Startup Programs

About Venture Catalyst

UC Davis is known worldwide for its leadership in research. Each year, this research generates new technologies and inventions that are translated into commercial applications, often becoming the foundation of startup companies. In order to facilitate this process, the Office of Research established Venture Catalyst to provide campus entrepreneurs the resources and support needed to successfully form and grow new ventures.

Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap
Venture Catalyst offers several innovative programs that bridge the gap between early-stage research and commercialization by enabling and supporting robust university startups and spin-outs.

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STARTTM Program
The Venture Catalyst STARTTM program provides the building blocks to equip UC Davis affiliated entrepreneurs with the tools they need to form and grow successful companies. Innovators who engage with the START program have access to the following suite of tools and services.

Business Pitching

Business Pitching
Coaching for investor pitching and business presentations

Grant Workshops

Grant Workshops
SBIR and STTR grant writing and submission workshops

Inventor Advantage

Inventor AdvantageTM Program
Deferment of patent expenses for UC Davis startups

LegalNet

LegalNetTM Program
No-cost startup incorporation and one-time legal consultation

MentorNet

MentorNetTM Program
Access to a network of experienced professionals and business leaders

MICA

MICATM Reports
Market intelligence and Competitive Analysis

VentureNet

VentureNetTM Program
Access to providers of startup business and technical services
DRIVE Network
DRIVETM Network Business Incubators

The Venture Catalyst DRIVETM (Distributed Research Incubation & Venture Engine) program provides a network of lean, thematically oriented business incubators. DRIVE Network provides UC Davis affiliated startups with access to affordable, mixed office/lab business incubation spaces in close proximity to the campus.

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STAIRTM Grant Program

STAIR Grant Program

The STAIRTM (Science Translation and Innovative Research) Grants help campus innovators move cutting-edge technology towards commercialization by providing funding to generate proof-of-concept results, research milestones and prototypes.

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IIE
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Venture Catalyst works closely with campus partners such as the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Center of Excellence at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. This institute offers several programs that prepare innovators for success, including entrepreneurship academies, mentoring programs, fellowships and the Big Bang! Business Competition.
Getting Started
Connect with one of our Venture Catalyst team members to get more information on our programs, explore ways to engage with our startups or to learn about opportunities to partner with us.