups with essential resources needed to launch, grow and succeed.

Why Participate in Wayfinder?

Once accepted into the Wayfinder incubator, you’ll have access to critical resources, at no cost, to grow your startup, including:

Workspace
Work the way you like, whether that’s in an open, collaborative workspace or a conference room

Office Hours
From lawyers to investors, regular office hours give you access to the expertise you need

Guidance and Mentorship
Gain insight and feedback through structured check-ins and from our Innovation Advisors

Lab Access
Use any of our high-tech labs to test and develop your prototypes

Workshops
Participate in exclusive discovery workshops on subjects related to your startup

Networking
Connect with entrepreneurial experts, business leaders, technology gurus, angel investors and venture capitalists

During the Six Month Program, Teams Will:

MEET

In order to tailor our program to suit your needs, we begin by listening to your challenges and desired outcome

ENGAGE

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with experienced mentors who will work closely with you throughout the program and enhance your experience

DEVELOP

Your team will participate in exclusive discovery workshops on subjects relative to your endeavor, providing you powerful tools and strategic insights

REVIEW

Your team will receive strategic guidance and quality feedback at both the midpoint and end of your cycle

SHOWCASE

Our final showcase event sets the stage for you to pitch to the UCI Applied Innovation community, potential investors and other interested parties

Characteristics/Criteria

Essential Characteristics
Successful applicants will exhibit the following characteristics:

  • the startup has a basic understanding of its current business model and is able to effectively communicate it
  • the startup addresses a real problem or customer need and will offer a product/service that is unique or hard to duplicate
  • the startup can demonstrate that it has initiated the process of customer discovery by testing customer reactions to its business model hypotheses
  • team members have sufficient bandwidth and the ability to commit the time necessary to actively participate in the Wayfinder program

 

Prior to approaching UCI Applied Innovation and applying to Wayfinder, it is expected that your startup team has engaged extensively with other entrepreneurial support resources available through UCI schools, centers and programs. Your team will be evaluated for fit based on progress goals, program expectations and mentoring needs.

 

Criteria
To be considered, your team must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • use UCI-owned intellectual property as a core part of the startup’s business idea
  • have at least one active team member (co-founder/member of the management team) who is a current UCI faculty, student, staff or alumnus (degree program or minimum completion of 16 units).

In some unique cases, exceptions may be made for non-UCI students whose existing university’s entrepreneurial offerings are for some reason insufficient.

March 1, 2019

Cycle 11 Application Deadline

Cycle 11 Runs April - September 2019

June 7, 2019

Cycle 12 Application Deadline

Cycle 12 Runs July - December 2019

August 30, 2019

Cycle 13 Application Deadline

Cycle 13 Runs October 2019 - March 2020

November 29, 2019

Cycle 14 Application Deadline

Cycle 14 Runs January 2020 - June 2020

Apply Today

Wayfinder is offered four times per calendar year. Each team is admitted for one cycle, approximately six months long, with the possibility of cycle renewal. While cycles exist to create a shared experience among teams and allow for calendar alignment, each individual team’s experience and respective progress targets are customized.

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Wayfinder Teams

70 Degrees

Information management systems for archival, preservation, and exhibition of family and corporate history.

Adaptifyed

System for monetizing downloads

AGTools

Real time data service (Dash board) for farmers and produce buyers offsetting volatility in the market increasing profitability and decreasing food waste.

Alcazar

Alcazar aggregates relevant property data to provide pinpoint analytics and insights to real estate professionals.

Artistree

Empowering the unmanaged musician by simplifying the business of music

BioPico

Closed automated system for therapeutic stem cells culture. Allows for automation of traditional manual process and limits contamination of cell culture.

BluPrint

BluPrint is a web and mobile app that helps people pursue their career path by providing the best educational resources for them to reach their goal

Brevvie

Platform that give you access to smart lockers stocked with things you need - luggage, ladders, tools - rented for a fraction of the price of ownership.

Bubtech

Micro-nanobubbles delivery device for the treatment of non-healing wounds.

