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17 Best & Most Active California University Startup Programs

University Startup Programs play an important role in the startup ecosystem. We have curated a list of the top California University Startup Programs. We have tried to select a variety of different types of investors across a variety of niches.

This list is designed to show off the investors with exceptional track records, industry experience and a unique understanding of the ecosystem.

Top California University Startup Programs

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.


Plug and Play Tech Center

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Investor Type: Accelerator, Co-Working Space, Corporate Venture Capital, University Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Plug and Play is an innovation platform bringing together startups and large corporations.


CITRIS Foundry

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Investor Type: Accelerator, University Program

Investment Stage: Grant, Seed

CITRIS Foundry is UC Berkeley’s deep tech accelerator.


Stanford University

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Stanford University is a teaching and research university that focuses on graduate programs in law, medicine, education, and business.


Berkeley SkyDeck Fund

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Investor Type: University Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Seed

Investment Arm Behind UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck Accelerator


UCLA Ventures

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage: Non Equity Assistance

A community of Bruin Entrepreneurs support UCLA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem


Singularity University

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Singularity University is a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships, and a startup accelerator.


University of California, Santa Barbara

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

UC Santa Barbara is a leading center for teaching and research, distinguished by its interdisciplinary programs.


California State University

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage: Seed

California State University is a public university system in California


Santa Clara University

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Jesuit University in Silicon Valley


San Jose State University

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

San José State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San José, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the


Arrow Capital

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Investor Type: Micro VC, University Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Early Stage Venture, Seed

Student powered, Berkeley-based venture firm backed by Bow Capital & the University of California Endowment Fund


Jacobs School of Engineering

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Investor Type: University Program, Venture Capital

Investment Stage: Seed

Jacobs School of Engineering is a school.


Stanford CodeX

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Stanford CodeX is a multidisciplinary laboratory operated by Stanford Law School and the Stanford CS Department.


Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

CIE helps students acquire the tools, develop the skills and cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur.


Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an education facility that fosters the entrepreneurial initiatives of its students.


University Incubator

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

Incubator located at UC Berkeley


Institute for Innovation Law

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Investor Type: University Program

Investment Stage:

The Institute for Innovation Law (Institute) is a public interest academic center at UC Hastings.

Written by Mark Kendall

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