ExCITE is organized for the purpose of facilitating the successful acceleration of startup companies engaged in entrepreneurial research and development of advanced technologies with the intent to create high technology jobs in the county of Riverside.
ExCITE will accelerate new technology businesses through facilities, networks, mentorship, management, and access to financial resources thereby creating diversified high paying careers in Riverside County.
Who We Are
Taj Ahmad Eldridge is currently part of the Steering Committee for the Highlander Venture Fund dedicated to investing in startups at the University of California Riverside. Taj is also a partner with the ExCITE Incubator also affiliated with the University of California Riverside. Taj previously served as equity partner and interim COO with Waraire Boswell and BoswellOfficial for Waraire Boswell Industries (www.waraireboswell.com and www.BoswellOfficial.com), an apparel firm based in Los Angeles under two brands – the modern luxury high end brand WaraireBoswell and the younger demographic athleisure brand BOSWELL. He is also working with wine curation start up I Like This Grape (www.ilikethisgrape.com), owned by ILTG Media, Inc. He also mentors Voter (www.voterapp.us) and is a board member in Xtopoly (www.xtopoly.com), and FarmSense (www.farmsense.io). Taj is also Advisor in Residence for the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship as well as serves as a judge for the California Dreamin’ Business Plan Competition, the UCLA/Knapp Venture Capital competition, and Big Ideas Berkeley.
Board of Directors
What We Offer.
Through the ExCITE program, we provide access to a wide network of lab space, specialized equipment, business guidance, and other resources.
We seek to introduce startups to their entrepreneurial peers, and to established companies, in innovation clusters across the region, state and around the world. We seek to power a network of innovation networks.
Bold entrepreneurs and change agents bring their knowledge and ingenuity to bear on humanity’s great challenges every day. ExCITE seeks to help them on the journey from ideation to realization.
What Community Leaders Are Saying About ExCITE...
Rusty BaileyMayor, City of Riverside
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Mark ZuckerbergFounder & CEO, Facebook
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