CarDana

CarDana democratizes the vehicle donation industry by utilizing AI and web-based technologies to reduce inefficiencies, save costs and bring transparency to the entire donation experience.

Celebrate in a SNAP

Easily accessible party supplies for unplanned/last minute celebrations.

Charlot Biosciences

Technology company working to eliminate late stage diagnosis of treatable disease

DeraNaz

A medical device (TubeAid) to firmly secure and safeguard IV tubings and monitoring cables at the patient’s bedside, promoting patient safety and added convenience for healthcare workers

Docbot

A validated platform that enables deep learning algorithms to be run in real-time during colonoscopy and other surgical procedures

Embryologic

Imaging device to help parents who want healthy babies through IVF by enabling the selection of healthy embryos to reduce the anxiety and cost.

Esqalate

Providing low-income individuals with access to free legal representation, and modest-income individuals with access to affordable legal representation through two complementary web platforms

Fluxor

Mobile app that informs you of where the crowds are, in real-time.

FunBand

Data intelligence platform for amusement venues to enhance guest experience

Genpedia

Integrated system for cell-free DNA sample preparation to increase the accuracy and efficiency of liquid biopsy

Greentech California

Technology for the next generation of water treatment plants and cooling towers which reduce chemical, energy, filter and RO membrane costs by 50% to 90%.

HUMBLE Technologies

A HUMBLE syringe primes an injection so quickly that people will properly prime 99.9% of the time within a few seconds.

Hype

Using our Hype Type method, we are rebranding the workforce to help employers and job seekers alike understand what can and cannot be taught about jobs, and connect people with work accordingly.

iNK

Networking platform that morphs the humble business card into digital real time connections

INSOLAR

Technology company that matches solar customers with the best local installers at the lowest prices

JeniVision

Prescription eye drops for relief of pain and irritation associated with dry eye syndrome

Kolkin

Healthcare clinic software, SOS®, that standardizes physician team rounding & patient hand-off communication

MAVEN

Application for smart devices, that facilitates vocabulary acquisition for developing readers through automatically generated quizzes based off uploaded e-texts

MetaSeismic

New generation low cost materials for seismic protection of vibration sensitive equipment and civil infrastructure

Mind Brain Parenting

Mind Brain Parenting provides social-emotional learning solutions that empower parents and teachers to nurture self-motivated, confident, and compassionate children (Card game).

NeighborING

Community-based, online service that assists students with college expenses, and helps homeowners find and hire local college students to do miscellaneous household chores

NOWA Innovations

Providing real-time accurate data of respiratory diseases for patients and clinicians

Ops Guru

Health clinic management system to improve clinic efficiency

Parthian Energy

Unique hardware and software to predict battery failures before any noticeable changes

Purist

Low cost and rapid production and distribution of radioactive supplies used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer

RebeccaTech

Radio frequency device the analyzes and treats skin concerns like wrinkles and sagging through collagen regeneration. The combination of analysis and treatment offers measurable anti-aging effects.

Seasonally Fresh

End-to-end communication infrastructure and marketplace for the agriculture industry focused on organic, LOCAL and sustainable certifications

Served

An app that uses augmented reality to help users see food in 3D before they order

SimRated

Simulation training and assessment platform for medical procedures

Spaceez

Platform that connects small business owners with quality commercial interior design talent and provides an end-to-end concierge service for the design, build out and renovation of their commercial and hospitality spaces.

Syntr Health Technologies

Therapeutic device that uses stem cells to treat diabetic foot ulcers at the point of care

Ureka Sciences Inc

Ureka Sciences Inc - Ureka provides a mobile and web application platforms for scientists and researchers around the world to share scientific finding and get real-time feedback at any given stage of development

Waterborne Skateboards

Skateboard part that allow users to mimic surfing on land

Wing

Wing is the college student's AI powered assistant. We plan tasks and use Independent Contractors & third-parties to execute tasks in ~15 min, affordably.

Zipderm

Automated consumer/retailer platform for personalized analysis and treatment of specific skin conditions