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University of California, Riverside


Riverside, CA

Build to Scale Program

Venture Challenge

Project Name

OASIS Accelerator: Building an Inclusive Technology, Sustainability-Focused Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in the Inland Empire

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match

$2 million

$2 million

The Opportunity to Advance Sustainability Innovation and Social Inclusion (OASIS) initiative is a public-private partnership led by the University of California, Riverside-Riverside (UCR) to drive regional economic development through research translation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and workforce development. OASIS focuses on advancing key technology verticals important to the Inland Empire region: sustainable logistics, energy storage, agriculture, and environmental health. The goal of this project is to accelerate the establishment and growth of a sustainability-focused innovation ecosystem in the Inland Empire through the creation of the OASIS Accelerator, an interconnected network of state-of-the-art test beds and pilot facilities and specialized, integrated business support, all in a single program. The initiative will provide a single point of access to all available resources, test beds, laboratory facilities and expert support on how to engage them. The OASIS Initiative and the OASIS Accelerator will provide a supportive environment where startups can test their products and technologies under real conditions, have access to a diverse talent pool of technical and business experts, and leverage the research excellence and entrepreneurial programs of UCR and its partners.

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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