Faculty Innovation Fellows Pitch Showcase, Deadline Extension for LaunchPad Summer Fellowship & More!

Faculty Innovation Fellows Pitch Showcase, Deadline Extension for LaunchPad Summer Fellowship & More!
 🤓Happy week five, Bruins! 🤓
As midterm season is in full swing, we wish you all the best in studying! Don’t forget to practice balance – getting fresh air and enough sleep before an exam can have enormous benefits! Good luck 🙂

Join us as we celebrate UCLA’s Faculty Innovation Fellows pitching their projects to entrepreneurs, investors, and, the UCLA community!

Nine faculty were selected to participate in the UCLA Faculty Innovation Fellows’ third cohort, a program designed to support and amplify faculty entrepreneurship at UCLA. Register here to watch these faculty members pitch their ventures on May 18th at 4pm.

Please join Startup UCLA in celebrating UCLA undergraduate students who are creating for-profit, non-profit, and social enterprises. Students will pitch their latest innovations and share the importance of being research-driven to inform and shape the development of their business. Professor Tim Groeling, UCLA Department of Communication and co-founder of Startup UCLA will moderate this virtual event for Undergraduate Research Week.

This event will take place May 26th at 1pmregister
here. Check out all programming for the UCLA Undergraduate Research Week, which will take place between May 24th and 28th, here.  
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. 

The deadline has been extended! Learn more and apply by
April 30th here
Associate roles for the 2021 Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator are now open! 
The Techstars LA Accelerator is looking for an
Operations Associate, Business Development & Growth Associate, and Design Associate to work closely with the existing team and 10 startups over the course of the 3-month program. 
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 here
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 here

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 here

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Collegiate Accelerator
Accelerator for female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to win a $5K grant
About: Aspiring collegiate female entrepreneurs (or recent graduates) accepted into the WBENC Collegiate Accelerator will learn to grow and scale their businesses through tailored entrepreneurship curriculum focused on the fundaments of growth, access to capital, marketing, business strategy, and leadership. They receive mentoring from some of the most successful women-owned businesses and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies, while also participating in a virtual showcase of their product or service to WBENC Corporate Members, a pitch competition, and join an alumni community of over 200 female founders. In addition, three $5,000 Innovation Grants will be awarded to the most disruptive and innovative businesses. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by May 10th

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

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
UCLA Startup ‘Nur Labs’ Wins 2021 Heartland Challenge With Platform to End Late-Stage Cancer Diagnosis
Nur Labs, a graduate student startup team from the UCLA, BioDesign program won the 2021 Heartland Challenge on April 16. Nur Labs has developed a patent-pending, non-traditional, non-invasive liquid biopsy platform to detect cancer earlier, when it is most treatable. “We are investing in the business. Our first priority is to complete our IRB feasibility study to iterate upon the machine-learning algorithms, then publish the results of our clinical findings,” said Sumita T. Jonak, founder and CEO of Nur Labs. “This feat has all of us super energized.” Read more
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