Next Gen UCLA: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Next Gen UCLA: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Written and Curated by Elena Pogosova

Resources Available for UCLA Students and Alumni

  • Startup UCLA

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    • Description: Startup UCLA was established in 2012 with the first Summer Accelerator for UCLA students/alumni to develop their tech-startups during a ten-week highly intensive program. The Summer Accelerator provides early-stage startups with a workspace and guidance by top entrepreneurs, investors and skill experts. The ten-week program incorporates best practices and knowledge in entrepreneurship, technology, and design. The teams travel to the Bay Area to visit venture capital firms and startup entrepreneurs, making valuable connections while getting constructive feedback on their pitches from industry professionals. The culminating event is Demo Day when the teams pitch to our growing network of local entrepreneurs and investors.

    • Connect: Keith Gibson, he can help with your idea, startup, or small business. He is a Senior Venture Consultant with Startup UCLA and participated in its 2012 accelerator.

    • Resources:

      • Summer Accelerator

      • Coworking space

      • Consulting services ( )

      • $5,000 credit in Amazon web services

      • $3,000 credit  in Google Cloud Platform services for accelerator startups

      • $3,000 is Airtable services for accelerator startups

      • Legal consulting services

  • Bruin Entrepreneurs

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    • Description: Bruin Entrepreneurs is the premier entrepreneurship organization on campus. Established in 2012, we have fostered the entrepreneurial spirit at UCLA by hosting events, workshops, and speaker series. Our current initiatives include 1000 Pitches, Designathon, Startup Labs, and many more. Our programs and events are designed to spark innovative dialogue between students!

    • Resources:

      • Startup Labs is UCLA’s student-run startup accelerator program. The program offers a mentorship-focused experience with the help of successful entrepreneurs, resources to boost startup growth, and connections to a diverse community of like-minded students.

      • 1000 Pitches designed to kickstart the academic year by promoting the entrepreneurial spirit, 1000 Pitches is a campus-wide pitch competition consisting of two parts: a four-week long campaign where students pitch their ideas to win a free t-shirt, and a final event where the top ten pitches present in front of a panel of judges and an audience. Students are able to pitch through an online video submission and at our pop-up stands on campus.


      • Designation is an annual beginner-friendly design competition hosted by Bruin Entrepreneurs with the goal of fostering design thinking at UCLA. Student designers and creatives from diverse backgrounds and skill levels come together to innovate and create. Students have an incredible opportunity to network with peers and professionals, attend dynamic workshops, seek guidance from expert designers and learn about buzzing opportunities in the design industry.

      • Tech.LA Fellow's is a ten-week summer fellowship program designed to help students dive deeper into the Los Angeles startup scene. Fellows will receive a paid internship in either design, engineering, or business with one of our partner companies. Furthermore, fellows will have a multitude of opportunities to network with industry leaders and join the ever-growing LA entrepreneurial environment.

      • Startup Fair LA, previously named Bruin Startup Fair, aims to connect UCLA’s best and brightest students to premier rising startups in the Los Angeles area. It’s a great way for entrepreneurial-minded students to interact with companies, offering an excellent opportunity for students to find full-time positions and internships in a close-knit startup environment.

      • VC Series Events and Conferences

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