Social Venture Accelerator

About SVA

The Social Venture Accelerator (SVA) is designed to support students of all levels at UC San Diego who are interested in creating social impact through entrepreneurship. SVA helps them to pursue their dreams of starting innovative, scalable, companies addressing important social issues.

SVA teams participate in workshops where they explore social entrepreneurship and focus on the various aspects of launching a startup. They are supported by a team of mentors and advisors with experience in social entrepreneurship.

SVA has developed from the recognition that students across UCSD show both a passion for addressing social issues and the ability to develop truly creative ideas to tackle these challenges. SVA is a joint project of the Rady School’s Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII) and California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID).

The Social Venture Accelerator is now accepting applications!  Apply at:

Applications accepted through November 12, 2017.  Accepted teams will participate in the SVA program from late November through February 2018.  Individuals and teams at all stages of development are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, contact Kim King.

Participating Teams

Embrace Healthwear, Inc.

Embrace Healthwear is dedicated to empowering senior citizens to live healthy and independent lives. We use machine learning and motion analytics to evaluate daily behaviors, predict fall risk and mobility,  and intervene with relevant exercise routines to prevent falls before they occur. Visit us at for more information.

I.U Wake Up

I.U Wake Up is a luxury bed and bath linens direct-to-consumer brand that adopts a buy-one, give-one model to help communities in the Peruvian Andes in need.