Commercialization is the single most valuable way for translating science and technology research into environmental and societal impact.

What is Lab2Market?

Lab2Market is a multi-phased entrepreneurial program for graduate-level UC STEM students with a two-pronged purpose:

  • Introduce graduate STEM students to entrepreneurship and the technology commercialization process.
  • Help students think about the market applications of their research so they can be stronger candidates for industry-related jobs.
Phase I: Symposium (see below)
Phase II: Customer Discover Fellowship (forthcoming)

Phase III: (Startup) Launch Fellowship (forthcoming)

Lab2Market Symposium

Participants will come away from the Lab2Market Symposium with a strong understanding of the technology commercialization process, and the entrepreneurial mindset and toolkit to recognize and evaluate future business opportunities in their own research and professional career.

During the workshop, participants will hear from UC faculty founders and learn about the entrepreneurial resources available to them at UC. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to gain feedback on their research from local entrepreneurs and investors familiar with the market landscape in their research area.

Lab2Market Symposium 2022

Lab2Market Symposium 2022 is slated for September 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UC Digital Futures Complex. This free event is intended for UC graduate students with a STEM research area of focus. Transportation from the UC main campus will be provided.

Top Applicants Receive Gift Card

The top 100 Lab2Market Symposium 2022 applications will be invited to attend the symposium in-person and receive a $100 Amazon gift card for their participation courtesy of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

All applicants will be able to participate virtually in portions of the day's programming. In-person participants will be expected to participate in a pre-event, lead-up workshop to prepare them for how to share their research to others in the context of the market landscape.

Application Process

Lab2Market is open to all UC graduate students whose research connects in some way to a STEM discipline. Participants will be selected based on their research and commercialization interests.

Note: The application deadline for Lab2Market Symposium 2022 has passed.