|Happy early Christmas 🎉
Bruins, we want to start off by saying that we had a challenging year in 2021, especially with the beginning of the Fall quarter in person; and we cannot wait to bring more giveaways and opportunities for all of you next year. We hope you have a great break with your loved ones and take some time to reflect on the past year to celebrate your achievements! ❄️
As we plan our newsletter content for 2022, we would like to hear your suggestions, get in touch by replying to this email or DM-ing us on Instagram. 🙂
Congratulations to the UCLA finalists of the LaunchPad Ideas Competition!
Consumer Products & Services: Sela Serafin, Cake as Medicine (where tech, innovation, style, & sustainability meet bakery)
General: Chip Herndon, Darkhorse Trading Simulator (a user-centric cross-platform stock trading simulator application)
Social & Climate Impact: Simone Jensen, SmartBooks (children’s math books paired with augmented reality (AR) app)
|Associate roles for the 2022 Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator are now open!
They are looking for amazing individuals to work closely with them and 12 startups over the 3-month program. You will get opportunities to work with early-stage ventures and build relationships with hundreds of phenomenal people within the Techstars network.
The open roles include Operations Associate (start mid-Feb – end mid/late Jun), Business Development & Growth Associate (start early Mar – end mid/late Jun), and Design Associate (start early Mar – end mid/late Jun). They are conducting interviews on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible!
Play Sports Academy: Tech and Learning Digital Integrators Wanted!
Play Sports Academy is a science-backed, game-based youth sports program with the bold mission of redefining the way kids learn and interact on and off the field. They are seeking digital-savvy candidates that are fluent in web and mobile technologies (no hard-core development chops required), have a passion for learning and innovation and have some experience in instructional design. Experience in digital creation is a plus. Flexible part-time hours and approximately 10-15 hours per week at a rate of $25-35 per hour for the right candidates. Two members will be selected to begin ASAP. For more info please contact Cameron Broumand at Cameron@playsportsacademy.com.
Brand Socialite is looking for Business Development, Social Media, and No Code Web Developer interns!
Brand Socialite connects businesses with high-quality, reliable, pre-screen professional talent who enjoy a flexible schedule while earning extra income. Business Development interns will identify and contact prospective customers or partner companies, promote the business online and via word-of-mouth, and create clients proposals and contracts. Social Media Marketing intern will have an eye for clean and artful visual design; deep exposure to modern social media marketing designs and long-term campaigns; videography and photography; and be extremely familiar with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, and TikTok. No Code Web Developer intern will have an experience with a Bubble.io or is looking to learn a no-code platform; adeptly handle the uncertainty inherent to a start-up, and love to embrace challenges head-on. Please send resume to email@example.com.
|Future Founders Fellowship
What: Startup competition for student founders to pitch to investors, receive feedback, and advance their startups.
What: A year-long program designed to accelerate the nation’s top young entrepreneurs and their businesses.
About: Fellowship brings together an elite group of young founders who have generated over $139M in revenue, raised $86M in the capital, and created 1,000+ jobs. The fellowship will provide a lifelong community of support, access to mentorship, skill-building, retreats, and much more. The Fellowship begins in February 2022 and is open to 18 to 30-year old entrepreneurs.
Deadline: Learn more and apply by December 31 here.
Rice Business Plan Competition
About: With access to mentors, real-world experience and investment opportunities, the Rice Business Plan Competition helps student founders stay on target and realize their potential. Since inception in 2011, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes. The tracks for the competition include Sustainability, Hard Tech, Life Sciences, Digital Experiences, and Consumer Services. 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 – Los Angeles
What: Los Angeles regional competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university.
About: You must be an undergraduate or graduate college/university student with a company operating for at least 6 months with at least $500 in generated revenue or $1,000 in investment to compete. The competition is a joint event for high school and college entrepreneurs through the Los Angeles and Orange County Entrepreneurs’ Organization chapters and takes place on 1/29/22 at 10 am in Long Beach. Participants compete for mentorship and cash prizes of $2,000 (1st place), $1,000 (2nd place), and $500 (3rd place).
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by January 8 here, and check out the deadlines for all GSEA competitions worldwide here.
Future Founders Startup Bootcamp
What: A free boot camp designed to help 18 to 30-year-olds turn ideas, passions, and side hustles into functioning businesses.
About: Participants gain access to workshops, mentorship, and resources covering topics ranging from customer discovery and finances to marketing, sales, and more. Startup Bootcamp kicks off in April 2022 and is open to any 18 to 30-year-olds who want to take their idea, hobby, or side hustle and turn it into a revenue-generating business.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by January 16 here.
CGI U 2022 and Verizon Forward for Good Challenge
What: CGI U is looking for higher education students, undergraduate or graduate, who are addressing pressing challenges in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
About: Students selected for CGI U’s programs will receive access to personalized mentorship, social impact programming, funding opportunities through CGI U partners, and student engagement events, including the CGI U 2022 virtual annual meeting hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by January 21 here.
DOE EnergyTech University Prize
What: A collegiate competition challenging multidisciplinary student teams to develop and present a business plan
About: Student teams will compete for a total of $250,000 in cash prizes as they explore business opportunities for lab-developed or other high-potential energy technologies, assess commercialization opportunities through market analysis, and present a viable business plan to industry judges. Throughout the competition, you will receive mentorship and materials to help them succeed.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by January 31 here.
TCU 2022 Values and Ventures Competition
What: The nation’s premier undergraduate business competitions.
About: The competition boasts distinguished judges and mentors from among seasoned entrepreneurs, investment professionals, CEO’s and others. Throughout the two-day event, students will have opportunities to network with other like-minded students, faculty from across the globe and successful entrepreneurs and business professionals. Ventures submitted for the Values and Ventures® competition must be for-profit, values-centered enterprises.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by February 1 here.
VentureWell E-Team Grant Program
What: It supports student-led science- and engineering-based teams from across the nation in bringing their high-impact innovation out of the lab and into the market.
About: Every year, they award over $700,000 in non-dilutive E-Team grants to the early-stage innovator teams who are developing scalable innovations that aim to solve a large social, health, or environmental challenge. Over the past two decades, VentureWell has provided over $10M in grants to more than 450 entrepreneurial teams. Their 380+ alumni ventures have received over $470M in follow-on funding since taking part in the E-Team program. Also, gain mentorship and training resources.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by February 2 here.
Startup Fair LA
What: Recruit talented and driven employees at Startup Fair LA for your start-ups.
About: Bruin Entrepreneurs and Sigma Eta Pi are hosting their 9th annual flagship startup recruiting event, Startup Fair LA 2022, a career fair specific to LA-based startups. Startups will meet some of the best and brightest that UCLA has to offer to discuss potential full-time, part-time, or internship positions. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on registering for this event!
Event Information: The event will take place from 5 pm to 8 pm PST on Friday, February 4, 2022, at UCLA’s Grand Ackerman Ballroom.
|Reflecting and Learning from 2021
As we look forward to 2022, it is crucial for us to take a look back at 2021 to assess our year. To help you plan and set up your goals for 2022, while measuring your achievements for 2021, Robyn Ward and the FounderForward team have created a framework that everyone can follow.
Before diving into specific goal-setting, you can begin with the following prompts:
1. What do I want MORE of in my life? What do I want LESS of in my life?
2. How do I want to FEEL in 2022? How do I not want to FEEL in 2022?
3. Who do I want to BE in 2022?
Once you have some clarity on the above, you can then move into solidifying 3-5 personal and/or professional development goals for the year. Importantly, these goals are connected to a deeper why and should help you in your journey to show up as the person you seek to be.