The Torrey Explorers’ Fund (TEF) is a venture capital fund for students of La Jolla Country Day School. Whether students seek to start a business, launch a social campaign, invent a technology or create an art installation, the TEF will offer mentorship by a team of local entrepreneurs and professionals, and/or funding to help bring our students’ ideas to fruition.
— Matt Abbondanzio, Asst. Head of School for Design & Innovation

Work on your idea

Sketch and prototype your idea, research options for completing the project, and make a plan for materials and timeframe.


pitch to the panel

Give a five-minute presentation and participate in a Q&A session with our panel of experts which includes businesspeople, investors, designers, artists, and executives.


Receive mentorship and/or funding

Depending on the feedback from the panel, you will be given a mentor to guide your project and the resources needed to pursue it.


Past Recipients

Divya Chunduru & Valentina Ricardo - 21st Shop

Sydney Strawn & Leah Weiser - Hush Earwear

Joe Ruan & Adam Zhang - Teledrone

Dan Schott & Rostam Reifschneider - Meraki Skate Company

Georgia Lewis - Message to Society Art Installation


Previous Panelists/Advisors

Matt Abbondanzio: Assistant Head of School for Design and Innovation  

Anthony Potamianos: Venture capitalist and current LJCDS parent

Greg McKee: CEO of Connect and current LJCDS parent

Susan Tousi: Senior Vice President of Product Development at Illumina

Paul Roben: Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Technology Commercialization at UC San Diego

Bob Kain: : Chief Executive Officer of Luna DNA, Chairman and Partner of Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center, former Chief Engineering Officer at Illumina, and current LJCDS parent

Don Norman: Director of The Design Lab at UCSD, former Vice President, Advanced Technology Group at Apple

Tina Klein: Founder of Launchpad at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management