Entrepreneurs:

Students, Faculty, & Community

Bringing together resources and opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs across UC San Diego and the region.

Entrepreneur Roadmap

Moving from idea to impact.
(Select your stage of development from the dropdown menu below under Roadmap Resources)

Idea?

Do you have an idea that can change the world?

Invention?

Protecting your idea?

Product or Service Concept?

What problem are you solving and will people use it?

Startup?

Launching a sustainable organization?

Growth?

Scaling your organization?

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Roadmap Resources

Select the roadmap stage from the dropdown below to find relevant resources:

Student Legal Services (SLS)

SLS offers student entrepreneurs access to legal workshops, advising, and attorney referrals.

ScaleMatrix Life Science & Technology Launch Center

The ScaleMatrix Launch Center is a unique Life Science & Technology Accelerator and Coworking Space designed to help early stage businesses develop, grow, and reach their goals sooner. The Launch Center offers a low cost of entry for traditional office and business services, while providing access to industry-leading Life Science, Technology, Cloud, and Data Center resources which are critical to the success of every business today.

San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster Program

The San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Cluster identifies innovative entrepreneurs that are developing solutions to the region’s priority energy needs and provides them with a customized plan that includes access to advisory support, technology commercialization services, and proof-of-concept and pilot testing. Selected entrepreneurs also have opportunities to connect with investors and companies that can assist in product commercialization and adoption. The program is the result of a five-year, $5 million California Energy Commission grant awarded to Cleantech San Diego in 2016 to further advance the San Diego region’s energy innovation industry.

San Diego Inventors Forum

"Come hear successful local San Diego inventors speak at the SDIF to learn how they developed their marketable products. Come and get motivated, network in a room filled with helpful people and get guidance and advice on taking your first or next step necessary to turn your ideas into a reality. At our meetings you can meet our Mentor inventors and professionals in many relative fields. You can ask financing, business, marketing, legal and engineering questions and present your ideas to private individuals or group review."

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering – San Diego Chapter

The San Diego Chapter was founded in 1993 and consists of biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturers, architects/engineers, construction firms, government agencies, universities, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers. Individual functions within these companies include production/manufacturing, project/facility maintenance engineering, QA/QC, process development, microbiology, regulatory affairs, training, materials management, purchasing, and corporate and product management. ISPE provides tremendous value through various products and services that include on-going education and training programs, the ability to stay current on the latest industry trends on a worldwide basis, working with the FDA to develop Baseline® Pharmaceutical Engineering Guides, articles, career opportunities activities and ISPE Discussion Forum Groups.

Ideator

Ideator is where you can go from idea to business plan to launch. Create private or public circles depending on how you want to share, protect, and secure your concept. Collaborate with your own team or our trusted advisors. Bring your idea to life.

Xconomy Forum

Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy.

Women in Bioscience

The Women of Bioscience organization was formed in 1997 to promote a collegial environment and facilitate networking amongst the women employed in the San Diego biomedical sciences community. The events are open to any women members of our biomedical community (pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics).

Startup San Diego

Fostering the San Diego innovation economy. Startup founders, entrepreneurs, mentors, students & investors - together, to elevate the thriving scene. #StartupSD

San Diego Social Entrepreneurs

Join us if you're interested in cause marketing, social entrepreneurship mixers, purpose-based crowdfunding campaigns, leadership, sustainability, fundraising, and everything in between! You'll learn how to succeed as a social entrepreneur and meet other like-minded people along the way. Anyone who wants to make the world a better place is welcome to attend including social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, and millennials!

EDC

San Diego Regional EDC's mission is to maximize the region’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness. As an independently funded non-profit organization, EDC promotes the region, facilitates corporate expansion across diverse industry sectors and supports the talent pool that drives their success.

VR Meetups

The San Diego Virtual Reality Meetup is open to anyone interested in virtual reality and augmented reality. Come join us whether you are a designer, developer, hacker, futurist, gamer, researcher, artist, entrepreneur, or investor. A suite of new low cost technology is causing a resurgence of interest in the field. Its impact on all facets of society could be significant. Let’s explore the emerging field together. Meetings will include short talks from leaders in the field, hands-on technology demos, and discussions about potential applications and social implications of VR.

Ropes and Gray

In an increasingly connected world, Ropes & Gray provides clients with comprehensive privacy & data security guidance across jurisdictional boundaries. The firm recently welcomed two leading privacy attorneys in Boston and London. - See more at: https://www.ropesgray.com/#sthash.CVRaC2FE.dpuf

Reed Smith

Reed Smith represents many of the world's leading companies in complex litigation and other high-stakes disputes, cross-border and other strategic transactions, and crucial regulatory matters.

MoFo

Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Our name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that we do. We are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

Pre Fab

PreFAB is an unique co-working and event space in Little Italy, downtown San Diego. PreFAB facilitates co-working, pop-up meetings, merchandising, events, seminars & trainings. It is a multidisciplinary space designed to breathe new life into San Diego’s creative scene.

La Jolla Cove Research Center

Chemistry, biology, and incubator labs

Impact Hub

Impact Hubs are where change goes to work. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, we offer our members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact. We believe a better world evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose. Joining our diverse community of members and collaborators will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.

Triton Technology Fund (Vertical Capital Fund)

The Triton Technology Fund is actively seeking great innovations to fund. Providing more than just money, the Fund brings connections, knowledge, and mentoring to bold early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas.

SeedSD

Seed San Diego (SSD) invests in early stage companies with disruptive technology that need both capital and additional business insight to achieve their next mile-stone. We seek out startups with passionate founders and a bold vision who also understand their true strengths.

Union

The relationships we build out of personal trust and referral is much stronger than anything we can find on Yelp or Google. This is an intangible that all of us, regardless of technological innovation, will always depend on as human beings. Looking in someone's eyes, shaking hands, and sharing stories physically is part of our DNA and can not be replaced by a keyboard, mouse and screen.

Mindhub (TJ)

Founded in 2011 in the heart of Tijuana’s financial district, MIND (Mexico Innovation and Development) Hub is collaborative space for development, innovation and creativity for tech entrepreneurs that create products and services bringing added value the ecosystem of the Cali-Baja mega region.

