Introducing Bruin Impact Challenge!

Introducing Bruin Impact Challenge!
Happy week two, Bruins! 🐻
Coming back to campus can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Take small breaks and spend time with your friends because this is your chance to live your best life. We believe in you, you got this!

Just a reminder that the Startup UCLA coworking space is now open! You're welcome to come work on your entrepreneurial projects in our space between 12 pm and 5 pm Monday through Friday. We're located at Covel Commons Room 203 :)

We want to thank everyone for their support with our Spark Campaign!  We raised $76,635, surpassing our goal of $50,000. This year’s ten Summer Accelerator teams are fully funded 🎉  A great start toward our 10th anniversary $1 million challenge to increase Startup UCLA’s impact for years to come.


The Bruin Impact Challenge invites all UCLA undergraduate and graduate students to cultivate early-stage ideas that drive positive social impact. During the fall and winter quarter, students will have the opportunity to participate in skills workshops, mentorship sessions, and networking events - moving through three selection rounds and culminating in a pitch showcase for a chance to win from a cash prize pool totaling $10,000. Learn more and apply here.

Blackstone LaunchPad: IDEAS COMPETITION
The LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes! Participating students will gain access to the LaunchPad program on their campus, to get support on their entrepreneurship journey and skill-building. This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal in de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement with a focus on recruiting underrepresented and under-resourced students to participate. The competition is completely virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform. Participants will need to select 1 of the following 4 tracks: social and climate impact, health and life science, consumer product & services, or general. The winners of the UCLA will take home $1,000. The application deadline is October 21, learn more and enter here.
Aptitud is looking for development and marketing interns!
Aptitud, an elite fitness brand that started during the COVID-19 pandemic is currently accepting business development and marketing interns! This startup is female-founded by UCLA alum and went through the Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator, a Techstars summer fellowship, and is currently sold on Walmart (USA and Canada). Please email resumes to 

Elims is looking for a social media intern!
ELIMS is looking for someone that can help manage their social media channels and create content. This internship aims to provide students the chance to work with a startup as well as our vendors and partners to address key business problems and identify areas of growth for our startup. They are looking for an undergrad or graduate level student with positive energy, an analytical mindset, a creative eye, great attention to the small details, and is a self-starter. You also have direct experience with creating content for Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If interested, email your resume at

EP is recruiting Beta Testers & Community Founding Members!
Electric Potential, built by a Startup UCLA alumna Susie Kim, is Gen Z's digital community and information hub for creating social change. They are a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and are about to launch their Beta website to up to 300 qualifying high school & college students. If you're interested in joining us to help create Gen Z-powered social change, please fill out 
this link to get an invite.
RevHub Incubation
What: 6-month program for social entrepreneurs
About: RevHubOC helps social entrepreneurs find the resources, capital, and expertise they need to accelerate their mission. Teams will receive education and content, access to people and networks that augment resources and opportunities, and the financial support they need to start, grow and accelerate their venture. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 8 here.

Friends & Family Accelerator Program
What: An accelerator program geared toward helping early-stage entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, attract capital investment and receive mentorship.
About: Entrepreneurs selected for Friends & Family will receive a $20,000 cash grant with an opportunity to be awarded more during the program, and participate in a 12-week virtual boot camp in early 2022 that focuses on entrepreneurial management and personal coaching from top executives, startup legends, and industry titans.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 8 here. 

WBENC 2021 Collegiate Women of Color Grant Powered by Cummins
What: Business grants and educational opportunities for minority female student entrepreneurs and recent graduates
About: The grant program will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place financial grants of $10,000, $7,000, and $3,000 to minority female entrepreneurs currently enrolled in college or university, or recently graduated. Grant awardees will also have the opportunity to receive specific training for business owners sponsored by Cummins.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 8 here. 

Xfund Pitch day
What: Looking for UCLA-affiliated startups in the consumer, enterprise, and digital health sectors.
About: Xfund is a pioneering partnership between some of the country’s most successful venture capital firms and some of the world’s best research universities. The firm is engineered to identify and support entrepreneurs for which they will be holding a pitch day where startups will be selected to pitch their business to XFund.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 8 here.

