New Summer Accelerator Team Spotlight: Hwalgi

New Summer Accelerator Team Spotlight: Hwalgi
Hello Bruins!
On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, asking African Americans to unite and fight against injustice. To this day, we remember his speech and his sacrifice for the freedom of African Americans. 

Summer Accelerator Demo Day is approaching, learn more and register below!
Registration for the 2021 Summer Accelerator Demo Day is now live! Please join us in watching our 10 teams present their startups on September 9th from 4pm to 6pm. Register on Eventbrite here. Please note that once you register on Eventbrite you’ll see a Zoom registration link – you must also register on Zoom to gain access to the Demo Day webinar.
Please join us for a virtual Fireside Chat with Blake Johnson and Scott Cohen, co-founders of Byte, on August 31st from 5pm to 6pm! Register here
We’ve officially wrapped up Week Eight of the 2021 Summer Accelerator! Teams kicked off the week with mentor office hours with Natascha French, Founder, and CEO of Scale Strategies, and a visit from mentors Yolanda Gorman, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Chancellor Block, and Adriana Galvan, Dean of Undergraduate Education. Later on Tuesday, teams pitched to a panel of investors at the annual Fenwick Pitch Session moderated by Michael Brown, Partner, Fenwick. Investors included Gautam Gupta, General Partner at TCV, Sunil Nagaraj, Managing Partner at Ubiquity Ventures, and Brent Murri, Principal at M13. On Wednesday, Barry Eggers, Founding Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners, joined us to provide valuable feedback on team pitches. Thank you to each and every mentor who made this week’s events possible!
Meet the Hwalgi team! The team is comprised of Andrew Kim and Rishabh Chatterjee – both UCLA alums. Andrew and Rish have been working together for 6 months and are currently participating in the 2021 Summer Accelerator. 

Hwalgi is a language-learning web application inspired by Andrew and Rish’s past experiences studying Spanish for several years, only to turn on a telenovela and not understand anything. 

To solve this common problem, Hwalgi provides contextual flashcards sourced from popular entertainment with the goal of enabling users to consume TV shows and movies without relying on subtitles. Hwalgi is currently focused on curating Korean content but hopes to expand to other languages in the near future. To learn more, check out Hwalgi’s beta site
Meet OYA Femtech Apparel! The team is comprised of Mitchella Gilbert, Patrick Ayers, and Ashley Sykora. Mitch and Patrick recently graduated from UCLA Anderson, and Ashley recently graduated from UCLA Law! They’ve been working together since fall 2019 and are currently part of the 2021 Summer Accelerator. 

OYA is on a mission to make vaginas happier and healthier. According to the CDC, more than 40% of women have vaginal health issues at any time. After conducting interviews with numerous OB-GYNs, the OYA team learned that leggings were exacerbating a lot of these issues – including yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and UTIs. 

That’s why OYA created the first OB-GYN approved legging engineered to support vaginal health. OYA’s breathable leggings feature a unique crotch gusset that keeps the area dry and well ventilated. With a months-long waiting list to purchase their leggings, customers love OYA! Interested in purchasing a pair? Check out OYA Femtech Apparel
MAGICDATES’ is hiring a content creator!
Looking for an ambitious student who’s passionate about video creation including Reels and TikToks using current social media & cultural trends & industry-specific topics. You’ll work closely with the founder and gain mentorship on entrepreneurship and digital marketing. You may use this experience for college credits. A three-month commitment is requested with a monetary stipend with a longer commitment. The application deadline is September 15. Email with qualifications and interest.

Flowductive is looking for interns!
Flowductive Team, currently a team in the 2021 Summer Accelerator, is looking for passionate builders, inventors, and thinkers to help with Flowductive’s growth. Flowductive is an app that allows you to track and sync your tasks and events, challenge yourself to dedicate productive time using Flows, and connect and encourage your friends. Our goal is to help our users with leading more productive lifestyles, and we hope to build that through social encouragement and smart tracking. Apply and learn more here.

XYLO is looking for marketing interns!
XYLO academy, founded by UCLA alums and professors, is providing educational courses on the study of technology and innovation to high school students. They are looking for undergrad students that can support their mission and want to gain experience in the high-ed-tech industry. This is an unpaid and part-time internship, where interns will assist with marketing campaigns. Email if you are interested. 

Aptitud is looking for business development and marketing interns!
Aptitud, an elite fitness brand started during the COVID-19 pandemic is currently accepting business development and marketing interns! This startup is female-founded by UCLA alumna 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
Fireside Chat with Scale VP and HubSpot
What: Marketing has evolved over the last decade and will continue evolving throughout the next. Want to know what the future holds?
About: Learn from Kieran Flanagan, HubSpot SVP of Marketing, Tamara Mendelsohn, Chief Marketing Officer at Eventbrite, and Archer Smith, Marketing Director at Scale VP, as they discuss how marketing will evolve in the next decade, how startups can adapt to the shifting marketing strategies, and how to keep up with our accelerating digital world.

Event details: Learn more and register for the August 31 webinar, taking place at 11 AM PT, here.  

