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Moxie Center

The gift from the Moxie Foundation that created and sustained the Center for three years has run its course. Entrepreneurship, however, is alive and well at the Jacobs School of Engineering. It is a key part of the Jacobs School’s mission to transfer discoveries for the benefit of society.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in entrepreneurship programs at the Jacobs School, check out these resources:

In addition, there are a number of entrepreneurship classes offered within various engineering departments of the Jacobs School of Engineering UC San Diego course catalog.

For more, check out this documentary highlighting entrepreneurship at UC San Diego.

The Moxie Center has been a tremendous resource for students at the Jacobs School of Engineering and for the campus as a whole. The Moxie Foundation made a significant investment in entrepreneurship at the Jacobs School of Engineering, for which the Jacobs School is sincerely grateful. Read a Moxie Center wrap-up here.

The Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship is an educational program open to all UCSD students. We provide expertise, facilities, resources and connections that allow students to learn to be effective entrepreneurs.

The Center's events include seminars, workshops, mixers, PitchFests, open houses, poster sessions and speakers, often in conjunction with other programs on campus. We also provide entrepreneurial content to courses within the Jacobs School of Engineering, and manage the annual Zahn Prize competition.

The Center provides experiential entrepreneurship education through our Entrepreneur's Academy. These no-cost, no-credit courses use a combination of Lean Startup and Disciplined Entrepreneurship models, to guide student entrepreneurs through customer development, market analysis and business planning.

The Moxie Center's Teaching Incubator offers admitted student teams access to workspace, tools, equipment and supplies, including 3D printing, machine shops, and electronics fabrication, to help develop product prototypes. The Incubator program also includes classes, mentoring and assistance from industry and professional advisors.

Moxie Center Volunteer Advisor Opportunities

U-T San Diego Press Release 2014 Zahn Prize Competition Finalists Moxie Center

Want to develop your dream?

The Moxie Incubator provides:

  • Lab Workspace, Tools and Equipment
  • Education on how to build a startup company
  • Mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and business experts
  • Advisors in corporate and IP law, marketing, manufacturing, etc.
  • Networking Partnership

The Moxie Center is pleased to announce a partnership with that will provide Moxie Center student startups free access to Amazon’s new AWS Activate program for early-stage companies.   The Amazon program will provide each eligible Moxie Center startup a substantial grant for use of the AWS cloud computing platform, including servers, databases, payment services, etc.  These resources allow for support of online applications ranging from simple websites to complex SaaS applications.  Moxie Center startups will also receive free training, one year of free AWS Business Support, access to Startup Forums, and other AWS Activate services.

We are grateful to for their support of the Moxie Center’s mission to educate entrepreneurs and encourage students to “dream, design, develop” their ideas into businesses.


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Entrepreneur's Academy: Spring Program

An introductory, hands-on class in building a company: what's needed to get from an idea or techonology to a successful business. Open to all UCSD students.

Learn more and register here.


Funding Opportunities for Student Startups:

San Diego Social Innovation Challenge
Student social venture competition organized by the Center for Peace and Commerce at USD. Compete for funding to launch or expand your idea.

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator
Accepted teams will be offered $120K in funding and receive one-on-one guidance from world class mentors. Application deadline is March 8th. Apply now!

National BMEidea competition offers collegiate biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive criticial early-stage validation of their ideas.

Up to $100k grants available to student startups. Application open now.

Triton Technology Fund
Investing in UCSD-affiliated innovations in the software, communications, electronics, materials, medical devices and instruments sectors.

UCSD E-Challenge
Focusing on start-ups from the inception phase to early seed-stage. The goal of E-Challenge is to give teams the confidence and resources necessary to launch a successful company.