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. 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 with help from The Basement. All university students – regardless of college or department affiliation can access the resource.
The Basement’s mission is to stimulate, encourage and serve the entrepreneurial spirit of UC San Diego students by providing a co-work and incubation space. It is a campus-wide resource managed by the UC San Diego Alumni office with involvement from alumni and external community leaders. The Basement works closely with Research Affairs through its Office of Innovation and Commercialization to structure and offer programming that serves the UC San Diego innovation and entrepreneurial community.
Thanks to the visionary leadership and support of Jeff and Kim 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.