StartR Demo Day Showcases Rady Innovation
Entrepreneurs and innovators gathered at the Rady School of Management on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the bi-annual StartR Demo Day event.
StartR – a free, six month-long acceleration program held twice a year on the Rady School's campus – provides Rady School students and alumni the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. The program is focused on hands-on company development and mentorship.
Six teams participated in the event and were given the opportunity to pitch to investors and industry experts. A past StarR graduate – Suman Kanuganti (MBA ’15) also presented at the event and shared his StartR journey.
Now entering its fourth year, the accelerator has launched 36 companies since its inception. Of those companies, 24 are still active and eight have been offered admission into the prestigious startup incubator, EvoNexus. In addition, StartR companies have raised in excess of $22 million to date.
Rady School of Management Dean Robert Sullivan kicked off the event by highlighting successful StartR alumni and thanking sponsors for generous gifts to support the accelerator.
"If it weren’t for individuals contributing to the startup ecosystem of innovation, there wouldn’t be a StartR Accelerator," he said
About the Teams
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