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Entrepreneurial Partnerships and Business

Research Centers

California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID)

The California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) at the Rady School of Management supports and catalyzes the University of California’s innovation leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives. The CIID program has grown to include the StartR accelerator programs, Triton Innovation Challenge, Rady Innovation Fellows and Rady Venture Fund. These programs, combined with the many other unique learning opportunities of the Rady School, allow students to explore the many sides of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII)

The Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII) extends Rady’s unique combination of rigorous business thinking and entrepreneurial spirit to address our society's significant issues and challenges.

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur, run jointly by the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management, was founded to inspire and prepare engineers to be entrepreneurial leaders. They translate technology innovations to market to fuel the economy and benefit society. The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur delivers a unique blend of education, mentorship and real-world entrepreneurial experience, merging a proven business curriculum with a technology acceleration environment that leverages UC San Diego’s research strengths to transform discoveries into market impact.

Labs, Projects, Programs and Collaborations

Office of Innovation and Commercialization at UC San Diego

UC San Diego is a globally-recognized innovation leader driving social and economic prosperity. Together with our campus partners, the Office of Innovation and Commercialization aligns resources to encourage and support an innovative community comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community advocates. Our mission is to accelerate the commercialization of UC San Diego innovations and contribute to a sustainable society by empowering a diverse entrepreneurial culture on campus and strengthening a dynamic innovation ecosystem.


StartBlue is an accelerator from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Rady School of Management that supports the formation of advanced science and engineering startups tackling ocean-focused challenges and solutions integrated into science, industry, investment and government networks.

Triton Innovation Challenge

The Triton Innovation Challenge, now in its ninth year, is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego.

Featured Researchers and Professors

Ayelet Gneezy

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Marketing, Rady School of Management

Ayelet Gneezy’s research addresses a wide variety of questions about consumer behavior. She studies behavioral pricing and prosocial behavior, focusing on green and sustainable behavior. In addition, she researches social preferences like promise accounting, negative reciprocity and fairness and factors affecting individuals’ quality of life such as nutrition, exercise and poverty.

Amy Nguyen-Chyung

Assistant Teaching Professor at the Rady School of Management

Amy Nguyen-Chyung is responsible for instruction and curriculum development of the Lab-to-Market Workshop capstone. Before coming to Rady, she was Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She received a nomination for the universitywide Golden Apple Teaching Award and the Weekend MBA Teaching Excellence Award. Nguyen-Chyung’s research is in entrepreneurship and strategy, investigating sources and consequences of heterogeneity in choices of entrepreneurial individuals and firms. She has earned several highly selective research awards and grants, including from the Kauffman Foundation. She is also the author of an award-winning case on emerging marketing with over 20,000 sales to business schools worldwide.