The Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship at the University of California, San Diego closed shop on June 30 as its grant funding ran out.
The Moxie Center was housed in the Jacobs School of Engineering and began operations in January 2013. A post on the Jacobs School’s blog said that student teams involved at the Moxie Center have transitioned to another on-campus incubator space, The Basement, which is managed by alumni and community members.
Jay Kunin, the Moxie Center’s executive director, will continue to teach entrepreneurship and commercialization classes as a lecturer in the Jacobs School of Engineering and in the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center.
The Moxie Foundation, based in the University Towne Center neighborhood, provided $1 million in funding for the center, said Peter Zahn, the foundation’s president. The foundation is the creation of Irwin Zahn, a businessman who made his career in the garment industry and electronics. The founder of Autosplice Inc. sold the business in 2011.
The Moxie Foundation continues to offer other ways for UC San Diego students — and students at other universities — to experience entrepreneurship, “get their hands dirty and dig into projects,” Peter Zahn said.