Can you be UC Riverside’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence?

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Nov 1, 2021


UC Riverside

UCR, or the University of California, Riverside is looking for an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) to support the university’s program for technology commercialization and creation of startups. The position is open until filled and offers a starting salary of $71K/annum with an upper slab of $137K per annum.

Vetting and Evaluating Companies Seeking Resources through OTP

Probably, one of the most important duties the EIR will be tasked with is “vetting and evaluating companies seeking resources through Technology Partnership programs”, per UCR’s job advertisement.

10s of startups apply to UCR’s Office of the Technology Partnerships (OTP) to get resources, like funding, space, and support for commercializing their tech startups. The EIR becomes the first point of scrutiny vetting and evaluating those who qualify the best to obtain these resources.

Assisting Early Stage Companies and Teams 

A startup has many needs that accelerators and incubators ought to meet expeditiously including team formation, marketing strategies, business development and fundraising.

 As an EIR, or Entrepreneur-in-Residence, the person acts like a mentor and advisor to these startups and has to ensure that founders need the best that the university and OTP offers for technology commercialization.

Employment Terms as an UCR’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence

  • This recruitment is for multiple openings.
  • The rate of pay for this position is $62.50/hour
  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
  • One-year contract positions, with renewal contingent upon continued funding.
  • Appointment percentages will vary, ranging from 5% up to 42.5% depending on the successful candidate’s availability and the departmental need in their respective areas of expertise 

Above details are based on UCR job portal that can be accessed here.

Proof of Vaccination

Per UCR’s requirement for this job, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy, and also able to provide proof of Full Vaccination. Exceptions may be submitted in line medical/deferral/religious grounds.  

Preferred Sectors of Experience

The university will prefer the candidates with experience in one or more of the following industry/verticals.

  • Software-as-a-Service
  • SBIR/STTR submissions
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Healthcare disparities
  • Materials science
  • Data analytics
  • Quantum computing
  • Agriculture operations
  • Animal health
  • Clean natural resources, or energy

The custom scope of this job involves:

Implementing an industry alliance program
Coordinates and plans related promotional events
Responsible for initiating, maintaining and expanding partnerships
UCR | Job Description | Entrepreneur-in-Residence

To see the complete details of the job and the type of work you’d be expected to perform, please visit this job description document by UCR.

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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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