We go “Back to School” in a September Network Event at the UC Davis Entrepreneurship Academy

The Sacramento Angels released this to the press today.

Sacramento Angels go “Back to School” in a September Network Event at the UC Entrepreneurship Academy

August 30, 2010. The Sacramento Angels, an accredited group of investors in the Sacramento Valley region, will host a major event on September 15 at the UC Davis Conference Center, bringing together faculty, industry executives, Sacramento Angels and individual investors from the region to the fifth annual UC Entrepreneurship Academy.

The UC Entrepreneurship Academy (UCEA) is a one-week intensive course, held every September at UC Davis. The academy, which runs Monday through Friday, is taught by leading experts from venture capital and law firms, UC Davis and other research institutions and is designed to show science and engineering researchers how to move their ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace. Participants spend the week evaluating their research for commercial potential and present a pitch to a panel of invited investors and business community members on the final day. “This event is a great way to show UCEA participants what they will encounter when making a real life pitch to investors and tie together all they are learning in the academy” stated Andrew Hargadon, the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management.

The event sponsored by the Sacramento Angels on September 15 will be a mixer and dinner for the Angels, participants, mentors and guest speakers, followed by the September Angel meeting. Presentations from two or three selected regional start-ups will give UCEA participants the opportunity to see first-hand how potential start-ups pitch to investors.

“Hosting this event extends the work we do mentoring and guiding budding entrepreneurs and enhances our relationship with UC Davis and Davis area entrepreneurs and investors”, said Dan Koellen, president and board chair of the Sacramento Angels, “several Sacramento Angel members have already been active as mentors during this and past Entrepreneurship Academies.”

The Sacramento Angels are part of the national network of Angel organizations. Membership is open to individuals who are accredited investors with the experience and desire to invest in and work directly with emerging-technology companies. The members have a wide range of backgrounds, including CEO’s, senior executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys and professional venture capitalists.

The Center for Entrepreneurship at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management serves as a springboard for innovations developed in university and corporate research programs. Since 2007, more than 460 scientists, engineers and business students from universities worldwide have attended the Center for Entrepreneurship’s 12 academies – including green technology and food and health. In the process, more than two dozen companies have been launched or supported, with more in the pipeline.

This year’s UCEA is sponsored by SMUD, with additional support from the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Network Partner, Morrison and Foerster.

For more information regarding the UC Davis Center for Entrepeneurship:

UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship
Nicole Starsinic,  Associate Director

nstarsinic at

For more information regarding the Sacramento Angels:

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