Growing the tech ecosystem in the Inland Empire

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    In October 2016, UCR's EPIC developed the $10M Highlander Fund, the first venture capital fund in the Riverside area to make investments in affiliated companies.
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    15+ Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs) are available to provide technical expertise for tech start-ups.
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    Several services are offered including specialized consulting, training programs and workshops, and SBIR/STTR assistance at no cost.
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    The SBIR/STTR deadlines are NSF: Jul 10, 2018 & DOD: Jun 20 & Oct 24, 2018.

UC Riverside’s EPIC SBDC provides early stage tech entrepreneurs and companies support to grow their businesses at no cost. Services include specialized consulting, training programs and workshops, access to capital and SBIR/STTR assistance.

EPIC SBDC provides tech companies in the Inland Empire access to both the technical expertise of  a large research university as well as the business expertise of UCR’s Entrepreneurs In Residence. With a comprehensive suite of services, EPIC SBDC is able to provide support to those interested in starting a tech business as well as those who are wanting to scale their existing business.

History:  UCR’s EPIC became an SBDC host in January 2018.

EPIC SBDC is an expansion of services provided by UCR’s Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC). Launched in October 2016, EPIC has grown rapidly by recruiting 15 Entrepreneurs in Residence, providing access to the Highlander Fund (the first venture capital fund in the Riverside area), becoming an NSF I-Corps site, and partnering with the city and county of Riverside to provide business acceleration and office space through ExCITE. Over the past 6 months, the Highlander Fund has made 2 investments in UCR affiliated companies.

About UCR’s Office of Technology Partnerships

The Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) helps individuals in the UCR and the Riverside communities who have ideas or technology they want to develop, protect, fund, or commercialize. OTP’s team of experts in commercialization, research collaboration, and entrepreneurial education use a personalized approach to help individuals and teams identify and achieve their goals.

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