StartR Rady

What is StartR Rady?

StartR Rady is a non-profit accelerator program for Rady School of Management students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses.

Founded by a group of Rady students in 2013, this free, four-month long acceleration program held on the Rady School campus accepts up to six teams per cohort. The program includes workshops, mentoring, advice and access to other resources for early-stage companies. At the conclusion of the program, select teams present their pitches at Demo Day, attended by investors, industry experts and the San Diego community.

I can’t express my gratitude enough. I hope, if anything, that there is more effort and more investment into StartR so that there are as many resources as possible for funding entrepreneurs who take a chance like me, and investors who take a chance on people like me, to really make a difference in the world.
Martyn Gross, MBA ’15/StartR Rady Alum

Who can participate?

Exclusively for Rady graduate students and alums, at least one member of each team must be a current Rady School of Management student or alumni and be willing to act as a team leader. Teams at various stages of business development are encouraged to apply. Teams are expected to participate in workshops and meetings with their mentors, and to maintain contact with program leadership.

What does StartR Rady provide?

  • Co-working space on the Rady campus (Due to Covid 19 and campus closure, all sessions will be held virtually. Visit for more information)
  • Mentoring
  • Educational workshops
  • Seminars
  • Office hours with Rady professors, industry experts, and service providers
  • Access to other funding sources at UC San Diego and the San Diego community
  • Participation in the Demo Day at the conclusion of the program
It’s pretty amazing, being a part of the first StartR cohort, to see how broadly the program has expanded. It’s amazing, the inclusion. For a brown boy from Chula Vista, who graduated from Eastlake High School, to now [do] this.
Julio de Unamuno, MBA ’14/StartR Rady Alum


What is the length of the program?

The program is 4 months long and offered twice a year (Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring).

What is the application process?

Applications for the next StartR Rady cohort will open in early 2022!

Questions? Please email