On June 28, the UC Center for Accelerated Innovation (CAI), along with UC Biomedical Research, Integration and Development (BRAID) and UCI Applied Innovation, will host the University of California Pitch Day, a forum for UC faculty to pitch advanced translational programs to a group of potential investors.
"The purpose of what we are trying to do is make it easier for investors to meet faculty,” said Mike Palazzolo, director for UC CAI, at the 2018 inaugural event held at UC Irvine. “Also, this helps faculty learn how to create a pitch that helps potential investors understand what they’re pitching, see if there are unmet needs being met, recognize if there is a problem being solved and whether or not it is a good investment."
At last year's inaugural event, 12 teams from UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco presented on their emerging technologies from their respective research labs to potential investors and corporate executives along with an audience of UC faculty researchers and staff. A full list of the 2018 participants are below.
Innovators interested in the opportunity to pitch at the June 28 event are asked to submit applications between April 1 - 8, 2019. Faculty in all series at all ranks with a primary appointment at UC Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are eligible. Postdoctoral scholars are eligible to submit as Co-PI with a faculty PI. Successful applicants will receive extensive hands-on mentoring to develop a pitch deck for presentation to a group of selected and interested investors. To learn more, read the RFA.
Following the 2019 Pitch Day, investors interested in projects will work with the faculty and Technology Transfer Office associated with that respective faculty's campus to determine whether terms can be reached for investment and potential company launch.
Presentations will be in person at UC Irvine or by webcast.