Faculty Innovation Fellows Application Deadline November 29, 2020

Faculty Innovation Fellows Application Deadline November 29, 2020

Faculty Innovation Fellows Application Deadline November 29, 2020

Application for 2021 Cohort

 

Open informational office hours are being held to answer your questions about the program.  Stop by using this Zoom link at the following times:
November 4, Wednesday, 12 – 1 pm
November 13, Friday, 3 – 4 pm
November 20, Friday, 12 – 1 pm
 
You may also schedule a 1:1 meeting with Deanna Evans or Glentrez Thornton to discuss your project prior to applying.  Schedule venture consulting meeting here.
 
Application Deadline:  November 29, 2020, 11:59 pm
Pitches/Interviews:  scheduled between December 7 – 11, 2020
Notification of Acceptance:   December 18, 2020
Program begins: January 13, 2021
Pitch Showcase:  May 2021 (date TBD)UCLA’s Faculty Innovation Fellows  is a campus-wide program aimed at advancing entrepreneurial excellence and startup culture among faculty.  Due to COVID-19, the program has transitioned to a virtual experience for the 2021 cohort.

Open to all UCLA faculty, 8-10 faculty-led teams will be invited to participate during winter and spring quarters 2021. The program is designed to advance innovative faculty projects into new startups, centers, or non-profits through a series of workshops and 1:1 venture consulting meetings.  Postdocs and project scientists may apply for program with a letter of support from their faculty supervisor.

The program culminates in a virtual public Pitch Showcase to the UCLA community and a network of local entrepreneurs and investors.

Responsibilities
1.  Attend all virtual program events:

  • January 13:  Orientation & Customer Development Workshop
  • February 3:  Legal Formation Workshop
  • March 3:  Fundraising Workshop
  • Week of March 29:   Pitching Workshop
  • Week of April 12:  Pitch Coaching Workshop
  • One-to-one Venture Consulting Meetings with Startup UCLA staff (four 30-minute sessions)
  • Meeting with assigned Mentor
  • Meeting with TDG, as needed
  • Pitch Showcase practice session
  • May 2021 (date TBD):  Present at Pitch Showcase

2.  Commit roughly three hours minimum per week to developing your project/startup
3.  Stay involved with Faculty Innovation Fellows and its alumni network after the program

Qualifications
1. All UCLA Faculty (both senate and non-senate faculty, academic administrators, and lecturers) may apply for the program. Visiting faculty are not, however, eligible.  A list of senate and non-senate titles can be found here: https://www.senate.ucla.edu/about/academic-senate-membership
2. Postdocs and project scientists may apply for program with a letter of support from their faculty supervisor
3. Faculty/postdocs/project scientists must have a project/startup to work on during the program
4. Project/startup must have demonstrated proof-of-concept at time of application
5. Open to receiving feedback and willingness to iterate on project/startup

Perks & Benefits

1.  $2,000 per team for faculty research support funds (may be used for design work for web/print media, brand development, consultations/travel, etc.)
2.  Collaborate with program leaders, Startup UCLA staff, and colleagues across the University
3.  Meet with a mentor with relevant experience to your area of interest
4.  Raise your project’s visibility in the UCLA community and beyond
5.  $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits
6.  $20,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits
7.  Complimentary legal guidance from a premiere law firm


Faculty Innovation Fellows is a collaboration between Startup UCLA, the UCLA Technology Development Group, and, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research & Creative Activities.

If you have any questions about the application or any of the above, please email InnovationFund@tdg.ucla.edu.

 

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