UC Santa Cruz has launched a new tech incubator, SVLink, based at the Silicon Valley campus in Santa Clara. Review of applications for up to 27 company teams will start March 15.
UC Santa Cruz Newscenter: February 20, 2018 – A new program from the University of California, Santa Cruz, offers campus and other UC entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their startup companies from its Silicon Valley Campus.
SVLink, managed by the Office of Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization (IATC), will offer support for up to 27 companies at 3175 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara. IATC is accepting online applications, which will be reviewed on a monthly basis, starting on March 15, 2018. Priority will be given to companies connected to UC Santa Cruz and to the rest of the University of California, though anyone is welcome to apply. Applications will continue to be accepted until all the slots are filled.
“SVLink provides UC faculty, staff, students, and alumni the opportunity to launch their startup company in the heart of the Silicon Valley,” Assistant Vice Chancellor Mohamed Abousalem said. “Helping innovative research ideas and technologies created at the University of California reach the public is part of our mission as a public university.”
The program was partially funded with the $2.2 million UC Santa Cruz received from California Assembly Bill (AB) 2664, which provided one-time funding to further innovation and entrepreneurship efforts at the University of California and the surrounding communities.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of UC Santa Cruz staff and faculty members.
Michael John, program director for Games and Playable Media, said the program is an exciting new resource for computational media graduate students located both in Santa Cruz and in the Silicon Valley campus.