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UCSD StartR Students Win Pitch Competition | San Diego Business Journal
(SAN DIEGO, CA – July 1, 2021) A student startup named Jeweled (StartR Inclusion & Impact alum) was the grand prize winner at the inaugural competition. Founded by UC San Diego students and Jeweled is serving the transgender community with a dating and wellness app.  

Bioengineering Alumna Ana Moreno Pioneers Epigenetic Gene-Therapy Technology As An Answer to Chronic Pain
(SAD DIEGO, CA - May 28, 2021) From lab to clinic, Ana Moreno (mystartupXX alum) has always been excited about gene therapy, fascinated with translational medicine as a PhD student in Bioengineering. Gene editing has shown great promise as a non-heritable way to treat a wide range of conditions...MORE

Garnet Heraman Joins the Rady School of Management as First Investor in Residence
(SAN DIEGO, CA – December 8, 2020) 

The Second Annual San Diego Angel Conference Announces Investment of $400,000 in Three Companies: AgTools, Noria Water Technologies, and Visicell Medical
(SAN DIEGO, CA –Mar 28, 2020) Visicell, "GPS for cell therapy," provides non-invasive rapid clinical decision-making solutions to customers in the multi-billion dollar cell therapy industry. Visicell Medical is a StartR Inclusion (formerly mystartupXX) and StartR Rady alumni company (co-founder and CEO Mya Thu, Rady MBA ’16).

Rady Cloudbeds brings in $82M to “triple down” on hospitality tech 
(SAN DIEGO, CA –March 11, 2020) Rady Venture Fund portfolio company CloudBeds (co-founder, President, and COO Richard Castle, Rady MBA ’13), a San Diego-based travel tech startup that makes management software for hotels, hostels, and other vacation properties, raised $82 million.

Rady Alum Wins Biocom DeviceFest
(SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) Adding to his already impressive list of accomplishments, recent Rady School of Management graduate Jonathan Wilensky (MBA ’17) and his company Braykion took home four out of five awards at Biocom’s DeviceFest pitch contest…MORE

Glöbier Wins Pitch Contest at StartR Demo Day
(SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 13, 2017) Nine teams took the stage to present business ideas ranging from stem cell therapy to mobile applications designed to assist individuals recovering from traumatic brain injuries at the bi-annual StartR Demo Day event…MORE

StartR Demo Day Showcases Rady Innovation
(SAN DIEGO, CA – September 29, 2016) Entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the Rady School of Management on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the bi-annual StartR Demo Day event. Six teams participated in the event and were given the opportunity to pitch to investors and industry experts…MORE

Rady School/StartR Alum Changes the Face of Biotech Research
(SAN DIEGO – June 22, 2016) For Rady School of Management alum Julio de Unamuno (MBA '14) the idea for his company, Lab Fellows, came from questioning the status quo of the biotech industry and the process of drug development. He identified a key problem for biotech startups…MORE

PODCAST: Resources for Entrepreneurs at the Rady School With Andrew LeBlanc (MBA '15) 
(SAN DIEGO – March 14, 2016) Andrew LeBlanc, Co-Founder and CEO of Genrix, discusses how the Rady School's Lab to Market and StartR Accelerator helped him learn to become the entrepreneur his is today. LISTEN

Q&A with StartR Mentor Derrick Oien
(SAN DIEGO, CA – January 21, 2016) Derrick Oien is the CEO and founder of Score Stream, a mobile app which uses crowdsourcing to provide live score updates on thousands of athletic games at a time. Oien is also a committee member at EvoNexus, and a mentor at the Rady School’s StartR Accelerator program…MORE

2015 TriNet Challenge Recap, StartR Alum Wins
(SAN DIEGO, CA – December 3, 2015) The TriNet Challenge is an annual competition open to all students, faculty, and staff of UC San Diego with a commercially viable, environmentally focused product or business idea at any stage of development…MORE

StartR Alumni Team Englue Disrupts Sales Using Artificial Intelligence with Lead Generation Startup, LeadCrunch
(SAN DIEGO, CA – October 26, 2015) After 20 years in sales, Englue co-founder and COO Sanjit Singh knew there had to be a better way to address the pain point of lead generation. Englue’s solution is their flagship product, LeadCrunch, which generates high precision B2B leads using artificial intelligence…MORE

Never Stop Starting Up: Greg Horvath (MBA '16)
(SAN DIEGO, CA – September 1, 2015) Greg Horvath (MBA '16) leveraged the Rady School's StartR Accelerator to get support for his business idea, find a mentor and build products as co-founder of Alpine Labs. After a successful crowdfunding campaign...MORE

StartR Spotlight: Genrix
(SAN DIEGO, CA – June 18, 2015) Genrix (formerly Insilico Scientific) works at the forefront of cancer bioinformatics and precision medicine. While personalized medicine is dramatically changing cancer care and drug development, the technology is still at its infancy…MORE

