Startups

QB3 believes that bringing science and entrepreneurship together creates a formidable force for positive change.

We can empower you to build a successful company. Early on in the process, we mentor faculty, postdocs, and students. And our Bridging-the-Gap awards can fund the proof-of-principle experiments necessary to advance your project across the gap from NIH grants to commercial investment.

Entrepreneurs at UC or in the Bay Area community can unpack QB3 Startup in a Box, a one-size-fits-all package of services designed to incorporate your startup and take you to a successful SBIR application.

Then there’s the problem of finding space. Bio-entrepreneurs can’t work out of Starbucks. They need lab benches and access to specialized equipment that often costs millions of dollars. This is exactly what the QB3 incubator network offers, with options for both UC spinoffs and external startups. In our incubators, you can execute risk-reducing experiments and recruit your team within a stone’s throw of the university. Capital costs are low—we offer micro-space options—and tenants enjoy the guidance of our team and access to our network of entrepreneurs, service providers, and funding sources.

And when your company is ready to grow, QB3’s seed stage venture fund, Mission Bay Capital, provides early commercial funding to exceptional entrepreneurs.