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Entrepreneurship Resources

for innovators interested in creating a technology-based startup

OTTCP maintains contacts at venture-capital firms, accounting firms, law firms, and other service providers for startups.

Please contact a member of OTTCP to discuss your plans and how we can help.

At Caltech:

  • OTTCP supports seminars and events on campus that provide information about starting a company. See our calendar and @innovateCaltech Twitter feed for upcoming events.
  • Participate in the Innovation Node-Los Angeles (IN-LA), a collaboration of USC, Caltech, and UCLA, funded by the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program and the Nodes of the National Innovation Network.
  • If you are working on a cleantech-related venture, Caltech's First Look out West (FLoW) program offers several resources and business plan competitions with cash prizes.
  • OTTCP has a collection of books, housed on the 9th floor of Millikan Library, on creating and growing companies. See the complete list.
  • Internal funding programs for Caltech-owned technologies can be used to move technologies from the lab to the marketplace.
  • OTTCP can also help place Caltech students as interns in start-ups and can work with outside parties to help do market research for your venture. Contact a member of OTTCP for more information.
  • The Entrepreneurs Forum holds monthly talks about technology-based topics.
  • Various courses and clubs are also resources for members of the Caltech community.

In Pasadena/Los Angeles:

  • Innovate Pasadena sponsors events and meet-ups for technology and design entrepreneurs in the greater Pasadena area.
  • MADIA Tech Launch hosts educational networking events within the greater San Gabriel Valley area.
  • The Design Accelerator (TDA) is a Pasadena-based accelerator focused on early stage design and technology companies.
  • The Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County (BTC), located in Altadena, is one of the largest technology incubators in California.
  • LabLaunch enables access to affordable, high-quality lab facilities and a supportive innovation community for scientists and entrepreneurs.
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) helps clean technology start-ups by providing office space, coaching and mentoring, and networking. 
  • The Pasadena Biosciences Collaborative (PBC) is an incubator offering affordable laboratory space and shared equipment for start-ups. The PBC also offers legal, business, marketing, and fund-raising support.
  • Cross Campus offers seminars, workshops, and office hours with established entrepreneurs that focus on building a startup. Office and meeting spaces are also available.
  • Launchpad LA is an accelerator that provides office space, funding, and entrepreneurial mentorship for a short period of time to more advanced technology start-ups.
  • StartupLA
  • SoCalTech

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