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von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center

Proof of Concept Funding

The von Liebig Center works with government, foundation and industry sponsors to encourage university innovation in specific industry sectors through our Technology Acceleration Programs (TAPs). Regional university inventors are invited to compete for proof-of-concept grants and business mentoring from von Liebig advisors. Faculty or graduate student applicants present their commercialization plans to a panel of industry sector experts, and the most promising technologies and innovation teams receive von Liebig TAPs awards for one year.

Current Funding Opportunities

IEM/Rady Commercialization Project

The Institute of Engineering a Medicine and the Rady School of Management are pleased to announce the launch of the IEM/Rady Commercialization Project sponsored by the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego.

IEM/Rady teams that receive this award will get up to $10,000 in funding, have the opportunity to work with von Liebig Center's Business Advisors to develop a commercialization strategy for their inventions, and design proof of concept studies that will demonstrate market relevance for their research. In addition, selected recipients may have access to services and expertise from UC San Diego's Clinical and Translational Research Institution CTRI affiliated faculty.

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The mystartupXX mission is to promote female students interested in entrepreneurship and help them to pursue their dreams of starting innovative, scalable, technology-driven companies.

Do you have an idea and think it may have a commercial potential? Do you want to explore and test your idea or build a prototype? Do you want to network with other women with similar aspirations? Do you want to be mentored by successful female entrepreneurs? Do you want to start a company and don't know how?

If you answered yes, then this program is for you. Apply by May 1st and become part of the program focused on increasing the number of female founders of innovative technology startups.