Acceleration and Proof-of-Concept Programs

Applications for spring 2018 are closed; notice of award is anticipated in mid-June

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) are teaming up to support acceleration and proof of concept programs.


Working together to provide:
Mentoring and resources
Access to funding
Connections to industry partners and potential customers

Accelerating Innovations to Market

  • OIC grant funding from $10,000-$50,000
  • Proof-of-concept, feasibility projects with industry advisory board
  • Open to faculty and researcher teams

IGE Technology Accelerator

  • Mentoring and grant funding up to $50,000
  • Development of near-market prototypes to validate business opportunities
  • Open to JSOE faculty, post-doc, and graduate teams

IGE Business Accelerator

  • Mentoring and access to investors and partners
  • Helping companies scale their business
  • Open to early-stage UCSD alum founders and affiliated startups

Applications are encouraged in the following areas:

Healthcare & Biotechnologies

Devices, materials, and treatments to advance health & society

  • Wearables, diagnostics
  • Microbiome
  • Nanotechnologies

Energy & Environment

Green & bluetech, renewables & smart energy alternatives 

  • Materials, energy storage
  • Food & resource sustainability
  • Smart manufacturing

Smart Transportation & Networks

Multi-modal networks for next-generation transport

  • AI, robotics & autonomous systems
  • Machine learning, AR & VR
  • Computing & communications

Key Dates


Priority Application Deadline*:   March 26, 2018, 5 pm

Selection Bootcamps & Presentations:   April - May

Awards Announced / Cohort Start:   June 2018


* Apply by March 26 for priority consideration; late applications will be considered only as funding allows.

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur and the Office of Innovation and Commercialization

Accelerating the Translation of Technologies to the Marketplace


Strengthening the UCSD Startup Ecosystem


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