Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program

The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program provides opportunities for successful entrepreneurs to partner with the UC San Diego community

UC San Diego Entrepreneurs in Residence 2018-2019

George Eiskamp

geiskamp @ ucsd.edu

Venture capitalist, GroundMetrics


Ashok Kamal

ashok @ techcoastangels.com

Social entrepreneur and founder


Raksha Shah

raksha @ ucsd.edu

Business Executive, Obsidio Therapeutics


Rick Cooper

ricooper @ ucsd.edu

CEO, MANTA Instruments



About the Program

Launched in 2015, this campus-wide resource is designed to support research-based entrepreneurship. Inventors and student entrepreneurs can get expert guidance on early-stage technologies, commercialization strategies, and startup creation. With years of industry experience, EIRs are available to help define the market case, build business models, advise on fundraising, and solve other common challenges.

2018-19 Open Call

UC San Diego invites inquiries for the 2018-19 Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. We’re looking for enthusiastic, successful entrepreneurs to help our students and faculty develop their ideas, advise teams on the road ahead, and potentially find your next company.

We anticipate opportunities for up to 3 entrepreneurs from September 2018 through May 2019 (the 2018-19 academic year). Successful EiRs must be able to commit 20% time, or the equivalent of 1 day a week. In practice, this can mean two half days per week or a few concentrated days each month. All initial contracts are 6 months, with 3-month extensions subject to mutual agreement.

Schedule an Appointment

EIRs enjoy meeting UC San Diego inventors and learning about technologies at all stages of development. Faculty, researchers, postdocs, students, and staff are invited to schedule introductory conversations. For questions about the program, or to schedule a meeting, contact eirprogram@ucsd.edu.


Ekta Dang

Venture capitalist, Intel



Ted Daley

Biotechnology executive and founder


Andrew Hewitt

Founder, GameChangers 500


Danielle Rowley

Founder/CEO, Performa Learning Inc.


Frank Stonebanks

Senior Advisor, NovaQuest Capital


John Beane

Founder and CEO, MemComputing Inc.


Martha Symko-Davies

Laboratory Program Manager, NREL


Gioia Messinger

Founder, LinkedObjects


Tim Rueth



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