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EPIC Small Business Development Center
UC Riverside’s EPIC SBDC provides individualized support to early stage tech entrepreneurs and companies in the Inland Empire to grow their businesses at no cost. Services include specialized consulting, training programs and workshops, access to capital and SBIR/STTR assistance. EPIC SBDC has a pool of seasoned professionals who serve as Entrepreneurs in Residence to provide business consulting to help you launch or grow you company.
Tech Coast Angels (TCA)
Tech Coast Angels is actively seeking great startups and entrepreneurs in the US and Canada with a particular emphasis to fund entrepreneurs located in California. Providing more than just money, TCA brings connections, knowledge, mentoring and operational assistance to bold early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas. TCA is affiliated with more than 50 other angel groups throughout the country and can syndicate deals with them.
UC Riverside Life Science Incubator
The Life Sciences Incubator is centrally located on the UC Riverside campus on the first floor of the Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB). The Incubator is especially outfitted to house young companies in AgTech, BioMedical technologies, BioEngineering and Medicinal Chemistry. The incubator aims to be a home for startups by providing vital technology and equipment, as well as access to UCR’s core technical facilities, faculty, and entrepreneurial development services that include UCR SBIR/STTR, EPIC + SBDC and I-Corps.
ExCITE Riverside Accelerator & Incubator powered by UCR EPIC
A Unique Startup Acceleration/ Incubation Program Created in collaboration between business leaders, the City and County of Riverside, and the University of California Riverside
Riverside Angel Summit powered by UCR EPIC
The 2023 Riverside Angel Summit is a program created to foster a thriving angel investment culture in the Riverside region by connecting investors to high-quality, vetted local entrepreneurs. Together we can build a strong local ecosystem where innovation and entrepreneurship can thrive. The Angel Summit serves as a way for the City of Riverside to build a strong connection with investors and mentors alike. Our goal is to build a successful entrepreneur ecosystem, and we know that motivated investors and mentors are an essential piece of that puzzle.
Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) powered by UCR EPIC
The Southern California Energy Innovation Network (SCEIN) is a free program for startups based in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties that are developing solutions to help California meet its energy goals. The program, managed by Cleantech San Diego, provides access to the resources of regional partner organizations and offers connections with industry in order to accelerate the commercialization of emerging energy technologies.
UCR Technical Assistance Program for COVID affected Small Businesses
UC Riverside has received a $900,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, or EDA, to provide technical assistance to small businesses to bolster the region's ability to withstand future economic disruptions. The EDA grant will be matched with $416,461 in local investment.
UCR Highlander Venture Fund
At EPIC we understand the need for funding at various stages of business development and have developed a process to support our clients in the search for funding regardless of the stage of their project. We strongly believe in product market fit, that is uncovering the “need” of a specific customer and making sure that the new product specifically fulfills that need to provide clear value to the customer. This is crucial, since most business ventures struggle because they initially “make the wrong product” (a product that the customer does not require).
UC Riverside The Creat’r Lab Makerspace
The Creat’R Lab is an innovative learning environment where new technologies, scientific curiosity, and entrepreneurship come together across the disciplines. Experts provide individual consultations as well as workshops on both tools and conceptual skills. Equipment includes: 3D printers 3D scanners and associated software Basic hand tools Electronics for prototyping Tools for working with textiles ...and more!
Epic Blackstone Launchpad
The Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars network helps students succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. LaunchPad transforms students into Entrepreneurs Whether you have an idea, have a startup, or are just curious about entrepreneurship, LaunchPad @ UCR offers a variety of resources at all stages of idea and venture development, including:
UCR Epic SBIR/STTR Resource Center
In partnership with the EPIC SBDC, The Office of Technology Partnerships offers faculty and small businesses in Inland Southern California comprehensive SBIR/STTR proposal support. SBIR/STTR Resource Center will help you locate agencies offering SBIR/STTR funding with focus on your innovation, understand the SBIR/STTR programs and requirements, connect and communicate with the agency’s program manager, connect with University resources, students, faculty experts, review and improve proposal drafts, produce a viable commercialization plan, find resources for your company, and build your team and connect to potential partners.
Epic INNOVAR Entrepreneurial Education (UCR)
UCR EPIC offers introductory training workshops to entrepreneurs within campus and the community as part of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program. Named “INNOVAR Workshops” our quarterly program utilizes the Lean Launchpad methodology to evaluate product-market fit for an idea, technology or product and determine if it has market potential. By interviewing customers and other stakeholders, participants validate their idea in the market by defining the individual customer they are targeting and the “value” that they bring to that specific customer. Only when the customer sees “value” in the proposed technology or product, will they want to purchase it, which is the base for a viable business.
Inland Empire Tech Bridge
Anchored by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division (NSWC Corona), the Inland Empire Tech Bridge sits amongst a growing innovation ecosystem well positioned to support the Navy and Marine Corps' strategic direction of the future. NSWC Corona's strategic partnerships with academia, government, and industry across the Inland Empire support the command's mission set of performance and readiness assessment, measurement science and calibration, and range systems engineering for Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training.
TVE2 (Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs Exchange)
The Temecula Valley Entrepreneurs Exchange is a premier facility designed to support the growth and development of start-ups and small businesses. With flexible leases and month-to-month license agreements, our incubator provides entrepreneurs with the freedom and flexibility they need to take their businesses to the next level. Our incubator is equipped with state-of-the-art conference rooms and teleconferencing equipment, as well as basic office equipment such as a copier. Collaborative spaces and a lounge area foster a sense of community and encourage networking among incubator members.
Innovation Lab (City of Riverside)
The goal of the Innovation Lab is to eliminate barriers for innovation and create a unique space and atmosphere for employees in which risk taking is encouraged, and everything is geared towards spurring creativity and nurturing new ideas. The Innovation Lab, staffed with subject matter experts, will provide support in developing and testing employees ideas that are presented to the Innovation Lab team.
Palm Springs Innovation Hub (IHUB)
The Palm Springs Innovation Hub (iHub), managed by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, is a state-designed business incubator funded by the city of Palm Springs and Wells Fargo. The iHub focuses on early-stage business in the fields of renewable energy, health and medicine, and digital technology. The Palm Springs iHub also offers the Palm Springs Accelerator Campus – designed to mitigate start-up risks and increase the probability of business prospering and growing into the future.
Murrieta Genomics Incubator/Murrieta Innovation Center
Murrieta Genomics is dedicated to finding those answers and advancing the use of genomic sequencing in precision medicine, agriculture, forensics, veterinary and direct to consumer applications by offering entrepreneurs access to the specialized equipment, know-how and mentors that can transform research into commercial enterprise. We are a true incubator, offering dedicated bench space to fledgling companies at basically zero cost, helping them to define their business model and validate their science, and then investing in the companies that “graduate” the incubator.
Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Eagle Makerspace
Mt. San Jacinto College is a comprehensive community college that is one of California’s 116 community colleges. A single college District, MSJC serves a 1,700-square-mile area from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula. We serve students throughout this region from the San Jacinto, Menifee Valley, Temecula Valley and San Gorgonio Pass campuses, and many off-site locations.