The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management have joined forces to create The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur to inspire and prepare engineers to be entrepreneurial leaders and translate technology innovations to market to fuel the economy and benefit society. With a unique blend of education, workshops, and one-on-one mentoring, our programs are geared to help our engineers address real-world issues with technology solutions.

"IGE has made a significant difference in creating an ecosystem where engineers learn business skills, engage with industry mentors, and have access to potential investors. If done right, the translation of innovations coming out of the university creates companies, and positively affects the innovation economy of San Diego."  - Sujit Dey, Director IGE



The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur delivers a unique blend of education, mentorship, and real-world entrepreneurial experience. We merge a proven business curriculum with a technology acceleration environment that leverages UC San Diego’s research strengths - transforming discoveries into market impact.

Technology Acceleration:

The IGE Technology Accelerator provides mentorship and funding for technical and business validation through field testing of near-market-ready prototypes with industry partners or potential customers.

MedTech Acceleration:

The Institute holds a MedTech Accelerator Stage One Bootcamp for UC San Diego affiliated startups 2x year focused on medical technologies. The program provides mentoring, lectures led by industry experts, and access to a network of Investor Partners.

Accelerator Partners:

IGE has established a strong partnership with the Altman Clinical & Translational Research Insititute (ACTRI) and plans to expand its joint activities to strengthen and expand our medical startup community.

Sponsored Accelerators:

The Institute plans to collaborate with industry and investor partners to develop technology-focused acceleration programs. 



The Institute is home to one of the first and most active National Science Foundation-sponsored Innovation Corps, NSF I-Corps sites for training undergrad & graduate engineering and science innovators in the lean start-up and customer discovery methodology.

Our Technology Management program matches Rady MBA candidates with Jacobs School graduate students for practical innovation training in a team environment.

The Institute hosts workshops and lectures around leadership and entrepreneurship.  Speakers include enterprising alumni, industry experts, and innovative faculty.



The Institute provides entrepreneurism and innovation training for several global strategic partners in Japan, Korea, Colombia, Honduras, and Chile. The Institute also partners with regional incubators, industry, and venture communities to ensure exciting discoveries are transferred to the marketplace.