Startup UCLA’s Summer Accelerator provides a workspace, guidance, legal services and mentors to early-stage companies. The ten-week program exposes teams to top entrepreneurs, investors, and technology experts. At the end of the summer, teams pitch their companies to our growing network of local entrepreneurs and investors.


The Barry and Meredith Eggers Entrepreneurial Seed Funding Prize

The prize was established in 2015 with a generous gift from UCLA alumnus Barry Eggers and is awarded to a UCLA student or alumni led team for the development of a startup venture.
A venture capitalist and entrepreneur himself, Barry set up this award to promote entrepreneurship at UCLA and to encourage students from all disciplines to participate.  Barry is very appreciative of the opportunities afforded him by his education at UCLA and hopes that his investment will motivate other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to become involved with UCLA startups and contribute to the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at the university.
2016 Recipient: UAV-IQ | 2017 Recipient: Swifte | 2018 Recipient: Tutorfly | 2019 Recipient: EvalueME | 2020 Recipient: Sike | 2021 Recipient: OYA

The Kirk and Huifen Dunn Entrepreneurial Seed Funding Prize

The prize was established in 2016 with a generous gift from UCLA alumnus Kirk Dunn and is awarded to a UCLA student or alumni led team for the development of a startup venture.
Kirk has worked extensively with established companies, high-growth organizations and Fortune 200 accounts, successfully building strategic sales and product divisions, and leading international expansions.  Kirk set up this award to build on the entrepreneurship opportunities for UCLA students to create their own startups.
2017 Recipient: Escality | 2018 Recipient: Sike | 2019 Recipient: Fil2r | 2020 Recipient: RealAppeal

The Caufield Family Entrepreneurial Seed Funding Prize

The prize was established in 2017 with a generous gift from UCLA alumnus Frank Caufield and is awarded to a UCLA student or alumni led team for the development of a startup venture.
A proud Bruin and serial entrepreneur with a long personal and family history in Silicon Valley, Frank set up this award in order to help support students pursing their startup-up dreams. Paying forward the opportunity, support and kindness Frank received from his UCLA experience is the goal of this award.
2019 Recipient: Mata Inventive | 2020 Recipient: SungaLife