Raising Capital (TechComm Reference Guide)

Early expense items requiring cash include facilities rent, utilities, office expenses and potentially salaries. What are your options for raising capital?

SBIR Proposal Tips (TechComm Reference Guide)

Less than 30% of Phase I SBIR proposals  are recommended  for further discussion within a particular study section. Want to improve your chances?

Are You Ready to Start a Company? (TechComm Reference Guide)

You should give careful consideration to the order in which you take key steps along the commercialization path…

Commercialization (TechComm Reference Guide)

What should you know about the commercialization opportunity…what will early-stage investors expect you to know?

Entrepreneurism Education (TechComm Reference Guide)

Interested in participating in seminars, workshops, or signing up for courses in "entrepreneurism"?

POC Demo Expectations (TechComm Reference Guide)

Will “Proof-of-Concept” requirements be the same for all observers?

Customer Needs Assessment (TechComm Reference Guide)

Can you define the problem your concept addresses, the solution it offers, and to whom it would have most value?

Importance of Intellectual Property (TechComm Reference Guide)

Protecting IP provides an opportunity to gain “sustainable competitive advantage”, which is attractive to investors…

Customer Needs Assessment (TechComm Reference Guide)

Can you define the problem your concept addresses, the solution it offers, and to whom it would have most value?

Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center

The Center provides commercialization support to bridge the gap between exciting laboratory discoveries and products that address market needs.

The Basement

The Basement is a space where student entrepreneurs can gather and be nurtured, and with alumni support and visionary leadership, they can grow companies and social innovation ventures that become the fabric of our community, creating jobs and inspiring a culture of ingenuity and impact.

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur encompasses education and training programs, mentoring, and strategic partnerships, all working toward a common goal: preparing engineers and MBA students to become change makers, technical leaders, and entrepreneurs who drive innovation within organizations both large and small. The Institute is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management and is dedicated to training global engineering leaders and translating university discoveries to the marketplace.

CONNECT

Helping to create and scale great innovation companies through access to the resources that entrepreneurs & growing companies need most.

Entrepreneur Challenge

The mission of the Entrepreneur Challenge is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals in order that they might shape the world of tomorrow by securing the health of San Diego’s economy today. The Entrepreneur Challenge focuses on start-ups from the inception phase to the early seed-stage. Our goal is to give teams the confidence and resources necessary to launch a successful company that otherwise might not exist.

MyStartupXX Accelerator

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

StartR Accelerator

StartR 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.

The Design Lab

The Lab's goal is to create an exciting, vibrant design community that pervades the campus, cutting across disciplines, developing cross-campus projects, combining practice with theory, and making UC San Diego a world leader in design theory and integrative programs.

Alumni and Community Engagement

Alumni & Community Engagement works within UC San Diego Advancement to create a proud, loyal, and grateful Triton Family by supporting professional success, delivering profound experiences, and building meaningful and lasting relationships among students, alumni and community partners at home and worldwide.

EnVision – Arts and Engineering Maker Studio

Visual artists and engineers working shoulder to shoulder on projects that connect theory with practice. That's just part of what's exciting about the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio. It's an experiential teaching facility where both engineering and visual arts students are empowered to think, design, make, tinker, break and build again. The maker studio opened to students in January 2016 with more than 25 sections of four different hands-on laboratory classes. Multiple sections of four more classes are scheduled for Spring 2016, two from the Jacobs School of Engineering and two from Visual Arts.

Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space

This new environment will enable incubation and accelerate collaborative technology creation and transfer. This space will also help foster collaborative creation of intellectual property (IP) involving University of California (UC) and non-UC personnel – thereby extending the prevailing base of engagement built on IP entirely generated by UC personnel and licensed to other parties.

Patent Policies and Guidelines

UC Patent Policy: The purpose of the 1997 policy is to simplify and restructure the formula for distributing royalty income from inventions, and to establish a new campus and Laboratory research allocation. This policy is the result of extensive review and discussion within the University community. The enclosed policy applies to all employees and others specified within the policy, except individuals in the following collective bargaining units: Research Support Professional, Technical, and Police. Until collective bargaining agreements have been ratified by both parties in these units, affected employees will remain subject to the requirements of the April 16, 1990 Patent Policy. Read More State Oath of Allegiance, Patent Policy, and Patent Acknowledgement Form (UPAY 585) (July 2011): UC employees, persons not employed by the university but who use UC research facilities, and persons who receive gift, grant or contract funds through the university are all required to sign the University Patent AcknowledgmentPDF. Visiting scientists who are not employed by UC but who visit the university and use UC funds and facilities are required to sign the University Patent Acknowledgment. The Patent Acknowledgment assigns inventions and patents to UC, except those resulting from permissible consulting activities without use of university facilities. Persons signing the Patent Acknowledgment agree to disclose promptly all potentially patentable inventions to UC. Read More Inventor Share Policy: UC is currently working under two patent policies. The Current (1997) Policy is in effect. However, some long-term UC employees can choose whether to have their inventions administered under the Old (1963/85) Policy or under the Current Policy. For inventions disclosed on or after Oct. 1, 1997, the invention disclosure date and the inventor hire date will determine which policy is applicable. If an invention is disclosed on or after 10/1/97, but the inventor was hired before April 16, 1990, the inventor can choose between the two policies. The choice is a one-time, irrevocable decision that will affect the distribution of royalties from all inventions disclosed after 10/1/97 for that inventor. If an invention is disclosed on or after 10/1/97 and the inventor was hired after 4/16/90, the invention will be administered under the current policy. Inventions disclosed before 10/1/97 are administered under the Old (1963/85) Policy. Read More

