Professional Development


Professional Development Grants

UCSB I+E offers mini-grants to current graduate students and postdocs in need of funding for professionalization activities through the Individualized Professional Skills (IPS) program and the CNSI Propel program. Together, this programming aims to meet the interests of our campus and local community and to include the variety of support and perspectives that enhance diversity of thought, background, and expertise among innovators. Find out how to apply for IPS funding:

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

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Venture Program

Technology Management's New Venture Program engages motivated students at the undergraduate as well as graduate level and across academic disciplines to pursue entrepreneurial education alongside their current studies. Through hands-on instruction and industry mentorship, students learn to create and launch a startup business.

To stay current on information and fall events, join the New Venture Competition project site by first logging into Gauchospace (UCSBNetID required) and searching for the New Venture Program 2023.

Business Development


G2 Summer Launchpad

The G2 Summer Launchpad is a nine-week program designed to extend the runway for high-potential teams from UC Santa Barbara. The program serves as a valuable transition from the academic environment to the real world, and prepares teams for legal incorporation, raising capital, market launch, and operating and growing a business.

Contact: Dave Adornetto



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


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

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Startup Support

CNSI maintains contacts with angel and venture capital investors, accounting and law firms and many other startup-related service providers. Contact Sherylle Mills Englander or Tal Margalith

CNSI also publishes a monthly newsletter for startups and budding entrepreneurs, covering events, news, and newly available resources. Signup to receive the newsletter

I+E 101 Video Gallery

The I+E 101 series is designed to educate and encourage students and postdocs to develop their interests in innovation and entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara. By providing inspiration from alumni, access to relevant campus resources, and expertise from a variety of distinguished professionals, this series centers around professional development and innovation while offering guidance to aspiring and ambitious entrepreneurs.

CSEP Videos list

Bob Lansdorp

Founder, CEO, and CTO

Milo Sensors

Ali Bauerlein

Founder, CFO, and Executive VP, Finance

Inogen, Inc.

Joe Zulli




Jacob Tell

Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Lead


Rich Wolski

Professor of Computer Science and Co-Founder

Eucalyptus Systems

Heather Hochrein

Founder and CEO


Justin Bellante

Founder and CEO


Miguel de los Rios

Founder and CEO

RIFT Biotherapeutics

James Rogers

Founder and CEO

Apeel Sciences