Opportunities & Events

Throughout the year opportunities arise for entrepreneurially-minded students to participate in programs and competitions across the greater UC San Diego campus and into the community. Please check back frequently as we strive to bring you the most up to date information.


Business Plan/Pitch Competitions/Funding Opportunities

Program: VentureWell E-Team Grant
Applications due: February 7, 2019
Description: Receive an E-Team grant and get training through VentureWell's early-stage innovator training program. The program provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition, and hands-on workshops to move your innovation forward. Their offerings advance you through the pathway you’re likely to take as an innovator and entrepreneur. 
Eligibility: VentureWell defines an E-Team as a multidisciplinary group of students, working with a faculty mentor, to bring a technology-based invention (product or service) to market. There must be a minimum of two active undergraduate or graduate students on an E-Team; these students should have a role in decision making and leading venture development.
More information:
Apply: https://community.venturewell.org/VWCommunitiesLogin?target=proposalhttps://willfowler.typeform.com/to/jN1S1x


Incubator and Accelerator Programs


Program: The Basement at UCSD
Applications due: January 22, 2019
Description:  Join one of three tracks at UC San Diego's The Basement, providing introductory, intermediate or advanced programing for student entrepreneurs. The program provides access to space, mentorship, resources, and more.  
Eligibility: Applicant(s) must be a current UC San Diego undergraduate student and in good academic standing to apply. Students applying must have a startup business/product or social innovation idea.
More information: http://www.ucsdbasement.com/program-tracks-1/  
Apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmxpW7U66N8T_IwrdE1mgkwbhSxcz-yn01Ez2AvP_NDlxWmg/viewform 

Program: National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps
Applications due: Januray 14, 2019
Description: I-Corps training is the first step in the Path-to-Market for your product. This hands-on workshop series will guide you through the process of product development using the Customer Development process with the help of a mentor. Program meets Thursdays from 12-3PM (10/18 - 11/1)
Eligibility: Students at all levels; must have at least 2 team members
More information:  http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/ige/courses/icorps.shtml
Apply: http://bit.ly/Fall2018I-Corps

Ecosystem Events

Program: Changemaker Week
Date: January 20-26, 2019
Time: Varies
Location: Across UC San Diego
Description:  Discover how to create positive social change through public and community service, research, social innovation, social entrepreneurship, social justice, and more. Whether you choose to attend a changemaker orientation session, participate in a changemaker dialog circle, attend a film screening, participate in the MLK Day Parade, volunteer during UC San Diego's Day of Service, or check out a faculty panel on changemaking research, we encourage you to get involved.
More information: http://changemaker.ucsd.edu/events/changemaker-week/index.html
See individual events

Program: Venture Summit West
Date: March 6-7, 2019
Time: Varies
Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Description:  Come meet, interact and network with more than 1,000 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by youngStartup Ventures - is the event of the year you won't want to miss. A highly productive venture conference, Venture Summit | West is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies. Opportunities to present.
More information: http://bit.ly/2CVIfg3
$395-695 (plus fees) – Receive 10% off using code RADYVIP

Workshops & Presentations

Program: Paths to Funding: Attracting Capital for Cleantech Companies 
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 8:00 - 10:30 AM
Location: Duane J Roth Auditorium - Sanford Consortium
Description: Join Cleantech San Diego for a conversation with regional startup founders and investors who will discuss a number of paths to funding and provide examples of how cleantech companies can position themselves to attract capital.
More information and registration: http://bit.ly/2SHfGIY 
Cost: Free

Program: New England Venture Summit
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: Lombardo's Conference Center, Boston Randolph, MA
Description: Meet, interact and network with more than 800 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious New England Venture Summit.
More information: https://youngstartup.com/newengland2018/
Register: https://www.youngstartup.com/newengland2018/registrations.php
Cost: Early Bird Rates (through Nov. 8th) are $375-650; use code RADYVIP to save 10%