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Program Overview


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Program Overview


 

Building Entrepreneurs from the Ground Up

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.

 
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Program Tracks


Program Tracks


Getting Started


Seeker (TRACK 1)

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.

 

 

 

SIGN UP HERE

Incubator (TRACK 2)

Provides access to space, mentorship, resources and more. Students must apply and be accepted into the program.

  • Mentoring
  • Domain Experts
  • Resources and Space
  • Prototyping tech.
  • Opportunity to apply for seed funding

Accelerator (TRACK 3)

Provides access to space, mentorship, resources and much more! Like the incubator track, students must apply and be accepted to the program.

  • Fundraising support via help and coaching in pitch prep, introduction to investment opportunities
  • Tailored exit preparation
  • Mentoring
  • Domain Experts
  • Resources and Space
  • Prototyping tech.
  • Opportunity to apply for seed funding



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Visionary Leaders


Visionary Leaders


Jeffrey Belk, B.A. ’83 Economics

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.

 

If you get kids involved in an entrepreneurial mindset, if you get them to learn how to collaborate better, if you get them to learn how to use tools to present themselves, there are going to be two outcomes to The Basement: one, companies are going to flourish, and two they will create real jobs
— Kim and Jeffrey Belk

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Aryeh B. Bourkoff, B.A. ’95 Economics

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.

 

At the time I was at UC San Diego, there was not really talk of launching new ideas beyond research and sciences. The Basement will create some real utility and benefit for the students. Going forward in launching new businesses out of the university is very exciting.
— Aryeh B. Bourkoff

Mark Suster, B.A. ’91 Economics and Political Science

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.

 

Imagine if you had three more Qualcomms in town-how much that would add to the community. The most amazing entrepreneurs would stay here and build local jobs here.
— Mark Suster

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Armin Afsahi, B.A. ’90 Communication

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.

 
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Basement Advisory


Basement Advisory


Armin Afsahi '90 Vice Chancellor, Advancement, University of Denver

Armin Afsahi '90
Vice Chancellor, Advancement,
University of Denver

Aryeh Bourkoff '95 Founder & CEO, LionTree LLC

Aryeh Bourkoff '95
Founder & CEO, LionTree LLC

Mike Hayden '15 CEO, 2014-2015 Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego

Mike Hayden '15
CEO, 2014-2015
Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego

Gloria Negrete Basement Relations & Advancement, Director,  Alumni & Community Engagement, UC San Diego

Gloria Negrete
Basement Relations & Advancement, Director,  Alumni & Community Engagement,
UC San Diego

Mark Suster '91 Partner, Upfront Ventures

Mark Suster '91
Partner, Upfront Ventures

Steph Barry '94 Assistant Vice Chancellor,  Alumni & Community Engagement, UC San Diego

Steph Barry '94
Assistant Vice Chancellor, 
Alumni & Community Engagement, UC San Diego

Dr. Rajesh Grover Assistant Professor, The Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Rajesh Grover
Assistant Professor,
The Scripps Research Institute

Greg Horowitt '80 Co-Founder, Director, T2 Venture Capital

Greg Horowitt '80
Co-Founder, Director, T2 Venture Capital

Allison Long Pettine '04 Founder & President, Crescent Ridge Partners

Allison Long Pettine '04
Founder & President,
Crescent Ridge Partners

Jeffrey Belk ’83 Managing Director, ICT 168 Capital

Jeffrey Belk ’83
Managing Director,
ICT 168 Capital

Dr. Rajesh Gupta Chair & Professor, UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Rajesh Gupta
Chair & Professor,
UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering

Jordan Hudson Principal, Upfront Ventures

Jordan Hudson
Principal, Upfront Ventures

Dr. Lada Rasochova '08 Executive Director, Institute for Innovation and Development, Rady School of Management

Dr. Lada Rasochova '08
Executive Director,
Institute for Innovation and Development, Rady School of Management

Ezekiel Bottorff '16 CEO, 2015-2016 Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego

Ezekiel Bottorff '16
CEO, 2015-2016
Entrepreneur Challenge at UC San Diego

Taner Halicioglu '96 Angel Investor & Lecturer, UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering

Taner Halicioglu '96
Angel Investor & Lecturer,
UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering

Adam Judd Media & Tech, LionTree LLC

Adam Judd
Media & Tech, LionTree LLC

Dr. Paul Roben Associate Vice Chancellor, Office for Innovation and Commercialization, UC San Diego

Dr. Paul Roben
Associate Vice Chancellor,
Office for Innovation and Commercialization, UC San Diego

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Staff


Staff


 

Gloria Negrete

Director, Planning & Strategic Initiatives, and Director of Basement relations & advancement

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.


Silvia Mah

Curriculum design and Strategy

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.

 


 
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AFFILIATES


AFFILIATES



 
 
 

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.

 
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News and Media


News and Media


 
thisweek@UCSD: The Basement is Open for Business

thisweek@UCSD:
The Basement is Open for Business

San Diego Union Tribune: UCSD Launches New Startup Incubator

San Diego Union Tribune:
UCSD Launches New Startup Incubator

San Diego Times: UCSD Opens Basement Space to Budding Entrepreneurs

San Diego Times:
UCSD Opens Basement Space to Budding Entrepreneurs