About the TriNet Challenge

What is the TriNet Challenge?

The Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) Challenge, now in its fourth year, is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego.  Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

The competition awards cash prizes totaling $11,000 to support new innovative ideas that have an environmental impact. All participants will also be eligible to apply for up to $300,000 in investment funding from the Rady Venture Fund and Triton Technology Fund.  Anyone (students, faculty and staff) affiliated with UC San Diego is invited to apply by October 21, 2015.

What are people saying?

"I'm ecstatic (about winning) and so proud of myself and my research partner. As a first-year student, I was a bit of an underdog. I'm very happy to win and humbled at the same time. It is great that the Jacobs School, Rady and the Scripps Institution put on this competition. It was a wonderful opportunity for researchers to take and present what we've done and get exposure. We will use the cash prize for patenting our idea and research and development, all the things needed to further develop the product and get it to market." - Uzair Mohammad, Student, Jacobs School of Engineering, 2013 first place winner

"The TriNet Challenge event provided a unique opportunity to interact with business advisors from UC San Diego's von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center and students from UCSD Rady School of Management and learn about the ways to transition knowledge and information about innovative technology from the academic to the business-oriented environment." – Dariusz Stramski, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2014 third place winner

"Scripps Oceanography provides an open culture to be innovative and creative and to explore the world of learning without barriers. This event allowed me not only to connect with people and organizations that I otherwise would never cross paths with, but also gave me the opportunity to join a team of inventive partners and pursue new education endeavor without boundaries." – Debi Kilb, Project Scientist, Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2014 Social Entrepreneurship prize

Who can participate?

Any student, staff or faculty member with a current affiliation with UC San Diego. Those with environmentally relevant ideas at all stages of development, including social entrepreneurship, are welcome to apply.

What's the process?

Applications for the 2015 TriNet Challenge will be accepted through October 21st. All proposals will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and approximately 10 semifinalists will be selected. The semifinalists will be paired with mentors to help them refine their product, market and business concepts, and to prepare for their presentations. After presenting to a panel of judges, finalists will be selected to present their product at the TriNet Challenge in December 2015 to the university and business community.

Timeline

Cash Prizes

October 21, 2015 – Application and project summary due
October 28, 2015 – Semifinalists selected
November 18, 2015 – Semifinals
November 19, 2015 - Finalists selected
December 2, 2015 – TriNet Challenge

1st place - $6,000
2nd place - $3,000
3rd place - $1,500
Audience prize - $500
All prizes include von Liebig Technology and Business advisor mentoring