Wayfinder Specific Resources
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with resources they need to get started on AWS. As a Wayfinder team you can take advantage of this program. Please contact Wayfinder@uci.edu for more information.
Cove Map – Includes Cove 1 (5141 Building) and Cove 2 (5171 Building)
Cove Maker Space / Prototyping Lab
Wayfinder teams have access to the two labs at The Cove. Requires equipment training and a small usage fee. To inquire about lab use, contact Sara Willman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and specify that you are a Wayfinder team.
The ANTrepreneur Center: provides free mentorship with integrative learning opportunities and resources to help UCI students scale their business, and connections to the greater Irvine entrepreneurial network.
The Beall Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship: operating out of the Paul Merage School of Business, provides education and hands-on opportunities for UCI students to learn about the process of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Beckman Laser Institute (BLI): as a multi-disciplinary center for biomedical optics, offers research and programs, education and training, a medical clinic, and a photonic incubator.
California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2): in collaboration with UC San Diego, leverages academic expertise with industry experience to conduct cutting-edge research in diverse field with the goal of developing innovative information technology-based products and services to benefit society and ignite economic development in the region and state.
FABWorks: the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and The California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies have established FABWorks, one of the nation’s first “Make Labs” on a University Campus. FABWorks, located in the Calit2 building offers a space where students, faculty and the community can design and fabricate ‘almost’ anything. Users have access to a host of machines and services: personal digital fabrication systems, entrepreneurship services, IP development, business plan development, market analysis, and even global manufacturing services. Among FABWorks prosumer grade (above consumer grade) equipment are 3D printers and scanners, networked computer controlled milling machines, laser cutters, electronics development and diagnostics equipment, industrial sewing machines and more. The FABWorks space offers expanded opportunities for those interested in hands-on advanced manufacturing experience, and creates a hub where creativity can propel next-generation technologies.
Institute for Clinical & Translational Science (ICTS): funded by the National Institutes of Health under the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA) program, provides services and support to clinical and translational science in several key areas.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP): provides UCI undergraduates with funding and opportunities for research across every discipline, interdisciplinary program, and school on campus, and also with many outside agencies including national laboratories, industrial partners, and other universities.
Cove Fund: The Cove Fund offers the investor the ability to invest in a carefully selected pool of UCI sourced companies with high growth potential that have been thoroughly vetted before investment and then subsequently guided by experienced investors/entrepreneurs (members of the Investment Committee) who will likely continue to serve as company board members or advisors. Equally important, the Fund will benefit the UCI community by providing a real world laboratory for students, faculty and staff to develop their entrepreneurial skills under the guidance of experienced, early stage investors.
Other Helpful Links
Cofounders Lab: networking platform for Cofounders
Y-Combinator Startup Library: essential documents, forms and enrichment reading