Grants and Awards

National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I and IB awardee, 2016 and 2017 — America’s Seed Fund (SBIR/STTR) powered by NSF offers non-dilutive funding to startups and small businesses to help them commercialize their high-risk technologies.




Rocket Fund awardee, 2016 — The Rocket Fund is an exclusive program of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, which is dedicated to supporting the cutting-edge research and creative problem solving necessary to change the balance of the world’s sustainability. In partnership with the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC), a consortium of California utilities, and the Moxie Foundation, the Rocket Fund enables sustainability-related innovations to progress towards commercial reality, where they can have an impact beyond the university laboratory.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grantee, 2015 — The NSF I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.


Summer Accelerator Program awardee at the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet (GEM), 2014 — GEM is a collaboration between the City of Goleta, the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the University of California, Santa Barbara.




Events and Recognitions

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Finalist, 2016 and 2017 – The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards honor outstanding women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties for the benefit of student entrepreneurs.




Startup Village showcase company at the Central Coast Innovation Awards, 2016 and 2017 — Presented in partnership with UCSB’s CNSI Incubator and Pacific Coast Business Times, the Startup Village and Central Coast Innovation Awards recognize innovation in technology, agribusiness, energy/environmental sciences, design and bio-science.




Rice Business Plan Competition Finalist, 2015 — The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition.



Showcased at the CTO Forum Rethink Disruption: Emerging Technologies, Transforming Business and Society, 2014.





PortTech Los Angeles Pitch Competition Finalist and EXPO, 2014 — PortTech Los Angeles is an innovation and commercialization center dedicated to creating sustainable businesses for ports and the goods movement industry. Video Interview.




First Look West (FLoW) Finalist, 2014 — FLoW is the western region of the Department of Energy’s National Cleantech Business Plan Competition for university students.




Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) First Look LA showcase company, 2014 — LAVA’s First Look LA is an invitation-only showcase of emerging technology investment opportunities from premier research institutions in the greater Los Angeles region.




New Venture Competition (NVC) Winner at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), 2014 — The NVC is an eight-month educational experience, with activities and curriculum spanning the entire academic year, that provides a unique opportunity for UCSB students to learn how to start a business.




Press Releases and Highlights

Featured article Fluency Lighting for a Brighter Future in Women of Impact Issue of the online magazine impactmania, featuring thinkers and doers who drive cultural, social and economic impact.




Featured article An Entrepreneurial Education in Convergence Magazine, the magazine of engineering and the sciences at UC Santa Barbara.




Highlights from the original research work at UC Santa Barbara featured in Physics Today, American Institute of Physics, Laser Focus World, and Semiconductor Today.