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External Events & Opportunities

At the Innovation Hub, we take great pride in our commitment to providing students with comprehensive support. In addition to our internal resources, we also offer a diverse range of external events and opportunities aimed at fostering innovation and creativity within our student community.

Techstars San Diego powered by SDSU

Techstars San Diego is a 13-week accelerator program, where  founders connect with the vast network of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors in the San Diego startup ecosystem to grow their business! The program will bring expertise and resources to founders from SDSU, San Diego and beyond. Techstars San Diego will initially be located on SDSU’s San Diego campus.

Location and Time

  • This event is is being held at San Diego State University
    •  May 22, 2024 - Deadline to apply
    • September 9th 2024 - Accelerator Stars
    • December 5th, 2024 - Demo Day

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California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference 2024

At CEEC 2024: Empower, educators and researchers are brought together to share best practices and engage in discussions around empowering entrepreneurship education and research. All interested educators and researchers are invited to submit proposals to participate in the conference!
*The deadline to participate as a speaker has passed, but you may register to attend!

Location and Time

This event is is being held at San Diego State University, at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center
April 17-18, 2024 – Kickoff and Pre-Conference Events
April 19-20, 2024 – Conference Keynotes and Presentations




She Talks: Women Entrepreneur & Inventor Summit

Lead and Empower Her She Talks, in partnership with the BoldSKY Foundation, are proud to announce the first of its kind Women’s Product Entrepreneur & Inventor Summit. This event promotes and uplifts the innovative ideas of women, bringing their product ideas to light! This Summit offers women an opportunity to pitch their great ideas to a live audience and a panel of esteemed judges.

Pitch Contest

She Talks invites all women inventors and innovators to submit their innovative products for an opportunity to be recognized, celebrated, and awarded for their exceptional contributions in this burgeoning business space. This unique opportunity was designed to highlight the remarkable achievements of women in the field of invention and entrepreneurship.

  • Registration starting at $199.97
  • For lower registration costs / scholarships, please contact

She Talks speakers

Location and Time

When: April 27 - 28, 2024
Where: 1845 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118


Big Bang! Business Competition

The Big Bang! competition at UC Davis can help you to grow as an entrepreneur and as a leader. You'll find opportunities to connect with fellow innovators, learn and apply business concepts in educational workshops, build your team, grow your network—and compete for cash prizes.
Top innovations in the following categories win a $12,500 award: Social Entrepreneurship, Animal Health + Industry, Education + Educational Tools, Energy + Sustainability, and Human Health + Industry. One venture is awarded a grand prize of $25,000.

  • Registration has closed!
  • Finalist teams present to a live panel of external judges on May 15, 2024.  Award winners will be announced at the Big Bang! Awards Ceremony on May 21, 2024.

Location and Time

This event is being held at UC Davis. More information can be provided by clicking the link below! 

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2023 Big Bang! Competition Winners

Read more about the winners!


Collegiate Inventors Competition®

"The Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) gives you the chance to bring national attention to your work, enjoy unique networking opportunities, gain valuable feedback from our National Inventors Hall of Fame® Inductees, and compete for cash prizes and patent acceleration."

  • June 3, 2024 - Applications due 
  • August - Finalists are selected!

Location and Time

  • When: This competition will be held October 16 - 17, 2024
  • Where: Finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the event at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.Apply for the Collegiate Inventors Competition!

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Collegiate inventors finalists


TEDx Escondido: Hidden No More

The California Center of Arts Foundation has partnered with TEDx Escondido, seeking to showcase outstanding ideas from San Diego County Students!
*At the moment, there is no due date posted; please contact for more information.

Location and Time

  • When: August 17th, 2024 
  • Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido

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