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 for this program and it is open to all UC San Diego students, alumni, and community members.
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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 ICT 168 Capital, LLC, 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.
Steph Barry, a UC San Diego alumna and global business executive, has been appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni and Community Engagement, effective Jan. 29. Barry joins the campus Advancement team following her 19-year tenure at WD-40 Company, where she most recently served as Vice President for Strategic Projects. Headquartered in San Diego, WD-40 Company is a global organization that currently markets its products in 188 countries worldwide.
As vice president, Barry reported directly to the CEO of WD-40, leading a global project of significant (over $200 million) impact to the business. Her extensive leadership experience also includes service as Vice President-Asia, in a role focused on driving growth and profitability of the Asia region, overseeing more than 20 countries, one regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and one wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, China.
Barry graduated from UC San Diego in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also holds a master’s degree in international business from the University of San Diego.
Gloria directs strategic initiatives to advance opportunities and departmental goals. Her experience in higher education embodies work in directing programs, project management, corporate relations, business development, fundraising and advising. She has experience working in public relations, publishing, nonprofits and startups. In a former life, she taught university-level comparative world literature, research writing and communications courses. She has published literary works, holds a graduate degree from San Diego State University and is passionate about innovation.
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.
Kemi manages The Basement, a comprehensive student-centric entrepreneurial and professional development program. She facilitates activities to enhance the relationship between UCSD, student groups and alumni volunteers. Kemi holds a Master of Education in Learning Systems Technology from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and she completed her undergraduate degree in Communication at Michigan State University.
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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.