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Our Story


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Our Story


There's something happening in The Basement.

In alignment with Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla’s emphasis on entrepreneurship, and with the generosity and vision of its supporters, this site was transformed into the nexus of innovation at UC San Diego – bringing together students and alumni, ideas and inspiration, earnest ambition, and real-world experience. The humble beginnings you see here testify to the growth made possible by innovation, as the page is turned on a new chapter of university history. 

The Basement is a space where student entrepreneurs can gather and be nurtured, and with alumni support and visionary leadership, they can grow companies and social innovation ventures that become the fabric of our community, creating jobs and inspiring a culture of ingenuity and impact. 

The Basement promises opportunity for all university students – regardless of college or department affiliation. The space will provide students with mentors, guidance, and funding to bring innovative ideas to life and further stimulate, encourage, and serve the entrepreneurial spirit of UC San Diego students.  


QUICK STATS

Over $80K raised in competitions and Kickstarter during Inaugural Quarter

Over $80K raised in competitions and Kickstarter during Inaugural Quarter

200 Seeker students engaged during Inaugural Quarter

200 Seeker students engaged during Inaugural Quarter

21 Teams accepted for Inaugural Class in spring 2015

21 Teams accepted for Inaugural Class in spring 2015

50+ Collaborators & Experts Engaged 

50+ Collaborators & Experts Engaged 

60+ Events & Activities hosted in The Basement since February 2015 launch

60+ Events & Activities hosted in The Basement since February 2015 launch

3000+ square feet of co-working space on UCSD campus

3000+ square feet of co-working space on UCSD campus

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OUR Mission


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OUR Mission


 

Moving Big Ideas Forward.

The Basement’s student-centric mission is to stimulate, encourage and serve the entrepreneurial spirit of UC San Diego students by providing a co-work and incubation space.

As a shared campus-wide enterprise managed by Alumni and Community Engagement, The Basement is part of a collective comprised of campus partners, alumni leaders, Alumni and Community Engagement and Career and Professional Development staff.  

Thanks to the visionary leadership and support of Jeff Belk, ’83, ICT 168 Capital, LLC; Aryeh Bourkoff, ’95, LionTree LLC; and Mark Suster, ’91, Upfront Ventures;
The Basement launched on February 6, 2015 and officially accepted its inaugural
class of teams in Spring 2015.