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The Office of Technology, Innovation, and Industry Relations connects UC Merced faculty, students, and alumni with business partners to commercialize their innovations, develop new research, start new ventures, and strengthen and diversify the economy.

UC Merced Venture Lab Update: Due to the effects of COVID – 19, our physical locations are temporarily closed until further notice. Thank you for your patience, we are working with our Physical Planning & Development office to identify a new location to accommodate future operations.

Science and Engineering Building
Kolligian Library
Classroom and Office Building 2

The 2nd annual Merced to Market (M2M) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference


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This year, the conference is bringing together a diverse array of UC founders, investors, attorneys, and industry leaders to speak on the path to entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to announce that our lineup includes guests and speakers from UC Investments, Berkeley Skydeck, as well as undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and postdocs who have founded companies. Furthermore, we are honored to welcome investors from Tech Coast Angels, one of the biggest angel groups in the country, and UCM alumni-founded VC Tesserakt Ventures

Additionally, and for the 1st time, the conference will showcase UC Merced-founded companies!

M2M is dedicated to steering academics on their entrepreneurship path, transforming university-inspired research into tangible products, forming dynamic teams, and traversing the intricate journey from concept to commercialization. 




For UC Merced Researchers

Office of Technology, Innovation, and Industry Relations supports UC Merced faculty, staff and students with innovation, entrepreneurship and partnering. OTIIR assists in making connections with industry, understanding, and realizing the commercial potential of ideas, and facilitating the transition of discoveries from the lab into marketplace.




For Industry Partners


Strengthening ties with industry is a priority for UC Merced.  Through facilitating collaboration on research projects and fostering connections between industry partners and researchers, our office is here to help you navigate and engage with our faculty and students. Let us help you explore UC Merced resources and find the right collaborators.



For Innovators & Entrepreneurs


Office of Technology, Innovation, and Industry Relations provide resources for innovators and entrepreneurs to develop business ideas, facilitate partnerships, and find funding.