Launching the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

UCI ANTrepreneur Center was founded at University of California, Irvine in 2014 with the mission of integrating entrepreneurial and innovative thinking into the UC Irvine campus and to UC Irvine students in starting new ventures. This center provides free mentorship learning opportunities, resources to help students scale their business, and connections to the greater Irvine entrepreneurial network.


The UCI ANTrepreneur Center aims to target students who:

  1. Just have an idea - we will help you funnel down your ideas into a simple problem, market, and solution, helping you create an initial road map.
  2. Have already formed a company - we will help you overcome obstacles and provide further resources to help you scale bigger.
  3. Are curious about entrepreneurship - we host entrepreneurial events everyday to help students get plugged into the entrepreneurship ecosystem!

UCI ANTrepreneur Center strives to not only help students develop entrepreneurial skills, but also to enable them to pursue success in their ventures.

Our Team


David Ochi, MBA

Interim Director of New Ventures

Breanna Hale, MBA

Assistant Director

Weekly Events

UCI ANTrepreneur Center hosts these recurring events every week to help students with different aspects of entrepreneurship and skill development.

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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Beall Center at Merage

A weekly workshop for students to learn hands-on skills that will help them be more successful in their businesses. Topics range from company formation (LLC/S/C/B-Corp), creating a marketing plan, company valuation, IP/Patents, pitch decks, and much more.

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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ANTrepreneur Center

A weekly event for students and faculty to hear entrepreneurs share their journeys of starting a business – from success to failure.

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Cove

A biweekly event in which Experts-in-Residence (EiRs) present informal talks and Q&As with startup teams working at The Cove, covering such diverse topics as branding, marketing, pitching mistakes to avoid, investor relations, and prototyping.