StartR Spotlight: Hydroceuticals
(SAN DIEGO – June 15, 2015) Hydroceuticals is an enhanced water beverage to help people better manage their diabetes. It contains essential herbs and minerals that can help them with a healthier lifestyle in terms of managing their glucose levels and improving their insulin sensitivity…MORE

StartR Spotlight: CB Therapeutics
(SAN DIEGO, CA – June 11, 2015) CB Therapeutics is a startup developing a novel process for the production of non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds that are currently in high demand in the medical cannabis (medical marijuana) market. These particular cannabinoids…MORE

StartR Spotlight: Aira.IO
(SAN DIEGO, CA – June 2, 2015) Aira.IO is a remote assistive technology platform that combines wearable smart device technology with personalized service to help the blind and visually impaired. It connects users with remote agents, who have been trained by Aira.IO to interpret the data stream from smart glasses…MORE

Past and Current StartR Groups Shine at 2nd Annual Kickoff
(SAN DIEGO, CA – December 12, 2014) Over one hundred Rady School MBA and UCSD undergraduate students came together to celebrate UCSD’s second annual kick-off event this week in the Fung Auditorium. is an accelerator program…MORE

UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management Announces TriNet Challenge Winners
(SAN DIEGO, CA - April 3, 2014) The Rady School of Management announces the winners of the Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) Challenge, a business competition aimed at fostering creativity and translation of new ideas and discoveries to market. SymbiO2, a Rady StartR Accelerator team…MORE

Rady School of Management at UC San Diego Hosts Inaugural StartR Demo Day
(SAN DIEGO, CA – March 5, 2014) The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego hosted its first StartR Demo Day in which five StartR teams were given the opportunity to present their 10-minute pitches to investors and industry experts. StartR is a six month-long acceleration program…MORE

In the News

StartR Alum CB Therapeutics Among Top 10 Startups from Y Combinator Demo Day
(TechCrunch – August 22, 2018) Sher Butt (MBA ’16), a former lab directory at Steep Hill, saw that cannabinoids were as close to a miracle cure for pain, epilepsy and other chronic conditions as medicine was going to get. But plant-based cannabinoids were costly and produced inconsistent results…MORE

Michael Hingson Joins Aira as Director of Strategic Sales
(Medium – June 21, 2017) Three years ago, I met a talented, funny and frankly super human man named Michael Hingson. Today, I am excited to formally announce that Michael Hingson will officially join Aira. Simply put, he is a powerhouse, advocate, leader and someone…MORE

Aira Raises $12M Series B Financing Led By JAZZ Venture Partners and Arboretum Ventures
(PR Newswire – May 16, 2017) Aira, a mission-driven company dedicated to developing smart products and services that enable blind and low vision individuals (BVI) to lead healthier and more independent lives, today announced that it has raised $12 million in a Series B funding…MORE

John Lee, Cloud and Sales Strategy Leader at Google, Joins Aira Advisory Board
(Medium – January 17, 2017) Google technology executive John Lee has been named to Aira’s Technical Advisory Board. John’s broad global expertise in both business and startup environments includes spearheading next-generation machine learning integration, go-to-market strategies…MORE

Aira Helps Guide the Blind and Visually Impaired (VIDEO)
(CNBC – December 23, 2016) Picking a bushel of bananas at the grocery store or throwing your trash in the nearest bin are banal tasks for most people. But for Candice Jordan, who is visually impaired, the ability to do these tasks independently has brought tears to her eyes…MORE

Why The National Federation of the Blind decided to partner with Aira
(Medium – December 14, 2016) As the President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s largest organization of blind people, and a leading developer and proponent of technologies to help blind people live the lives we want, I have the opportunity to engage…MORE

Startup Clarify Medical Raises $3.6 Million in Funding Round
(San Diego Business Journal – November 16, 2016) San Diego medtech startup Clarify Medical(formerly Skylit Medical) has raised $3.6 million in a new round of funding. The cash comes from new and existing investors, although none were disclosed in the company’s news release…MORE

StartR Team Braykion among Tech Coast Angels Quick Pitch Winners
(PR Web – October 11, 2016) Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, announced 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competition winners, including StartR team Braykion, immediately following the live presentations…MORE 

StartR Alum Martyn Gross among Biocom Winners of Life Science Catalyst Awards
(PR Newswire – September 26, 2016) Biocom, the association representing the California life science community, today announced the winners of its inaugural Life Science Catalyst Awards, presented to 10 innovators under 40…MORE

Applied AI Startup LeadCrunch Announces Exponential Growth and New Executives
(EvoNexus – September 1, 2016) StartR alumni team LeadCrunch announced today that more than 2,000 small and medium businesses have signed up for a free trial of its customer discovery platform since it was launched in October 2015. The company grew from five to eleven staff in the past three months…MORE

