The Angels on Campus is a mentoring program for students and faculty to meet with angel investors on campus and explore commercial opportunities surrounding their ideas.
Once a month, 3-4 individuals/teams present their ideas and gather feedback from a panel of three to four angel investors. Each team has 40 minutes to present and receive feedback.
This unique opportunity provides researchers with a risk-free environment to gather commercialization feedback and to build their network with the investment and business community. It also allows angel investors the opportunity to foster their network on campus and see first hand potential technologies coming out of the campus.
Who Should Participate
Current faculty, graduate students and postdocs with a research idea with potential commercial application who want to gather feedback and advice.
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Center for Entrepreneurship) alumni (Entrepreneurship Academy and Business Development Fellow alumni) who are moving an idea toward commercialization.
Participating Angel Groups
GoodKoz: GoodKoz, mentored through the Angels on Campus program, competed and won 1st place in the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Competition in Spring 2012.
$10k Prize Money: At the finals at Walmart headquarters on April 13, UC Davis MBA students Dylan Fiesel and Allen Alday receive their second place award from company executives (from left to right) Rob Bray, senior vice president of Walmart Realty; Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, senior vice president and chief tax officer; Fiesel and Alday; and Jim Stanway, senior director of global supply chain, who started and runs the competition. Read more >>
Barobo: Co-founded by UCEA Alum, Graham Ryland, Barobo, the Davis-based company that launched last year after signing a patent agreement with UC Davis, recently reeived an order for 550 "Mobots." Read more >>
How to Get Involved
Interested researchers, students and faculty can complete and submit an idea form with their pitch and send it to the Institute (due dates below).
Selected participants will then complete a 12 slide deck pitch template, for delivery at the mentoring session.
During the mentoring session, each person/team will share their pitch with the angels and gather feedback on next steps and commercial viability.
Mentoring Dates + Deadlines
Third Tuesday of Every Month
Submit your request to present at the Angels on Campus to Niki Davisson, Program Manager
My partners and I would really like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in the Angels on Campus event. The feedback that we gained and the network that we developed is extremely valuable to our company. To be able to have accomplished all of that within 40 minutes is one of the most beneficial experiences we have had thus far.—Heather Poiry, Co-founder, SunTherm Enery, Inc.
This is was a great experience and it gave us invaluable feedback. The Angels' suggestions will definitely strengthen our pitch and business plan. We look forward to cultivating the angel relationships that have been created today.—Lucas Arzola, Co-founder, Inserogen