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Central Valley Entrepreneurship Academy

Central Valley Entrepreneurship

October 2, 2018 - October 4, 2018.

Double Tree by Hilton Modesto


A collaboration between the UC Merced Venture Lab, and UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Central Valley Entrepreneurship Academy is the premier academic program for commercializing innovations in science, engineering, social science, and humanities. The academy is open to everyone in the community, aspiring entrepreneurs, and undergrads, graduate students (master’s and doctoral), postdocs and faculty from all academic fields.

The program is taught by investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty, and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. You'll gain the knowledge and networks needed to explore and develop the commercial potential of your research or venture. 

Key topics include how to ask the right questions to grow your venture, investigates its market, technical and business potential; build a team, protect your intellectual property, develop a presentation, and expand your network. 


The Academy Includes:

  • An opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.

  • Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.

  • The tools to communicate the broader potential of your venture or research.

  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives, entrepreneurs and investors, who give you real-world feedback and guidance.


Program is funded for the Central Valley Entrepreneurship Academy is provided by the State of California through Assembly Bill 2664: University of California Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion. 


CVEA 18 Schedule PDF




The Academy is open to everyone in the community, aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as undergraduates, graduate, postdoc, and faculty from all academic fields.

Complete your online application


Program Costs:

There is no charge to attend the Central Valley Entrepreneurship Academy.

Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner are included. Participants are responsible for their lodging, transportation and parking fees.




This three day academy will take place Tuesday through Thursday, October 2–4, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto.

To gain the full benefit of the academy experience, please plan to attend all sessions.


2018 Keynote Speaker 



Pam Marrone

CEO and Founder, Marrone Bio Innovation 


2018 Featured Speakers


We will post additional speakers as they are confirmed.





If you have any questions please email Carla Sanchez at