The UCSD Rady School of Management and the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the Jacobs School of Engineering thave announced they have been awarded a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance for mystartupXX, a program that will empower the next generation of women technology entrepreneurs.
The mystartupXX program will target women undergraduate and graduate students at UCSD who are traditionally underrepresented in the invention, innovation and entrepreneurship processes.
“Although women represent nearly half of all entrepreneurs in the United States, women founders are severely underrepresented in technology startups,” said Robert S. Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management. “The mystartupXX program will facilitate and encourage women students to participate in the technology startup process and provide the high-quality education and training that will enhance their ability to become successful entrepreneurs.”
The mystartupXX program will connect women students with mentors, investors and other experienced entrepreneurs. Although there are several programs nationwide that are designed to support women-owned businesses, very few serve the unique needs of technology startups. In addition, existing technology commercialization programs throughout the United States, including those at UC San Diego, have seen low female student participation.
“The primary goal of mystartupXX is to increase the numbers of female tech company founders by increasing awareness among female students that entrepreneurship is a viable career option,” said Rosibel Ochoa, Executive Director of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement.
The program will provide students with the skills to evaluate opportunities and help them with launching their ideas into the marketplace. Students will receive one-on-one business coaching and will participate in educational workshops and seminars. They will also learn about management principles, performing market opportunity assessments, creating value propositions and the business models and financing strategies needed to launch a business. The program will culminate with a demonstration day where the students will present their ideas to potential investors.
For more information about the Rady School of Management, visit www.rady.ucsd.edu.