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
This five-session accelerator will dive into important topics you need to know to thrive in big retail.
About: Every single Wednesday in September at 2 pm EST, the Women-Owned in Retail Accelerator, brought to you by Lowe’s Companies, Inc
. will serve up indispensable knowledge about the world of retail and how to get ready to breakthrough. The topics will range from manufacturing and packaging to navigating the process of proposals to creating and keeping customer loyalty to hidden costs and budgeting, and scaling up successfully after a winning pitch.

Event details: Learn more and register for all five webinars here. 

Berkeley Skydeck
What: One of the top global accelerators is accepting applications for their Batch 13 cohort.
About: Berkeley SkyDeck is open to startups
with at least one team member affiliated with any of the ten University of California campuses, or is based outside of the US. As a UC Berkeley program, SkyDeck offers access to university faculty and countless resources, a home base for startups to launch in the Valley, such as an unparalleled network of 350+ exceptional advisors/mentors. Startups selected into the Cohort Program will receive a $105K investment and the opportunity to pitch to over 750 investors at the Demo Day.
Application deadline: Learn
more and apply by September 5 here.  

Tech Bootcamp
What: Bootcamp held by INNOVATE@UCLA student group to help you understand the social issues as you diverge on multiple ideas to find the strongest solution to even build and validate it. 
About: A 6-week boot camp led by seasoned industry leaders to help you gain product development and project management skills. You will be using the Google Venture Design Thinking framework to address a problem of social good and learn the steps required to produce the outcomes that would benefit the local community. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by September 5

UC Launch Accelerator
 Launch your startup and raise thousands of dollars in funding! University California’s leading accelerator focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses.
About: To Know more about UC LAUNCH Program or to ask questions about the application process, join their 
Information Session on August 24th, 2021 Tuesday from 5:15 pm to 6 pm PST. 
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by September 15

Up to Us
What: Up to Us gives students the tools to raise awareness about economic opportunities including helping them understand the fiscal challenges through different policy learning. 
About: It holds an annual competition to select teams from colleges and universities across the United States to receive training and funds to run tailored campus campaigns to educate their peers and inspire collective action. Prizes include $10,000 and paid trips to world-class conferences. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by September 15 

Founders Boost LA Fall 2021
Startup Boost is a global pre-accelerator program with a mission to lead pre-seed stage startups toward other accelerators, investments, and revenue
About: Each cohort takes place once per week over a 6 week time period, where speakers and mentors meet to work with promising pre-seed/seed-stage startups. The program is scheduled for a part-time weekly basis to create an iterative cycle of accountability and growth that maximizes and compounds the learnings and insights gained each week. The program culminates in a Demo Day.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by September 16 

Future Founders U.Pitch
What: A prestigious national elevator pitch competition where top collegiate founders showcase business ideas to accomplished entrepreneurs and investors.
About: A virtual competition, giving you a chance to win $10,000. Contestants will present their virtual pitches live to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders. In addition to the winners selected by our panel of judges, all participants will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award. The 2021 U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase will stream live globally on November 10.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 1

XPRIZE Carbon Removal
What: A four-year competition aimed at tackling climate change by asking global innovators to develop solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans. 
About: XPRIZE, organized by Musk Foundation, will be awarding $20 million dollars in the first year of the competition, so make sure to take advantage of this early funding for your carbon removal solution! 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 1 for the $5M Student Awards and December 1 for the $15M in Milestone Awards

Wayfinder Incubator Program
 Wayfinder Incubator at UCI Beall Applied Innovation connects UC-affiliated startups with a rich collection of no-cost resources needed to launch, grow and succeed.
About: The focus is on redefining the path of entrepreneurship education and the mindset of researchers. It is expected that your startup team has engaged with other entrepreneurial support resources available through UC schools, centers, and programs. Your team will be evaluated for fit based on progress goals, program expectations, and mentoring needs.

Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 3 here. 

RevHub Incubation
What: RevHubOC supports social entrepreneurs find the resources, capital, and expertise they need to accelerate their mission over the 6-month program
About: Teams will receive education and content to help them reach their goals and measure impact, 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 

Celcius: Ocean Synthetic Biology Pre-Accelerator
Braid Theory is looking for Synthetic Biology startups and solutions which have an application in Ocean, Marine, and Maritime for their Pre-Accelerator program, beginning in Winter 2022. 
About: The Pre-Accelerator follows a 60-day curriculum-based instructional and milestone approach, with 6 additional months of support. Startups will work with a team of advisors and instructors on reaching milestones, to accelerate business growth, that puts teams on a path to commercialization.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 15 here. 

Call for Code Case Study Competition
Call for Code is launching the Education Innovation Case Competition.
About: The competition targets both non-technical and technical university students alike worldwide, the Education Innovation Case Competition asks student teams to design and present a business plan for innovative, technological solutions that address a problem aligned to the Competition’s chosen theme. It will end with an exciting awards ceremony happening in early December.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply
here. The program will take place from late September to early November. 
 The 11 Black-Owned Startups to Watch Out for in 2021
Black Tech Fest, which is a celebration of Black-owned businesses, is a platform to promote them and to create pathways of opportunity for young talent to access jobs in tech. Co-founder Ashleigh Ainsley has pulled out a list of 11 Black-owned startups from across the globe who are on his radar for 2021; entrepreneurs who are disrupting industry norms and changing the narrative on tech inclusivity. Read more here.
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