Rady School Launches StartR Accelerator Students and Alumni Selected for Inaugural Class
The Rady School of Management has selected its inaugural class of six teams of entrepreneurs for the StartR program, a non-profit business accelerator designed to propel the success of companies founded by Rady School students and alumni. StartR is a free, six month-long program that provides startup teams with mentoring, workshops, seminars, work space, consultation with Rady School faculty and industry experts, connections to funding sources and a conduit to the larger San Diego business community. At the conclusion of the program, StartR accelerator teams will be given an opportunity to pitch to investors and industry experts.
“StartR will further the Rady School of Management's mission to develop entrepreneurial leaders focused on innovation and the creation of a new wave of successful startups, here in San Diego and across the globe,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan.
The StartR program was funded with the support of Rady School donor Mary Ann Beyster and the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED) a private, non-profit operating foundation dedicated to the sustainability and growth of science and technology companies through research, education, and services that advance innovation, entrepreneurship and broad-based ownership.
“StartR is another great example of open innovation on campus and in San Diego,” said Mary Ann Beyster. “A student-led initiative defined the need and plan, the Rady School established university-community collaborations to help execute and refine the plan and entrepreneurial teams with all types of market focus, solutions and business models have engaged StartR.”
Thirty teams competed to take part in the program, with six chosen for the inaugural StartR class. Each team must have at least one current Rady student or alum. The six teams chosen were: Andro360 with Rady alum Lucas Fornace (MBA ’12); Hulk Biotech with current Rady student Anil Sadarangani and Rady alum Andres Volker (MBA ’13); tab32 with Rady alumni Kiltesh Patel (MBA ’13) and Joe Aquilina (MBA ’13); LabFellows with current Rady student Julio DeUnamuno; Ovapal with current Rady student Giovanna Scheidler and Skylit with current Rady student Martyn Gross.
Joe Aquilina, CMO of tab32, a cloud based dental charting and practice integration software, hopes that the StartR program will help move the company forward.
“The original idea for tab32 was born out of the Rady Lab to Market entrepreneurship series of classes,” said Aquilina. “We have been working on the company since graduation and are so excited to be a part of the StartR program. This is exactly what we need at our stage and we are so fortunate to have access to the Rady accelerator mentors for advice and validation of our plan. The additional guidance and experience available through the Rady StartR program might be the difference between flaming out and a successful Series A round of funding. This program was the perfect extension to the Lab to Market series and really does set Rady apart from other business schools for those interested in entrepreneurship.”
Entrepreneurs interested in applying to be part of the next StartR class can get more information at: http://rady.ucsd.edu/ciid/startr/