Entrepreneurship Resources

QB3 offers aspiring entrepreneurs from the greater UC Santa Cruz community the following resources to leverage from its network:

Biotech Incubators

To address the challenges unique to biotech entrepreneurship, QB3 has established Bay Area incubators that allow startups affiliated with QB3 or University of California investigators access to rental laboratory space close to UC faculty. QB3 has also teamed with private partners to offer microspace in a network of locations throughout the Bay Area. These spaces are open to tenants from UC and the Bay Area community. Learn more at qb3.org/incubators.

Medical Device Startup Support: Rosenman Institute

The Rosenman Institute drives medical device innovation and education and improves patient care by helping entrepreneurs develop technologies from concept to commercialization.

Startup Sandbox in Santa Cruz

In Santa Cruz, Startup Sandbox, a UCSC- and QB3-affiliated incubator provides entrepreneurs with the environment to leverage UCSC’s research excellence to cost effectively incubate IP and launch companies. UC Santa Cruz is also actively exploring on-campus incubator space and options for providing it. If you would like to comment or contribute to this endeavor, please contact Ann Pace

Startup School from Y Combinator

Startup School is a free resource created by YC for anyone considering starting their own company. While being part of Startup School does not automatically improve your chances of getting into YC, it can certainly help indirectly by making your company more successful.

Support for Launch: QB3 Startup in a Box

Because sometimes the hardest part of starting a venture is actually starting, QB3 Startup in a Box offers legal assistance, mentorship, a business bank account, SBIR/STTR application assistance, and operational checklists to help guide founders through the maze required to turn their idea into a company.


CruzX is a social network bringing together UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, alumni and partners interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and change-making. On CruzX, you’ll be able to find inspiring teams and team-mates, mentors, innovation courses, workshops, events and more offered by UCSC and its partners. You’ll also be able to contribute your own stories and experiences, ask questions and share ideas. 

About Commercialization

The Office of Research supports commercialization of UCSC intellectual property (IP) in various ways. Our goal is to provide a cohesive, multi-faceted, multi-level program comprised of several long-term innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship support activities.

The programs we offer leverage existing initiatives and organizations to bring in various strengths from across campus, the UC system and the surrounding communities to support innovation at the various stages including:

  • mentoring, training and cultivating the entrepreneurial skills in undergraduate and graduate students;
  • providing infrastructure support to up and coming start-ups;
  • seed-funding the validation of software and hardware technology concepts;
  • and jump-starting technology start-ups with the right training, infrastructure and exposure to investment opportunities. 

Leading up to commercialization, the Office of Research supports university researchers in the various stages of IP management process, including invention disclosures, patent prosecution, copyright registrationIndustry Alliances and licensing.