California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID)

Supporting and catalyzing University of California innovation leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives

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 and mystartupXX 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.


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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Promotes diversity in entrepreneurship and helps students to pursue their dreams of starting innovative, scalable, technology-driven companies.

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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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Veteran Ventures

Provides Veterans with entrepreneurial programs, resulting in greater confidence and increased skills as they transition into the civilian world.

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Rady Venture Fund

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

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Social Venture Accelerator

SVA provides both investment capital to entrepreneurs and hands-on learning experience for Rady School and other 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 and companies in various stages of development.

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Aims to introduce high school students to entrepreneurial thinking by utilizing the resources of the Rady School and UC San Diego.

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Rady Idea Challenge

Exclusively for first year MBA students, selected ideas will present at the Rady Idea Challenge Quick Pitch Competition!

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