UCI Beall Applied Innovation’s Wayfinder program provides resources that help startups launch, grow and succeed.
UCI Beall Applied Innovation offers a no-cost, six-month-long, highly structured incubator program for startups affiliated with the University of California system, including those with members who are faculty, students, staff or alumni. The Wayfinder program, located at the Cove @ UCI in UCI Research Park, takes no equity and provides entrepreneurs with essential resources needed to take their companies from formation to funding.
With admittance, Wayfinder program participants are allowed access to a collaborative workspace – once campus is reopened – where they can work on their startups and take meetings. They will also have the opportunity to attend tailored workshops on topics relevant to building a business, participate in unique networking opportunities to meet potential mentors and investors, and access the Cove Prototyping Lab. The Cove Prototyping Lab includes 3D printers, laser-cutting machines, manual and automatic machining equipment and an extensive electronics station for building circuit boards. Base 11, a national organization out to solve the growing STEM talent pipeline crisis which is exacerbated by the underrepresentation of women and minorities, partnered with Applied Innovation to donate funds and equipment to the lab. In addition, participants can take advantage of the Innovation Advisor network, a network of experienced business professionals from varying fields and disciplines who volunteer their knowledge and expertise to provide meaningful guidance.
At Applied Innovation, individuals can work toward their own inclusive Modern American Dream and build their own futures with help from the Wayfinder program.
Learn more about the Wayfinder program and its eligibility requirements.
Illustrations: Julie Kennedy, UCI Beall Applied Innovation