Copyright Policies and Guidelines

Copyright Ownership Policy: The creation of copyrighted works is one of the ways the University fulfills its mission of contributing to the body of knowledge for the public good. The University encourages the creation of original works of authorship and the free expression and exchange of ideas. Responsible Officer: Vice Provost - Academic Planning, Programs & Coordination Responsible Office: AC - Academic Planning, Programs & Coordination Issuance Date: 8/19/1992 Effective Date: 8/19/1992 Scope: This statement sets forth the University's Policy on the Copyright Ownership for works produced at, by, or through the University of California, its campuses, and the Department of Energy Laboratories. This Policy applies to University employees, students, and other persons or entities using designated University facilities or acting under contract with the University for commissioned works. This Policy addresses ownership of copyright; it does not address ownership or access to the underlying research results or data, as covered inAcademic Personnel Manual Section 020. It is does not change or affect obligations under the University of California Patent Policy. If, in any case, the application of the two policies gives rise to a conflict, the ownership principles of the Patent Policy shall apply. Read More Copyright Guidelines: The University of California Policy on Copyright Ownership ("UC Policy") addressed (i) the ownership of copyrightable material produced at the University, and (ii) the organizations responsible for implementation. The Chancellors were given the responsibility for implementation on their respective campuses. At UCSD, this responsibility was redelegated, through the Vice Chancellor-Resource Management and Planning, to the Technology Transfer Office. This document sets forth procedures implementing the UC Policy on the San Diego Campus. It is applicable to all employees and non-employees using University facilities, equipment, or funds in the preparation of their Work (III). The UC Policy and these campus Guidelines are applicable to all Work. In all cases in which students or non-employees prepare copyrightable materials with the support of University facilities or resources, exclusive of libraries, an agreement shall be executed in advance, where possible, setting forth an understanding regarding ownership rights. Where there is no agreement in advance, the parties and the Technology Transfer Office will negotiate an agreement regarding disposition of the copyrightable material after the fact. Read More Ownership of Course Materials: The purpose of this Policy on Ownership of Course Materials is to supplement the existing Copyright Ownership Policy by addressing copyright ownership issues related to materials prepared for instructional purposes. Read More

Copyright Notice

This software is Copyright © 2XXX The Regents of the University of California. All Rights Reserved. Permission to copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for educational, research and non-profit purposes, without fee, and without a written agreement is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice, this paragraph and the following three paragraphs appear in all copies. Permission to make commercial use of this software may be obtained by contacting: Office of Innovation and Commercialization 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0910 University of California La Jolla, CA 92093-0910 (858) 534-5815 invent@ucsd.edu This software program and documentation are copyrighted by The Regents of the University of California. The software program and documentation are supplied “as is”, without any accompanying services from The Regents. The Regents does not warrant that the operation of the program will be uninterrupted or error-free. The end-user understands that the program was developed for research purposes and is advised not to rely exclusively on the program for any reason. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOST PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE AND ITS DOCUMENTATION, EVEN IF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE SOFTWARE PROVIDED HEREUNDER IS ON AN “AS IS” BASIS, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HAS NO OBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCE, SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.

Campus Mobile App Submission Process

"Developing a native mobile app for the campus? Review these recommendations, guidelines, and requirements."

Search for Available Technologies

Find technologies available for licensing from UC San Diego.

Graduate Division (UCSD)

Kim Barrett (Dean of the Graduate Division): graduatedean@ucsd.edu Christopher Murphy (Student Affairs Officer): cpmurphy@ucsd.edu

Core Facilities

The Office of Research Affairs maintains a listing of current research core facilities that are accessible to UCSD faculty, fellows, staff, students and external companies. Most of these core facilities are set up as recharge cores and many are equipped to accept outside business.

UCSD Library – Patent Workshops

UCSD faculty and staff who would like to learn about the patenting process and how to search for patents on the web.

Patents

What is a Patent? According to the USPTO: “A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.”

Video: Entrepreneur Toolkit – IP Strategies for your business

Seminar on creating patent strategies when starting a new company from February 2016.

Moores Cancer Center: Ida Deschaite

Contact: Director of Industry Relations - Ida Deichaite, PhD

NSF I-Corps

The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center has recently earned the distinguished honor of becoming an NSF I-Corps site and was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support site activities. As an NSF I-Corps site, the Center will incubate 30 projects a year. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and alumni are encouraged to apply to be part of this exciting program.

UC Extension: Innovation and Integration of Sustainable Practices

Students will examine why and how businesses are addressing environmental and sustainability issues across sectors and industries.

UC Innovation Grants

The University of California, San Diego Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion invites applications to fund pilot projects that advance the UC San Diego strategic plan diversity goals. Priority will be given to investigators who propose new, innovative projects that have the potential to create systemic changes addressing disparities in faculty, student, or staff ranks at UC San Diego.

Rady: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

The Rady School of Management’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is designed to provide students with a breadth of understanding of business and entrepreneurship theory, practices, and applications. The E&I Minor will appeal to creative and ambitious undergraduate UCSD students who envision launching and managing their own business or entering careers in innovation-driven fields.

Rady Venture Fund

The Rady Venture Fund, a donor-supported, student assisted venture capital investment fund, was established to provide experiential learning for Rady MBA and UC San Diego graduate students by making investments in seed or early-stage companies each year. Students work side by side with experienced investment professionals as they generate leads, screen potential investments, and invest in these start-ups.

Rady: Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII)

In addition to working with students and faculty at Rady and across the UC San Diego, the CSII collaborates with community partners both locally and globally. The Center promotes the development and adoption of tools and practices that have been traditionally considered unsuitable to the domain of social change.

Rady: Innovation Fellows

The California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) provides business assistance to companies and to UC San Diego faculty and students interested in commercializing their breakthrough and transformative research, technologies, products and new business models, via the Rady Innovation Fellows program.

Rady: Undergraduate Program

The Rady School of Management offers a series of undergraduate business and accounting courses, as well as an accounting minor, business minor, and an entrepreneurship and innovation minor. These courses are designed for undergraduate students who desire to enhance their accounting, business and management skills. Course materials and lectures cover a broad set of applications and are appropriate for students from a wide range of academic disciplines.

Bioengineering Course

Bioengineering, one of the youngest engineering disciplines, employs the principles and tools of engineering to analyze and solve biological and medical problems. It is broad in its spectrum, with its foundation in all of the traditional engineering sciences, as well as biology, physiology and other biomedical sciences. UC San Diego is at the forefront of bioengineering.

UC Copyright Office

The U.S. Copyright Office, and the position of Register of Copyrights, were created by Congress in 1897 as a separate department of the Library of Congress. Twenty-two years earlier, Congress removed copyright registration from the district courts and centralized it in the Library of Congress. Today, the Copyright Office has approximately 450 employees, the majority of whom examine and register hundreds of thousands of copyright claims in books, music, movies, software, photographs, and other works of authorship each year. In fiscal year 2011, the Office processed more than 700,000 registration claims.

