Application Information

Program Schedule

Applications due

Interviews with lead candidates

mystartupXX program begins

Following review of applications, selected individuals will receive three months of intensive mentoring tailored to individual needs and one-on-one business coaching focused on validating the business idea and taking it to market.

Program Benefits

Benefits for all Applicants

mystartupxx participants will participate in mystartupXX a workshop focused on various aspects of launching a startup - team building and leadership, performing a market assessment and obtaining customers' feedback, creating a value proposition, validating business models and understanding financing strategies needed to launch the business.

Funding for selected teams.

All applicants will be invited to mystartupXX networking events focused on building and expanding their networks of supporters and like-minded individuals.

All applicants will become members of the mystartupXX alumni organization focused on building a global network of female innovators, influencers and leaders of technology companies.

All applicants will be invited to the mystartupXX demo, where the mystartupXX teams will present their ideas to program supporters, gain access to potential investors and receive valuable feedback for next steps.

  • The program is open to all UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female students with a business idea. A prototype is not required at the time of application.
  • The applicant has to be registered as a student at UC San Diego.
  • The applicant has to be willing to be the team leader. A team is not required at the time of application. The team leader will receive assistance with the team building process. The team may consist of male and female members. Preferably, the team members will be UC San Diego students.
  • If selected, the applicant has to be able to participate in all program activities and events, attend meetings with mentor(s), provide project updates and present at the mystartupXX demo.
Selection Process involves a review of all applications and interview with selected finalists. The interview may be conducted by phone or in person. Applicants will be notified by email.
Please contact Lada Rasochova, Ph.D., MBA, Executive Director, California Institute for Innovation and Development, Rady School of Management at or 858.926.8213­ or contact Rosibel Ochoa, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director, von Liebig Center, at or 858.822.6775­.