TIA’s Startup Support Program fosters research-fueled companies looking to commercialize breakthrough UCSB technology. UC Santa Barbara has been a hub of innovation since university startup culture was in its infancy. 4 – 6 startups form annually out of UCSB, creating hundreds of jobs in the Santa Barbara area and beyond.
Each startup is unique, which means our approach to supporting your startup is partially tailored to fit your needs. To make it a bit simpler, you can expect three general categories of support.
Familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of university entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship at large, will give you a better understanding of your positioning and resources. We will get to know your startup and how we can best support you.
Learn about forming a business plan
Learn about customer discovery
Learn about intellectual property
Polishing is all about helping prepare you for success on your growth trajectory. We want to make sure you put your best foot forward and make the most of your resources.
It is imperative to leverage available resources that will enable your growth. We can connect you to diverse resources for which you are well suited.
Attending pitch events
Building mentor relationships
Connecting with service providers
UCSB has been a hub of innovation since university startup culture was in its infancy. In 1987, Dr. Virgil Elings founded Digital Instruments to commercialize critical UCSB breakthroughs in atomic force microscopy. Their success set the tone for a continuous run of disruptive startups.
Read the details on some of the pioneering startups that have brought UCSB technology out of the lab and into the world.