Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) Challenge

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Business Idea Based on Scripps Marine Drug Discovery Takes First Place at Inaugural Triton Greenovation Challenge

Are you working on a project that might have market appeal?
Do you have an idea to turn your research into a commercially viable product?
Want some funding to help you do that?
Enter the TriNet Challenge today!

UC San Diego partnership of the Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering - Triton Innovation Network (TriNet) - encourages anyone with an environmentally relevant idea to apply.

The goal of the Challenge, sponsored by the Scripps Foundation, is to promote commercialization of ideas that impact the environment within the three schools. The top three projects will receive cash prizes and additional mentoring by von Liebig Center advisors.

The Process: Anyone with an environmentally relevant idea or venture and with a current affiliation at Scripps Oceanography, Jacobs School of Engineering, or Rady School of Management may apply – student, faculty or staff.  The application is a short Executive Summary, described below. After all applications have been received, approximately 10 semifinalists will be selected. The semifinalists will be paired with MBA students form the Rady School of Management and von Liebig Advisors to refine their product, market and business concepts and coach them on their presentations. Semifinalists will give 10-minute pitches to a panel of judges and up to five finalists will be selected to give 10-minute presentations at the TriNet Challenge in March 2014 in Wells Fargo Hall at the Rady School of Management. The signature event of the Triton Innovation Network, this well-attended public event draws its audience from the university as well as local business and venture capital communities.

Timeline Cash Prizes
Jan. 24, 2014 – Executive Summaries due
Feb. 7, 2014 – Semifinalists selected and matched with Rady MBA students
March 7, 2014 – Finalists selected
March 2014 (date tbd) - TriNet Challenge
1st place - $6,000
2nd place - $3,000
3rd place - $1,000
Audience prize - $500
All prizes also include additional vLC business advisor mentoring

Executive Summaries Guidelines

Formatting: (pdf, 1 page maximum, 12-point font minimum)

  • Project title
  • Name of the applicant and team members; department, phone and e-mail addresses
  • Describe an unmet need that is being addressed, the market, customer (including any feedback from customers), and the solution/technology that is being applied to address the unmet need, describe the impact on the environment
  • Summarize the current state of development (concept, data available, prototype built)
  • Describe prior funding sources and the status of the intellectual property protection for the technology**

To be considered for the Triton Innovation Network Challenge, applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Jan. 24, 2014:

Questions? Please email Lada Rasochova

**If your technology originates from UC San Diego, you must consult the UC San Diego Technology Transfer Office prior to submitting your application and if applicable, file an invention disclosure.  If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact Sr. Licensing Officer Dave Gibbons (; x40175), Rosibel Ochoa, or Wendy Hunter Barker