The Basement is a campus-wide resource that all university students – regardless of college or department affiliation can access. Any student with an idea for a business or product concept can apply to join The Basement. Students accepted to the program are provided space and mentorship to develop their business and product concepts. The Basement also hosts open workshops and programs accessible to all students and the community.
Exploratory program for all students who have entrepreneurial aspirations. There is no application process for this program and it is open to all UC San Diego students, alumni, and community members.
Sign up using the form below to join the Seeker track, learn about open workshops and opportunities.
Provides access to space, mentorship, resources and more. Students must apply and be accepted into the program.
Provides access to space, mentorship, resources and much more! Like the incubator track, students must apply and be accepted to the program.
Jeff is managing director of Forecast Ventures, focused on developing and guiding global growth opportunities in the information and communication technology space. Belk spent nearly 14 years at Qualcomm Inc., where he served as senior vice president of strategy and market development. He currently serves on the board of directors for Peregrine, Interdigital Corporation, as well as the Wireless Life Sciences Alliances. He earned an M.B.A. from UC Irvine.
Aryeh is founder and the Chief Executive Officer of LionTree LLC, an independent investment bank based in New York City. Previously, he served as vice chairman and head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS where he held a seat on UBS's global Investment Banking Executive Committee. Before joining UBS, he served as a high- yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets from 1997-99 and Smith Barney from 1995-97. Bourkoff is a director on the boards of select private companies.
Mark is a partner at Upfront Ventures, a venture capital firm that backed both of his previous startups. Before joining Upfront, Suster was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, which he was the CEO of and founded. He was also the founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Armin is the vice chancellor for advancement the University of Denver where he inspires a progressive vision for university advancement, and provides leadership for the university’s global engagement and philanthropy programs. He previously served as the associate vice chancellor for Alumni and Community Engagement at UC San Diego, and chief alumni officer and executive director for the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors (2007-2015). He is a seasoned advancement professional with more than 20 years of private and public sector experience. He received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from UC San Diego’s Revelle College, and an M.B.A. from the University of San Diego.
Gloria directs strategic initiatives to advance opportunities and departmental goals. She worked with The Basement's Alumni Founders and the UC San Diego Alumni office to drive establishment of The Basement in 2015. Gloria’s background in higher education spans many years working in directing programs, program development, project management, corporate relations, fundraising and advising. Gloria has led business and entrepreneurial related programming for seven years within institutions for higher education. She has a strong background in working with startups, business and entrepreneurial programming. Gloria is an experienced publicist and freelance writer with expertise in higher education, publishing, nonprofits and startups. In a former life, she taught university-level research writing, communications and comparative world literature. She is a published writer of literary fiction and poetry. Gloria earned a graduate degree from San Diego State University.
Dr. Mah is a premier advocate for empowering womenowned businesses on a global level by promoting, nurturing, and investing in socially relevant new ventures that allow women to excel around the world. Through her work, Dr. Mah has identified challenges unique to female entrepreneurs. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Molecular Biology from UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, an M.B.A. from UC San Diego Rady School of Management, and a B.S. in Biology with Honors from Pepperdine University. She is currently CEO of Hera Labs and a Founding Partner of Hera Fund. Dr. Mah is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and currently resides in San Diego with her husband and three kids. Family is most important to Dr. Mah, and she advocates for a healthy integration of work and life.
The Basement is the headquarters of UC San Diego’s Entrepreneur Challenge, a student organization that promotes the commercialization of research and innovation that occurs along Torrey Pines Road.
The mission of E-Challenge is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals so they can shape the world of tomorrow by securing the health of San Diego’s economy today.
The Entrepreneur Challenge focuses on start-ups from the inception phase to the early seed-stage. The goal is to give teams the confidence and resources necessary to launch a successful company that might not otherwise exist.
The Rady School of Management offers a series of undergraduate business and entrepreneurship courses. These hands-on classes are open to all undergraduate students coming from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students interested in entering careers in innovation-driven fields or launching their own business can cultivate and expand on their business ideas and gain a broad understanding of business theory, practices, and applications. Rady offers three minors each consisting of seven classes – Business, Accounting , and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Information on the minors and course offerings can be found on the Rady Undergraduate Programs website: rady.ucsd.edu/undergrad.