What is the Triton Innovation Challenge?
The Triton Innovation Challenge, now in its sixth year, is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Jacobs School of Engineering.
The competition awards cash prizes totaling $20,000 to support new and innovative ideas that relate to the environment (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature.) Social innovation ideas and those with or without a prototype are encouraged to apply. All participants are also eligible to compete for up to $300,000 in investment funding from the Rady Venture Fund and Triton Technology Fund. Anyone (students, faculty and staff) affiliated with UC San Diego is invited to apply.
Who can participate?
Any current UC San Diego student, staff or faculty member can apply. Those with environmentally relevant ideas at all stages of development, including social innovation ideas, are welcome to submit an applicaiton.
What’s the process?
Applications for the 2018 TriNet Challenge will be accepted until 9AM on October 17th. All proposals are reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and approximately 10 semifinalists will be selected. The semifinalists will be paired with mentors to help them refine their product, market and business concepts, and to prepare for their presentations. After presenting to a panel of judges, finalists will be selected to present at the Triton Innovation Challenge in early December to the university and business community.
- Oct. 17, 2018 - Application and project summary due
- Oct. 26, 2018 - Semifinalists selected
- Nov. 14, 2018 - Semifinals
- Nov. 16, 2018 - Finalists selected
- Dec. 6, 2018 - Triton Innovation Challenge
What are people saying?
I'm ecstatic (about winning) and so proud of myself and my research partner. As a first-year student, I was a bit of an underdog. I'm very happy to win and humbled at the same time. It is great that the Jacobs School, Rady and the Scripps Institution put on this competition. It was a wonderful opportunity for researchers to take and present what we've done and get exposure. We will use the cash prize for patenting our idea and research and development, all the things needed to further develop the product and get it to market.
Uzair Mohammad, Student
Jacobs School of Engineering
2013 first place winner
The Triton Innovation Challenge event provided a unique opportunity to interact with business advisors from UC San Diego's von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center and students from UCSD Rady School of Management and learn about the ways to transition knowledge and information about innovative technology from the academic to the business-oriented environment.
Dariusz Stramski, Professor
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2014 third place winner
Scripps Oceanography provides an open culture to be innovative and creative and to explore the world of learning without barriers. This event allowed me not only to connect with people and organizations that I otherwise would never cross paths with, but also gave me the opportunity to join a team of inventive partners and pursue new education endeavor without boundaries.
Debi Kilb, Project Scientist
Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2014 Social Entrepreneurship prize
Need some inspiration?
Check out the link below for some examples of program participants from prior Triton Innovation Challenge competitions: