mystartupxx Teams Dominate Pitch Competition

by Hallie Jacobs

Two teams from the Rady School of Management’s female-focused startup accelerator – mystartupxx – took first and second place in a pitch competition hosted by Athena San Diego.

Athena, a business organization that specializes in professional development for women in STEM, held the Pinnacle VIP Reception on March 30, which brought together members of the organization and winners of the Pinnacle Scholarships – funds awarded to women leading in the areas of science and technology. The event also included a pitch competition. 

Among five female-led startups from the mystartupxx accelerator program, Diario, a startup led by Sabrina Qutb (MBA ’17), received first place. Her company is creating a therapeutic smartwatch for children with deficient emotional self-regulation, including over half of children with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Fellow mystartupxx team GemiNice, led by Jinxi Li (MBA ’17), took second place in the pitch competition. The company focuses on developing aesthetic products that rejuvenate people's skin and greatly slow the aging process.

The perfect partnership

The Rady School of Management’s mystartupxx accelerator recently formed a partnership with Athena San Diego to champion female innovators and help close the gap on funding by supporting mystartupxx participants through Athena’s expert mentor network.

“Athena has a longstanding reputation for bringing together the most powerful women in STEM so we’d be hard-pressed to find a greater network of mentors,” said Lada Rasochova, Executive Director of the California Institute for Innovation & Development at UCSD’s Rady School of Management. “Our partnership is a strategic move to pair our teams with the best and brightest industry leaders for education, guidance and funding.”

About Athena

Offerings include programs, mentoring, workshops, and the annual Pinnacle Industry Awards and scholarships for women in STEM (through the Athena Foundation). 

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