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THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT

AT UCSC

Promoting I&E Through Education, Mentoring, Funding, and Support Networks for Innovation and Venture Creation

 

FOSTERING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET

Client 1

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate

A new three-course program that supports venture creation, instills the entrepreneurial mindset, and prepares to use relevant innovation tools & methods

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National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

I-Corps is a co-curricular program that enables the transformation of scientific discovery and invention to impact through venture creation

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Blackstone Launchpad

Thanks to a partnership with the Blackstone Launchpad, we help build next-generation companies through inclusive and equitable innovation

Client 2

CruzX

Our private social network for UCSC innovators, entrepreneurs, mentors and partners. Join us on CruzX to learn about CIED events, opportunities and news in real time

We announce calls for applications, workshops, events, funding and mentorship opportunities on CruzX. In order to participate in our programs, please join CruzX by using your UCSC email.

 
Dr. Manel Camps

Dr. Manel Camps

Rick Vargas

Rick Vargas

SCEE Co-Presidents 2022

SCEE Co-Presidents 2022

Rick Vargas Team

Rick Vargas Team

Toby Corey

Toby Corey

Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneurs

Blackstone Pitch Winners

Blackstone Pitch Winners

Crown Instructor, Nikky Cherukuthota

Crown Instructor, Nikky Cherukuthota

Nada Miljkovic&

Nada Miljkovic&

Dr. Sue Carter

Dr. Sue Carter

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Bertille Toledano

Bertille Toledano

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UCSC's First Annual Entrepreneur Day

UCSC's First Annual Entrepreneur Day

Steve Blank and the Co-Presidents of SCEE

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TURNING DISCOVERIES AND IDEAS INTO IMPACTFUL VENTURES

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Have you made a discovery in the lab that could become a new business? Are you interested in existing UCSC intellectual property that you could turn into a venture? No matter what you’re looking for, we have the tools to get you where you want to be.

VENTURE CREATION

Do you have an idea for a startup or social venture? Our team will help you every step of the way - from ideation to execution.

FUNDING

Do you need initial funding? We select and fund the most promising ventures at UCSC through pre-seed funding.

MENTORSHIP

Do you want to accelerate your business growth? Do you need guidance on how to pitch to investors? Is your venture dealing with thorny issues and you need help? We will help you address such issues and achieve your goals through our mentorship networks.

 
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TESTIMONIALS

 

Taking entrepreneurship classes opened up infinite doors of opportunity for me and has shaped my journey at UCSC.

Smeet Mehta, SCEE President

ABOUT US

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The UCSC Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) collaborates with academic, government, community and business partners in Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, California and across the United States to foster inclusive innovation, venture creation, and education. We bring together UCSC entrepreneurs with investors, mentors, innovation educators, and strategic industry experts.

CIED was founded in 1979 by Dr. Narinder Kapany, known as the "Father of Fiber Optics", along with a group of UC Santa Cruz faculty. Dr. Kapany served as CIED director for seven years, and under his leadership CIED was recognized as a pioneer in entrepreneurship education and innovation, helping UCSC faculty and alumni launch successful startups. CIED's achievements resulted in Dr. Kapany being invited to give congressional testimony to the Subcommittee on Science, Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives, 97th Congress, on July 14, 1981, as part of the Implementation of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980.

Narinder founded Kapatron in 1973, which designed and manufactured wavelength division multiplexers, optical switches and splitters for the telecom/datacom markets. The company was located in Palo Alto California. Kaptron was acquired in 1990 by Nasdaq's AMP Inc, which later was acquired by TYCO Electronics. Katron had customers such as AT&T, Northern Telecom, British Telecom, GEC Marconi, and Sumitomo, among others. Narinder took over TYCO's corporate fiber optic R&D division and developed state-of-the-art active and passive components with a Global team for 10 years.

Narinder founded K2 Optronics in 1999, which was funded by 5 premier Silicon Valley VCs (Bessemer, Alloy, Avent, Globespan, Sutter Hill) and 3 corporate partners (Intel, JDSU, Emcore). K2 Optronics was a designer and manufacturer of long-distance/repeaterless lasers that provided long-distance low chirp performance. These lasers were used in the CATV market with customers, such as Comcast, Rogers, Liberty, and AT&T. In 2006, K2 Optronics was acquired by Nasdaq's EMCORE and contributed to EMCORE's global cable TV strategy.

In more recent years, startups and social ventures supported by CIED have gone on to win awards at CES in Las Vegas, NV, UC Big Ideas in Berkeley, CA, Startup Grind Global in Redwood City, CA, as well as on our campus. We're proud members of a growing ecosystem of student and faculty founders, fast-growing tech startups such as Cruz Foam and Joby Aviation, community leaders such as Santa Cruz Works, and national partners such as the Blackstone Launchpad and the National Science Foundation.