Triton Innovation Challenge

Triton Innovation Challenge (TIC) provides the opportunity to gain professional development experience and win cash prizes by applying your science and technology to sustainability.

Are you interested in growing your professional development experience?  

Seeking resources to help develop a new innovative idea or technology?

The 5th annual Triton Innovation Challenge (TIC) provides the opportunity to gain professional development experience and win cash prizes by applying your science and technology to sustainability. This program focuses on fostering creativity around environmentally focused technologies while connecting participants to innovation resources across campus.

The challenge awards cash prizes totaling $11,000 to support new innovative ideas that relate to the environment (comes from, inspired by, or directly impacts nature.) Social innovation ideas and those with or without prototypes are encouraged to apply!

Connect with the program staff and other participants at the following events near you!


TGs Hosted by the Director’s office:  Pizza, Beer and Innovation

Aug. 12  5:00 pm-8:00pm Friday @Surfside

Sept. 30 – 5:00pm-8:00pm Friday @Surfside

Lunch & Learns:

Sept. 13 – Tuesday -  Lunch & Learn 1: Overview of TIC & Learn from a past winner

Sept. 27  Tuesday - Lunch & Learn 2: Overview of OIC & Pitch presentation prep

Deadline & Events 

Oct. 17 – Executive Summaries due

Oct. 21 – Semifinalists selected 

Nov. 16  – Semifinals (Finalists selected)

Nov. 29  –  Triton Innovation Challenge

Enter the Triton Innovation 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 Challenge - 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 Triton Innovation Challenge on November 30, 2016 in Wells Fargo Hall at the Rady School of Management. The signature event of the Triton Innovation Challenge, this well-attended public event draws its audience from the university as well as local business and venture capital communities.

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 October 17, 2016

  • via e-mail to email Gwen Nero

Questions? Please email Gwen Nero 

**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),  or Gwen Nero (