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Startup Journey phases, with phase 2: Explore highlighted


Creating a business or company

Attention all researchers, inventors and founders...

You think you have a great idea, but is it worth pursuing? Are you solving a problem or a symptom? During the exploration stage of your journey, you will be asking these questions and many more. Is your solution viable? Have you assessed feasibility and listed all the potential benefits?

Browse our carefully curated programs and resources below to help you through the challenges of this stage. Get in touch with us to get connected with any of these resources.


Check Out These Campus Programs

♦ Accelerating Innovations to Market (AIM)

For researchers
These programs are designed to accelerate the translation of UC San Diego technologies to market and support the formation and growth of startups in the UC San Diego ecosystem.

♦ The Basement Blackstone LaunchPad Incubator

For students
UC San Diego students (both undergraduate and graduate) with entrepreneurial or social impact interests are encouraged to apply to The Blackstone LaunchPad Incubator. Participants in the program gain entrepreneurship skills and tools to develop their social impact or business idea.

♦ Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR)

For students / faculty
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.

♦ Innovating for National Security (I4NS)

For students
A quarter-long program on campus that offers the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) leaders an opportunity to collaborate with talented student teams to develop innovative solutions to their most pressing national security problems.

 ♦ Innovating for X (i4X)

For students
Innovating for X (i4X) is a variety of multi-quarter-long programs that offers student teams the opportunity to collaborate with leaders from a variety of sectors, including industry, non-profits, and government in developing innovative solutions with real-world impact. This program engages UC San Diego students from across academic disciplines (both undergraduate and graduate) to combine their collaborative, problem-solving, and educational skills to develop innovative solutions through the lens of entrepreneurship. 

 ♦ Legal Office Hours

For all
Get advice on starting and running a business or startup from some of San Diego’s best business lawyers around San Diego and even in the Design & Innovation Building.

Startup Tree

For students / community members
This centralized, Entrepreneur Relationship Management™ platform allows you manage the entrepreneurial landscape in one place. Learn more about the perks and resources available to you on your entrepreneurship journey and maximize your impact.

Triton Innovation Challenge

For all
Under Rady School of Management, the California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) hosts this business competition, which focuses on fostering creativity and spotlighting commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies.

Device Acceleration Center

For researchers
Held at the Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), the Device Acceleration Center serves as the ideation and testing hub of medical devices at UC San Diego. This incredible program provides translational science training, as well as identifies unmet clinical needs amenable to clinician-engineer collaboration, prototype testing and commercialization.

Global Ties

For students
Partners interdisciplinary teams of UC San Diego students with nonprofits and NGOs to co-create solutions to socially urgent problems in San Diego and the developing world.


For health science students and researchers
UC San Diego's MedTech Incubator, combining physicians and entrepreneurs to solve challenging problems in healthcare.

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

For all
Created to inspire and prepare engineers to be entrepreneurial leaders and translate technology innovations to market to fuel the economy and benefit society.

Designates OIC program


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