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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


UC Merced’s 1st Inclusivity In Innovation Entrepreneurship Conference is a forum for awareness, dialogue, and actionable skill-building around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the business world.  Our community is a rich learning environment that considers and appreciates a multitude of perspectives that lead to enhanced decision-making, a mindset, and leadership skills that are important in today’s increasingly global and inclusive workplace. Engage in thought-provoking discussions on topics such as inclusive leadership, finance and government resources, imposter syndrome, and hardships faced by founders from underrepresented communities. Get inspired, learn important leadership skills, and grow Merced by encouraging more diversity in entrepreneurship through these important conversations and networking with industry leaders.



Friday, March 15, 2024

9 am - 2 pm 


5200 N. Lake Rd, Merced, CA, 95343

Dr. Vikram and Priya Lakireddy Grand Ballroom FREE Parking


Students, Staff, Faculty, and the Community/Public! 


Cultural attire is encouraged!


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Register Here!




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.