Jason Steiner, PhD is an Associate with T2 Venture Capital and works with both T2’s consulting and venture arms. As a consultant, Jason is engaged with the research and development of policy content and recommendations on the evolution of innovative economic ecosystems. Concurrently, he is involved with the assessment of early stage investment opportunities with emphasis in the life sciences.
Prior to joining T2VC, Jason has been actively engaged for nearly a decade in both the entrepreneurial and research communities of San Diego. As a doctoral student at the University of California at San Diego, specializing in applications of nanotechnology to biology, Jason served as a core member in the development of the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, a grass-roots entrepreneurial development program that provides entrepreneurial training to aspiring student entrepreneurs, connects them with members of the San Diego community, and seed funds several student-led ventures. Ultimately becoming CEO of the organization, Jason was responsible for managing a team of 17, independently raising and operating a budget in excess of $120,000 and serving as a liaison between the student body at UCSD and private industry. The Entrepreneur Challenge has grown to become one of the largest and most successful programs at UCSD and has incubated and seed funded dozens of student-led San Diego startups through its development and hosting of the premiere business plan competition at the university. After completing his academic road, Jason has continued his leadership in the San Diego entrepreneurial community both with T2VC and as an analyst with the Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the US, focusing on life science due diligence.
Jason holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biomedical Engineering from UC San Diego, and a PhD in Materials Science from the same. He was the recipient of the prestigious Jacobs School of Engineering Scholarship, a full four-year scholarship awarded by invitation only for academic and leadership excellence to approximately ten students per year and funded directly by Irwin Jacobs, the founder of Qualcomm. Additionally, Jason was a UC Regents Scholar, a National Merit Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from his programs. He is a published author, both academic and journalistic and has spent nearly two full years independently travelling internationally. He has been involved in photojournalism projects in India, taught English in China, and hitchhiked over 3,000 miles across Europe and Asia.