What is StartR Inclusion?
The mission of StartR Inclusion is to nurture the next generation of founders and technology companies through mentorship, education and funding.
StartR Inclusion is a one-of-its-kind accelerator that was created to increase and encourage diversity in entrepreneurship. Participants take part in workshops focused on various aspects of launching startups - team building, leadership, performing a market assessment and obtaining customers' feedback, creating a value proposition, validating business models, and understanding financing strategies needed to launch the business. Each startup is introduced to mentors and meets regularly with advisors to monitor and encourage their progress.
"Kim Davis King and Lada Rasochova, two of the program mentors, helped us refine our pitch and gave us some good feedback about questions the judges might possibly ask. We value the input we get from the whole group – it's a network of entrepreneurs working on diverse projects who we can learn from."
Delara Fadavi (Jacobs School of Engineering, BS ’15), Co-Founder & CEO, Meego Tech
Who can participate?
The program is open to all UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, as well as recent alumni, with a business idea. Teams must have a member of a traditionally underrepresented population (women, people of color, LGBT for example) in a leadership role. A team is not required at the time of application and the team leader will receive assistance with the team building process. Preferably, the team members will be UC San Diego students.
If selected, the applicant has to be able to participate in all program activities and events, attend meetings with mentor(s), and provide project updates.
Up to 10 teams per year are accepted into the StartR Inclusion program. Prototype is not required at the time of application and teams with ideas in all stages of development are welcome to apply. All applicants and alumni have access to the growing StartR Inclusion alumni network and are invited to networking events.
Please check back for information on upcoming application deadlines.
What does StartR Inclusion provide?
- Pre-seed Funding and prototype development support.
- Participation in workshops and education programs focused on building a company.
- Co-working space to meet with team members and develop strategies.
- Invitation to StartR Inclusion networking events focused on building and expanding their networks of supporters and like-minded individuals.
- Focused mentoring and one to one coaching throughout the program.
What is the length of the program?
The program is 6 months long and offered up to two times a year.
What is the application process?
Applications are accepted online only. The application for the Fall 2018 cohort has closed; please check back for more information on the next application period.
Please e-mail Karen Jensen at khjensen at ucsd dot edu