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Irvine Foundation awards $1.9 million to UCR to break barriers for high-tech startup creation by underrepresented groups

The James Irvine Foundation has awarded the University of California Riverside (UCR) Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) a $1.9 million grant to jumpstart the university’s efforts to build an inclusive, more equitable technology innovation ecosystem. The OASIS Accelerator aims to expand opportunities for Inland Empire innovators and entrepreneurs, in particular those from underrepresented groups, to...

First acquisition of a UCR EPIC supported company

When Mark Adams left his job in 2011 to start Inviscid with four colleagues, he took a leap of faith hoping that the product they were developing would succeed within the Autism therapy community. They bootstrapped the company putting in the time, effort, and their own capital to develop software that helps Applied Behavioral Analysis...
By UCR Office of Technology Partnerships |

Agricultural pest control and energy storage startups win Riverside Angel Summit

FarmSense, Inc. and SiLi-ion, Inc. were selected as winners of the inaugural Riverside Angel Summit, a partnership between UC Riverside, the City of Riverside, and community members. The two startups emerged from an initial group of over 50 companies that applied to the competition. Each winner received $42,000 from Citrus Seeds LLC angel investors. FarmSense...

National Academy of Inventors recognizes four UCR professors

The National Academy of Inventors, or NAI, has bestowed its top honors on four professors from the University of California, Riverside. One, Richard Schrock, has been elected a fellow, and three — Hailing Jin, Cengiz Ozkan, and Anandasankar Ray — have been elected senior members of the academy. The NAI Fellows program highlights inventors who...

UC Riverside Partners with Madeira, Portugal to Advance Entrepreneurship

UC Riverside, the Government of Madeira, Portugal, and Premivalor, founders of the H-INNOVA and INNCYBER innovation hubs in Lisbon solidified a partnership aimed at expanding access to opportunities and support for entrepreneurs from the United States and Portugal. The agreement proposes collaborations in innovation ecosystem development; establishment of living demonstration sites and laboratories; joint commercialization...

UC Riverside Hosts Virtual Mission for Chilean Entrepreneurs

The Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped the UC Riverside (UCR) team of the Office of Technology Partnerships from bringing international entrepreneurs to Riverside to showcase the region’s ecosystem to help them launch into the US market.

Riverside Angel Summit finalists are promising medical, agricultural, and energy startups

Four startups founded in Riverside County and developing with support of the UC Riverside Office of Technology Partnerships were finalists competing for up to $100,000 in the first Riverside Angel Summit, or RAS. The finalists are: GattaCo, Inc.: Developed in-home clinical quality blood/plasma sampling. SiLi-ion: Developed a silicon nanoparticle-driven lithium-ion battery. FarmSense, Inc.: Invented an...

Study, Live, Work, and Stay in Riverside - The UC Riverside MRB Life Science Incubator Generates Opportunities

A Conversation with a UCR Undergraduate The UC Riverside (UCR) Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB) Life Science Incubator on campus re-opened its doors in January 2021 in accordance with research ramp-up guidelines brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Incubator is home to regional and faculty startups and companies that need laboratory space to advance their...

UC Riverside supports equitable recovery of the Inland Empire with $900,000 CARES Act EDA Grant

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. With this grant, UCR will provide technical assistance...

Inaugural Riverside Angel Summit brings region together to invest in its own startups

The Riverside Angel Summit initiative led by UC Riverside in partnership with the City of Riverside and local community leaders aims to strengthen the angel investment culture in Inland Southern California by connecting investors to high-quality, vetted entrepreneurs. The program seeks to demystify the process of equity investment by providing interested potential angel investors a...

UC Riverside’s NSF I-Corps site to join Western I-Corps Hub to Increase Impact and Opportunities for UCR Innovations

UC Riverside (UCR) has been a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps site since 2017 and now, as part of a re-structuring of the program by the NSF which brings sites together in “Hubs”, will transition to be part of the I-Corps Hub West Region, broadening UCR’s program reach to provide innovators a wider network of...

UC Riverside Partners to Assist Scandinavian Companies Enter the US Market

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – University of California, Riverside’s Office of Technology Partnerships (UCR) has entered into a partnership with Irvine, CA firm GotoMarketUSA to help bring technologies from Scandinavia to the United States. Since 2016 the UCR team has worked in Latin America providing innovation ecosystem development support, entrepreneurial training, startup incubation in the United...

UC Riverside Launches Platform for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean at Peru Innovation Week

The University of California Riverside (UCR) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have joined efforts to accelerate commercialization of technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of the COMUNITT portal. COMUNITT, as the name implies, aims to build a strong community of technology transfer and entrepreneurship training professionals in the Americas...

UC Riverside Office of Technology Partnerships awards $230,000 in Grants to Faculty to Help Commercialize Technologies

The Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) at UC Riverside (UCR) has awarded $230,000 in grants and expert business mentorship to five (5) Proof of Concept (POC) faculty recipients to further the development and commercialization of their technologies. This funding is available, now for the second year, through a gift provided to UCR by Eurosemillas, S.A...

Riverside Native Leading Crowdsourcing Investment Platform Committed to Growing Riverside Entrepreneurship and Inclusion

MSN Money ranked Riverside as the 19th best city for small business owners in 2018, beating well-established cities like Atlanta, Nashville, and even San Jose. Fast forward to 2021 and Riverside continues to grow and develop as a city that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth. Riverside’s success can be credited to multiple factors including...

UCR EPIC SBDC and Murrieta Innovation Center Partner to Expand Reach and Support to Tech Entrepreneurs in Southwest Riverside County

UC Riverside’s EPIC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is excited to announce that it has partnered with the Murrieta Innovation Center (MIC) to bring additional resources and services to the Southwest Riverside County tech community by providing mentorship and entrepreneurial programming. Under the agreement, the newly formed EPIC SBDC Resource Center will build on MIC’s...

UC Riverside enters collaboration with GALT to advance microbiome research

The UC Riverside Microbiome Initiative and California-based General Automation Lab Technologies, or GALT, have partnered to advance plant pathology, environmental microbiology, and insect and human gut microbiome studies. As part of this collaboration, GALT will support five UC Riverside research projects that will use the company’s Prospector® high-throughput microbial isolation and cultivation system to generate...

UCR student chosen for LaunchPad Spring Fellowship

From 125 nominations across the Launchpad network, UCR undergraduate William Wang founder of Dashbill was one of 50 participants chosen for the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Spring Fellowship. His startup is aimed towards collecting dues and budgeting from student organizations. William came up with the idea from personal experience as a Vice President of Kappa...
By Margarita Manzo (LaunchPad student intern) |

Sensorygen Raises $1.5M equity funding round

Sensorygen, a life science start-up founded by UC Riverside’s professor Dr. Anandasankar Ray recently closed a $1.5 million equity funding raise. With this funding, Sensorygen will be able to continue advancing to reach the market, moving into the final phase of testing to obtain approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Sensorygen also recently...
By The Office of Technology Partnerships |

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) |