Entrepreneurship Center

UCSF’s Entrepreneurship Center is the premier center in the United States focused exclusively on life science/healthcare entrepreneurship.  We are a campus-wide resource that enables any member of the UCSF community to learn about entrepreneurship and application of their invention to the commercial world.  Our goals are to facilitate starting companies based on UCSF technologies and to expose members of our community to the entrepreneurial experience.  We teach how to vet ideas for commercial potential and business planning.  Beyond teaching, we help with the creation and launch of new ventures and making connections with funding sources. Our 200 mentors and advisors are available to counsel our startups and class teams.   Through networking events, we have built the entrepreneurial ecosystem at UCSF that results in connections among founders, investors and experienced businesspeople. 

We are fortunate to have access to world-class resources through the rich and diverse Silicon Valley ecosystem.   As an inclusive, open program, we welcome participants from UC Berkeley, Stanford and the business community.  This diverse group broadens our UCSF focus and translates into a higher probability of success.

Whether you have decided to start a company or are simply interested in exploring what Silicon Valley is all about, you will find activities and resources through the Entrepreneurship Center.   

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The Entrepreneurship Center can provide or direct you to information and resources you need to start a company.

 Learn about business and commercializing your invention

 Eclub
 Events           

 Vet your idea and business model

 Mentoring

 Find a team to work with

 Courses
 Eclub
 Events

 Learn about IP

 Workshops
 Licensing

 Connect with a mentor

 Mentoring

 Network with other entrepreneurs

 Eclub
 Events
 Courses

 Get advice on aspects of building your company

 Mentoring

 Prepare to seek funding

 Courses
 
Mentoring

 Learn how to apply for grants

 Events
 QB3

 Network with investors

 Events

 Learn how to pitch for funding

Workshops
 Eclub
 Mentoring

 Find incubator space

 QB3

What We Do

  • Consultation / Mentorship

Our Team

  • Stephanie Marrus, MBA, MA, BA

    Director

    Stephanie Marrus is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. Her mission is to help start companies from UCSF science and technology and to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University. Since joining in 2012, she has developed a robust suite of programs that have contributed to a vibrant entrepreneurial community at UCSF. In addition to heading the Center, she teaches and mentors startups and is Senior Lecturer/Course Director for...

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  • Leslie Martinez Vargas

    Program Manager

    Leslie is the Program Manager for the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF; she manages the full general operations of the Center. She joined the Center in 2013 as a marketing programs intern. Her goal is to inspire, educate and attract audiences from the UC community, life sciences and healthcare industry, and the business community.