IGE Technology Accelerator

Announcing a unique Technology Accelerator to fast-track early stage, high impact technologies and effectively shorten the timelines for innovations to enter the market.

  • ​​Funding​ prototype development up to $50,000

  • Path to-Market planning with domain experts and mentors​

  • ​Connections for potential customers, partners and investors​

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE), a joint collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management, is announcing a unique Technology Accelerator to fund Proof of Concept (POC) projects, through a milestone-based program that validates technologies and market potential. Teams selected to participate, will work closely with mentors, domain experts, and industry partners to advance technologies to the near-market prototype stage.


Pre-incorporated teams, consisting of graduate students, postdoctoral, associates, researchers, and faculty. Graduate students and postdoctoral associates should include a faculty mentor.

Technology Focus Areas

Grants will be awarded to support the completion of milestones leading to a prototype or Minimum Viable Product (MVP). While this call for proposals is open to any high impact technology project, we’re especially looking for teams working to advance technologies in the following areas:​

Energy & Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical & Aerospace
  • Nanotechnologies for Energy & the Environment
  • Biomaterials
  • Ecology
  • Oceanography
Digital Health & Personalized Medicine
  • Medical Devices
  • Disease Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Bioinformatics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomedical Eng.
  • Microbiome Research
  • Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • Tissue & Vaccine Eng.
Advanced Computing & Intelligent Networks
  • Machine Learning
  • Sensors & Internet-of-Things
  • Visual Computing
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Wireless Technologies
  • Signal Processing
  • Security & Cryptography
Smart Cities
  • Infrastructure
  • Networks
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Energy Planning
  • Disaster Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Security & Safety

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria includes: Technical foundation, market impact, Intellectual Property strength, team information, milestone-based project plans, and budget estimates.

Intellectual Property

Projects involving university intellectual property (IP) require a disclosure on file with the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC), and any IP must be available for licensing. IP generated in the course of the accelerator program must be assignable to UC San Diego. If your technology originates from UC San Diego and you have not filed disclosure with OIC, or if you have questions regarding intellectual property status, please contact OIC for discussion. Activities funded through the Technology Accelerator are subject to university IP policies and guidelines.


Eligible costs include personnel, materials and supplies, prototyping costs, use of facilities, and other essential expenses. Funding will be disbursed in tranches based on individual milestones. Funds must be spent within 12 months of award date and in accordance with a submitted budget.