Startup Resources

Local Tools for entrepreneurs

Are you a student at UC Davis? Take advantage of all the resources at your disposal.

On Campus at UC Davis -

Mike & Renee Child Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship:

Venture Catalyst @ Office of Research:

Sacramento - 

StartupSac (so much going on, a few favorites listed here): 

Tools for entrepreneurs on the web

There's a lot of information online - avoid information overload, and start with our curated list of online resources.

The Ultimate Startup Resource List: 

Steve Blank's Startup Tools, there's a tool to tackle every problem here

Other Resource Lists:
Software Free/Discounted for Students:
  • Github Student Developer Pack, the best developer tools, free for students.
  • AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to provide students with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning endeavors
  • Sketch, design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. Start with a trial - if you need it longer, talk to the Student Startup Center.
  • Autodesk Fusion 360, 3D CAM/CAD design software
  • Asana Premium, task management
  • Strikingly, web builder - 3 months Pro free if you tell them you are a college student <-- Thanks for the recommendation, Russell!  
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - $20/month for all apps
  • SolidWorks, CAD
Other Essential Online Tools:
  • Slack, messaging, calls & files
  • CircleCI, continuous integration testing <--thanks for the rec Jacob!
  • Wave, accounting, invoicing, payments, payroll 
  • FreshBooks, invoice templates & accounting services
  • Canva, design
  • Gusto, HR services for small businesses
  • SlideBean, professional presentations
  • Bubble, visual, non-technical programming for web apps
  •, high-fidelity prototypes the feel real
  • NameCheap, domain names

Like these kinds of tools - check out Product Hunt for a large-community curated list of the best products.

Reference Materials:
  • How to Start a Startup, a video series produced by Y Combinator president Sam Altman for Stanford University
 Entrepreneur podcasts:

These lists are a constantly evolving species, please send any edits or additions you think valid to Liz (