The Engineering Student Startup Center, located in 2060 Academic Surge, is a dedicated on-campus space where entrepreneurial students can gather to unleash their creative potential by facilitating ideation, prototyping their ideas and, ultimately, collaborating on technology start-ups.
The Engineering Student Startup Center (ESSC) has been designed to provide all UC Davis students — undergraduates and graduates — with an opportunity to experience the entrepreneurial process while developing, refining and prototyping their ideas for technology startups. ESSC is a hands-on supplement to the standard education regimen: a technology development incubator established by the UC Davis College of Engineering, in order to accelerate the transition of innovative student ideas to high-impact technology development and commercialization. Our mission is to identify and influence highly creative students from all areas of study at UC Davis, facilitate the creation of student E-teams, and then provide mentor support from fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs.
The Engineering Student Startup Center gives undergrads a space where, starting on their very first days at UC Davis, they can tinker, experiment and make things: a stimulating “think tank” that allows students to move beyond the technological limitations of a dorm room or apartment. ESSC also will promote partnerships with campus and national entrepreneurship organizations, including the UC Davis Engineering Translational Technology Center (ETTC), the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, and the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter).
Executive Associate Dean
Director, Engineering Student Startup Center
Founder and CEO of BetaVersity
Manager, Engineering Student Startup Center
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