Startup Resources

Local Tools for Entrepreneurs

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

On Campus @ UCD

Student Startup Center Makerspace

PLASMA Accelerator Program

Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

TEAM Prototyping Labs: for molecular/biological and advanced mechanical/electrical prototyping

Mike & Renee Child Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship:

Venture Catalyst @ Office of Research:


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
Other Resource Lists

CAD Software

  • Onshape (non-commercial use, no download necessary)
  • SolidWorks (non-commercial use, powerful, harder to learn)
  • Autodesk Fusion 360, 3D CAM/CAD design software (can use for commercial use under $100k in revenue)
Design (thanks for updates Lynn Miyashita)
  • Adobe XD, free download Mac & Windows
  • Sketch, design toolkit built to help you create your best work — from your earliest ideas, through to final artwork. Mac only. Start with a trial - if you need it longer, talk to the Student Startup Center.
  • Canva, online
  • Figma, online
  • Invision, online design collaboration (free year by telling them you are a student)
Other Software Free/Discounted for Students
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
  • 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 valid edits or additions to Liz (