Start Up Companies

UC supports faculty entrepreneurship and the creation of start-up companies founded on the inventor's new technology. Such companies represent an important and viable path to product commercialization and to local economic development and job creation. UC technology transfer officers will seriously consider inventor desires to start companies in its technology licensing decisions, provided that the arrangements conform to the University's conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policies. The technology transfer officers will also work proactively with these start-ups to optimize their future success.

Several campuses have entrepreneur and industry outreach programs, with regular events and forums to highlight available opportunities and bring people together. These programs include:

Davis: Davis’s CONNECT programs and services focus on nurturing and supporting regional technology-based startup companies from the earliest stages through to growth and early maturity. They help connect the Sacramento region's business community, the broader investment community regardless of location, and resources within the UC Davis campus.

Irvine: OCTANe@UCI connects Orange County entrepreneurs and investors to high-technology researchers and high throughput projects at the UC Irvine campus.  They provide UCI scientists and inventors a forum to exchange ideas in order to accelerate and foster innovation.  They present highly successful programs such as Meet the Reasearchers, Technical Forums and the Entrepreneurship for the Technical Mind Series.

Los Angeles: UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property hosts a series of seminars, symposiums, workshops and networking mixers that help facilitate the transfer of innovation from the lab to the marketplace. Event topics include: research reviews at UCLA, university-industry research collaborations, intellectual property, patenting and licensing technology, and faculty startup ventures.

San Diego: UCSD TechTIPS Pipeline Series provides an educational outreach service to the UCSD community. Together with campus partners, this series includes informative seminars, symposiums, and workshops that facilitate innovation flow from benchtop to marketplace.

San Francisco: The UCSF Center for BioEntrepreneurship is creating the next generation of leaders in life science entrepreneurship and industry, and weaving the UC community into the wider fabric of leading companies, financiers and professionals necessary for the successful migration of discoveries from the laboratory to commercialization for the benefit of the institution and society.

Los Alamos: LANL tech transfer offers a broad range of services to help regional businesses and fledgling entrepreneurs. They work in partnership with Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) to sponsor training and networking events in the region for both potential and established entrepreneurs.