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The California NanoSystems Institute Technology Incubator at UCLA

The CNSI Technology Incubation Program is an innovative resource with a mission to foster the growth of entrepreneurial start-up companies and early stage technology research projects that originate at UCLA.

With a focus on research impacting areas of health, energy, the environment, and information technology, CNSI is committed to accelerating the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the clinical and commercial marketplace. The CNSI is one of four Institutes for Science and Innovation established by the State of California to better deliver scientific discoveries to the marketplace. The mission of the CNSI Technology Incubator is to steward UCLA technology with the goal of forming companies to be spun-out.

Technology Incubator & Co-working Space

The CNSI Incubator provides 2,800 square feet of flexible lab space dedicated to housing 14-16 early stage companies. CNSI also offers offices and workstations to companies in the newly built co-working area. Centrally located on campus in the Court of Sciences, CNSIís modular entrepreneurship space gives resident start-ups direct access to six state-of-the-art core lab facilities, including training and in-house technical expertise in such areas as high-throughput screening, drug discovery, and functional genomics; a wide array of instrumentation including fluorescence imaging; electron microscopy; scanning probe microscopy; and molecular beam epitaxy; and cleanroom fabrication and foundry. Additional amenities include a 260-seat state of the art theater, conference and interaction rooms with wireless internet access.

Occupants of the incubator space enjoy access to facilities as well as to a unique ecosystem comprised of faculty and scientists from the schools of engineering, physical and life sciences, and medicine. CNSI strives to enhance the vibrant culture of entrepreneurship within our academic community and the current and future start-ups that result from the tremendous capability of the university environment at UCLA.


The Technology Incubator space at CNSI will be awarded through a competitive proposal process with the criteria that proposals are based on UCLA IP and have a UCLA representative within the company or proposal. The Incubation Program Application form is available online.

Educational Resources

The CNSI Technology Incubator was established to support UCLA-based technology start-up companies. According to National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) statistics, incubated businesses thrive at a greater rate than average new ventures. One success factor may be the business management support. In addition to affordable space and access to lab facilities, the UCLA /CNSI Technology Incubator endeavors to provide business development support to entrepreneurs in the form of seminars, workshops, and other training. CNSI works in cooperation with the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Sponsored Research, the Anderson School of Management and the UCLA School of Law to help entrepreneurs with all aspects of business development and the marketing of technologies to potential investors.