Congrats to UCLA-led CarbonBuilt, winner of the $7.5M Carbon XPRIZE!

Congrats to UCLA-led CarbonBuilt, winner of the $7.5M Carbon XPRIZE!
🌎 Happy Earth Day, Bruins! 🌎
This Earth Day, we hope you spend some time outside and away from your computer screen. Take some time to do something active – go for a swim, take a bike ride, or even just go for a walk!

In honor of today, learn more about how one Faculty Innovation Fellows ’20 startup, CarbonBuilt, is finding ways to reuse carbon dioxide emissions and transform them into cement. Learn more below.
Congratulations to UCLA-led CarbonBuilt for taking home the grand prize in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Competition! CarbonBuilt’s technology involves taking emissions from industrial facilities and infusing them into their proprietary cement. Their process reduces the carbon footprint of cement by more than 50%, while also producing a product that’s just as durable as traditional concrete. Read more about their win here or watch the video above, and check out another story on the company in our Weekly Read. 
In this LaunchPad Fellowship, up to 50 student founders will be awarded $5,000 in non-dilutive grant funding to support their time working on advancing technology ventures. The Fellowship is largely self-driven, but will include weekly skill-development workshops, goal setting, and peer and professional networking opportunities, as well as reporting requirements and regular check-ins with their LaunchPad campus Director. The Fellowship is open to all current students (graduate and undergraduate) of LaunchPad network schools as well as 2020 or 2021 graduates. 

Learn more and apply by
April 27th here
Too often, people have good ideas for products but they don’t know how to build them if they don’t have a technical background. NoCode UCLA, a new student group, will change that – we want to help students get their tech ideas off of the ground. 
We offer a learning track open to all students to help them learn how they can use no-code platforms for their projects, clubs, startups, and even functioning businesses. In addition, we offer a building track where we provide free product service to any UCLA founder to bring their ideas to life. If you’re interested in either track, fill out
this form, and learn more about NoCode UCLA here
Startup UCLA Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute 
Remote summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors from July 12th to July 23rd
About: This hands-on summer program will teach students the basics of creating a mission-oriented venture and allow them to apply that knowledge by creating their own ventures, which they will pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for feedback. Participants will be awarded 2 units of college credit upon successful completion of the program. Financial aid is available.
Registration deadline: Learn more and register by May 1
LaunchPad Speaker Series: Invent Your Internship – How to Pitch for a Role and Get the Most out of Your Summer
 There are far more internship opportunities out there than just those listed on your university’s career center website. Sometimes though, you have to create your own! Justin Lokitz, Innovation Mentor & Co founder at Accelab will speak about inventing your own college internship, creating your dream position, making the most of a summer job, and working in a startup environment in this session. 
Date: This event will take place April 30 at 1pm

Women Founders Network Webinar Events 
From pitch deck essentials to tax issues and how to avoid business disputes, the Women Founders Network is offering a variety of webinars for entrepreneurs. 
Dates: Dates vary – see the full list of events

VentureWell E-Team Grant Program
Unlock up to $25K in grant funding! 
About: The E-Team Grant Program supports early-stage innovator teams that are developing science and technology inventions addressing critical social, health, and environmental challenges. In addition to receiving grant funding of up to $25K, selected teams are accepted into the Pioneer workshop, which offers them the training and mentoring needed to bring their high-impact solutions to the world! Pioneer is designed to build confidence and entrepreneurial skills in students as they explore essential topics like customer discovery, intellectual property, and business model validation. E-Teams receive continued coaching and mentoring after they take part in Pioneer, as well as national recognition through the VentureWell network.
Application deadline: Apply by May 5th

Activate Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson
What: 2-month incubator for startups in the idea or prototype stage 
About: This program is designed to help first-time founders validate problem-solution fit, determine customer segment, and product-market fit. Experts host 20 hours of workshops on three needs for companies at ideation, including: customer development, branding and marketing, financial modeling, and product development.
Application deadline: Registration closes May 31. Register here

Women Founders Network 2021 Fast Pitch Competition
Win $40K+ in cash prizes and $100K+ in professional services!
About: This unique opportunity provides female founders with valuable leadership, coaching, and in-kind sponsorships that allow top women entrepreneurs to become pitch-ready in a way that sharpens their plans to scale their companies and makes their business more appealing to Angel and VC investors. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by June 1
Fastest Growing Green Startups of 2021 
From companies using AI to change the way electricity is used and distributed to companies looking to reduce food waste, meet some of the green startups undergoing enormous growth in 2021. Apeel Sciences is one of these startups on a mission to double the lifespan of fruits by providing an artificial protective layer of extracted materials that helps retain freshness. This Earth Day, read more about why green startups are so critical, and learn more about the top startups in the space here
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