US (CA): Free consulting service for agtech entrepreneurs and start-ups launched

The University of California Davis has launched a new free consulting service for entrepreneurs and startup companies in ag-tech and biotech in the Sacramento region and Northern California. The new SBDCtech @ UC Davis Venture Catalyst is a collaboration between UC Davis’ Venture Catalyst program and the Northern California Small Business Development Center Network.

The new Davis center offers one-on-one business consulting, training workshops and other innovation programs and events, though for the time being, all services will be delivered remotely in a virtual format. The center will support startups with business planning, investment funding, intellectual property consulting and regulatory compliance.

Candidate companies need to be attempting to commercialize technology that is beyond the conceptual stage and which can show potential market viability, according to a news release from Venture Catalyst, which is a unit within the Innovation & Technology Commercialization division of the university’s Office of Research.

Small Business Development Centers, which are supported by the Small Business Administration, typically help entrepreneurs work on business plans and help them get prepared to get funding or loans. The center at UC Davis will be specifically oriented to support entrepreneurs working to build companies based on research or ideas in ag-tech or biotech, and especially from research at UC Davis, consistently one of the highest-rated agricultural research institutions in the world. Signups for support from the new center are available here.

The Northern California SBDC Network lead center is run out of Humboldt State University in Arcata. In January, the center asked for requests to host local SBDC operations, and UC Davis sought a center to support the region’s ag-tech and biotech industries. The Sacramento region is an international hub of ag-tech, biological controls and other biotechnology companies.

Read the complete article at www.bizjounals.com.

For more information:
University of California Davis 
One Shields Avenue, Davis
California 95616, US
www.ucdavis.edu 


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