|Happy week six, Bruins!
As we honor Native American Heritage Month, Startup UCLA acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples. We celebrate Native American entrepreneurs in our Weekly Read below.
Have you been thinking of how you can make an impact at UCLA and your community? We encourage you to check out the Bruin Impact Challenge and the Big Ideas Competition. Win money for your idea!
|Want to be featured in the Blackstone LaunchPad Holiday Gift Guide?
We’re looking for giftable products created by student/alumni startups that can be bought online (can be either through your own website or a marketplace). This guide will be shared with thousands of Blackstone employees, along with the national LaunchPad campus network and program partners. Complete this survey by Monday, November 8th to be included in the guide.
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.
Please join us for the first Bruin Impact Challenge Event – “Find Your Why” – on Nov. 8 at 3:30 pm! 💡 You’ll hear from leaders in social impact and get hands-on support for developing and presenting your idea for the challenge.
After an interactive Q&A with our guest speaker, attendees will work through their personal motivations and consider how and why they want to focus their attention on social impact. Understanding your personal motivations will help you articulate your “why” behind your social impact idea in your Bruin Impact Challenge proposal and pitch.
Learn more and register by visiting ucla.startuptree.co. All Bruin Impact Challenge workshops will be hybrid, so you can join online via Zoom or in-person at Startup UCLA’s space at Covel Commons 203. Stay tuned for two more upcoming workshops! ✨
|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!
|Big Ideas Competition Information Session
What: Learn about the Big Ideas Contest's goals, categories, timeline, and application requirements.
About: UC Big Ideas is an early-stage innovation competition that provides funding (up to 20K!), as well as skill development resources, networks, and recognition to interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students who have creative solutions to pressing social challenges. Guest speakers include previous Big Ideas contest winners Plastic2Food from UCLA!
Event Information: The event will be held on November 4 at 7 PM, register here.
BCLA Nucleate Los Angeles
What: A student-run nonprofit organization that facilitates the formation of new life science ventures.
About: An equity-free Activator program that supports companies that tackle the biggest challenges in human health (Bio Track) and sustainability (Eco Track). The program connects scientific trainees and business students with a world-class advisor network of startup founders, executives, venture investors, and renowned scientists. Nucleate LA operates in partnership with BCLA, and USC, UCLA & Caltech biotech clubs as well as various other student groups in the Los Angeles area.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 8 here.
AWS US University Startup Competition
What: Enter your startup into the AWS US University Startup Competition to win an equity-free cash prize to help fund your venture.
About: All current university-affiliated entrepreneurs are eligible to apply. The top 10 finalists will pitch their startups to a panel of investors and AWS Startup Team members at a virtual event, and three winners will be chosen for up to $20,000 in cash prizes and $100,000 in AWS Activate credits.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 8 here.
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.
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.
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.
|7 Native American Entrepreneurs You Should Know
Creating a sustainable business from scratch is never easy—especially for those with fewer mentorship opportunities and a lack of seed money behind their project. And yet many of the most successful Native American entrepreneurs have built thriving organizations with relatively little outside support. Despite often lacking startup capital and business mentors, innumerable Native American entrepreneurs have succeeded with a combination of ambition and hard work. One of the wealthiest Native Americans today is Tom Love, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, who co-founded a vast chain of convenience stores. The founder of the Famous Dave’s barbecue chain, Dave Anderson, has both Choctaw and Chippewa heritage. Read more here.