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Pinnacle Pitch Prepares and Promotes Talent
(SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 19, 2017) Wearable tech startup Diario took home first place in a new pitch competition called Pinnacle Pitch, hosted by women-focused professional development group Athena San Diego.Diario, founded by CEO Sabrina Qutb, is developing a wearable device for children…MORE

Athena San Diego and the UCSD Rady School of Management Partner on mystartupXX, San Diego’s First Accelerator Focused on Women in STEM
(SAN DIEGO, CA – November 29, 2016)  Athena San Diego, a professional development association serving women in science and technology, and the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego, announced today the establishment of a partnership to support mystartupXX, Rady’s female-focused technology.…MORE

The mystartupXX Accelerator Program Wins National Competition and Receives $50,000 Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SAN DIEGO, CA – September 2, 2016)  For the third year in a row, the mystartupXX accelerator program, a UC San Diego-wide program started as a collaboration of the California Institute for Innovation and Development at the Rady School of Management…MORE

Startup Founded by UC San Diego Alumni Receives $750,000 NSF Small Business Grant
(SAN DIEGO, CA – August 2, 2016) The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced it is awarding $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant to mystartupXX alumni team Thought STEM, a startup founded by alumni of the University of California San Diego in 2012…MORE

Rady School Teams Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Life Sciences Track
(SAN DIEGO, CA - May 26, 2016) On May 20, the Life Sciences track featured pitches from four selected teams, resulting in a sweep of the awards by three teams with ties to the Rady School of Management. Winning a total of $31,000 in prizes was Clip Diagnostics (formerly ZymeKey)...MORE

The mystartupXX Accelerator Program Supports Diversity in the San Diego Community and Beyond
(SAN DIEGO, CA – November 5, 2015) In a culture where the importance of racial, ethnic and gender diversity are often overlooked, the mystartupXX accelerator, a collaboration of the California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) and the Jacobs School of Engineering, is making a difference…MORE

mystartupXX's Giventure Wins Recent Innovation and Entrepreneur Challenges, Aims to Launch Social Enterprise App in the Fall
(SAN DIEGO, CA – June 22, 2015) When UC San Diego computer science undergraduate student Sneha Jayaprakash (BS '16) came up with the idea for Giventure, a social enterprise to engage users in volunteerism and social issues, she never expected to become an entrepreneur…MORE

mystartupXX: Empowering Next-Gen Female Technology Entrepreneurs
(SAN DIEGO, CA – November 25, 2014) Earlier this month the Rady School and von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the Jacobs School of Engineering mystartupXX program directors traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate…MORE

mystartupXX Receives Athena San Diego Pinnacle Award
(SAN DIEGO, CA – May 1, 2014) The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego is pleased to announce that mystartupXX, received the award for the organization that best personifies Athena San Diego’s mission of fostering the personal and professional growth of women…MORE


In the News

mystartupXX Alum Ashley Van Zeeland 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

SBA Awards Three Local Accelerators $50,000 Grants as Part of Competition
(San Diego Business Journal - September 2, 2016) Three San Diego business accelerators will each receive a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Winners from San Diego were the longtime incubator CONNECT, the Rosie Network’s Military Entrepreneur Center and UC San Diego’s mystartupXX — a three-time winner of the award…MORE

mystartupXX Team Giventure Launches Startup to Help Volunteers, Nonprofits
(Times of San Diego – June 27, 2016) A recent UC San Diego graduate wants to make it easier for people to find volunteer opportunities. Sneha Jayaprakash, 21, is the founder of Giventure, a website that allows people to efficiently find volunteer work based on…MORE

ZymeKey Takes Top Fast Pitch Spot at California Dreamin’ Conference and Competition
(Chapman University – April 27, 2016) ZymeKey, a mystartupXX team out of the Jacobs School of Engineering, won the Fast Pitch competition at Chapman University’s invitation only California Dreamin’ competition. The competition had three tracks with the top three teams for each track walking away with prizes…MORE

Human Longevity Building its Leadership Team – mystartupXX Alum Named CTO
(San Diego Business Journal – April 6, 2016) Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a tech-driven genomics company founded and led by geneticist J. Craig Venter, made some changes and additions to its leadership team. Ashley Van Zeeland will now serve as chief technology officer…MORE

mystartupXX Team Reponsiblr: Why Smart People Screw Up Diversity in Tech (And How To Fix It)
(Gigster – March 16, 2016) In How Google Works, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg wrote that “when you bring [people with different backgrounds] together in a work environment, they integrate to create a broader perspective that is priceless.” Hsin-Ju Chuang agrees wholeheartedly…MORE

mystartupXX Alum on Forbes’ Annual 30Under30 List
(Forbes – January 4, 2016) Sarah Guthals, Cofounder of ThoughtSTEM, and an alum of the inaugural mystartupXX program, has been named to Forbes’ annual 30Under30 list under the category of Science. ThoughtSTEM develops computer science curriculum for grades K-12 ranging from software to after school programs…MORE

Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) Acquires mystartupXX Alum Cypher Genomics, Inc.
(San Diego PR Newswire - November 30, 2015) Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, technology-driven company, announced today that the company has acquired Cypher Genomics, Inc., a leading genome informatics company offering highly accurate, rapid…MORE

mystartupXX Alum Cypher Genomics wins MetroConnect Grand Prize to expand global reach
(San Diego Regional EDC – November 18, 2015) In an effort to cement San Diego’s reputation as a world class innovation hub and help SMEs expand their global reachawarded the MetroConnect Grand Prize to San Diego-based genomics startup Cypher GenomicsMORE 

mystartupXX Earns SBA Honor for Second Straight Year
(San Diego Source – August 4, 2015) The Rady School of Management and UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s collaborative mystartupXX accelerator, and HERA Labs were two of the winners of the national Growth Accelerator Fund competition, netting $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration…MORE

La Jolla-Based MystartupXX Earns National SBA Honor
(San Diego Business Journal – September 4, 2014) MystartupXX, a La Jolla-based organization aimed at helping women entrepreneurs in high tech startup businesses, was among 50 winners selected nationally by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s first Growth Accelerator Fund…MORE

Rady School’s mystartupXX awarded grant from National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance
(La Jolla Light – June 5, 2011) The UCSD Rady School of Management and the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the Jacobs School of Engineering have been awarded a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance for mystartupXX…MORE