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StartR is a nonprofit accelerator for Rady School of Management students and alumni. The StartR program was funded with the support of Rady School donor Mary Ann Beyster and Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED). Founded in 2013 by a group of UC San Diego Rady School students working on an independent study project, the mission of the accelerator is to provide a program where early stage companies and student teams get mentoring, advice and access to other resources.













The FED proudly sponsors the X Prize Foundation and realizes that the X Prize is a unique competition that focuses contestants on specific challenges. We support the X Prize Lab@MIT which engages students in designing prizes to address challenges in energy, water, and genomics, and to consider ways for inspiring and incentivizing open innovation through ownership. This Fall, the Lab@MIT is focused on urban sustainability. More information.

In the Fall of 2009, students participated in a semester-long lab researching and dissecting energy prize ideas. The students produced concepts for a new X PRIZE including a Green Home Prize, ECO2 Prize, and Home Energy Storage Prize. Read the white paper.

Do you have what it takes to tap into your competitive and entrepreneurial spirit to solve the most challenging problems facing humanity? The X Prize Foundation has set up multiple prizes targeted at specific problems in energy and environment, education and global development, space exploration, and life sciences. Prizes of over $10 million are awarded to the first team that is able to solve the targeted problem.

UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge

Are you a young, entrepreneurial undergraduate or graduate student? Join a university-based business plan competition. Situated in one of the leading research universities in the world, the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge fosters community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals.

Aside from sponsorship since 2007, the FED's support also included panel discussions about entrepreneurial employee ownership and service on the judging panels. What is really unique about this student-run competition is that unlike most of the other top-notch university competitions, the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge was created outside of the business school from within the sciences. More Information

Earnst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Do you know an experienced entrepreneur with a track record? Consider suggesting him/her to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. The FED is a proud sponsor, served on a regional judging panel, and has been involved for more than 10 years. More Information