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: San Diego Angel Conference
Applications due: December 17, 2018
Description:  The conference builds on a national model aimed at helping small businesses succeed by bringing together investors with top local start-ups. Entrepreneurs will be competing for up to a $200K investment. Workshops are available ahead of the conference at no charge; final application will require a fee.
Eligibility: Open to entrepreneurs with a company with a large addressable market size, a product (at least a MVP), a plan for the business to scale
More information:
Apply: https://willfowler.typeform.com/to/jN1S1x


Incubator and Accelerator Programs


Program: City of San Diego Startup in Residence
Applications due: November 7, 2018
Description:  The residency is a 16 week, mostly remote collaboration period between the startup and the government partner. Each challenge has a dedicated project manager from within the government department. In mid-January, prior to residency, the startup and government partner develop a Scope of Work, which the Residency is focused on. Teams work to fulfill the Scope of Work during the Residency. The program is broken up into four week increments of user research, design, build, and test. The Residency finishes with a local and national demo days. Startups do not need to live in the area they apply for, but will need to meet in person two times.
Eligibility: Open
More information:  https://startupinresidence.org/; San Diego specific projects: https://startupinresidence.org/search/?partner=3180  
Apply: https://startupinresidence.org/ (apply for each challenge individually)

Program: National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps
Applications due: December 1, 2018
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: Triton Innovation Challenge
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Scripps Seaside Forum
Description:  The seventh annual Triton Innovation Challenge is coming this Fall with $20,000 in prizes! This business plan competition focuses on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature) focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. Join us in cheering on our finalists!
More information: https://rady.ucsd.edu/centers/ciid/triton-innovation-challenge/events/  
Coming soon

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%