Startup UCLA’s mission is to foster the development of UCLA entrepreneurs. We do that through offering free consulting, office space, and, when applicable, introductions to our network of mentors to any and all matriculated UCLA students, alumni, staff, and faculty. We hold workshops and fireside chats on a regular basis that are open to the former as well as the public at large. Our most well-known offering is the Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator, which began in 2012. Startup UCLA is made possible by Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars. The Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator is an intensive 10-week program for 8-10 early-stage startups founded by UCLA students and recent alumni to accelerate the development and growth of their ventures. 45 companies have gone through the program since 2012. The ventures, usually but not exclusively for-profit companies, are provided with co-working space on UCLA’s campus, a $5,000 stipend, legal guidance from Manatt Digital Media, hosting from Amazon Web Services, dedicated mentorship from out experienced staff, skill workshops led by industry experts, and introductions to top-tier entrepreneurs and investors. Requirements for the Summer Accelerator: half of the founders’ equity must be current UCLA students’ or alums’ who have graduated within the last five years. Startup UCLA does not take equity in the companies.