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 to take part in this program, which meets each Tuesday morning over eight weeks at UC's 1819 Innovation Hub. Seats in each cohort are limited, so admission is competitive. But applying is easy!

Important Dates:

December 1, 2022 - Deadline to apply for Cohort 21

January 10, 2023 - Session #1: The Problem

January 17, 2023 - Session #2: The Customer

January 24, 2023 - Session #3: Market and Competition

January 31, 2023 - Session #4: Your Value Proposition

February 7, 2023 - Session #5: Storytelling 

February 14, 2023 - Practice Presentation

February 15 or 16, 2023 - One-on-One with our Storytelling Coach

February 21, 2023 - Final Rehearsal

February 28, 2023 - Cohort 21 Graduation Day!

Date TBD - Bonus Session: What's Next? Venture Lab Accelerator Resource Info. 


Pre-accelerator session in progress.

UC 1819 Innovation Hub building exterior (from North)