Connecting UCLA students with LA's digital startup scene

Welcome to Startup UCLA

Startup UCLA seeks to develop a culture of startup thinking on campus; to connect students with alumni who are successful in the startup world and with the rapidly growing Southern California startup community; to give students opportunities to learn the basics of startup thinking; and to provide a community in which students can develop and launch their early-stage ideas.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research, The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and the UCLA EURECA Program.

Recent News

After months of planning and preparation, the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA is now officially open to the UCLA community.   The Blackstone LaunchPad is a free campus entrepreneurship program open to all UCLA students and alumni regardless of academic major. We introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path through individualized coaching, ideation, and venture creation [...]

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Join the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA for lunch with Brent Bushnell!  A serial entrepreneur, engineer, and UCLA Bruin. Currently he is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, the LA based experiential entertainment company. The interdisciplinary team strives to make entertainment more enriching and learning fun.   Bio: http://brentbushnell.com/   Covel Commons, Room 203 – Lunch is [...]

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What We Offer

  • A space where students interested in startup thinking, share ideas & hang out.

  • Events, including guest speakers from LA's vibrant digital startup scene.

  • A summer accelerator program, where teams develop ideas into prototypes and business plans

Advisory Board

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Barry Eggers

Lightspeed Venture Partners

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Brian Lee

CEO & Co-Founder at The Honest Company

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Dr. Michael J. Burry

UCLA alumni and CEO, Scion Capital Group. Our earliest outside donor!

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Josh Neumann

Pacific Capital

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Richard Wolpert

Co-Founder, Amplify.LA, Venture Advisor, Accel Partners

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T. Hale Boggs

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Steering Committee

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Andy Atkeson

Professor of Economics

Bea Richman

Director of Development, Undergraduate Education

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Brendan Rauw

Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship

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Charles Corbett

Professor, Anderson School of Management

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Dwight Streit

Director, Institute of Technology Advancement

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Elaine K. Hagan

Executive Director, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

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Jim Stigler

(Chair & Co-Founder) Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences

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Louis Gomez

Professor of Education

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Robert Jadon

Entrepreneur and Investor, Director of Startup UCLA Accelerator

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Tim Groeling

(Co-Founder) Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies

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William Ouchi

Distinguished Professor, Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Chair in Corporate Renewal, Distinguished Professor of Management and Organization