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:

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

Participate in exclusive discovery workshops on subjects related to your startup

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

During the Six Month Program, Teams Will:


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


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


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


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


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


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 Beall 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.


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

  • use UC-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 UC 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.

If your startup does not have a UC affiliation, please reach out to us, we may be able to connect you with a UCI Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MIE) student looking to join a startup:

November 29, 2019

Cycle 14 Application Deadline

Cycle 14 Runs January - June 2020

March 1, 2020

Cycle 15 Application Deadline

Cycle 15 Runs April - September 2020

June 7, 2020

Cycle 16 Application Deadline

Cycle 16 Runs July - December 2020

September 6, 2020

Cycle 17 Application Deadline

Cycle 17 Runs October 2020 - March 2021

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.


System for monetizing downloads


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Data intelligence platform for amusement venues to enhance guest experience


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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).


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


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


Radio frequency device that 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


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


Simulation training and assessment platform for medical procedures


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


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

Wave Wearable

Millions of individuals a year exhibit carpal tunnel symptoms, and many have to go through multiple painful surgeries. Wave Wearable aims to prevent the need for surgeries with a hand brace that combines sensors and treatment modality to log symptoms, prevent downstream surgery and offer therapeutic relief.


Speckle is a mobile application that helps people improve their public speaking skills, anytime and anywhere. Speckle allows users to learn and practice effectively, and offers an online and offline community to help users stay motivated.


myHealthToday is an intuitive voice assistant that addresses health management for senior adults with chronic conditions. This solution aims to improve care coordination between doctor visits and prepare them for future doctor visits.

IGHi Inc.

Energy depletion is one of the most serious problems humans are facing in this century. IQHi, builds battery data processing software for electric vehicle, solar and electricity storage companies to accelerate product development, improve customer service and reduce safety issue cost.


Biomentum is developing biotechnology-based medical devices that heal deep wounds twice as fast as current treatments without the need of specialized equipment or facilities.

Aditt App

Aditt App provides a broad selection of the music you love and comfort you want during a rideshare trip in a stranger’s car.

Artistree Music, LLC

Artistree Music offers the busy professional a subscription-based SaaS platform that provides a community to meet, create and play with others of similar experience and tastes.