StartR Impact

What is StartR Impact?

StartR Impact is designed to support students of all levels at UC San Diego who are interested in creating social impact through entrepreneurship. StartR Impact helps them to pursue their dreams of starting innovative, scalable, companies addressing important social issues.

StartR Impact teams participate in workshops where they explore social entrepreneurship and focus on the various aspects of launching a startup. They are supported by a team of mentors and advisors with experience in social entrepreneurship.

StartR Impact has developed from the recognition that students across UC San Diego show both a passion for addressing social issues and the ability to develop truly creative ideas to tackle these challenges. StartR Impact is a joint project of the Rady School's Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII) and California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID).

Who can participate?

StartR Impact is a campus-wide resource open to all UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, as well as recent alumni-- regardless of college or department affiliation -- with a business idea. A prototype is not required at the time of application.

Teams at various stages of business development are encouraged to apply. Teams are expected to participate in workshops and mentor mixers, and to maintain contact with program leadership.

What does StartR Impact provide?

  • Co-working space on the Rady campus
  • Mentoring
  • Educational workshops
  • Key Traits of Social Entrepreneurs
  • Social Business Models
  • Social Business Model Canvas
  • Sustainable Revenue Models
  • Funding and Financing
  • Pitching Your Social Ventures
  • Seminars
  • Office hours with Rady professors, industry experts, and service providers

What is the length of the program?

The program runs for 4 months per cohort and is offered twice a year.

Fall / Winter: October - mid January
Winter / Spring: late February - June

Teams meet every other week over the course of 7-10 sessions plus networking events.

What is the application process?

Applications for the next StartR Impact cohort will open in early 2022.

Questions? Please email