|Happy week seven, Bruins!
Startup UCLA thanks our veterans for their service and commitment to protecting each one of us. As we celebrate Veterans’ Day this week, we have highlighted a few of the resources for our veteran entrepreneurs, especially the opening of the Veteran Resouce Center on campus in our weekly read.
Please join us for the second Bruin Impact Challenge Event – “Social Impact Ideas 101″– on Nov. 15 at 2:30 pm on Zoom! 🌟
After an interactive Q&A with our guest speaker, attendees will learn how to define and validate the problem you’re trying to solve and human-centered approaches to uncover the feasibility, viability, and desirability of your idea to ensure the results are positive for the people and places you’re hoping to impact. Learning these tools will help you best articulate your validation plan in your Bruin Impact Challenge proposal and pitch.
Learn more and register at the link in our bio or by visiting ucla.startuptree.co.
Stay tuned for one more upcoming workshop!
UCLA’s Innovation Fellows is a campus-wide program aimed at advancing entrepreneurial excellence and startup culture among faculty and postdocs. The 2022 program is intended to be hybrid with in-person and Zoom events.
Open to all UCLA faculty and postdocs, 8-10 teams will be invited to participate during winter and spring quarters 2022. The program is designed to advance innovative projects into new startups or non-profits through a series of workshops and 1:1 venture consulting meetings. Postdocs and project scientists may apply for the program with a letter of support from their faculty supervisor.
The program culminates in a public Pitch Showcase to the UCLA community and a network of local entrepreneurs and investors. Learn more and apply by November 28th here.
|Cinnamongirl is looking for an Entrepreneurship Instructor/Program Lead!
Cinnamongirl is a nonprofit focused on the success of young women of color. For their new Entrepreneurgirl program, launching in January 2022, they need one instructor/program lead, who can guide their Entrepreneurgirls (max 20 girls) through the Mindset & Milestones workbook and its modules and assignments. You don’t necessarily have to have a deep knowledge of entrepreneurship, but you have an affiliation with the subject, e.g. you are an entrepreneur, enrolled as an MBA student, etc. Where possible, the masterclasses will be in-person in the Bay Area, with out-of-town attendees Skyping in. Learn more information about the position here. If interested in applying, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 20.
YoBuzz is seeking entrepreneurial spirited interns!
YoBuzz is a UCLA student startup and it’s growing too fast!! YoBuzz is a functional plant-based coconut protein shake. They need help selling at farmers’ markets in Venice, Brentwood, and Mar Vista. If you want to come and learn to have fun selling to progressive and influential people this is your ticket to learn. Their company is growing and this could be an awesome opportunity for someone interested in food start-ups. They also need help with manufacturing if you want to learn that side of the business, they are there to train you and give you the confidence to go out in the world and become the entrepreneur you always knew you could be! Email: email@example.com your resume and why you think you have the tenacity of an entrepreneur!
Education Innovation Case Competition
What: Design an innovative technology solution that addresses a problem aligned to achieving accessible and equitable quality education.
About: Call for Code is hosting a case competition that should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to the theme and demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. A prize pool of $37,000, which includes invitations to various programs and internship opportunities.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 10 here.
SXSW 2022 Pitch
What: A showcase of some of the global startup ecosystem’s most exciting, innovative, and cutting-edge technology.
About: SXSW Pitch provides an outlet for companies to present the latest ideas in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice; Enterprise & Smart Data; Entertainment, Gaming & Content; Extended Reality & Immersive Technology; Future of Work; Health, Wearables & Wellbeing; Innovative World Technologies; Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics; Social & Culture to a panel of industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the Venture Capitalist / Angel community. Calling startups to join them.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 11 here.
SXSW Innovation Awards
What: Recognizing the most exciting creative developments in the connected world, celebrating the ever-widening variety of technological advancements, achievements, and discoveries.
About: Five Finalists in each category will be chosen to exhibit their projects at the fifth annual Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase during SXSW 2022, where the Finalist Judges will determine the winner in each category and the Best of Show. SXSW audiences attending the Finalist Showcase will also vote to determine the winner of the People’s Choice award. Participation in the Finalist Showcase is required for consideration in all award categories.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 11 here.
Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program
What: A year-long program to help women lead, grow and scale their business.
About: Through this program, you will receive one year of virtual education programming, workshops, and business guidance; a $5,000 grant for business education; access to private online peer community; and a trip to NYC for culminating networking and community-building.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 12 here.
