The CNSI Technology Incubator sits at the heart of the CNSI research community in Elings Hall. With financial support from the State of California through legislation AB2664, the Incubator has undergone a significant expansion. Up to 900 square feet of dedicated wet bench laboratory space and separate office space is available for lease by local technology-oriented start-ups. The incubator is in close proximity to the CNSI Shared Experimental Facilities, the Materials Characterization Facilities, as well as conference rooms and meeting spaces, further facilitating successful engagement and innovation. Incubator companies benefit from UCSB’s entrepreneurial mentorship and training ecosystem, and the vibrant research community of CNSI.
- Bench space with electrical, air, vacuum, and nitrogen hookups
- Chemical fume hoods
- Access to conference rooms, sound-insulated calling and meeting booths, and kitchen facilities in Elings Hall
- Close proximity to the CNSI Shared Facilities:
- Microfluidics Laboratory
- CNSI Innovation Workshop
- Nanostructures Cleanroom Facility
- Biological NanoStructures Laboratory
- Rate breaks at CNSI-managed Shared Facilities and affiliated laboratories at UCSB
- Access to UCSB’s entrepreneurial mentorship and training ecosystem
- Technology Management Program
- Office of Technology and Industry Alliances Startup Support Program
- Access to discount / credit programs with AWS and Mathworks
- Companies requiring dedicated laboratory facilities, bench space, or advanced computing infrastructure
- Companies incorporated no more than 5 years before joining the incubator
- Pre-production companies that have not yet raised Series A funding
- Companies can be:
- Founded by UCSB faculty, staff, students, postdocs, or alumni
- Active corporate licensees of UCSB intellectual property
- Companies actively collaborating with a member of the UCSB community
- Pre-production start-ups from the Santa Barbara community or relocating to Santa Barbara
- Basic Terms
- Two year membership, extendable up to a 4-year maximum tenure in 1-year increments
- 3-12 month leases available
- 5ft bench station at $500/month
- 4ft fume-hood station at $500/month
- Equipment/storage spaces at $12.50/sqft/month
- Desk space in associated office at $120/month
- No university claim to intellectual property created in the incubator
- Application Process
- File pre-application (here)
- If pre-approved:
- Create Chemical Hygiene Plan and complete safety/compatibility check
- Provide proof of insurance (see inset)
- Review and sign the General Policies document (see inset)
- Submit required business forms (to be sent separately); these will require an EIN
- CNSI submits complete application packet to UCSB Business and Financial Services
- If approved:
- Complete necessary safety training and access protocols
- Submit a $1000 one-time security deposit and first month's rent
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