Social Innovation at UC San Diego

Social innovation is the process of generating innovative solutions to society's most pressing issues. Social Innovators determine what doesn't work, identify fresh approaches to address problems, and collaborate with stakeholders to effect change.

Reporting a New Innovation

Prior to any public disclosure of your innovation, please complete one of the forms below to report a new invention or copyright to the OIC. Upon completing a disclosure form, attach manuscript, presentations, or any supporting documents and send electronically to invent@ucsd.edu or by using interoffice mail to OIC at mail code 0910. Please contact our office if you have questions about completing the forms. We can be reached at invent@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-5815. Online disclosure submission is available at eDisclosure.

UCSD Customer & Market Development Presentation

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Open Flow Innovation

The Open Flow Innovation program is a new business-friendly approach to rapidly license technologies to new start-up companies on terms appropriate to the stage of development of these companies. More announcements about this new process will be forthcoming in the near future. If you have need for information now, please e-mail express@ucsd.edu for more information. We want to thank the participants in the Express License program. We look forward to continuing our relationship for many years under the Express Licenses we executed together. Example Agreements: Copyright License  Invention License For more information on our Open Flow Innovation Program, click here.

Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program

UC San Diego is launching a third year of the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP). This program will build the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address society’s greatest challenges and forge new intellectual enterprises, which increasingly rely on the ability to work across diverse disciplines, either individually or as members of multidisciplinary teams.

Core Bio Services

Core Bio Services offers high-quality products and vendor services, featuring online ordering with competitive prices and free delivery to UCSD departments and affiliates.

BioLabs San Diego

BioLabs San Diego is a shared coworking space for early stage bioinnovators launching in Fall 2016. Apply for space today to be one of the first residents in our newly built facility. Their spaces are fully-equipped with basic laboratory equipment. With flexible terms that allow you to scale and grow at your own pace, you can start with a single bench and scale up as needed.

J. Craig Venter Institute

With more than 250 scientists and staff, more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory space, and locations in Rockville, Maryland and La Jolla, California, the new JCVI is a world leader in genomic research.

sandiego.js (Javascript User Group)

The premier San Diego user group based around the web platform. Join us to hear about the state of the art in web development around JavaScript, hack on open source projects, or learn from some of the best in the community.

JLABS

The vision of JLABS is to provide a capital efficient and flexible platform where emerging companies can transform the scientific discoveries of today into the breakthrough healthcare products of tomorrow.

Kickstarter

Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.

Keiretsu Forum

Keiretsu Forum is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors.

iHive

iHive is a shared workspace and incubator program committed to the Internet of Things. iHive delivers business and technical support to early stage companies providing Internet of Things related products and services.

Hera Labs

Hera LABS is a unique business accelerator for aspiring entrepreneurial women. The program provides female start-ups, in all industries, a safe place to test ideas and grow their business.

Health Information Management Systems Society – Southern California Chapter

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.

Gunderson Dettmer

Gunderson Dettmer is the only business law firm of its kind—singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging technology marketplace.

Growth Hackers

GrowthHackers Projects unites your full company to achieve growth results. It's the purpose-built growth collaboration platform.

Graduate Women in Science

Tau Chapter was formed in 1959 and is composed of a diverse membership with students and faculty from University of California San Diego, University of San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos, employees of the numerous biotech companies in the area, city and county governmental organizations as well as many retired members.

GoFundMe

Based in San Diego and Menlo Park, GoFundMe was launched on May 10, 2010 and has quickly become the World’s #1 fundraising site for personal causes and life-events. Millions of people have raised over $2 Billion in the past 365 days.

Geek Girl

Geek Girl empowers women & girls (and dudes!) of all ages and all financial levels in technology, from beginner newbie to startup savant. We do this through full day Tech Conferences, workshops, seminars, public speaking, consulting and Geek Girl for Hire. Our goal is to have a more diverse workforce in tech, create a stronger tech bond between children and their parents, and create a future where every child can become their own Tech Superhero.

Free Lunch Friday

Free Lunch Friday (FLF) is a global non-profit on a mission to feed the hungry startups and entrepreneurs that feed our global economy.

Founder Institute

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 58 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide.

Fab Lab

Fab Lab San Diego is one part of a large network of Labs across the world.  These labs are production workshops and small-scale innovation hubs equipped with digital fabrication machines and technologies for the production of objects, tools and electronics.

Explora Biolabs

Explora BioLabs is an AAALAC-accredited preclinical contract research organization (CRO) that provides high quality scientific services and rental vivarium facilities to the biotech industry.

EvoNexus

EvoNexus is a non-profit technology incubator and hub for Southern California’s startup community designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies.

DLA Piper

"DLA Piper is the largest law firm in greater San Diego. DLA Piper is proud to be core counsel to three of the four largest companies in San Diego: Qualcomm, Life Technologies and CareFusion. While we represent clients from a wide variety of industries, we focus on serving the high tech and life sciences sectors."

Device Alliance

DeviceAlliance is a community of experienced southern California medical device professionals committed to building relationships, sharing information, and gaining insight into the key issues and opportunities within the medical device industry.

DeskHub

DeskHub is committed to being the premier network of shared entrepreneurial workspaces in the country. You don't need to be in the biggest cities or at the biggest company to reap the rewards of collaboration, networking and synergy. You just need the right space and the right people.

CyberHive

CyberTECH incubator programs have been designed to address the needs of entrepreneurs by providing access to talent, capital, and markets.

Correlation Ventures

Correlation Ventures is a new breed of venture capital firm, leveraging world-class analytics to offer entrepreneurs and other venture capitalists a dramatically better option when they are seeking additional capital to complete a financing round.

Cooley LLP

Cooley's San Diego practice has evolved into the preeminent law office serving technology and life sciences companies, venture funds and investment banks in the Southern California region.

Kilpatrick Townsend (SD)

Kilpatrick Townsend’s San Diego-based lawyers take an active role in supporting local civic and charitable organizations through financial support, board participation and in-kind support for legal and educational outreach in San Diego and nearby local communities.

Marine Technology Society (SD)

The Marine Technology Society is a non-profit international professional organization established in 1963 to promote the exchange of information in ocean and marine engineering, science, and policy.

