Proof of Concept and Innovation Center

UCR EPIC (Entrepreneurial, Proof of Concept, and Innovation Center) has all of the tools, processes, resources, and funding that qualified entrepreneurs might need to launch their company.

We start with your idea and work through a rigorous process to help you qualify and validate the market for your idea.


EPIC provides a wide variety of classes and seminars to help you refine your message and business plan. Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR’s) will work one-on-one with you to coach an help you prepare your pitch deck for investors. We have classes for those who have an innovation idea and wish to start a company. We can even hold  entrepreneur showcases to give you a real world practice session with CEO’s, subject matter experts and angel investors, to ensure you are completely prepared.


We are happy to announce that UCR has been awarded an I6 grant funded by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.

Finally there are funding opportunities available through our Proof of Concept program, and the Highlander Venture Fund designed to provide seed funding to UCR students, professors and alumni to assist qualified opportunities.

Click to the right to see how our process works, to sign up for classes or seminars, and to see what sources of funding might be available.


900 University avenue

Riverside CA 92521


T: 951-827-7941

F: 951-827-4483

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