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StartR Accelerator

StartR is an accelerator program for Rady School of Management students and alumni, as well as students, faculty and staff from across UC San Diego. StartR is designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. 

StartR was founded in 2013 and now includes six tracks: 

  • Rady (for MBA students and alums)
  • Inclusion (for founders from traditionally underrepresented populations)
  • Impact (for students interested in social entrepreneurship) 
  • Veteran 
  • Teen
  • startBlue (for those across the region working on ocean-focused technologies) 

While each track has its own focus, all include a series of workshops featuring relevant speakers as well as opportunities to receive guidance from program leaders and mentors.

Application dates and requirements apply for each program so please check the information carefully. No late applications are accepted. All accelerators are free of charge. Potential participants are welcome to apply for multiple tracks, provided they meet the stated criteria.

For questions about StartR, email the CIID team.

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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?

February 28

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 female 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.

What is the application process?

Applications for the next cohort will open in early Fall 2022.

StartR Impact

StartR Impact is designed to support students of all levels at UC San Diego who are interested in creating social impact through entrepreneurship. StartR Impact helps them to pursue their dreams of starting innovative, scalable, companies addressing important social issues.

Who can participate?

StartR Impact is a campus-wide resource open to all UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, as well as recent alumni-- regardless of college or department affiliation -- with a business idea. A prototype is not required at the time of application.

Teams at various stages of business development are encouraged to apply. Teams are expected to participate in workshops and mentor mixers, and to maintain contact with program leadership.

What does StartR Impact provide?

  • Co-working space on the Rady campus
  • Mentoring
  • Educational workshops
  • Key Traits of Social Entrepreneurs
  • Social Business Models
  • Social Business Model Canvas
  • Sustainable Revenue Models
  • Funding and Financing
  • Pitching Your Social Ventures
  • Seminars
  • Office hours with Rady professors, industry experts, and service providers

What is the length of the program?

The program runs for four months per cohort and is offered twice a year (Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring). Teams meet every other week over the course of seven to 10 sessions plus networking events.

What is the application deadline?

February 28

How do I apply?

Apply for the next StartR Impact cohort today.

StartR Veteran

The StartR Veteran program is a commitment to provide Veterans with entrepreneurial programs, resulting in greater confidence and increased skills as they transition into the civilian world. The program utilizes a “Veterans helping Veterans” approach, providing participants with inspiration, support and mentoring.

Who can participate?

Student and alumni veterans at UC San Diego as well as those from the greater veteran community, are invited to participate in the StartR Veteran program at UC San Diego. The program meets Monday evenings, virtually at this time; participation is free.

StartR Veteran may be right for you if you are a veteran and:

  • Interested in entrepreneurship, business, or want to learn about starting a business.
  • Already have a business idea, and want to further develop that idea.
  • Want to collaborate and network with other veteran mentors and entrepreneurs.
  • Ready to scale up, raise capital, incorporate, go to market, or go IPO.

What does StartR Veteran provide?

  • Leadership team dedicated to helping you grow your startup
  • Mentoring events
  • Camaraderie with fellow veterans
  • Office hours with Rady professors, industry experts, and service providers
  • One-on-one coaching

What is the length of the program?

The program is 10 weeks long over a four-month period.

What is the application process?

This program is currently on hiatus. Please check back for updates.

StartR Teen

The StartR Teen program aims to introduce high school students to entrepreneurial thinking by utilizing the resources of the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, and the local startup community. This program builds bridges between teens, CEOs, city officials, educators, entrepreneurs, and the university. Through this initiative, high school students are inspired to embrace innovative thinking and benefit our greater community by creating enduring business ideas, connections, and increasing social mobility. 

The goal is to match talent with opportunity.

CIID offers StartR Teen through the contracted program Launchpad. 

For more information on this or other high school programs please contact Karen Jensen.

About Launchpad

Launchpad endeavors to provide the opportunity for every student to access the power of youth entrepreneurship education, and to give those that step forward access to the ecosystem to empower and support them now and in the future. With studies showing as many as 46 percent of jobs for people 30 years of age and under being in the form of independent contractor roles, the need for the entrepreneurial mindset, skills, competencies, and resilience has never been greater.

Launchpad offers workshops in business and presentation skills as well as design thinking. These vary in length; some are a couple of hours and others represent a longer certificate series.

Who has Launchpad worked with?

The Preuss School, San Diego Public Library, San Diego Jewish Academy, La Jolla Country Day, Francis Parker, Pacific Ridge, Del Lago Academy, the Nordson Foundation, and Barrio Logan College Institute, along with individual students from San Diego High School of International Studies, Canyon Crest Academy, Bishop’s, La Jolla High, Torrey Pines, and Helix Charter High School.

More Information

Watch: Boot Camp Trains Teens to be Young Entrepreneurs

Upcoming Programs:

Now accepting applications for the 2022 Startup Summer School - 2 sessions to choose from:

  • June 20 - June 30
  • July 25 - August 4

Click here for more information and to apply!

StartBlue

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 https://startblue.ucsd.edu/