With the beauty and inspiration of the Central Coast and the innovative culture of Santa Barbara, UCSB Innovation & Entrepreneurship is perfectly situated to foster innovation, talent, and business opportunities between UCSB and the community. UCSB I&E offers programs and resources for students, faculty, and entrepreneurs to help them build a vibrant economy and community for the 21st century.

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OVERVIEW:

SEED-SB offers a robust set of programs and services that promote and enable entrepreneurship at all levels. Through its various partnerships and initiatives across the UCSB campus, SEED-SB seeks to develop better opportunities and collaboration between academia and business. It is through these inter-disciplinary partnerships that we offer a range of programming and services that address the issues that arise at all stages of entrepreneurship. We provide resources for students, faculty, and entrepreneurs that facilitate technological innovation and business opportunities here at UCSB and within the greater community.

Our partners include the following UCSB programs: the Bren Eco-Entrepreneurship Program, the California Nano Systems Institute (CNSI), the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP), UCSB’s Office of Technology and Industry Alliances (TIA), and the Technology Management Program (TMP).

Our partners include the following UCSB programs: the Bren Eco-Entrepreneurship Program, the California Nano Systems Institute (CNSI), the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP), UCSB’s Office of Technology and Industry Alliances (TIA), and the Technology Management Program(TMP).

In January 2017, SEED-SB was launched as a coordinated campus-wide program designed to stimulate new, diverse, and lasting economic development opportunities. Building on UCSB's existing strengths in creating successful faculty and student entrepreneurial endeavors in every market from the environment to advanced materials, SEED-SB is designed to continue to launch successful and lasting businesses in the local and state economy. By leveraging AB2664 funds, SEED-SB has been able to expand physical infrastructure, educational programming, technology translation, and startup incubation and acceleration at UCSB.

INCUBATION RESOURCES

SEED-SB provides a range of start-up incubator resources that foster creative innovation and product development.

The Wilcox New Venture Incubator (the “Garage”) at Mosher Alumni House

The Garage serves startup businesses at UCSB with mentorship and educational programs, co-working and meeting space, and access to a network of business and financial resources. It is designed to improve startup success, enhance UCSB’s technology transfer productivity, provide support for entrepreneurial students, faculty, and alumni, create jobs, and encourage philanthropy.

The Garage serves as the hub for a wide range of experiential programming, providing a valuable extension to the world-class interdisciplinary research and strong entrepreneurial programs at UCSB. One of the foundational programs of the Garage is the G2 Summer Launchpad, a startup accelerator designed to facilitate the transition from ideation and business model development, to product commercialization and business launch. The Garage occupies 1,500 square feet on the first floor of the Alumni Association’s Mosher House at UCSB.

Contact: Dave Adornetto

CNSI Technology Incubator https://www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/resources/incubator

Operating since May 2015, the CNSI Technology Incubator is designed to promote CNSI’s mission of bringing scientific and technological innovation into the economy and enable greater ties between the CNSI academic community and industry. The Incubator is physically located in Elings Hall, which is in close proximity to the CNSI Core Labs and the Materials Characterization Facilities, and is part of the broader UCSB Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem that includes the Technology and Industrial Alliances (TIA) office, the Technology Management Program (TMP), the Eco-Entrepreneurship program at the Bren School, and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP). Laboratory space, including chemical fume hoods, and separate office spaces are available for lease by local technology-focused start-ups. The CNSI Incubator is one of the few wet-lab incubators on the Central Coast and the only one of its type in Santa Barbara.

Through the SEED-SB program, the Incubator has undergone a significant expansion. Up to 900 square feet of laboratory space, including chemical fume hoods, as well as separate office space, are available for lease by local start-ups.

RAPID PROTOTYPING AND LABORATORY SPACES

From makers’ workshops to laboratory facilities, SEED-SB has various physical workspaces that provide the tools to innovate.

