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UCSB CNSI Incubator

UCSB CNSI Incubator

UCSB CNSI Incubator is a program for technology startups.

The California NanoSystems Institute Technology (CNSI) Incubator at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was created to promote CNSI’s mission of bringing scientific and technological innovation into the economy and society, and strengthen ties between the CNSI academic community and industry. The Incubator is located at the CNSI research community in Elings Hall, close to the CNSI Core Labs and the Materials Characterization Facilities. The incubator is a part of UCSB Innovation and Entrepreneurship and received financial support from California legislation AB2664. CNSI incubator possesses about 900 square feet of laboratory space, chemical fume hoods, and separate office spaces that are available for lease by local technology-oriented start-ups.


Interested companies can be:

  • Founded by UCSB faculty, staff, students, postdocs, or alumni
  • Active corporate licensees of UCSB intellectual property
  • Companies actively collaborating with a member of the UCSB community
  • Pre-production start-ups from the Santa Barbara community or relocating to Santa Barbara
  • Companies that need dedicated laboratory facilities, bench space, or advanced computing infrastructure
  • Companies that have been incorporated no more than five years before joining the incubator
  • Pre-production companies that have not yet raised Series A funding
  • Three- to twelve- month leases available
  • Five foot bench station at $500/month
  • Four foot fume-hood station at $500/month
  • Equipment/storage spaces at $12.50/sqft/month
  • Desk space in associated office at $120/month
  • No university claim to intellectual property created in the incubator
Incubator Members and Alumni
  • BioZen Batteries
  • Mentium Technologies
  • Mirios
  • MONDE Wireless
  • Quintessent
  • SciKare
  • Ultra-low Loss Technologies
  • Apeel Sciences
  • bioProtonics
  • C-Zero
  • Fluency Lighting Technologies
  • In2Cell
  • Laxmi Therapeutic Devices
  • Milo Sensors
  • NEXT Energy
  • Nexus Photonics
  • TiMEMS



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