Startup Toolbox

Excite Riverside is committed to fostering the success of startups. Modeled after QB3’s program from UCLA, UCB, UCSF, and UCSC, Startup Toolbox was created to equip Excite entrepreneurs with the tools they need to found and grow prosperous companies. Current offerings include pre-negotiated packages with local law firms and banks, HR benefits, accounting services, and CRO referrals, with further partnerships to be added over time.

Bank Account

Companies are required to have a business bank account in order to apply for SBIR or STTR grants. Toward that end, the following banks have agreed to provide participants with no-deposit, no-fee bank accounts.


Startup Toolbox offers connections to insurance providers who can help with a range of insurance needs. These firms can specifically help with the insurance requirements in your license agreements with TDG.

Human Resources

TriNet has engaged in a partnership with participants to access to discounted rates to HR services. TriNet offers startups a range of services including medical and dental benefits, payroll processing and more.


Early Growth Financial Services offers low-cost, fixed price professional accounting services for early-stage companies through the JumpStart program. Beyond accounting services, they also provide access to a CFO, financial modeling and tax services.

Moss Adams can guide very early stage companies with complimentary consultations regarding accounting systems, payroll set-up, tax filings and planning for SBIR and other grants compliance. As your organization grows, they can also provide bookkeeping, financial reporting and tax services at fixed fees that are appropriate for the stage of your company at that time.

Office Space

CBRE is the world’s leading commercial real estate services firm. CBRE can help your company find the right real estate solutions as you grow from seed stage to IPO and beyond. CBRE’s Life Science Group has represented companies like Kite Pharma, Cougar Biotechnology, Amgen, Neural Analytics, Pfizer, Trethera and more.


Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with resources they need to get started on AWS. Join some of the fastest-growing startups in the world and build your business using AWS!


CrowdSmart’s mission is to empower startups to connect and collaborate with the broader communit. CrowdSmart’s software platform gives startups the tools they need to tap community-wide expertise, knowledge, best ideas and insights using proven collective intelligence and machine-learning technologies. CrowdSmart can help startups achieve market traction and product/market fit faster, and help alumni discover and provide promising startups with the critical resources they need to succeed.

Employment Law

Through Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law firm, startups can access the Littler X-Celerator, a web-based toolkit which provides a suite of services including key employment documents and guidance on how to effectively use those documents.