Triton Innovation Challenge Finals Event

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DateFriday, May 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM

What is the Triton Innovation Challenge?

Triton Innovation Challenge

The Triton Innovation Challenge, now in its ninth year, is a business competition focused on fostering creativity and bringing to the spotlight commercially promising, environmentally focused technologies generated by the finest minds at UC San Diego. Supported through the generosity of The William and Kathryn Scripps Family Foundation Inc., the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

The competition awards cash prizes totaling $11,000 to support new and innovative ideas that relate to the environment (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature.) Environmentally related social innovation ideas and those with or without a prototype are encouraged to apply. All participants are also eligible to compete for up to $300,000 in investment funding from the Rady Venture Fund and Triton Technology Fund. Anyone (students, faculty and staff) affiliated with UC San Diego is invited to apply.

Who can participate?

Any current UC San Diego student, staff or faculty member can apply.  Those with environmentally relevant ideas at all stages of development, including social innovation ideas, are welcome to submit an application.  

What’s the process?

Applications for the 2021 Triton Innovation Challenge are now open! An esteemed panel of reviewers will select semi-finalists to present to judges on May 5th. Semi-finalists who are not selected as finalists will be able to present at a poster session during the final (virtual) event on May 19th.

Activities ahead of the event include:

  • An ICorps program (separate application) for those working on relevant ideas
  • A networking mixer for Rady and JSOE students interested in teaming with colleagues from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on April 9th at 11AM.
  • A pitch prep workshop for semi-finalists


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