Grants for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

CIED Governing Board Member Ravi Jain and Business Design Showcase 2015 People's Choice Award winners Zach Boelsterli and Spencer Butterfield of NuuJack

Federal, state, and local government, the UC system, private sponsors, and philanthropic organizations offer grants or business competitions with cash prizes to award funding to new businesses or innovations. CIED holds grant-application workshops throughout the year for faculty, staff, students, and the public.  

Please check out our calendar for upcoming workshops and the left menu choices of UC Grants, Business Competitions, Federal Grants, and Social Entrepreneurship.

Other Entreneurship Funding Organizations

Imagine K12 LogoImagine K12 provides up to $100,000 in funding to companies focused on improving K-12 educational outcomes.

OneStart LogoOneStart Global Life Sciences is a bio-entrepreneurship granting program for students and post-doctorates. It grants up to $150,000 and free lab space.

THRIVE Accelerator LogoTHRIVE Accelerator enjoys a strong partnership with Western Growers Association, Forbes, Verizon, and SVG Partners, creating a solid foundation to help launch AgTech and FoodTech startups into commercial success.

Thiel Fellowship awards $100,000 in grants to talented young people who want to build new things instead of sit in classrooms. Grantors select between 20 to 30 new Fellows each year, and if you're working on a project or company, you can apply here. Thiel will fly top candidates to a summit in San Francisco later this spring to learn more about what you're working on and introduce you to some of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs and investors. Additionally, if you're interested in summer internships with any of our fellows' companies, fill out this form, and Thiel will try to match you with an appropriate company.