What is StartR?

What is StartR?

StartR is an accelerator program with tracks for Rady School of Management students and alumni, as well as students, faculty and staff from across UC San Diego, designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. 

StartR was founded in 2013 and now includes six tracks: Rady (for MBA students and alums), Inclusion (for founders from traditionally underrepresented populations), Impact (for students interested in social entrepreneurship), Veteran, Teen, and beginning in 2021 startBlue (for those across the region working on ocean-focused technologies.) Since the founding, 239teams have participated in StartR programs, 15 teams have graduated into prestigious incubators like YCombinator and Evonexus, and StartR companies have raised over $158M.

While each track has its own focus, all include a series of workshops featuring relevant speakers as well as an opportunity to receive guidance from program leaders and mentors.

Application dates and requirements apply for each program so please check the information carefully. No late applications are accepted. All accelerators are free of charge. Potential participants are welcome to apply for multiple tracks, provided they meet the stated criteria.

 

Accelerators

Rady

Exclusively for Rady School MBA students and alums, this premier accelerator is a six-month program and concludes with each team presenting at the Demo Day event.

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Inclusion

Open to students across UC San Diego and designed to highlight diversity, teams must have at least one leader from a traditionally underrepresented population.

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Impact

Looking to make an impact on the world through innovation? The StartR Impact accelerator is open to startups and ideas from across campus aiming to make a societal impact.

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Veteran

This accelerator exclusively serves those who have served their country. Veterans receive mentorship, support, and inspiration from other veteran entrepreneurs.

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Teen

Available to middle and high schools, this program introduces entrepreneurial thinking by utilizing the resources of the UC San Diego and our startup community.

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Blue

An accelerator from Scripps Institution of Oceanography & Rady School of Management that supports the formation of advanced science and engineering startups tackling ocean-focused challenges.

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