UC Entrepreneurship Academy


September 19–22, 2023

Your ideas, your opportunity.

Gain the knowledge and networks to identify, develop and validate the market potential of your research or idea—to successfully move it out into the world.


The UC Entrepreneurship Academy is designed for UC Davis upper-division undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, researchers and staff in all academic fields. Come prepared to engage and grow through discussions, teamwork—and the energy and experience of meeting fellow Aggie Innovators from across campus. 


Please note: The fall 2023 UC Entrepreneurship Academy will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center. There is no charge for UC Davis participants to attend the academy. We accept non-UC Davis participants by invitation only.

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"I realized how critical networks are to making innovative ideas happen. Whether in person or online, connecting to the people around you is the key to success."

—CAROL LEE DIALLO | Ph.D. Candidate | Sociology 

2022/23 Business Development Fellow | UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The academy offers:

  • An opportunity to explore and communicate the market opportunities of your research or idea.
  • Learn how to address the technical, business and market validation of your idea.
  • Lectures, discussions and interactive activities led by UC Davis faculty and leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
  • Mentoring sessions to focus your approach and hone your pitch.
  • The chance to develop a network of professionals who can help mentor and connect you as you move forward with your career or new venture.


Prepare to innovate.

Get Started

  • Many pathways to innovation | The power of the network.
  • Making the leap—from lab to market, from research to business.
  • Reducing uncertainty around your idea.
  • Crafting your elevator pitch.

Validate Your Ideas

  • Market, business and technology validation.
  • Putting together a pitch deck as your living, evolving business plan.
  • Engaging with mentors.
  • Avoiding legal pitfalls.
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Maintain Momentum

  • Mapping and building your network to succeed. 
  • Growing your team, seeking resources, setting milestones.
  • Discover new opportunities and next steps—on campus and beyond. 





Connect with Aggie Innovators from across campus who want to grow their entrepreneurial mindset—and bring their innovation to market.





Develop a network of established entrepreneurs and professionals in diverse fields who can help you move forward with your new venture.






Meet one-on-one in a virtual speed-dating format with industry experts, who help you focus your approach and hone your pitch.





Interactive workshops, rich panel discussions and more provide a solid foundation to help you commercialize your research.

Learn from the Leaders.

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Chandra Roughton 

Luminous Minds

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Joe DiNunzio

UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Andrew Hargadon

UC Davis Graduate School of Managment 

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Vicky Lee


Be inspired.

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"The academy helped me reflect on what my drivers are when it comes to my career. Although my current path may not directly involve entrepreneurship, I still learned applicable frameworks that can help me tackle complex problems in any career I choose."

—AMBER FLORES | Ph.D. Candidate | Plant Biology Graduate Group

2022/23 Business Development Fellow | UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship