Venture Catalyst

UC Davis’ Venture Catalyst facilitates the translation of University research and technology by driving the development of new ventures.

UC Davis is known worldwide for its leadership in research. Each year this research leads to new innovations and technologies that are translated to the marketplace through UC Davis startup companies. Venture Catalyst drives the successful development of new ventures based on UC Davis intellectual property through its collaborations, programmatic activities, and outreach efforts.


Venture Catalyst collaborates closely with UC Davis stakeholders and resources such as InnovationAccess, the Office of Corporate Relations, and the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to directly support campus entrepreneurs developing university technology into new, viable ventures.


The Science Translational & Innovative Research (STAIR) Grant helps UC Davis technology move towards commercialization by funding translational research for which other sources do not exist. This will assist entrepreneurs demonstrate commercial potential and proof of concept technologies being developed at UC Davis.

For more information, view the STAIR Grant page.

START Program

The Smart Toolkit for Accelerated Research Translation (START) Program provides the ABC (Attorney, Banking, and Company formation assistance) to equip UC Davis entrepreneurs with the tools they need to form and grow prosperous companies.  The program gives founders the start they need to create a well-structured company, and ensure the company is ready to succeed.

For more information, view the START Program page.

To download the START Form, please click here.

Economic Engagement

Venture Catalyst engages with the Davis and Sacramento business, governmental and economic development community to highlight the development of technologies and ventures coming out of UC Davis that will drive tomorrow’s regional job creation. Working closely with these partners, Venture Catalyst is invigorating the technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystem of the entire region.

Contact Venture Catalyst

For more information on Venture Catalyst and its programs, contact us directly.