Pre-Accelerator

Explore Your Early-Stage, Scalable Business Concept

You have an idea for a novel product that you think may have big potential.

Now what?

UC Venture Lab helps you figure it out. We offer an 8-week program that explores the commercial potential of your product or service concept by answering questions such as, what Problem is your product really solving? Who is your actual Customer? Is there space in the Market? Along the way, we provide access to industry & market knowledge, Entrepreneur-in-Residence mentors, networks, resources, and important skills you need.

The program culminates in Graduation Day, when you get 5 minutes to make a big impression on an audience of the local startup community, who may provide the connections and expertise you need to take your idea to startup reality.

There is no cost to individuals in the Bearcat Community to take part in this program, which meets each Tuesday morning over eight weeks at UC 1819 Innovation Hub. Seats in each cohort are limited, so admission is competitive. But applying is easy!

Important Dates:

Sept. 1, 2022 - Deadline to apply for Cohort 20

Sept. 27, 2022 - Session #1: The Problem

Oct. 4, 2022 - Session #2: The Customer

Oct. 11, 2022 - Session #3: Market & Competition

Oct. 18, 2022 - Session #4: Your Value Proposition

Oct. 25, 2022 - Session #5: Storytelling

Nov. 1, 2022 - Practice Presentation

Nov. 2-3, 2022 - One-on-one with our Storytelling Coach

Nov. 8, 2022 - Final Rehearsal

Nov. 15, 2022 - Graduation Day!

(date TBD) - Bonus Session: What Next? Venture Lab Accelerator Resource Info. 

Pre-accelerator session in progress.

UC 1819 Innovation Hub building exterior (from North)