Bruin Labs, Wayfinder Incubator, internships & more!

Bruin Labs, Wayfinder Incubator, internships & more!
🌈Happy Pride Month and happy week 10, Bruins! 🌈
Startup UCLA is proud to support student entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and communities. This month we’ll be highlighting LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and stories relating to the LGBTQ+ community within entrepreneurship as part of our Weekly Read. Today, read about funding sources for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, who often face more challenges in securing funding than entrepreneurs of other backgrounds.
Bruin Entrepreneurs is excited to announce that BruinLabs 2021 Applications are now open! BruinLabs is a product and business plan development summer program wherein participants will design their own project with their teams, while also engaging in a series of specialized workshops and panels on product development. Each group will consist of 3-5 college students supported by a Project Manager who will help the participants and act as the team’s guide throughout the 8-week entrepreneurial process. We are looking for participants from all majors, years, and universities. Our program begins on June 21st and ends on August 14th with a Demo Day. 
Please email us at or reach out on Instagram/Facebook (@bruinlabs) with any questions. More information can be found on our website
here. Participant applications are due June 13th – apply here
Lift is seeking a co-founder! 
At lift, we build the next-generation high-resolution flash Lidar imaging systems for autonomous driving based on a proprietary technology developed at UCLA. We are looking for a co-founder(s) who can contribute to our company’s business and/or technology development. Founded by Assistant Professor Liang Gao in the bioengineering department, Lift was part of the 2021 Startup UCLA Faculty Innovation Fellows. If you are interested, please fill in the questionnaire

Swet Tailor is seeking a paid social media intern! 
Swet Tailor, a men’s casual and polished apparel brand in Los Angeles, is looking for a Jr Social Media Manager with some advertising agency experience. This role begins on-site in Los Angeles ASAP. You’ll be creating content and posting to social media channels, develop relationships with your internal creative teams and external partners to ensure that integrated campaigns are being executed to their greatest potential, and stay current on all social trends ensuring that they are brought to your projects as opportunities arise. Learn more about Swet Tailor
here and send your resume to Josh Sterns at to apply for this position. 

Blackstone Charitable Foundation is hiring a summer intern!
Blackstone Charitable Foundation is seeking a dynamic, motivated and hard-working Summer Intern to primarily support the BX Connects and Blackstone LaunchPad programs as well as other Foundation initiatives for 10 weeks, starting June 2021. This position will work across the team in a variety of functions.
here – applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that this internship is paid. 

ELIMS Oral Care is hiring a digital marketing intern! 
ELIMS is looking for a digital marketing intern who help manage our marketing channels and create content. This internship aims to provide students the chance to work with a startup as well as our vendors and partners to address key business problems and identify areas of growth for our startup. We are looking for an undergrad or graduate level student with positive energy, an analytical mindset, a
creative eye, great attention to the small details, and can work autonomously. You also have direct experience with using/managing Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram, email marketing platforms (like Klaviyo), and can navigate Google Analytics. This internship is remote and will pay a $500 stipend. Learn more about ELIMS
here and send your resume to to apply for this position. 

Qvevri is hiring! 
Qvevri was establ
ished by UCLA Anderson MBAs Jack Browning (’22) and Aleksandre Kokhreidze (’21) to introduce natural wines from the Republic of Georgia wines into the US market. Georgia is the birthplace of wine, boasting an 8000-year wine-making tradition and home to an ancient (and delicious!) production method. Launching fully in the fall of 2021, Qvevri aims to bring these amazing wines to the US at affordable prices and bring Georgia to the forefront of the wine-making world. Qvevri is hiring a back end developer, front end developer, marketing management intern, and a UX/UI designer. You can find the full job descriptions here. Please send applications and questions to
Wayfinder Incubator at UCI Beall Applied Innovation
6-month highly-structured incubator that connects UC-affiliated startups with essential resources 
About: Housed inside the Cove @ UCI, our collaborative team of business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and technology transfer experts eat, sleep and drink innovation. Using our combined experience, we help fine-tune a strategic process that leads innovation with both commercial promise and the potential to meet real needs, from formation to funding. Once accepted to the incubator, you’ll have access to critical resources at no cost to your startup, including office hours, guidance and mentorship, lab access, workshops, and networking. 
Application deadline: Apply to Cycle 20 by
June 6th here. Cyle 20 runs from July through December 2021. 

The Slavin Fellowship
 Fellowships will be awarded to students of extraordinary potential pursuing entrepreneurial projects. Fellowship awardees receive support, mentorship, and perks including a $2,500 grant and an invitation to our annual summit. Due to the pandemic, we will not be hosting an in-person summit this year, but we will be looking to get back on track in 2022 for our annual summit.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply
here by June 15th.

ELEVATE 2021: The Growth Accelerator 
Seedcamp and HubSpot for Startups are excited to launch ELEVATE 2021, a free virtual accelerator designed to help early-stage startups learn how to achieve rapid growth through the principles of inbound marketing, sales, and service.
Event date: The growth accelerator will take place on June 22nd and 23rd. Apply
8 Start-Up Funding Sources For LGBTQA+ Entrepreneurs
Before you get your business off the ground (and leave space to grow), you need to raise necessary funds including venture capital and operational working capital funding – and this is one area of business where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer entrepreneurs struggle more than their heterosexual counterparts as some traditional loans aren’t always an option to LGBT business owners. Progress towards diversity in entrepreneur funding is happening, but there is more that needs to be done. If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, and are looking for funding opportunities, read more here.
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