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

Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA is hosting a Pitch Competition showcasing UCLA startup companies, VCs, and alumni.  Startup companies will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges who will then choose the top three startups.   Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:30 – 7:30 pm   RSVP at   We are [...]

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 pm California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium, UCLA Check-in starting at 5:30 pm Includes reception with an opportunity to meet our teams   UCLA Students/Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Friends RSVP Required   The Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator connects UCLA students with L.A.’s digital startup scene by introducing them to successful alumni and providing a [...]

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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

Barry Eggers

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Brian Lee

CEO & Co-Founder at The Honest Company

Dr. Michael J. Burry

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

Josh Neumann

Pacific Capital

Richard Wolpert

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

Ronny Conway
T. Hale Boggs

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Steering Committee

Andy Atkeson

Professor of Economics

Brendan Rauw

Associate Vice Chancellor for Entrepreneurship

Charles Corbett

Professor, Anderson School of Management

Dwight Streit

Director, Institute of Technology Advancement

Elaine Hagan
Elaine K. Hagan

Executive Director, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Jim Stigler

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

Louis Gomez

Professor of Education

M. Alex O. Vasilescu

Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Robert Jadon

Entrepreneur and Investor, Director of Startup UCLA Accelerator

Tim Groeling

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

William Ouchi

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