Welcome to the Office of Business Development!
The Office of Business Development is designed to help researchers meet their goals of economic development and job creation so they can maintain their focuses on excellence in research and education. As part of UC Merced, we aim to support and celebrate diversity, cutting-edge research, and encourage talent from all over to develop ideas for the benefit of society. Read more about us here.
The Office of Business Development builds relationships with industry, business groups, entrepreneurs and leaders in the finance, technical and scientific worlds, as well as with other universities to promote investment in, and returns from, research and innovation. Our mission is to partner with existing companies and to start new ones.
OBD is the lead office for UC Merced's participation in the UC system-wide Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, which aims to leverage the scale and diversity of UC's ten campuses, five medical centers and three affiliated national labs to build a vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial culture across the system.
UC Merced Venture Lab
The UC Merced Venture Lab is a program within the Office of Business Development. It is a University Business incubator that brings together all of the resources an individual needs to start a company. Learn more about our mission here.