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Policy & Strategy Entrepreneurship Lab

With support from the center, associate professor Liz Lyons has launched a new lab designed to develop and support early-stage ventures with high-impact potential in the school’s areas of expertise and to complement the entrepreneurship and innovation management training offered at GPS and across campus.  

The Policy & Strategy Entrepreneurship Lab (PSE-Lab) brings together San Diego’s strengths in technology and entrepreneurship, GPS’ robust network of successful entrepreneurs and early-stage investors and its globally recognized expertise in energy and environmental policy, China, emerging markets, national security, governance and sustainability.

Mission and Activities

The PSE-Lab’s mission is to improve the speed and impact of technology commercialization in high-priority areas.

Over the medium term, the lab will build out educational experiences and support an entrepreneurship certificate for GPS students.


During the first two years, the lab will focus on rolling out its venture program, a seven-month program designed for startups based primarily in the San Diego region. The program will offer:

  • Mentorship from the PSE-Lab’s council
  • Access to scientific and industry experts
  • Use of legal and financial advice
  • Guest lectures and online courses on startup fundamentals
  • Access to a pool of potential co-founders for startups that need to grow their teams

To participate in the program, ventures will need to apply, and selection will be based on potential for success and fit with the lab’s priority areas.

Learn More

To learn more about the PSE-Lab, please contact Liz Lyons.