Develop your startup from formation to funding
Wayfinder is a highly structured incubator, through UCI Applied Innovation, that connects UCI-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.
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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
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 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 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 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
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.
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.
Empowering the unmanaged musician by simplifying the business of music
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.
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
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%.
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
Providing real-time accurate data of respiratory diseases for patients and clinicians
Health clinic management system to improve clinic efficiency
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 the analyzes and treats skin concerns like wrinkles and sagging through collagen regeneration. The combination of analysis and treatment offers measurable anti-aging effects.
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
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