Entrepreneurial Support

Mike & Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis

The Mike & Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis helps researchers and students build the networks, knowledge and tools to communicate the value of their work, explore commercialization strategies, connect with industry partners, and design research programs that address and align with practical applications.

If you are a budding Neuroengineering entrepreneur, check out the resources below.

1. Biomedical & Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy

The Mike & Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis provides a Biomedical & Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy (BMEA) intensive, conducted over three consecutive days in the summer. The objective of the academy is to teach scientists and researchers to evaluate their research and technologies for potential market opportunities. Academy workshops are designed to teach participants how to increase the rapid creation of value in new ventures, utilizing a set of well-developed tools and processes for moving rapidly between ideation, testing, and execution of new ventures and for employing network strategies for exploring and enhancing business models around core offerings.

https://gsm.ucdavis.edu/biomedical-and-engineering-entrepreneurship-academy

2. Business Development Fellowship Program

The year-long Business Development Fellowship program provides UC Davis graduate and postdoctoral students hands-on experience in developing business skills for a career in industry or to develop new business ventures. The program teams MBA students with researchers from a wide variety of disciplines to develop the commercial potential of cutting-edge research. The dynamic, interactive environment blends effective theory with hands-on participation and solution-driven innovation.

Visit our web page for profiles of our current BD Fellows:
https://gsm.ucdavis.edu/business-development-fellows

3. Keller Pathway Fellowship Program

The year-long Keller Pathway Fellowship program provides a multi-faceted opportunity for university innovators and entrepreneurs to take the institute’s entrepreneurship academy experience to the next level. Academies provide a deep immersion into business planning for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. The Keller Pathway Fellowship program fans the flame of innovation through expanded networking opportunities and support aimed to move ideas out of the lab and into the world.

Visit our web page for profiles of our current Keller Pathway Fellows:
https://gsm.ucdavis.edu/keller-pathway-fellows

4. Big Bang! Business Competition and Workshop Series

The annual Big Bang! Business Competition is a three-part business competition and workshop series hosted by the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis. The competition includes a first round, semi-finalist and final round of competition. Competition participants are assessed on criteria including an executive summary, a two-minute pitch video, and group in person presentation and Q&A session with a judging panel comprised of seasoned mentors and investors. In addition to the competition, UC Davis provides ten or more business planning web-based workshops annually. Examples include: “Building the Best Team for your Startup”, “Defining your Customer and the Market”, “Idea to Reality: Business Boot Camp.”

http://bigbang.ucdavis.edu