UCSB Innovation & Entrepreneurship Overview

In January 2017, UC Santa Barbara Innovation & Entrepreneurship (UCSB I&E) was initially launched as SEED-SB, 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, UCSB I&E is designed to continue to launch successful and lasting businesses in the local and state economy.  By leveraging AB2664 funds, UCSB I&E has been able to expand physical infrastructure, educational programming, technology translation, and startup incubation and acceleration at UCSB.

Partner Programs

The Bren Eco-Entrepreneurship (Eco-E) program offers formal entrepreneurship education as it relates to environmental products and services and connects students with resources in the impact investment community. Addressing environmental and natural-resource problems requires ingenuity, agile thinking, and entrepreneurship. Graduate students in the Eco-E program learn how to move environmental solutions from concept to market.

The California Nano Systems Institute (CNSI) and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) provide physical office & laboratory space, grant affordable access to recharge labs in order to enhance startup resources, and facilitate professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The Offices of Technology & Industry Alliances (TIA) protect and license UCSB intellectual property; license IP to companies and UCSB startups; and offer a startup support program, which connects startups to regional, state, and national resources.

The Technology Management Program (TMP) provides entrepreneurship education through its certificate programs and the annual New Venture Competition (NVC). Experiential curriculum offered in these programs guides students through the process of ideation, customer discovery, market validation, and business model development. Additionally, TMP’s Wilcox New Venture Incubator (the Garage) and G2 Summer Launchpad help new startups launch, run and scale their businesses.

Community Needs Assessment

We launched the UCSB Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative with a comprehensive needs assessment project that asked our local community of entrepreneurs what has been helpful and what could be helpful to their continued professional and business growth. Through June 2018, we will continue identifying needs of entrepreneurs, and sharing findings with the campus and community at large. This insight has, and will to continue to, inform further alignment of UCSB I&E projects with the current needs and perspectives of these entrepreneurs. If you are an entrepreneur, in any stage of your career, we welcome your input on how UCSB can serve as a support system for recruitment, facilities and resources, mentoring opportunities, etc – Tell Us More Here

Contact: Tal Margalith