Growing the tech ecosystem in the Inland Empire



Start by setting up a meeting with an EPIC SBDC mentor. They will evaluate your idea and work with you to map out a plan that may include pitch deck creation, go-to-market strategy, financials, and advice on raising capital. The EPIC SBDC mentor provides access to both the technical expertise of a large research university as well as the business expertise of UCR’s Entrepreneurs In Residence, giving Inland Empire businesses a competitive advantage.


Through one-on-one mentoring, entrepreneurs receive specialized support from industry and technical experts. Some areas of support include:
+ Fundraising
+ Marketing
+ Strategic Planning
+ Financials
+ Intellectual Property
Additionally, though our partnership with the Riverside County Business Center,
clients have access to:
+ Workforce development service coordination
+ Entitlement & Permitting Assistance
+ Demographic & Market Analysis Data
+ International Trade Assistance
+ Small business assistance from strategic partners
+ Business financing programs
+ Arts and Tourism Information


EPIC SBDC will provide Startups for Innovators (SFI) workshops in the Inland Empire. Based on the NSF I-Corps lean launchpad methodology, the SFI workshops will help clients with customer discovery and determine product market fit. Additionally, topic-specific workshops and trainings will be provided at the Riverside Business Center and the and partner locations around the region.

Access to SBDC programs such as Webify, The Finance Center, Eats, CyberSafe, Brick by Brick, and [email protected] will also be provided.

SBIR Resource Center

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal submission support

+ Developing winning proposals
+ Partnership identification for small businesses or faculty
+ Assistance from experienced SBIR/STTR professionalsFor

For more information about the SBIR Resource Center, please visit

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