Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy

Putting our money (and time and energy) where my mouth is, the Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Davis has created a program intended to foster the entrepreneurial interests and skills of university researchers.  Our central premise is that what’s missing in bringing great science- and technology-based businesses out of the nation’s university labs and into the marketplace is not financial but rather intellectual and social capital.

In other words, we’ve created a set of programs designed to provide the particular knowledge and networks that enable scientists and engineers to effectively move their research into the markets–where it can make a difference.

The Kauffman Foundation has funded us to open this program nationally (and now internationally), specifically for advancing the commercialization of green technology research, and we are excited to announce the 2nd annual program in July, 2008.

UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship Announces Second Annual Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy

Kauffman Foundation Named Founding Sponsor;
Applications Now Available Online

DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 5, 2008 – The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) Center for Entrepreneurship today announced the details of the second annual Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy.  The Academy will be held from July 7-11, 2008, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Nev.  The Academy provides doctoral students, post-docs, and research faculty in science and engineering with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to move their research on sustainable technologies out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.  UC Davis is currently accepting applications for this exclusive event.  Applications are available at  All accepted students will receive scholarships to cover the program’s tuition and lodging.

The Founding Sponsor of this year’s Academy is the Kauffman Foundation, which strives to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.  Additional sponsors include the Superfund Basic Research Program, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, Prequent, Inc., and the Sierra Angels.

“At the Kauffman Foundation, we are committed to helping universities move their technologies to the marketplace,” said Lesa Mitchell, vice president, Advancing Innovation, the Kauffman Foundation.  “UC Davis’ Center for Entrepreneurship is a great partner in educating innovators in science and engineering about the steps between the university lab and a business that has real impact on our society and our environment.”

The Academy’s five-day immersion program includes modules covering technology validation, market and financial strategies, and successful communication skills.  Participants will interact with faculty, investors, entrepreneurs, and industry executives to gain an understanding of the path from the university lab to the market and the resources that are available along the way.  Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, develop, and communicate potential commercial opportunities arising from their research and the ability to tap the social networks linking them to the entrepreneurial community.

“After the success of the first Academy last year, we’re looking forward to bringing together another excellent group of students, faculty, and private-sector mentors this summer,” said Associate Professor Andy Hargadon, director, UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship.  “The Academy’s focus on commercializing green technology research will hopefully attract top researchers in this growing field.  The Academy will give them the tools they need to make a lasting environmental and economic impact with their research.”

About the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship The UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship serves as a nexus for entrepreneurship education and research — and as a springboard for entrepreneurial initiatives on the UC Davis campus.

To accomplish this, the Center brings science, engineering and business students and faculty together with experienced entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders in a highly collaborative environment that blends effective theory with hands-on participation and solution-driven innovation.  The Center is a Center of Excellence within the Graduate School of Management.

Under the direction of Associate Professor Andrew Hargadon, the Center provides researchers and MBA students with the necessary skills, resources and network support to turn their ideas into action.  Whether for profit or for social benefit — or both — the Center’s programs enable students to envision a better world and make it a reality.

For more information, please contact Nicole Starsinic, assistant director, at or visit

3 thoughts on “Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy

  1. This looks very interesting, but I am surprised that the course does not address IP strategy which is critical for technology commercialization and academic tech transfer.

  2. This looks very interesting, but I am surprised that the course does not address IP strategy which is critical for technology commercialization and academic tech transfer.

  3. On the contrary! We spend a lot of time on IP. It’s one of the first lectures, to ensure nobody discloses anything during the week, and we follow up with both (1) institutional issues around IP within universities and (2) strategic issues associated with patents, trade secrets, and other mechanisms.

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