Supporting Advanced Stages of Innovation

These funding mechanisms support advancing technologies that have been proven feasible in the market, but require substantial commercialization support in order to be commercially viable.

Tech Coast Angels will invest in earlier stage technologies if the technology is compelling and has significant market potential.

  • Triton Innovation Fund invests in UC San Diego affiliated innovations in the software, communications, electronics, materials, medical devices and instruments sectors. The Fund is externally managed by seasoned venture capitalist, UC San Diego alumnus, and managing director at Sierra Ventures.
  • MystartupXX is a year-long accelerator program focused on supporting female students and postdocs across UCSD interested in entrepreneurship and starting innovative, scalable, technology-driven companies.. The accelerator provides mentoring, co-working space, workshop, access to funding for selected teams, and network of supporters and peers. For more information and application guidelines contact Lada Rasochova.
  • Tech Coast Angels have two investment arms. Their Core Investment Arm invests seeks companies that are for the most part generating revenue and looking for $250K-$1M in funding. This group comprises 5 chapters in the Southern California area and is one of the largest and second most active angel investor groups in the US with 113 members. They accept 12-15 applications each month. Four to five finalists are invited to pitch each month for monthly screening. The entire process takes approximately 3 months. Their Seed Investment Arm is comprised of approximately 20 investors seeking to invest in early stage (pre-revenue) companies with strong market potential. To be considered for seed funding, contact Jeff Draa, Chairman of the Board of Directors.