Aira, Braykion Included in TEDxSanDiego Innovation Alley
(TEDxSanDiego – July 8, 2016) StartR teams Aira and Braykion will be among the 20 startups showcased at Innovation Alley. On October 22nd, B Street in front of Symphony Towers will be blocked off to build Innovation Alley, a showcase for San Diego’s most innovative companies and entrepreneurs…MORE

The Unusual Way Startup Aira Found Funding
(Entrepreneur Magazine – June 2016) Suman Kanuganti and Yuja Chang knew zero VCs but needed funding for their startup, Aira. It creates internet-connected, camera-equipped glasses for the blind; if a person wearing them needs help navigating somewhere…MORE

Aira Expands Board of Directors and Advisory Board to Support Growth
(Business Wire – May 10, 2016) Aira, the leading developer of remote assistance technology that brings greater mobility and independence to the blind and visually impaired, announced today that it has appointed noted entrepreneur and venture capital investor Scott Minick as Executive Chairman…MORE

TUTURoomii Wins $13,000 in Social Innovation Challenge
(University of San Diego – May 2, 2016) TUTURoomii, a startup team out of the Rady School of Management and a participant in the StartR program, won awards in both the mobile tech track and the San Diego track of the Social Innovation Challenge…MORE

StartR Alum Skylit Medical Raises $400,000 in Latest Round
(San Diego Business Journal – April 21, 2016) San Diego medtech Skylit Medical raised fresh capital this week and added two board members. The company, which is tackling in-home treatment of skin conditions with an LED handheld device, raised $400,000 from Serra Ventures…MORE

StartR team TUTUroomii selected as finalist for SD Social Innovation Challenge
(USD Center for Peace and Commerce – April 14, 2016) Finalists have been announced for the annual Social Innovation Challenge, a competition open to teams from across San Diego’s universities. TUTUroomii is one of 15 finalists selected from a pool of over 90 entrants…MORE

StartR Alum ServicePair’s App Sets Its Sights on Construction Site Labor, Resources
(San Diego Business Journal – April 14, 2016) Think of ServicePair as a virtual job board for the construction industry. The free mobile app allows people in the construction industry — contractors, subcontractors, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and designers, among others…MORE

StartR Alum Aira.IO Closes $2.5M Series A Financing to Deliver Intelligent Assistive Technology
(Business Wire – February 4, 2016) Aira.IO, the leading developer of remote assistance technology that brings greater mobility and independence to the blind and visually impaired, has announced a Series A financing of more than $2.5 million led by Lux Capital and ARCH Venture Partners…MORE

Looking for an LGBT roomie? StartR team TUTURoomii has an app for that!
(San Diego LGBT Weekly – January 21, 2016) Finding a good roommate can be difficult for anyone but finding a roommate who is part of the LGBT community, or is an ally, can be an even bigger hurdle. Wei Fan, a recent graduate of the Rady School of Management…MORE

New App by StartR Team ServicePair Hooks San Diego Construction Workers Up with Jobs
(ABC10 News KGTV San Diego – January 20, 2016) Technology is helping match San Diego's skilled workers with the jobs that are out there. It's not a glamorous job."It's dirty work and you've got to be careful you don't get stuff in your eyes," said Randy Sawyer, owner of Randy Sawyer Roofing…MORE

EvoNexus Incubator Welcomes 13 New Technology Startups, Including 2 StartR Alum
(Times of San Diego – December 4, 2015) EvoNexus, a business incubator that has helped launch well over 100 companies, announced Thursday the 13 companies in its latest class of technology startups. With the 13 additions, a total of 56 startups are working out of EvoNexus…MORE

Aira.IO Closes $790K Seed Financing
( – October 29, 2015) Aira.IO, a San Diego, CA-based visual interpreter for blind and low-vision individuals, closed a $790K seed financing round. Backers included Lux Capital and ARCH Venture Partners. The company intends to use the funds to develop personalized assistive technology...MORE

Biotech Startup Gets a Win at UCSD's TriNet Challenge
(San Diego Business Journal – April 4, 2014) A startup company at work on a unique medical device — a photosynthetic scaffold technology that helps restore damaged or diseased tissue — won a university business competition and $6,000. SymbiO2 took first prize on the technology venture track …MORE

Alpine Labs’ Michron Enables Smartphone-Controlled Timelapse Photography
(Gizmag – December 20, 2013) Much like other time-lapse devices, the Michron allows users to input settings such as frame-rate and duration, however these are controlled entirely through the free smartphone app (available for iOS and Android). Once the settings are saved…MORE

UCSD “Entrepreneur Challenge” Awards Top Honors to DevaNano, GrollTex
(Xconomy San Diego – June 11, 2013) A team with technology to produce enormous sheets of thin-film graphene conductive electrodes took the first-place technology prize in the 2013 UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge. The first-place winners, selected from four finalists in each category…MORE