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Launchpad Annual Pitch Competition

UCR student-led startups Edge Sound Research and SARU Recycling are among 30 semi-finalists selected across the Launchpad network competing for one of seven finalist spots and $50,000 in prizes. Edge Sound Research a startup founded in 2019 and led by UCR graduates, Ethan Castro and Valtteri Salomaki, develops audio systems for gamers allowing them to...
By Margarita Manzo (LaunchPad student intern) |

UC Riverside Life Sciences Incubator goes live

The UC Riverside Life Sciences Incubator recently welcomed its first two tenants in line with the university’s guidelines for ramping up research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Karamedica Inc., a spinoff company from Loma Linda University Health; and Murrieta Genomics Inc. are the initial businesses to take advantage of the first wet lab incubator in the...

On their Way to Riverside

In October 2020 The Office of Technology Partnerships’ (OTP) at UC Riverside (UCR) concluded the second edition of the entrepreneurial program Know Hub Ignition, a 10-week intensive training program delivered to Chilean entrepreneurs in partnership with Know Hub Chile, a technology transfer hub funded by the Chilean government agency CORFO. In the 2020 Know Hub...

UCR Student Entrepreneurs Participating in LaunchPad Startup Weekend California

2020' LaunchPad Startup Weekend California took place October 23-25th this year. This event is for students early in their journey with no prior training or existing venture. Over the weekend, students attend workshops, receive mentor feedback, and get to participate in a pitch competition against other teams honing in on their teamwork and company-building skills...
By Margarita Manzo (LaunchPad student intern) |

SARU Joins Social Impact Student Founders in Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Fall Fellowship

In the recent news of those selected for the Fall 2020 LaunchPad Fellowship by the Blackstone Launchpad and Techstars, we decided to get an insiders look at one of the startups selected; SARU is a startup that was created by a team of UCR graduates and students, Mahmood Shaheen, Kyle Stark, Nathaniel Ortiz, Sebastian Mukuria...
By Margarita Manzo (LaunchPad student intern) |

UC Riverside Licenses Antibodies to Releviate Therapeutics For Use In Potential Alternative Chronic Pain Therapies

Antibodies developed at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and licensed to Releviate Therapeutics may contribute to a significant advancement in the treatment of chronic pain as an alternative to opioids. Every year, more than 50 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, a serious condition that negatively affects quality of life...

From Santiago to Riverside

A Chilean’s entrepreneur journey to bring a drug delivery technology to the US market Javier Morales, an entrepreneur and professor at Universidad de Chile is on the way to have his company PRIME Technologies, incubated in Riverside in partnership with the University of California Riverside (UCR). Javier and his team developed a film, similar to...
By Alexandra Orozco |

UC Riverside Partners with the Organization of American States and Local Governments to Bring Technology Commercialization to Latin America

Latin America has outstanding universities and institutes conducting research in ground breaking technologies. Many times this research is aimed at understanding and solving major local and regional problems. Local institutions have a good chance of finding viable solutions given their understanding of the problematic, but governments, universities and organizations involved in technology transfer and innovation...
By Alexandra Orozco |

UC Riverside’s Conference Helps Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Access Federal Funding

Securing capital for a startup to develop its technology for commercialization is not easy. Federal grants such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) have become critical in helping small businesses mature their technologies and bring them to market. The SBIR/STTR program, America’s Seed Fund, provides access to the...
By Misty Madero |

UC Riverside Licenses Proteasome and Immunoproteasome Inhibitors to Lodo Therapeutics Corp.

The Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) facilitates the development and commercialization of ideas emanating from The University of California Riverside (UCR) and the community for the benefit of society. The licensing of proteasome and immunoproteasome inhibitors to Lodo Therapeutics is an example of UCR OTP’s success as a bridge between academia and industry. On September...

Economic Development Administration’s investment in UC Riverside research efforts to combat Citrus HLB disease

In July of 2020, UC Riverside announced a major discovery in the fight against Huanglongbing (HLB, also known as citrus greening disease). HLB is one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world which has already devastated 90% of Florida’s citrus groves and is threatening Southern California’s $7 billion citrus industry that contributes...

UCR OTP and Know Hub Chile launch year two of Entrepreneurship Training program

The 2020 Know Hub Ignition Entrepreneurship Training program, delivered in partnership between Know Hub Chile and UC Riverside's Office of Technology Partnerships, launches this week. 2020 is the second year of the government-funded Chilean program which aims to strengthen and promote technology-based entrepreneurship in the country. This year’s program received 66 applications for 16 openings...

EDGE Sound Research Selected to Participate in Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Summer Startup Fellowship

On June 10th, 2020 - Valtteri Salomaki, the co-founder of EDGE Sound Research a startup developing new audio systems for immersive entertainment companies allowing users to both feel and hear sound in High Definition has been selected to participate in the LaunchPad Summer Startup Fellowship, during which college students from the U.S. and Ireland will...
By Mai Temraz |

UC Riverside Awards $250,000 to Accelerate Innovation

The Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) at UC Riverside has awarded $250,000 in grants and expert business mentorship to seven (7) Proof of Concept (POC) faculty recipients to further the development and commercialization of their technologies. Funding for these projects was provided by Eurosemillas, S.A., a Spain-based leader in the commercialization of agriculture innovations, through...

Chilean Technologies Showcased in Riverside as UC Riverside Concludes Entrepreneurial Program in Partnership with Know Hub Chile

Friday, November 8th marked the completion of Know Hub Chile’s inaugural “Know Hub Ignition” program in partnership with UC Riverside’s Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP), which took teams of Chilean entrepreneurs through an intensive training program in customer discovery and commercialization, culminating with a week-long immersion in Riverside, California. UCR and its partner, Know Hub...

UCR Signs Collaboration Agreement with Know Hub Chile to Commercialize Agricultural Plant Varieties

UC Riverside’s Office of Technology Partnerships signed a collaboration agreement with Know Hub Chile, an association of 11 universities and research institutions in Chile to accelerate technology transfer through licensing efforts.  As part of the agreement, both UCR and Know Hub Chile will introduce each other’s agricultural crop plant varieties and cultivars to potential partners...

Blackstone LaunchPad Lands at UC Riverside

A series of campus programs for undergraduates including workshops, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring will start this fall. October 17, 2019 Student entrepreneurs at UC Riverside received an infusion of fresh energy recently when the campus joined the LaunchPad Powered by Techstars network. Starting this fall, a series of campus programs for undergraduates, led by...

NSF Funding Programs for Innovations and Small Businesses

National Science Foundation Promoting the Acceleration of Basic Research into Marketable Innovations By Martin Kleckner III PhD MBA, Office of Technology Partnerships Entrepreneur-in-Residence “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” At the March 12 SBIR/STTRCON19 presented by U C Riverside’s Office of Technology Partnerships, the NSF’s Jesus Soriano Molla PhD MD...

Clean Energy Accelerator Awarded $1.5 Million Federally Matched Grant to Expand Energy Startup Support in the Inland Empire

The University of San Diego (USD), in partnership with Cleantech San Diego and California State University, San Marcos, has been awarded a three-year federally matched $1.5 million i6 Regional Innovation Strategies grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (under the Department of Commerce) to scale up the capacity of the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation...

Murrieta Genomics and University of California Riverside Partner to Foster Genomic Research and Commercialization

MURRIETA, CALIF. (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 26, 2019 Murrieta Genomics, the genomic sequencing business incubator, has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with UC Riverside’s Research and Economic Development Office to assist researchers and entrepreneurs in developing and commercializing genomic-related applications in healthcare, agriculture and other areas of social importance. The commercialization of intellectual property from universities is...