Startup companies can play an important role in transitioning early stage university technology into commercial products that benefit the public. The following resources may be helpful.
TIA’s guide to launching a new company with UC technology.
UCSB Mentor Programs
Startup Support Program @ the Office of Technology & Industry Alliances
A program launched by TIA in 2010 to help UCSB startup companies. The program provides one-on-one customized support covering a broad range of topics, services, and resources important to the growth of new startup companies.
Technology Management Program (TMP)
The UCSB Technology Management Program hosts UCSB’s annual New Venture Competition and provides educational opportunities and mentoring to entrepreneurial UCSB students.
Organizations with Networking/Educational Events
MIT Enterprise Forum – Central Coast (Santa Barbara)
ACG101 (Westlake Village)
Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) (Los Angeles)
OCTANe (Orange County)
Incubators/Early Stage Space
NSF I-Corps Program
The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects. Combining experience and guidance from established entrepreneurs with a targeted curriculum, I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants.
National Council of Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer (NCET2)
NCET2 seeks to bring entrepreneurs and private equity investors into the innovation economy through involvement in the creation and funding of tech transfer start-ups at universities. It offers both free and low cost webinars to help educate potential entrepreneurs on subjects related to starting a company. Additionally, it holds a national conference each year where entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and universities gather.
Small Business Administration
The SBA is an agency of the federal government designed to support U.S. small businesses.
SBA Los Angeles District Office: http://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ca/glendale
Ventura County SCORE: http://ventura.score.org/