Jacques Chirazi is the Director of Student Entrepreneurship at University of California San Diego. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Blackstone Launchpad and The Basement, including oversight, solicitation of grant funding, stewardship, marketing and educational workshops for all student entrepreneurship programs.
Prior to this position, Jacques was the Business Development Manager for the City San Diego’s Economic Development Department. He was responsible for creating, implementing and supporting initiatives that supports emerging industry clusters in San Diego (e.g. cleantech, robotics, cyber-security, genomics, health IT, analytics, and artificial intelligence). Through his work with the Biomimicry Institute, Jacques has designed and launched the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs bring nature-inspired solutions to market.
He received a Master degree from University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies with an emphasis in International Environmental Policy, a Master degree from Arizona State University School of Life Sciences in Biomimicry and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Diego State University’s School of Business Administration. He currently teaches sustainability courses to business professionals at the University of California, San Diego Extension. Finally, Jacques is a Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M), and LEED-GA.