Rady Venture Fund

Entrepreneurs

The Rady Venture Fund is continuously reviewing companies for potential investments.

Please email Lada Rasochova to apply. 

Donors

The Rady Venture Fund would not be possible without support from the community. Please consider a contribution.

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The Rady Venture Fund, a student-assisted venture capital investment fund, was established at the Rady School of Management to support the school's educational objectives in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and transfer of discoveries into the marketplace. Its goal is to provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for Rady MBA and UC San Diego graduate students.

Students learn by doing, gaining the skills, perspective and competitive edge necessary to succeed in today's global, knowledge-driven economy. The fund works with investment industry leaders to enhance student education and deploy investment capital to assist in the creation of successful companies. The Rady Venture Fund is funded by donations to the UC San Diego Foundation and would not be possible without community support.

For More Information

Any questions about the fund should be directed to Lada Rasochova at 858.926.8213­ or lrasochova@ucsd.edu.

Individuals interested in contributing to the Rady Venture Fund should contact Andrea Davidson at 858.822.7449­ or adavidson@ucsd.edu.

Ways to Give

 

Gifts can be made through our secure online giving site, by phone (858-822-0370), or mail:

UC San Diego - Rady School of Management
Attention: Development Department
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553

Contact us to learn more about the different ways to maximize your gift, or read about these options below.

 

Matching Gifts

Many employers offer matching funds that may double or triple any charitable contributions made by their employees Please visit www.matchinggifts.com/ucsd to see if your company or your spouse's company participates in this program.

Securities and Mutual Funds

Gifts of common stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other appreciated securites may be made to the area of your choice and come with the area of your choice and come with the added benefit of charitable income tax deduction. Please contact us to learn more.

Planned Gifts

Gifts of proprety, real estate and bequesests through a will or charitable trust can make a positive impact on the Rady School of Management. Please visit the Office of Planned Giving Web site for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does the fund work?

Students gain hands-on exposure to all stages of the investment process while enrolled in a rigorous, three-course series in venture finance, investment analysis and venture capital fund management. They work with a diverse group of people inside and outside the university including professors, technical experts, venture capital industry professionals, angel investors and entrepreneurs.

Students generate and screen investment leads, perform comprehensive due diligence, make investment recommendations to the investment committee, analyze investment decisions, monitor portfolio companies and provide them with assistance whenever possible. Any investment requires investment committee approval and syndication with at least one other direct external investor.

How will the fund focus its investments?

The Rady Venture Fund will make one to two investments per year. The fund seeks to invest in seed to early stage companies preferably located in San Diego or Southern California. The fund will invest in life sciences and biotech including medical devices, instrumentation and diagnostics; high-tech; information technology; communication and clean technology.

A typical investment will range in size from $75,000 to $150,000 on a fully funded basis. The fund will invest in equity or provide debt financing, mostly in the form of convertible debt.

Who manages the fund?

An external advisory board of experienced professionals and community leaders provides strategic direction and guidance for the fund and associated coursework. An investment committee, which consists of experienced investment professionals and entrepreneurs, reviews and approves all investment opportunities submitted by student teams.

The fund's management team, assisted by outside advisers, oversees the day-to-day operation of the fund, students' involvement and any record keeping and reporting activities.

What will happen to the Rady Venture Fund's proceeds?

Any proceeds from the Rady Venture Fund will revert to the fund and to the Rady School of Management. Proceeds will be reinvested in the fund to create a growing pool of investment capital or be used to build the Rady School endowment and support entrepreneurial programs at the school.

We appreciate your support. If you have any questions, please contact us at 858.822.0370 or development@rady.ucsd.edu. Please click the "Give Now" button to access our secure online giving page.