Professional Development


Speaker Series

Our series of seminars, networking events, and skill workshops are an important component of campus life. Our community hosts networking mixers, seminars, skills workshops, local biotech industry showcase events and more. Topics include entrepreneur career talks and panel discussions, training sessions for funding opportunities, and navigating the venture capital arena. The programming aims to meet the interests of our campus and local community and to include the variety of perspectives that enhance diversity of thought, background, and expertise among innovators. Events are advertised broadly through campus and community listservs.

Contact: Arica LubinEmily CotterSherylle Mills Englander


UCSB Innovation + Entrepreneurship Stories

In addition to opportunities to mentor students, trainees, and faculty in entrepreneurship through seminar and campus engagements, in-person networking, and mentorship exchanges, we have also worked to produce a series of short advice films from our local entrepreneurs, many of whom are UCSB alumni. Through this story project, entrepreneurs share their stories of entrepreneurship and offer advice to current and future entrepreneurs.

Contact: Arica Lubin


Innovators Circle

The Innovators Circle at UCSB is a campus-wide gateway to a community of entrepreneurs and innovators who collectively pool their talent, networks, and capital to support one another, the university, and an ecosystem dedicated to elevating innovation.

Contact: Mehgan Tanner

Business Development


Office of Technology & Industry Alliances

The Office of Technology & Industry Alliances (TIA) is our campus' tech transfer office, and as such, TIA manages the intellectual property developed through research at UCSB as well as industry agreements as part of research collaborations. TIA negotiates licensing and research agreements through one office to provide a more seamless experience for our industry partners. The main goal of TIA is to build longterm relationships between the university and industry partners, and this includes startups that form based on university research.

Contact: Sherylle Mills Englander



SEED-MVP, a proof of concept program, was launched through the Eco-Entrepreneurship program at the Bren School to fund select, focused, small-scale prototypes and pilot projects designed to gather data on customer demand and insights. The program’s goal is to increase a team’s confidence in launching a venture and to pave an easier road for early stage investment. SEED-MVP is focused on campus entrepreneurs who have completed UCSB’s entrepreneurship programs, and who are taking on the challenge of developing new markets. The program also aims to expand UCSB’s focus on serving underrepresented women and social impact entrepreneurs. To date, grants have been issued to five startups.

Contact: Emily Cotter