The Engineering Student Startup Center has received a $38,500 award from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), a national organization that supports technology entrepreneurship at universities by providing funding and training to faculty and students. This grant will be used to build a program that funds the formation of entrepreneurial teams (E-Teams) led by students from the UC Davis College of Engineering. These creative students will be able to use the ESSC space as a laboratory for the development and testing of prototypes.
“This competitive grant award from NCIIA provides validation to the entrepreneurship initiatives we are developing at the UC Davis College of Engineering”, says Lucas Arzola, Director of ESSC. “This recognition demonstrates that the approaches we have taken to build entrepreneurship capacity on campus compare very well to other successful technology innovation programs at higher education institutions around the country”.
Beyond the microgrants ESSC plans to provide, mentoring support from the Engineering Translational Technology Center (ETTC) will also allow students to learn the process for launching a startup company to commercialize the prototypes they have created. Student teams will also be encouraged to submit proposals for follow-up funding from the NCIIA E-Team grants program.