Pitch Perfect 2021
What: Seeking entrepreneurs with groundbreaking ideas that have high potential to grow, transform industries and impact communities.
About: The NewWave Foundation created the Pitch Perfect Startup Showcase to celebrate diverse, emerging founders who are leveraging technology to solve problems. You will be provided with capital, mentorship, development resources, and $10,000 cash prize if you win. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 10 here.

Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson
What: The Anderson Venture Accelerator offers a curated and immersive experience customized by vertical for early-stage startups. Approximately 10 companies are accepted per cohort.
About: The program runs once a year and offers one-on-one mentoring by UCLA Anderson alumni, weekly workshops that focus on the “how-to,” connections to capital, and regular networking events to engage with the Los Angeles startup ecosystem. Companies that participate in the cohort will have the opportunity to pitch and fundraise at the Venture Accelerator’s fall showcase. 

Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 15 here.

Bruin Entrepreneurs-1000 Pitches
What: 1KP is Bruin Entrepreneurs' four-week-long initiative to hear all of your creative, 30-second pitches.
About: All of the pitches submitted will be reviewed, and the top 8 pitches will be chosen to pitch in front of VCs and CEOs at our final Demo Day event. You can either DM them your pitch via video/audio message along with your email to our Instagram @bruinentrepreneurs.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 21 

Fall 2021 US Future Women Leaders Program
 A unique two-day experience among financial firms, giving participants early exposure to finance and business through interactive information seminars, networking, and skill-building sessions.
About: Fall 2021 US Future Women Leaders Program, applicants criteria: currently enrolled as an undergraduate sophomore student, anticipated graduation date should be between Fall 2023 and Spring 2024, and the program will be on November 18-19, 2021 virtually.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 24

Put it to the Test: Design the Future of Point of Care Testing
What: The goal is to help underserved communities get better access to healthcare by proposing improved Point-of-Care products or services. 
About: The winners in addition to $10,000 in cash prizes will get a guaranteed interview with Thermo Fisher Scientific. Thermo Fisher Scientific will also make a donation to the winning individual or team’s nonprofit of choice. Up to 9 solutions will win prizes. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 28 here.

The Slavin Fellowship
What: Providing support to dedicated students that have a desire to contribute to humanity and the ability and discipline to bring entrepreneurial ideas to life.
About: Fellowships will be awarded to students of extraordinary potential pursuing entrepreneurial projects. Fellowship awardees receive support, mentorship, and perks including a $4,000 grant and an invitation to their annual summit. They will be hosting an in-person summit in 2022.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 31

2021 Baylor New Venture Competition
Win over $250,000 in cash and prizes as part of this business plan competition!
About: The eleventh annual Baylor New Venture Competition will be held on March 24-26, 2022 at Baylor University's Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The competition provides participants with personal and professional development through industry-specific mentorship towards sustainable business plans, exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators, and a chance to compete for over $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 1

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 1

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. There are $37,000 for the prize pool which includes from cash prizes to invitation to various programs and internship opportunities. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 10

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. 

Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs
A team business plan competition designed to recognize student innovation and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures.
About: The competition features three prizes: a first-place prize, a second-place prize, and a New Venture prize. Each member of the first-place team will receive $4,000, each member of the second-place team will receive $2,000, and each member of the winning “New Venture” category team will receive $2,500. Each registered Team will be assigned a mentor and will be given the opportunity to attend training sessions that will aid in the creation of the business plan.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by January 31 here.                 

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition
 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

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: Investments will primarily be made in companies that have demonstrated proof of concept, built an existing customer base, secured prior rounds of funding, and exhibited the potential for scale in multiple markets.  They are actively seeking opportunities to invest in businesses that are led or owned by women and minority entrepreneurs. The team typically co-invests alongside other investors in the venture capital ecosystem, making equity capital commitments ranging from $250,000 to $10 million across the Seed to Growth stage.
Application: Learn more and apply
Latinx-Founded Edtech Platform Emile Raises $5.3M in Seed Funding
The Los Angeles-based edtech platform Emile announced Wednesday that it raised $5.3 million in seed funding from the executives of companies such as Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, Uber, and Cameo. Emile operates as a subscription-based learning platform for high school students, where students would be linked with thousands of others via Emile’s online learning community. The entire founding team of Emile is Latinx which is a point of pride for the company since it is a rarity in the tech industry. Read more here.
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