CNSI Innovation Workshop https://www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/resources/innovation-workshop

"In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is." – Yogi Berra

The CNSI Innovation Workshop – a makerspace facility – is now open in Elings Hall, envisioned as a resource to both local startups as well as the campus community. The Innovation Workshop enables innovators from UCSB and local companies to build and test prototypes their inventions. As not all ideas work, nor are all workable ideas practical or have the desired impact in solving important problems, the best way to develop ideas into impactful innovations is build, test, and persistently improve them. Thus the goal of the CNSI Innovation Workshop is to be a resource to address this stage of business development.

The Workshop fills a vital gap in campus resources: a place where any innovator can fabricate and test their ideas using tools that are well-suited for beginners. The tools in the student machine shop and cleanroom require extensive training and experience in order to make useful parts. This presents a barrier to new inventors. Having a first prototype in-hand to test can provide the motivation to learn to use the other labs.

3D printers, a laser cutter, and a CNC router – all with easy to learn user interfaces – make up the core tools in the Innovation Workshop. We have also included a workbench for assembling and testing electronic circuits, and one for programming and testing microcontroller-based machines. Hand tools for mechanical, electronic and plumbing assembly are also planned.

Contact: Dave Bothman

Shared Instrumentation

UCSB is also home to a number of world-class laboratory facilities where equipment is available for use by industrial researchers from start-ups, small businesses, and large companies.

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Shared Instrumentation (http://www.sharedinstrumentation.ucsb.edu)

MRL (http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/shared-experimental-facilities)

Microscopy Facility (https://materials.ucsb.edu/~microscopy/)

Nanofab (https://www.nanotech.ucsb.edu)

CNSI Facilties (http://www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/resources/facilities)

PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

SEED-SB offers a wide variety of professional and business development resources for all stages of entrepreneurship. These include networking events, speakers’ series, mentorship programs, funding opportunities, software, and much more.

The Wilcox New Venture Incubator (the “Garage”) at Mosher Alumni House

The Garage serves startup businesses at UCSB with mentorship and educational programs, co-working and meeting space, and access to a network of business and financial resources. It is designed to improve startup success, enhance UCSB’s technology transfer productivity, provide support for entrepreneurial students, faculty, and alumni, create jobs, and encourage philanthropy.

The Garage serves as the hub for a wide range of experiential programming, providing a valuable extension to the world-class interdisciplinary research and strong entrepreneurial programs at UCSB. One of the foundational programs of the Garage is the G2 Summer Launchpad, a startup accelerator designed to facilitate the transition from ideation and business model development, to product commercialization and business launch. The Garage occupies 1,500 square feet on the first floor of the Alumni Association’s Mosher House at UCSB.

Contact: Dave Adornetto

CNSI Technology Incubator https://www.cnsi.ucsb.edu/resources/incubator

Operating since May 2015, the CNSI Technology Incubator is designed to promote CNSI’s mission of bringing scientific and technological innovation into the economy and enable greater ties between the CNSI academic community and industry. The Incubator is physically located in Elings Hall, which is in close proximity to the CNSI Core Labs and the Materials Characterization Facilities, and is part of the broader UCSB Innovation and Entrepreneurship ecosystem that includes the Technology and Industrial Alliances (TIA) office, the Technology Management Program (TMP), the Eco-Entrepreneurship program at the Bren School, and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP). Laboratory space, including chemical fume hoods, and separate office spaces are available for lease by local technology-focused start-ups. The CNSI Incubator is one of the few wet-lab incubators on the Central Coast and the only one of its type in Santa Barbara.

Through the SEED-SB program, the Incubator has undergone a significant expansion. Up to 900 square feet of laboratory space, including chemical fume hoods, as well as separate office space, are available for lease by local start-ups.

CONTACT US

We are always looking for individuals and businesses who are interested in participating in SEED-SB’s programs. If you are interested in working with SEED-SB, we encourage you to get in touch with us here.

Incubator under construction