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E Challenge

Our Mission

The Entrepreneur Challenge is a UCSD Student Organization that promotes the commercialization of the incredible research and innovation that occurs along Torrey Pines Road.

The mission of the Entrepreneur 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 in order that they might 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. Our goal is to give teams the confidence and resources necessary to launch a successful company that otherwise might not exist.

Our Method

The Entrepreneur Challenge operates on an annual cycle aligned with the academic calendar, culminating in our final event – The Business Plan Finals. To accomplish our mission, we use a building block approach:

  • 1

    INSPIRE

    Through our Major Events where successful entrepreneurs discuss their experiences, we try to promote a startup culture and inspire a new generation of creators.

  • 2

    TEAM-BUILD

    Through networking events and our online portal, we connect UCSD students and Torrey Pines researchers who form well-rounded multidisciplinary founding teams.

  • 3

    EDUCATE

    Through our Workshop Series we prepare teams for the rigors of due diligence and business presentations.

  • 4

    MENTOR

    Through an incredible network of industry experts, we link teams with local area professors and professionals who provide timely advice as the team determines their strategy.

  • 5

    CONNECT

    Through our relationships with CONNECT, CommNexus, and other local area programs and professionals, we are able to connect teams to the wealth of local resources within the San Diego Entrepreneur Ecosystem.

  • 6

    AWARD

    Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to award over $100,000 in cash and professional services to the winners of our competitions which gives them both seed-funding and early publicity.

Upcoming Events

  • 10/28 5:30-8pm

    Entrepreneur Challenger Networking Night

    WITH

    Tech Coast Angels

    @ Porter's Pub

    Attend
  • 10/29 Time TBA

    Entrepreneur Challenge

    WITH

    Video Showcase

    @ Von Liebig Center

    Attend
  • 11/3 6 - 8pm

    TBA

    @ TBA

    Attend
  • 11/4 Time TBA

    Entrepreneur Challenge

    Elevator Pitch
    Applications Open

    @ TBA

    Attend
  • 12/1 - 12/5 Time TBA

    Entrepreneur Challenge

    WITH

    Elevator Pitch
    Seminar Series

    @ TBA

    Attend
  • 2015 Upcoming Events

    • January Elevator Pitch Competition
    • Febuary Startup Career Fair
    • March Women in Business Series
    • April Hackathon
    • May High Tech 100K Business Plan Competition
    • June Bio/Med Tech 100K Business Plan Competition

Previous Winners

2014

SymbiO2 has developed a photosynthetic scaffold technology that provides physicians with next-generation tools for the treatment and functional restoration and healing of damaged or diseased tissues.

ProductBio’s data platform and web tools enable automatic product meta-data capture, evaluation, and reporting.

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

Videos

BioTech/MedTech Winners

May 31st, 2013

Tech/Innovation Winners

June 7th, 2013

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Friends

Team

  • Michael HaydenCEO
  • Sidao LiCOO Sponsorship/Recruiting
  • Joel SnedekerSponsorship Officer
  • Daniel LindseyCFO
  • Zeke BottorffCOO Marketing/Media
  • David PeckMarketing Officer
  • Lavelle LiCTO
  • GregMarketing/Advertising Officer
  • Chris DuffCOO Events/Organic
  • Ian McNairDirector of Programs

Executive Board

  • Peter Preuss

    Co-Chair

  • David Eichhorn

    Co-Chair

  • David Manley

    Sponsorship

  • Peter Butler

    Hack-a-thon Coordinator

  • Jason Steiner

  • Dany Kitishian

  • Rajesh Grover

  • Tom Cohen

  • Kenan Azam

  • John Yamauchi

  • Phil Bresnahan

    Past Chief Financial Officer

  • Michael Benchimol

    Past Institutional Liaison

  • Yuchen Cao

    Past Director of Marketing

  • Helen Saad

    Past COO

  • Corbin Clawson

    Past Director of Programs

Upcoming Events

  • 10/28 5:30-8pm

    Entrepreneur Challenger Networking Night

    WITH

    Tech Coast Angels

    @ Porter's Pub

    Attend
  • 10/29 Time TBA

    Entrepreneur Challenge

    WITH

    Video Showcase

    @ Von Liebig Center

    Attend
  • 11/3 6 - 8pm

    TBA

    @ TBA

    Attend
  • 11/4 Time TBA

    Entrepreneur Challenge

    Elevator Pitch
    Applications Open

    @ TBA

    Attend
  • 12/1 - 12/5 Time TBA

    Entrepreneur Challenge

    WITH

    Elevator Pitch
    Seminar Series

    @ TBA

    Attend
  • 2015 Upcoming Events

    • January Elevator Pitch Competition
    • Febuary Startup Career Fair
    • March Women in Business Series
    • April Hackathon
    • May High Tech 100K Business Plan Competition
    • June Bio/Med Tech 100K Business Plan Competition

Looking to grow?

Label Creative has helped UCSD E Challenge alumni grow their business and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars on crowdfunding websites. They specialize in brand development, UX/UI and video production. They partnered with E Challege to create Risking Aspirations and built this website.

Visit The Label Creative website