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Startup Journey phases, with phase 4: Launch highlighted


Going to Market or Launching Your Business

So you're getting ready to make a splash...

You've got team members with proven experience on your side, initial market validation research completed, and your product development underway. You've prosecuted your initial patent portfolio and you have secured pre-seed funding from family and friends, grants, competitions, and/or angel investors.

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

♦ 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.

Center for Novel Therapeutics

For all
Designed to foster collaboration with scientists and clinical researchers with the common goal of accelerating therapies from the research bench to the treatment at the patient’s bedside.

Device Acceleration Center

For researchers / faculty
Serves as the ideation and testing hub of medical devices at UC San Diego by providing; translational science training; identifying unmet clinical needs amenable to clinician-engineer collaboration, prototype testing; and commercialization.

♦ 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.

IGE MedTech Accelerator

For students / teams / startups
No matter what stage your team is in, our program can help you understand how to navigate the complex process involved in bringing medical innovations to market.

♦ National Academy of Inventors, UC San Diego Chapter

For researchers / faculty
This designation provides tools and resources to help UC San Diego raise the profile of its inventions and technologies and encourage innovations on campus, as well as educating and mentoring student entrepreneurs.

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Check Out These Community Programs

San Diego Innovation Council

For all
Offers a unique forum for organizations looking to engage with the regional innovation economy.

♦ Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

For all
The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. 


A flexible, customized process for entrepreneurs ready to scale their startup and connect with capital. Springboard connects tech and life science entrepreneurs with expert advisors.

Additional Resources

Connect's list of venture capital firms

For all
View San Diego non-profit Connect's curated list of venture funds. Connect updates this list regularly and knows everyone on it well enough to make high-level introductions. 

Let's Talk Funding!

Secure the backing you need to succeed. Our office is dedicated to providing budding companies with internal funding opportunities and access to external investors.

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