Mindgruve Ventures

A group of experienced tech entrepreneurs who are passionate about guiding and transforming early stage companies into mature, sustainable businesses.

MIND Hub (TJ)

MIND (Mexico Innovation and Development) Hub is a collaborative space for development, innovation and creativity for tech entrepreneurs that create products and services bringing added value the ecosystem of the Cali-Baja mega region.

MIT Enterprise Forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego creates education and networking programs, building a community for business leaders, technologists, entrepreneurs, capital and service providers.

Morrison & Foerster Law Firm

Morrison & Foerster represent investment funds and startup companies, and over the years have supported many in their growth and development as leading industry players and household brands.

NanoTecNexus

NanoTecNexus (formerly known as NanoBioNexus) has grown to be the premier nanotechnology industry organization that showcases the latest nanotechnology research with a special interest in life sciences.

Origin Code Academy

"Our primary focus at Origin is to ensure that students leave our program with the knowledge and necessary skills to start a career as a software developer. We ask companies which skills would be most valuable to their team, which shapes our curriculum."

Osage Partners

Osage University Partners (OUP) is a venture capital fund that invests exclusively in startups that are commercializing university research.

Pillsbury Law Firm

Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with an industry focus on energy & natural resources, financial services including financial institutions, real estate & construction, and technology.

Plug and Play Tech Center

Partnering with principals of StartupCircle and Interwest Capital, Plug and Play San Diego has a proven track record of accelerating entrepreneurial companies in the San Diego area, increasing their access to the dynamic resources of Silicon Valley and San Diego, and increasing the chances of commercial success.

QB3 Incubator Network

QB3 created two incubators that allow startups access to rental laboratory space close to UC faculty. These incubators, the QB3 Garage@UCSF and the QB3 Garage@Berkeley, are the biotech equivalent of garages: small spaces for entrepreneurs to lay the foundations for companies that may spearhead new industries. In 2013 we launched QB3@953, a full-service, standalone biotech incubator near the UCSF Mission Bay campus. 2014 saw the opening of StartX-QB3 Labs, the first med/tech incubator near the Stanford campus. Space on campus at UCSF or Berkeley is only open to spin-outs from UC labs, for periods of up to two years. Off-campus incubators are open to the public with no time limits.

Real Office Center (ROC)

At ROC La Jolla, the diverse tenant base includes several prominent financial service organizations, law firms, and attorneys. Conveniently located between Torrey Pines and La Jolla Village and situated directly across the street from the UTC Shopping Center.

Co-Merge

Co-Merge Workplace creates unique and inspiring workspaces that foster creative and innovative thinking so that small business and remote employees have the necessary tools to be productive and succeed.

Cleantech San Diego

Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. The organization achieves this by fostering collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leading advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encouraging investment in the San Diego region.

City of San Diego, Economic Development

The City of San Diego provides general information on starting and operating a business, significant resource materials, market research information, small business troubleshooting, and regulatory, permitting and licensing information. The most important resource is the City's Office of Small Business, which acts as a clearinghouse for small business assistance information.

Cambridge Biolabs

Cambridge Biolabs (CBL) is your hit-the-ground-running, local, contract research organization serving the Boston Innovation Supercluster from our convenient Kendall Square location. Our clients are start-up biotechnology companies and venture capitalists who need their scientists to get started producing results immediately. With BioInnovation, we form a complete global accelerator for healthcare and life sciences companies.

Calit2

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) is taking ideas beyond theory into practice, accelerating innovation and shortening the time to product development and job creation. Where the university traditionally has focused on education and research, Calit2 extends that focus to include development and deployment of prototype infrastructure for testing new solutions in a real-world context.

Bootstrap Incubation LLC

Bootstrap fills the gap between commercial banks and the venture capital community,  provides its investments with efficient & effective shared resources, and opens the door to a network of industry relationships

Bio, Tech and Beyond

By making available many of the tools of modern life science research to anyone who wants to use them, Bio, Tech and Beyond has taken the scientific research process out of the hands of a few massive corporations and large universities and placed it squarely in the hands of anyone with an idea.  Whether you're an academic researcher pursuing a hunch, a cancer patient who wants to cure your own disease, a biotech scientist with a skunkworks project, a retired pharma scientist with an idea you've always wanted to test, or a high school student who wants to change the world - Bio, Tech and Beyond can help turn your dream into a reality

Biomed Realty

BioMed Realty is the leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science community. BioMed Realty has a proven track record in bringing unmatched expertise to the full range of real estate services – leasing, development, construction, redevelopment, acquisition, financing and property management – to our tenant partners in the United States and United Kingdom.

Bioinnovation San Diego

BioInnovation LLC is a venture acceleration firm that builds next-generation life science companies based our novel, capital-efficient approach. We act as institutional co-founders, and provide strategic and operational services to our portoflio companies as well as other new ventures. As investors and entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand the needs of early-stage companies, and the end-to-end requirements needed to start, grow and build successful enterprises.

Biocom

Biocom is a member driven organization providing unmatched opportunities and resources to help life science companies and their employees fulfill their business goals and improve life through advancements in health, energy and agriculture.

Avalon Ventures

Avalon’s long-standing and successful focus has been on seed and early stage companies, including many it formed in the life science and information technology sectors.

Athena – Entrepreneurs Affinity Group

Athena Entrepreneurs helps women develop and grow as entrepreneurs as they start and/or grow new technology businesses. Events are focused on active learning opportunities and small peer groups, as well as the more traditional settings of panel discussions and/or speaker-led events. Through participation at Athena Entrepreneurs events, current and aspiring entrepreneurs hone their entrepreneurial skills and achieve a clearer vision of who they are as entrepreneurs and what they seek to accomplish.

Association of Old Crows – Cabrillo Crows Chapter

The AOC will advocate the need for a strong defense capability emphasizing electronic warfare and information operations to government, industry, academia, and the public. AOC will provide a forum for sharing ideas and experiences through communication, education and leadership. The AOC will support the community by: Improving awareness and understanding Identifying deficiencies Advocating solutions Developing new concepts Recognizing the contributions of individuals and organizations Documenting historical perspectives and lessons learned

ASM International – San Diego Chapter

ASM International fosters the understanding and application of metals and engineered materials and their research, design, reliable manufacture, use, and economic and social benefits. This is accomplished via a global information-sharing network of interaction among members in forums and meetings, education programs, and through publications and digital media.

