California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID)

CIID Overview

The California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) at the Rady School of Management was founded to support and catalyze the University of California’s innovation leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Under the direction of Professor Vish Krishnan and Lada Rasochova, PhD, MBA (Rady ‘08), the CIID program has grown to include the StartR accelerator programs, Triton Innovation Challenge, Rady Innovation Fellows, Rady Venture Fund and Idea Connect. All of these programs, combined with the many other unique learning opportunities of the Rady School, provide students with the opportunity to explore the many sides of innovation and entrepreneurship.

StartR

A non-profit six month accelerator, StartR provides current students and alumni the opportunity to participate in focused hands-on company development.

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Triton Innovation Challenge

Open to students, faculty and staff across UC San Diego, this annual competition focuses on environmentally relevant ideas and innovations.

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Rady Venture Fund

The Rady Venture Fund provides both investment capital to entrepreneurs but also education opportunities for UC San Diego graduate students.

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Rady Innovation Fellows

Deploys teams of Rady graduate students to support commercialization of new technologies, and assist entrepreneurs in various stages of development.

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Rady Idea Challenge

Exclusively for first year MBA students, develop ideas to address pain points and, if selected, present at the Rady Idea Challenge Competition!

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