U.S. Digital Corps
What: An early‑career technology opportunity for recent graduates from qualifying associates, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs, as well as reskilling and other certificate programs.
About: The five broad skill tracks include software engineering, data science and analytics, product management, design, and cybersecurity. The fellowship is a paid, full‑time position that offers a competitive salary and benefits. The Digital Corps will support in‑person, hybrid, and distributed Fellows, subject to the telework policies of host agencies. It will begin the two-year program at the GS‑9 pay level and receive a recruitment incentive. Salary will be based on Fellows’ work location.
Candidates must meet all eligibility requirements.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply starting November 8 until November 15 here.
Big Ideas Competition
What: Provides students, even those with the earliest of early-stage ideas, with the platform and structure necessary to create – launch – fund & scale their innovations.
About: Receive extensive feedback (~10 pages) from industry experts who review your proposal, workshops, and online resources to help you refine your idea, team building, mentorship, and networking opportunities. You can win up to $20,000 for your social innovation. Over the past 15 years, the Big Ideas Contest has supported 520 winning teams who are now making an impact across the world.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 18 at 1 PM here.
Startup Labs Startup Accelerator
What: Startup Labs is an in-house pre-accelerator program hosted annually by UCLA’s premier entrepreneurship organization, Bruin Entrepreneurs.
About: Whether you have a startup that has already begun generating revenue or just an idea, Startup Labs can help you build and grow your startup. Over a twelve-week period, they will help the founders grow their startups by providing them with mentorship, virtual working spaces, valuable connections, and any other resources they need. At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to pitch at their Demo Day, in front of a live panel of VC judges.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 26 here.
Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator
What: This program focuses on innovations that make the world a better place [the 40 companies who have participated in the past have raised over $159 million, and have a combined market cap of $373 million across multiple LA-based programs].
About: To participate in this program, companies should have at least 2 full-time founders, have raised $2M or less, and at a valuation of $10M or less. Techstars LA is fully committed to investing in underrepresented founders that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles’ multicultural community.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by December 1 here.
Bruin Impact Challenge Competition
What: To cultivate early-stage ideas that drive positive social and environmental impact.
About: The Bruin Impact Challenge invites students from ALL backgrounds and majors to bring ideas in the following tracks: Social Ventures, Creative Projects, Advocacy, and Strategic Giving. This challenge will provide you with the resources for your idea and the opportunity to win cash from a prize pool of $10,000!
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by December 5 here.
Rice Business Plan Competition
What: Internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and Rice Business, it offers an educational program mirroring real-world experience through this multi-day event for student startups from across the world.
About: Student founders pitch to investors, receive feedback and advance your startup. There is also significant time designated for interaction with the judges and prize sponsors—providing valuable access and experience with both early-stage and later-stage investors. The tracks for the competition include Sustainability, Hard Tech, Life Sciences, Digital Experiences and Consumer Services. $1.6 Million in investment, cash and in-kind prizes was awarded to the teams at the 2021 Virtual Rice Business Plan Competition. The competition will take place on April 7-9, 2022 at Rice University.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by January 1 here.
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition
What: Chapters and partners of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) will host competitions at the local and national levels, which will serve as qualifying events in the competition journey to the GSEA Global Finals.
About: You must be enrolled in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application at least part-time. You must be the owner, founder, or controlling shareholder of your student business. Your student business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application generating income.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by February 24 here.
Citi Impact Fund
What: Using the $200 million Impact Investment Fund, Citi is making equity investments in U.S.-based private sector companies that are applying innovative solutions to help address some of society’s most pressing challenges.
About: A portion of the fund is designated for earlier-stage seed investments. We are actively seeking opportunities to invest in businesses that are led or owned by women and minority entrepreneurs to help combat the gender and ethnic gap that exists in the startup world.
Application: Learn more and apply here.
|Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP)
VEP makes it easier for small businesses to access federal services, regardless of their source—and quickly connects Veteran entrepreneurs to relevant ‘best-practices and information. A few of the tools on the website range from how to start a business to how to find different opportunities to how to build corporate connections. To learn more, visit here.
Veteran Resource Center (VRC)
UCLA VRC is open for in-person appointments. Visit VRC to gain guidance on educational benefits, academic support, career development, and community-building opportunities. UCLA value the skills, assets, and experiences military-connected students bring to the UCLA community and are committed to helping you achieve your goals and aspirations. To learn more, visit here.