Technology & Entrepreneurship
As the City of Arts and Innovation, Riverside is home to a growing base of technology companies and has quickly become a center of innovation in Inland Southern California. Home to a number of innovative companies such as Bourns Inc., Luminex Software and Ambryx Biotechnology, Riverside has become a destination for the technology industry.
Part of this success lies in the City's commitment to help foster tech start-ups into sustainable and value-added companies. Whether your company employs 500 or two, Riverside delivers a "Concierge Style" experience that will make your company feel at home in an ever-growing technology eco-system.
Ranked 4th Overall in the Nation for Minority Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur - "Top Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs" 2017
Ranked 10th Overall in the Nation for Small Business
Biz2Credit - "Top 25 Cities For Small Business" 2017
Ranked 13th in the Nation for Startup Activity Index
Kauffman Index for Startup Activity in Metro Areas 2017
With a ready-made supply of entrepreneurial talent represented by over 52,000 university and college students, technology companies have the necessary talent to support their workforce needs.
Each year Riverside colleges and universities have a new supply of graduates ready to enter the workforce. As of 2017, a combined total of over 9,100 degrees were conferred to local graduates.
The UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineering leaders to discover and apply groundbreaking solutions and innovations that improve the quality of life. In less than 25 years, the college has distinguished itself through faculty leadership in research and teaching, partnerships with industry and government, engagement with local and global communities, remarkable growth, and top-tier rankings.
High tech ideas require high tech spaces that provide entrepreneurs with the necessary infrastructure and support. Local incubators are a key component to a successful entrepreneurial eco-system. With its affordable rent, resources and an environment that fosters ideas, incubators help start-ups bring their ideas to fruition.
What do you get when you combine highly creative people with highly technical people in the same space...new ideas! Workspaces like coworking and makerspaces allow individuals to collaborate and learn new skills in a friendly environment.
Financial resources come in countless forms, types and structure. Today's ideas require not only capital, but the guidance to understand what type of funding to seek and when to seek it.
Ideas don't develop in a vacuum. Local technology networks provide entrepreneurs with support, mentoring and a soundboard to share their fledgling ideas.
As the City of Riverside's' Economic Development Division, we’re here to help. We want to see your business grow and flourish so we’ve provided a few tools to help you and your business.
Economic Development Coordinator