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INland empire innovation ecosystem

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State of Innovation Report

This report provides an overview of the innovation eco-system in the Inland Empire, offering an opportunity for investors and stakeholders alike to better understand the landscape of assets, relationships, and activities that are diversifying the region’s economy and enabling it to grow more high-skilled jobs.


The directory identifies sources and engines of innovation across the Inland Empire. In addition to incubators and accelerators, select academic institutions that do not have incubators have been included due to their potential to deliver innovators with IP and early stage companies.

Good Jobs Report

In this report, we define good jobs according to earnings, provision of benefits, and weeks and hours of work. It is important to note that the notion of a ‘good job’ should be updated in future research.  With better systematic data collection by government agencies (including measures of injury and turnover, for example), this definition of good jobs can evolve. 

2021 Ecosystem Highlights

The Inland Empire Innovation Ecosystem 2021 Highlights Infographic is a data supplement produced by the Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at UC Riverside and Blended Impact. This infographic serves to highlight accomplishments and innovation ecosystem data from 2021.

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Regional Innovation Champions

Alliance for SoCal Innovation


Blended Impact

California State University, San Bernardino

Center for Social Innovation, UC Riverside

City of Riverside

Coachella Valley

Economic Partnership (CVEP)

County of Riverside

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD)

IE Rise

Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium

LA Cleantech Incubator

Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom


Parkview Legacy Foundation

San Bernardino County

Transportation Authority

Southern California News Group

UCR Office of Technology Partnerships

University of California, Riverside

University of La Verne

Regional Innovation Champions regularly support and advocate for strengthening the innovation ecosystem in the Inland Empire. If you or your organization would like to be involved in this partnership, please contact Gary Rettberg at for more information.