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association – San Diego Chapter

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is one of the world’s premier C4I professional societies. With over 33,000 members on four continents, AFCEA is comprised of political, military and industry leaders. There are 135 different AFCEA chapters in over 30 countries. The Association is widely recognized for excellence, high ethical standards and the quality of its events. It is considered by top decision makers to be the pre-eminent association in its field. AFCEA serves as an ethical bridge between government requirements and industry’s capabilities, representing the top government, industry, and military professionals.

Ansir Innovation Center

Welcome to Ansir Innovation Center, a startup hub located in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego, California. We are dedicated to growing and nurturing the startup ecosystem in San Diego through offering affordable coworking and private office solutions in a collaborative environment, mentorship and incubation of qualified companies, and providing a space for technology or startup-focused Meetups and events.

Angels

AngelList is a platform for startups to raise money online, recruit and apply to incubators. It was started in Jan 2010 by Babak Nivi and Naval Ravikant, who also wrote Venture Hacks.

Analytics Ventures

Analytics Ventures is a San Diego based venture capital firm that create and invest in local technology companies. We work with talented entrepreneurs to create the next generation of great companies. Analytics Ventures brings to entrepreneurs its strong understanding of technology, marketing, sales, capital, and early stage growth. We actively help companies with financing strategy, business development, customer introductions and management team development. Our mission is to invest at the earliest stages of a company to leverage our domain expertise in order to help companies get quickly on the path toward sales, growth and profitability. We leverage our network of top industry professionals, angel investors, early stage funds and venture capital firms in order to meet the funding needs of our portfolio companies and help ensure their success.

Accelerate IT

AITA is a full service business solutions firm that specializes in helping you expand the reach and scale of your company. We are a powerhouse of tools specifically forged for startups in the IT industry. We are experienced CEOs, Investors, Strategists and Marketers. We are vast in experience, teeming in skill and creative in our solutions.

1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

RocketHub

If you want to be part of an international, pioneering, open community that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders raise millions of dollars, you want to be part of RocketHub.

SD Biotechnology Network

The San Diego Biotechnology Network was founded in September of 2008, addressing the need for more high quality, face to face networking among Biotech professionals in the greater San Diego area. Membership is open to those working at a biotechnology, diagnostics, green technology, medical devices, or pharmaceutical company in the Greater San Diego area.

SD Inventors Forum

Come hear successful local San Diego inventors speak at the SDIF to learn how they developed their marketable products. Come and get motivated, network in a room filled with helpful people and get guidance and advice on taking your first or next step necessary to turn your ideas into a reality.

SD Sport Innovators

San Diego Sport Innovators is a business 501(c)(3) not-for-profit development organization focused on establishing San Diego as the home of the Sport and Active Lifestyle Industry (SAL). SDSI does this through connecting people, executive education, business mentoring and keeping it fun.

San Diego Startup Week

Once a year, Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs to share progress, exchange resources, and celebrate the thriving innovation community. We’re putting all our efforts into bringing together the community to showcase exciting local innovation, share resources and knowledge, and strengthen connections.

San Diego Venture Group

The San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) is a non-profit business organization whose mission is to provide an informal atmosphere that fosters ideas on how to form, fund and build new ventures.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow.

SBIR/STTR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

SD Small Business Development Center

The San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center network provides a vast array of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties: supporting business growth, sustainability and enhancing the creation of new business through advising, low-cost training and other specialized services.

SD Social Entrepreneurs

This group is a social impact accelerator. It inspires and sparks social entrepreneurs, both from the nonprofit and for-profit space, to solve problems and scale impact.

SD Tech Coffee Meetup

The San Diego Tech Coffee Meetup is for San Diego region high-tech entrepreneurs looking to "co-work" in a social atmosphere, share what they're working on, and support each others' entrepreneurial efforts.

SD Tech Founders: Lean Startup Group

SD Tech Founders hosts events for high-tech entrepreneurs that provide great speakers relevant to startups, provide opportunities to meet potential co-founders, and facilitate discussions on lean startups, customer development, product development and business model strategies.

SDEE

The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by local entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and pre-entrepreneurs interested in Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices, Tech and Alternative Energy. SDEE was founded to provide a voice and resources for early stage startups, to encourage new entrepreneurs, and sponsor networking and educational services to help develop skills necessary to bring new businesses and funding to the San Diego area.

SDSU Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad

The ZIP Launchpad helps SDSU students, faculty, and staff launch a startup from their early stage idea.

SABPA

Sino-American Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SABPA) is a 501(C) (3) nonprofit organization founded in early 2002 by professionals and scholars from local Chinese community in San Diego. We invite all scholars, students and professionals with any origin who are working in, engaged in, or interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry to join us as members of SABPA.

Startup Leadership Program

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, global, world-class training program and lifelong global network for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become startup CEOs. Classes are held on evenings or weekends. We take no equity.

Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa

The Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa is a three-day conference bringing together senior executives and top decision-makers in the industry with the scientific community to advance cutting-edge research into cures.

Tech Coast Angels

Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel investor group in the U.S., has been fueling the growth of innovative companies and entrepreneurs in Southern California since 1997. TCA identifies, mentors and funds early stage companies to help get their ideas to market, and where TCA members devote their time, expertise and capital to help companies grow and succeed.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an independent, non-profit, scientific research institute focusing in three main areas: molecular biology and genetics; neurosciences; and plant biology.

Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), one of the world's largest, private, non-profit research organizations, stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science, a vital segment of medical research that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life.

TiE – The Indus Entrepreneurs

Fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, education programs, incubating and funding.

TiE South Coast

Fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, education programs, incubating and funding.

The Vine

The VineSD, located at 101 West Broadway, connects entrepreneurs and allows for growth under one roof. At The VineSD, Seed-stage entrepreneurs achieve startup sustainability and mentorship from our accelerator & incubator partnership with EvoNexus.

WilmerHale Law Firm

WilmerHale helps clients at every stage of growth in all aspects of their business that involve the acquisition, exploitation, or protection of intellectual property.

Wireless Health Hub

The Wireless Health Hub is a startup community for entrepreneurs and investors in the Biomedical and Healthcare Industries.

Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a special purpose trade organization committed to accelerating the adoption of innovative healthcare technologies to improve health care and support personal health.

Women in Technology International (WITI)

WITI San Diego provides a local forum for women to network with each other, forge connections, share resources and discover opportunities in the technology industry.

WSGR Law Firm

"Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide."

Business Modeling Presentation

Ideation Presentation

US Patent & Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Has your invention already been patented by the USPTO? Search the collection of patents from 1790 at this link.

Launchboom

LaunchBoom is the most effective product launch system and full service marketing agency that manages the entire crowdfunding process from start to finish. We partner with companies looking to launch new innovative products on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and we always deliver successful campaigns.

San Diego Entrepreneur Center & Startup Society

In “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City™”, the San Diego Regional Entrepreneur Center™ (SDEC) is by and for Founders-Entrepreneurs seeking collaboration, partnerships, mentorship, startup company or business plan review and business development ideas, marketing, investor guidance, introduction and venture pitch presentation training, business validation & traction, forensic financial and business assessment, financial analysis, licensing opportunities and more, potentially, in real-life business case scenarios.

San Diego Inventors Forum

Come hear successful local San Diego inventors speak at the SDIF to learn how they developed their marketable products. Come and get motivated, network in a room filled with helpful people and get guidance and advice on taking your first or next step necessary to turn your ideas into a reality. At our meetings you can meet our Mentor inventors and professionals in many relative fields. You can ask financing, business, marketing, legal and engineering questions and present your ideas to private individuals or group review.

West Health Incubator

West Health includes the nonprofit and non-partisan Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center. We collaborate with the Gary and Mary West Foundation.

Startup Garage

Our goal at the Startup Garage is to help you bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life. Our team is here to serve as your business plan writer, start-up consultant, resource networking connection and entrepreneurial coach. We are the one-stop-shop for your business launch and expansion needs.

Indiegogo

With your help, we’re redefining entrepreneurship—shifting it from being a privilege to a right, and to rooting it first in passion and fairness and self-determination. Because every inventive idea should have its shot, and every creative entrepreneur should have their moment.

French BioBeach

French Bio Beach is a San Diego based organization acting as Business Platform and aiming at promoting scientific exchange, networking and partnering between Southern California and European Life Science communities with a focus on France.

Crowdrise

CrowdRise is the world's #1 fundraising site for charitable and personal causes. Raise money for friends who need help, marathons and events, and over 1.5 million charities.

Crowdfunder

Crowdfunder believes entrepreneurship to be one of the most powerful forces for economic and societal change in our time. Through access to capital and education, we empower thousands of entrepreneurs to grow high-impact ventures.

CAICE Student Education

CAICE has partnered with a variety of domestic and international educational institutions and programs to help spread the educational opportunities afforded through our Center. Our Center strives to improve science education at all levels — we have been partnered with elementary and high schools, improving science lab activities, after-school sessions, and classroom projects.

Brighteyes

BrightEyes is a mentorship program dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to experience potential careers and grow their knowledge and network in an industry. BrightEyes is dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to experience a potential career and grow their knowledge and network in an industry. BrightEyes is a nonprofit program dedicated to providing students with an opportunity to experience a potential career and grow their knowledge and network in an industry.

Appy Hour

Welcome to Appy Hour! The first happy hour for app developers to gather, relax with a drink in hand, and discuss everything that goes on in the world of apps and app development. Come share your projects and ideas with others. Maybe you'll even meet that perfect addition to your team. Let's grow the app community in San Diego, and make Appy Hour the best happy hour around.

Frequent Entrepreneur Questions

UCSD Library – Patent Workshops

UCSD faculty and staff who would like to learn about the patenting process and how to search for patents on the web.

Disclosure FAQ

What is a public disclosure? Public disclosure is giving someone outside of your partners, if applicable, the information to duplicate your product or idea. This can come in many formats such as, but not limited to, publication, seminars, and slideshows. Who can I tell? If you feel you must tell someone outside of your partners and the OIC, it is wise to have the person in question sign a confidentiality form before you discuss your innovation. If this is the case, let the OIC know before you start the IP Protection Process. Why is disclosing to the Office of Innovation important? Disclosure to the OIC allows for the Licensing officers to decipher if they can apply for patent protection of your product or idea. If you make a public disclosure, this may result in a loss of certain patent rights due to regional differences. This is made even more urgent by the recently added America Invents Act law change. The AIA law change makes the US patent system into a first to file basis rather than the first to invent. Therefore, if you publicly disclose your invention before it is protected you could lose the right to file for a patent. What rights will I forfeit? In the US, if you have publicly disclosed your innovation, you have a one year grace period to apply for a patent. If you exceed this grace period, your idea is no longer able to be patented. However, the minute you publicly disclose your idea, without a patent, you have lost your ability to apply for foreign protection. What information do I need to disclose to the Office of Innovation? One should disclose the title or name of your project and a detailed explanation of your idea required. The explanation should be detailed enough that someone in your field could re-enact the project.** This is needed for the examination of other patents to make sure your idea has not already been filed for a patent. All of the information that is given to the OIC will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of your knowledge.

Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers

Training material for academic researchers that discuss intellectual property that includes modules on patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.

IP Protection Process

The OIC process to insure and investigate if your idea is patentable.

