Briana Weisinger, MA, MBA was named the University of California, San Diego’s first Startup Advocate in May 2016.
In her role as startup advocate, Weisinger has focused on growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem at UC San Diego, increasing transparency to make ecosystem more accessible internally and externally, democratizing access to resources and launching and leading initiatives that scale across the 60,000+ person campus. This includes high profile initiatives such as the Ignite conference which she founded in 2017 and immediately became the largest university-based entrepreneurial conference in the Cali-Baja region attracting 1500+ investors and entrepreneurs from around the world in its first year. She is also focused on developing relationships and creating bridges between the UC San Diego entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Cali-Baja region.
She is a strong advocate of female entrepreneurs and, in activities that she leads, she strives to meet the 50/50 commitment with an eye on providing examples of female leadership and role models for up-and-coming female entrepreneurs.
Prior to the role as Startup Advocate, she was the Commercialization Analyst in the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego where she was responsible for developing customized programs in the entrepreneurial education space for international organizations.
She is the co-founder and former vice president of the San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs and has experienced the ups and downs of launching and closing her own business in the education industry. She is on the board of directors for Hera Labs, the director of business development for Hera Angels, a graduate of the Startup Leadership Program and she participates in community organizations such as Startup San Diego. Weisinger holds an M.A. in International Relations and an M.B.A.