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Entrepreneurs

The Office of Business Development provides resources for entrepreneurs to develop business ideas, facilitate partnerships, and find funding. OBD also operates the UC Merced Venture Lab, which specializes in connecting and building teams to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and spur economic development in the Central Valley.

 

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UC Merced Venture Lab Network 

The UC Merced Venture Lab network is the flagship program of the UC Merced Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. The network consists of three business incubator sites in Modesto, Atwater, and Merced, and the Pi Shop in Madera. This program specializes in connecting and building teams and securing funding to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and spur economic development in the Central Valley.

Learn more about the UC Merced Venture Lab

 

License Technology 

The Office of Business Development can help businesses and entrepreneurs identify available technology suitable to their interests and provide a range of licensing options.

Please email us at busdev@ucmerced.edu with your information and the type of technology you are interested in and we will contact you to discuss licensing opportunities. 

 

Industry Alliances 

Are you interested in launching a public-private research collaboration? The Office of Business Development assists industry and faculty members with establishing targeted projects to answer questions and produce insights, with the goal of developing and improving product processes that deliver value to the marketplace.

We can help you solidify a budding collaboration or discover new collaborators, and answer your questions about research agreements. We are here to help you make the connection. Please email busdev@ucmerced.edu to get started.