Patent Policies and Guidelines

UC Patent Policy: The purpose of the 1997 policy is to simplify and restructure the formula for distributing royalty income from inventions, and to establish a new campus and Laboratory research allocation. This policy is the result of extensive review and discussion within the University community. The enclosed policy applies to all employees and others specified within the policy, except individuals in the following collective bargaining units: Research Support Professional, Technical, and Police. Until collective bargaining agreements have been ratified by both parties in these units, affected employees will remain subject to the requirements of the April 16, 1990 Patent Policy. Read More State Oath of Allegiance, Patent Policy, and Patent Acknowledgement Form (UPAY 585) (July 2011): UC employees, persons not employed by the university but who use UC research facilities, and persons who receive gift, grant or contract funds through the university are all required to sign the University Patent AcknowledgmentPDF. Visiting scientists who are not employed by UC but who visit the university and use UC funds and facilities are required to sign the University Patent Acknowledgment. The Patent Acknowledgment assigns inventions and patents to UC, except those resulting from permissible consulting activities without use of university facilities. Persons signing the Patent Acknowledgment agree to disclose promptly all potentially patentable inventions to UC. Read More Inventor Share Policy: UC is currently working under two patent policies. The Current (1997) Policy is in effect. However, some long-term UC employees can choose whether to have their inventions administered under the Old (1963/85) Policy or under the Current Policy. For inventions disclosed on or after Oct. 1, 1997, the invention disclosure date and the inventor hire date will determine which policy is applicable. If an invention is disclosed on or after 10/1/97, but the inventor was hired before April 16, 1990, the inventor can choose between the two policies. The choice is a one-time, irrevocable decision that will affect the distribution of royalties from all inventions disclosed after 10/1/97 for that inventor. If an invention is disclosed on or after 10/1/97 and the inventor was hired after 4/16/90, the invention will be administered under the current policy. Inventions disclosed before 10/1/97 are administered under the Old (1963/85) Policy. Read More

Entrepreneur Challenge

The mission of the Entrepreneur Challenge is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals in order that they might shape the world of tomorrow by securing the health of San Diego’s economy today. The Entrepreneur Challenge focuses on start-ups from the inception phase to the early seed-stage. Our goal is to give teams the confidence and resources necessary to launch a successful company that otherwise might not exist.

The Basement

The Basement is a space where student entrepreneurs can gather and be nurtured, and with alumni support and visionary leadership, they can grow companies and social innovation ventures that become the fabric of our community, creating jobs and inspiring a culture of ingenuity and impact.

Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center

The Center provides commercialization support to bridge the gap between exciting laboratory discoveries and products that address market needs.

EvoNexus

EvoNexus is a non-profit technology incubator and hub for Southern California’s startup community designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies.

San Diego Inventors Forum

Come hear successful local San Diego inventors speak at the SDIF to learn how they developed their marketable products. Come and get motivated, network in a room filled with helpful people and get guidance and advice on taking your first or next step necessary to turn your ideas into a reality. At our meetings you can meet our Mentor inventors and professionals in many relative fields. You can ask financing, business, marketing, legal and engineering questions and present your ideas to private individuals or group review.

San Diego Entrepreneur Center & Startup Society

In “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City™”, the San Diego Regional Entrepreneur Center™ (SDEC) is by and for Founders-Entrepreneurs seeking collaboration, partnerships, mentorship, startup company or business plan review and business development ideas, marketing, investor guidance, introduction and venture pitch presentation training, business validation & traction, forensic financial and business assessment, financial analysis, licensing opportunities and more, potentially, in real-life business case scenarios.

Rady: Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

The Rady School of Management’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor is designed to provide students with a breadth of understanding of business and entrepreneurship theory, practices, and applications. The E&I Minor will appeal to creative and ambitious undergraduate UCSD students who envision launching and managing their own business or entering careers in innovation-driven fields.

CONNECT

Helping to create and scale great innovation companies through access to the resources that entrepreneurs & growing companies need most.

San Diego Startup Week

Once a year, Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs to share progress, exchange resources, and celebrate the thriving innovation community. We’re putting all our efforts into bringing together the community to showcase exciting local innovation, share resources and knowledge, and strengthen connections.

Entrepreneur Challenge

The mission of the Entrepreneur Challenge is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals in order that they might shape the world of tomorrow by securing the health of San Diego’s economy today. The Entrepreneur Challenge focuses on start-ups from the inception phase to the early seed-stage. Our goal is to give teams the confidence and resources necessary to launch a successful company that otherwise might not exist.

EnVision – Arts and Engineering Maker Studio

Visual artists and engineers working shoulder to shoulder on projects that connect theory with practice. That's just part of what's exciting about the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio. It's an experiential teaching facility where both engineering and visual arts students are empowered to think, design, make, tinker, break and build again. The maker studio opened to students in January 2016 with more than 25 sections of four different hands-on laboratory classes. Multiple sections of four more classes are scheduled for Spring 2016, two from the Jacobs School of Engineering and two from Visual Arts.

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur encompasses education and training programs, mentoring, and strategic partnerships, all working toward a common goal: preparing engineers and MBA students to become change makers, technical leaders, and entrepreneurs who drive innovation within organizations both large and small. The Institute is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management and is dedicated to training global engineering leaders and translating university discoveries to the marketplace.

The Design Lab

The Lab's goal is to create an exciting, vibrant design community that pervades the campus, cutting across disciplines, developing cross-campus projects, combining practice with theory, and making UC San Diego a world leader in design theory and integrative programs.

Crowdfunder

Crowdfunder believes entrepreneurship to be one of the most powerful forces for economic and societal change in our time. Through access to capital and education, we empower thousands of entrepreneurs to grow high-impact ventures.

Angel Ventures

We are a Venture Capital firm that seeks to link great ideas with capital. AVM’s main objective is to provide intelligent capital. We add value to every investment we make by promoting its development through continuous monitoring, connecting entrepreneurs to our network of investors and providing range of services to entrepreneurs including mentorship.

San Diego Venture Group

The San Diego Venture Group (SDVG) is a non-profit business organization whose mission is to provide an informal atmosphere that fosters ideas on how to form, fund and build new ventures.

SBIR/STTR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Success Stories

A Better Way to Treat Atrial Fibrillation – Sanjiv Narayan and Ruchir Sehra, former clinical researchers at UC San Diego, co-founded Topera, successfully launching an improved medical device for atrial fibrillation ablation.

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Sanjiv Narayan and Ruchir Sehra
Former clinical researchers, Co-Founders of Topera

Facial Emotions through AI – Marian Bartlett, former researcher, co-founded Emotient. The company’s Facial Action Coding Systems [FACS] measures primary emotions like anger, contempt, disgust, fear, joy, sadness and surprise. It can also register positive, negative or neutral response.

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Marian Bartlett
Former Research Scientist, Founder of Emotient

A Blood Test Sans Blood – Joshua Windmiller and Jared Tangney, former graduate students, co-founded Biolinq (fka Electrozyme) to develop skin-applied electrochemical sensors that analyze body fluids to provide actionable health information.

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Jared Tangney and Joshua Windmiller
Former graduate students, Co-Founders of Electrozyme