Develop your startup from formation to funding
Wayfinder is a highly structured incubator, through UCI Beall Applied Innovation, that connects UC-affiliated startups with essential resources needed to launch, grow and succeed.
Housed inside the Cove @ UCI, our collaborative team of business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and technology transfer experts eat, sleep and drink innovation. Using our combined experience, we help fine-tune a strategic process that leads innovation with both commercial promise and the potential to meet real needs, from formation to funding.
Connecting UC-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
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
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
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: email@example.com
November 29, 2020
Cycle 18 Application Deadline
Cycle 18 Runs January - June 2021
September 6, 2020
Cycle 17 Application Deadline
Cycle 17 Runs October 2020 - March 2021
June 7, 2020
Cycle 16 Application Deadline
Cycle 16 Runs July - December 2020
March 1, 2020
Cycle 15 Application Deadline
Cycle 15 Runs April - September 2020
Apply Today - Applications are Due November 29!
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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