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June 12, 2023 | Tom Ballard

UC System convenes a new President’s Entrepreneurship Network Council

The group is charged with exploring new strategies to materially advance the University of California System’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship.

When you think of entrepreneurship and a state well-known for it, most people automatically think of California.

Well, it appears that Michael V. Drake, President of the University of California (UC) System, thinks the UC campuses can and should do more. In a move to power the engines of innovation and entrepreneurship across the system, he has convened the President’s Entrepreneurship Network Council to support entrepreneurial activity across the University’s 10 campuses, from invention to commercialization.

“Sharing and applying UC-created knowledge across the globe is central to the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service,” said Drake. “Some of California’s largest and most important industry sectors have emerged from discoveries made on UC campuses. This council will help us expand our entrepreneurship ecosystem to further support California’s economic growth and innovation efforts.”

The council will serve as advisers to Drake and the UC Office of the President, UC Chancellors, and UC campuses. Members will include UC innovation leaders as well as external advisers with deep experience in innovation programs and initiatives. The charge for the group is to explore new strategies to materially advance the UC System’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship by focusing on mentorship, funding opportunities, and collaboration on and across UC campuses.

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