From the beginning, Startup UCLA has 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.




Engagement in Startup UCLA events



Startup UCLA’s Summer Accelerator cohorts


Ventures Supported

Companies that Startup UCLA has supported


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.

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.


Robert Jadon

Co-Founder, Interim Executive Director & Summer Accelerator Director

Joanna Reynolds

Assistant Director & Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Tim Groeling

Co-Founder & Professor & Chair, Department of Communication

Leigh Harris

Director of Curricular Initiatives, Undergraduate Education


Alex Capecelatro

Co-Founder & CEO, Josh.ai

Alice Kao

Co-Founder & CEO, Sender One Climbing

Ashley Merrill

Founder & CEO, Lunya Co-Founder, The Deep Chairwoman, Outdoor Voices

Barry Eggers

Founder, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Bob Murphy

President, MurCal

Brian Lee

Co-Founder & Managing Director, BAM Ventures

Brian Thomas

Founder, Clutter Venture Partner, Resolute Ventures

Eytan Elbaz

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Social Native Co-Founder, Scopely

Frank Caufield

Managing Partner & Founder, Darwin Ventures

James Shaw

Former Engineering Manager, Uber

Jesse Draper

Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures//Valley Girl Inc.

Jim Armstrong

Managing Director & Co-Founder, March Capital Partners

John Tabis

Founder & Chairman of the Board, The Bouqs Co.

Kevin Henrikson

VP of Engineering, Instacart

Kimberly Bertz

Head of Workplace Services & Experience Wells Fargo & Company

Kirk Dunn

Investor, Cerebra

Lawrence Chew

Assistant General Counsel, Varian Medical Systems Managing Partner, CSMI Ventures Founder, RealtyBates

Michael Brown

Corporate Partner, Fenwick and West LLP

Michael Wynholds

CEO, Carbon Five Inc.

Natasha Case

CEO & Co-Founder, Coolhaus

Radhika Tandon

Chair of Advisory Council, Founder, Workdom Co-Founder, ISHARYA CMO, Tandon Group

Raj Judge

Co-Chair, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Richard Wolpert

Executive Chairman, HelloTech Inc., Venture Advisor, Amplify.LA, Venture Advisor, Accel Partners

Scott Dudelson

Co-Founder, Prodege

Skot Carruth

CEO & Co-founder, Philosophie Group Inc.

Susan Feldman

Founder, In The Groove Co-Founder, One Kings Lane