University-Industry Engagement Week

UC Santa Cruz to launch new hub for innovation, industry engagement

By David Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2021

The University of California-Santa Cruz is launching the Innovation and Business Engagement Hub to serve as the connection point for the school’s innovation ecosystem and a single point of entry for potential industry partners and supporters.

University leaders expect The Hub to accelerate business development, industry alliances, technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, and corporate philanthropy while

creating more career pathways for students and supporting the regional economy.

The Hub will be a central support center on campus for those seeking guidance and assistance in industry partnership development, technology transfer, and licensing. It will also serve as a one-stop entry point for industry partners and investors seeking to work with the university.

“Every day UC Santa Cruz researchers are pursuing answers to society’s most pressing challenges,” said Chancellor Cynthia Larive. “We can help ensure this work creates a real, transformative impact by connecting the research and ideas of our faculty, students and researchers with industry, donors, investors and other organizations.” A national search is under way for an assistant vice chancellor for innovation and business engagement to lead the Hub.

Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer said The Hub’s first priority will be to identify new opportunities for connecting potential industry partners with UC Santa Cruz and building partnerships with faculty to help advance their work. The program will be supported by an internal advisory group that includes the deans and other campus innovation leaders, as well as an external advisory group that will guide its work with industry and investors.

“The Hub is about creating opportunities for our innovators and entrepreneurs — students, faculty and researchers — to work more effectively with businesses and nonprofits,” Kletzer said.

The Hub also represents a creative approach by campus units to pool staff resources and expertise to create a unified effort around innovation and industry engagement.

“Our faculty are driven to push the boundary of what’s possible — whether advancing computer chip architecture or developing novel compounds with potential medicinal uses,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Scott Brandt. “This initiative will enable more collaborations, open up new lines of inquiry, and ultimately advance our overall mission as a university.”

Source: UC Santa Cruz Newscenter

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