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StartR Accelerator

StartR Accelerators provides students, alumni, and researchers with robust training, mentorship, and an ecosystem of resources to advance entrepreneurial ideas from concept to impact. StartR was founded in 2012 and has yielded over 100 companies which have raised over $100M in the last ten year.

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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.

Who can participate?

StartR Rady is exclusively for Rady graduate students and alums, meaning 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
  • 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

What is the length of the program?

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

What is the application deadline?

Midnight, October 2nd

How do I apply?

Apply for the next StartR Rady cohort today.

StartR Inclusion

The mission of StartR Inclusion is to nurture the next generation of underrepresented founders and technology companies through mentorship, education and funding.

Who can participate?

The program is open to all UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, as well as recent alumni, with a business idea. Teams must have a woman or a member of a traditionally underrepresented population (people of color, LGBT for example) in a leadership role. A team is not required at the time of application and the team leader will receive assistance with the team building process. Preferably, the team members will be UC San Diego students.

If selected, the applicant has to be able to participate in all program activities and events, attend meetings with mentor(s), and provide project updates.

Up to 10 teams per year are accepted into the StartR Inclusion program. Prototype is not required at the time of application and teams with ideas in all stages of development are welcome to apply. All applicants and alumni have access to the growing StartR Inclusion alumni network and are invited to networking events.

What does StartR Inclusion provide?

  • Pre-seed Funding and prototype development support.
  • Participation in workshops and education programs focused on building a company.
  • Co-working space to meet with team members and develop strategies.
  • Invitation to StartR Inclusion networking events focused on building and expanding their networks of supporters and like-minded individuals.
  • Focused mentoring and one-to-one coaching throughout the program.

What is the length of the program?

The program is seven sessions over 10 weeks.

How do I apply?

Apply for the next StartR Rady cohort today.


StartBlue is an accelerator from Scripps Institution of Oceanography & Rady School of Management that supports the formation of advanced science and engineering startups tackling ocean-focused challenges and solutions integrated into science, industry, investment, and government networks.

Applications for the second cohort are now being accepted through July 8, 2022. For more information on how to apply, or to apply to be a mentor for this program, please visit the startBlue webpage at