Empowering Engineers to Drive Innovation

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur encompasses education and training programs, mentoring, and strategic partnerships, all working toward a common goal: preparing engineers and MBA students to become change makers, technical leaders, and entrepreneurs who drive innovation within organizations both large and small.


The Institute is a collaboration between the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management. It is dedicated to training global technology leaders and translating university discoveries to the marketplace.

What We Do

Entrepreneurism Education

The Institute is setting up a joint degree program that matches Rady MBA students with Jacobs School graduate students for practical innovation training in a team environment. The Institute also offers management and engineering courses in leadership, innovation, and business to engineering undergraduate and graduate students.

Entrepreneurism Training

The Institute's von Liebig Center hosts one of the most active NSF I-Corps sites for training engineering and science innovators in the lean start-up and customer discovery methodology. More than 100 teams have already benefited from I-Corps training.

Path to Market Platforms

The Institute continues to enhance its Path to Market platform that includes NSF I-Corps Training, the mystartupXX and StartR accelerators, proof-ofconcept funding, entrepreneurs in residence, the entrepreneur’s showcase and business mentoring. The Institute connects entrepreneurs to capital such as the Triton Technology Fund and the Rady Venture Fund.

Leadership Training

Through the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, students get hands-on training and learn to build teams, manage projects and lead based on their inherent strengths.

Strategic Partners

The Institute provides entrepreneurism and innovation training for a number of global strategic partners in Japan, Korea, Colombia, Honduras and Chile.
The Institute also partners with regional incubators, industry, and the venture community to ensure exciting discoveries are transferred to the marketplace.


UC San Diego Ecosystem

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur is part of UC San Diego's larger ecosystem dedicated to building a culture of innovation and to helping faculty and students translate their discoveries to benefit society.


Our many partners and collaborators include:


UC San Diego Office of Innovation and Commercialization

Facilitates the license and transfer of UC San Diego innovations for the benefit of the University community and the public.

The Basement

Co-working space where entrepreneurial student teams can gather for training, mentoring and networking.

Global Connect

Provides innovation training and supports international delegation visits from governments, universities, and industries.