About Us (OLD)

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Barry Eggers
Co-Founder & Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Brian Lee
Co-Founder, The Honest Company
Dr. Michael J. Burry
Founder, Scion Capital Group. Our earliest outside donor!
Michael Brown
Partner, Fenwick and West LLP
Richard Wolpert
Co-Founder, Amplify.LA, Venture Advisor, Accel Partners, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech
T. Hale Boggs
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips


Andy Atkeson
Professor/Director of Business Economics, UCLA Department of Economics
Bea Richman
Director of Development, Undergraduate Education
Charles Corbett
Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Dwight Streit
Director, Institute of Technology Advancement
Elaine K. Hagan
Executive Director, UCLA Anderson Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Jim Stigler
Professor of Psychology, UCLA; former Assoc. Dean for Research & Innovation
Louis Gomez
Professor of Education, UCLA; former MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning
Robert Jadon
Entrepreneur and Investor, Director of Startup UCLA Accelerator
Tim Groeling
Professor & Chair, Department of Communication Studies; Co-Founder, Startup UCLA
William Ouchi
Distinguished Professor & Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Chair in Corporate Renewal, UCLA Anderson School of Management


Aaron Hirschhorn
Founder & CEO, DogVacay
Alex Capecelatro
CEO, Josh.ai
Alex Karelin
Founder & CEO, TulaCo
Alex Quilici
CEO, YouMail
Bob Holmen
Managing Director, Miramar Venture Partners
Brent Bushnell
CEO, Two Bit Circus, Inc.
Brian Kelly
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Brian Lee
Co-Founder, The Honest Company
Bryan Ciambella
Principal, B Capital Group
Eric Jaffe
Founder & COO, ChowNow
Eric Wu
Vice President of Product, BloomNation
Eva Ho
General Partner, Fika Ventures
Evan Strauss
Angel Investor
George Ishii
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Comparably
Hans Yang
Product & Operations Executive, BCG Digital Ventures
Howard Marks
Co-Founder & CEO, StartEngine Crowdfunding
Jack Tsai
Technology Entrepreneur, Investor
Janet Zhou
Product Manager, YouTube
Jarl Mohn
President & CEO, NPR
Jim Armstrong
Managing Director, March Capital Partners
John Shiple
CTO, FreelanceCTO
Jon Funk
Founder, Ocean Road Partners
Julia Lam
Founder, Tara&Co.
Kara Nortman
Partner, Upfront Ventures
Kelly Perdew
Managing Partner, DuMont Project, Moonshots Capital
Lane (Halley) Goldstone
Co-Founder, Brooklyn Copper Cookware
Larisa Summers
SVP, E-Commerce & Digital Marketing
Lee Weinberg
Manager, Dauntless Fund; Partner, Weinberg-Gonser LLP
Matt Gray
Engineering Executive, Honey
Michael Green
Former Chairman of Tech Coast Angels; Current Managing Parnter at Dakota Financial, LLC
Michael Greenberg
Co-Founder & CEO, Retina.ai
Michael Howse
Entrepreneur, Investor and Technology Executive
Mike Horowitz
Chief Product Officer, Bridg
Mike Jones
CEO, Science; Former CEO of MySpace
Mike Wynholds
Owner and CEO, Carbon Five
Mitra Best
Chief Innovation Officer and the New Ventures Principal, PwC
Paige Craig
Angel Investor
Peter Cowen
Managing Director, Sutton Capital Partners, Inc.
Richard Wolpert
Co-Founder, Amplify.LA, Venture Advisor, Accel Partners, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech
Rocky Gunderson
Founder, SierraRock
Royce Disini
Founder, Mobcrush
Sam Teller
Director, Office of the CEO at SpaceX and Tesla
Sarah Fergusson Chambless
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Tami Reiss
Product Leader, Justworks
Terry Kramer
Adjunct Professor, UCLA Anderson School of Management; former U.S. Ambassador; former Vodafone Group Executive
Tom McInerney
Angel Investor
Tony Karrer
Founder & CEO, TechEmpower


Deanna Evans
Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Programs

Robert Jadon
Director, Startup UCLA's Summer Accelerator
Entrepreneur, Investor

Jaime Balboa
Assistant Vice Provost for Summer Sessions, Communications, and External Partnerships

Keith Gibson
Assistant Director

Jerry Ciolino
Program & Marketing Coordinator

Matthew Austin
Community Outreach Associate & Venture Consultant

Leah Nanni
Community Outreach Associate & Venture Consultant

Jasmine Highsmith
Community Outreach Associate & Venture Consultant


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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.

So far, Summer Accelerator entrepreneurs have created and attracted funding for innovative startups ranging from mobile applications to educational technology and eCommerce platforms. An added benefit is the collaboration among teams with the Accelerator becoming a testing ground for ideas and approaches across team members.

From the beginning, Startup UCLA sought to develop a culture of startup thinking on campus, to connect students with alumni who are successful in the startup world, 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.

It quickly became evident that UCLA students/alumni are passionate about being entrepreneurs by the attendance at on-campus entrepreneurship events, the growing number of Summer Accelerator applications each year, and the creation of student groups such as Bruin Entrepreneurs.

Being awarded the three-year Blackstone LaunchPad grant with UCI, USC, and LAEDC was seen as an opportunity for UCLA to bring in a high-quality structured program that directly strengthens current opportunities and would add to the entrepreneurial resources offered to UCLA students/alumni by Startup UCLA.

The Blackstone LaunchPad introduces entrepreneurship as a viable career option with focus on students who are earlier in the entrepreneurial education process. Through venture consultant meetings, mentoring, workshops, and events, the Blackstone LaunchPad helps students use their education to start new businesses, find viable careers in entrepreneurship, and create jobs.

Through the Blackstone LaunchPad at UCLA and the Summer Accelerator, Startup UCLA provides a community in which students/alumni can develop and launch their ideas.

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