New UCLA startup feature: Meet Chilk!

New UCLA startup feature: Meet Chilk!
Happy week one, Bruins! 🐻🍂
We hope you had an amazing first week back on campus after such a long time away! We can’t believe next week marks the beginning of October – this year is already flying by!

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 12pm and 5pm Monday through Friday. We’re located at Covel Commons Room 203 🙂

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.

1000 Pitches is back for Fall Quarter 2021! 1KP is Bruin Entrepreneurs’ four-week long initiative to hear all of your creative, 30-second pitches. In exchange for a pitch, you will get FREE merchandise from our booths. 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 — an amazing opportunity to help grow your idea!

1KP is running both virtually and in person this year. You can either DM us your pitch via video/audio message along with your email to our Instagram @bruinentrepreneurs, or you can come find our booth on Bruin Walk to pitch your idea live and grab some free swag! Please feel free to DM or check out our website for further information!
Meet Chilk – the startup that’s making a new kind of milk! Over the summer of 2021, the Chilk team competed in Hult Prize competition in the United Kingdom. This year-long competition challenges students to solve a social issue around topics such as food security, water access, humanitarian issues, etc. At the end the first competition portion in the UK, they achieved a spot as one of the finalists and will now present their product to the United Nations in early 2022.

Co-founders Dr. Leo Liu and Cole Grodnitzky combined their passions of biochemistry, health, and the environment to create Chilk milk. With a doctorate in biochemistry from UCLA, Dr. Liu used his extensive knowledge to invent a non-dairy milk infused with hemp CBD that is healthy and fast-absorbing. With Cole’s knowledge of health conscious trends and the popularity of CBD in college spaces, they teamed up to create the ultimate chill drink!

Chilk (chill-milk) is a vegan almond milk drink that tastes great with 25mg hemp-infusion. Like the protein powders of today’s gym culture, tomorrow’s CBD/hemp will be ubiquitous in the lives of the urbanite in a new set of “de-stress culture.” They are building a CBD lifestyle brand with the zen-enhancing benefits of CBD. With no added sugars and packed full of nutrients, not only are you drinking something good for you, you are also helping the planet. Compared to traditional dairy, they use all vegan milk blends, cutting water use and reducing CO2 emissions. As opposed to plastic, the bottles are made with glass bottles that they reuse and make more Chilk! Check it out
Startup UCLA is looking for student interns!
Startup UCLA is hiring 1-2 paid student interns to assist with their programs. They are looking for UCLA undergraduate students who are interested in entrepreneurship, marketing, and events, are comfortable working in a startup environment, and have some flexibility with schedule. Interns will work approximately 10+ hours per week. They are looking for social media and data/website intern. If interested, then send your resume, a brief paragraph on why you want to work with Startup UCLA, fall school schedule, your availability to work (noting that 1 evening and 1 afternoon must be available at minimum) to with the subject line “Startup UCLA Fall 2021 Intern” ASAP. Learn more

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.

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

ROSEN is seeking an Email Manager! 
At ROSEN, we’re creating the next generation of mass acne care. Research around acne + the customers have changed a ton since 1990, but the products haven’t. It’s time to change the way we think about breakouts. We’re looking for an organized, quick-responding, action-oriented person to manage our influencer email account. This role will include facilitating influencer posts, communicating updates with influencers and compiling influencer feedback. This Email Management position will manage the overall relationships and timely responses for our influencer and referral community. This is a part-time contractor role that requires 5-10 hours a week. If interested, email your resume and position of interest to Jamika Martin at

ROSEN is seeking a TikTok Manager! 
We’re looking for a creative, trend-aligned, results-driven person to manage our TikTok account. This role will include creating and scheduling all visual content, copywriting captions and comments, researching and staying on top of trends, and engaging with others on behalf of the ROSEN accounts. The TikTok Manager will manage the performance, growth and sales attributed to our TikTok account. We are looking for a part-time employee to join our team for this role. Additionally, we will have performance-based incentives, including: Flat rate bonuses for each viral post, revenue share in immediate boosted sales due to a high-performing post, and flate rate bonuses for substantial social media growth in both following and engagement. If interested, email your resume and position of interest to Jamika Martin at

ROSEN is seeking a Social Media Manager! 
We’re looking for a creative, trend-aligned, results-driven person to manage our Twitter and Instagram accounts. This role will include creating and scheduling visual content, copywriting captions and tweets, researching and staying on top of trends, and engaging with others on behalf of the ROSEN accounts. The Social Media Manager will manage the performance, growth and sales attributed to our Twitter and Instagram accounts. We are looking for a part-time employee to join our team for this role. Additionally, we will have performance-based incentives, including: Flat rate bonuses for each viral post, revenue share in immediate boosted sales due to a high-performing post, and flate rate bonuses for substantial social media growth in both following and engagement. If interested, email your resume and position of interest to Jamika Martin at
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 with a chance for you 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 here. 

2021 Net Impact Consulting Challenge 
Net Impact is seeking client applications!
About: In this three-week pro bono consulting engagement, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises can receive strategic and operational guidance from MBA students to address challenges in fiscal management, operations, marketing, and leadership transition. Prior projects have included: developing strategies for new revenue streams, aligning technology with the organization’s operations, and developing marketing strategies for target populations, to name a few.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 1 here.

XPRIZE Carbon Removal
What: Early-stage funding for your carbon removal solution! 
About: XPRIZE, organized by Musk Foundation, is 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. The foundation will be awarding $20 million dollars in the first year of the competition.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by 
October 1 for the $5M Student Awards and December 1 for the $15M in Milestone Awards here.

Wayfinder Incubator Program
 Incubator for UC-affiliated startups
About: 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. The program focuses 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. 

CGI U Application Kickoff
What: The kickoff will be an opportunity to discuss the application processes for both opportunities, CGI U’s social impact programming, seed funding opportunities.
About: Clinton Global Initiative University is hosting a year-long student program, CGI U 2022, and the Verizon & CGI U 2022 Social Innovation Challenge, in anticipation of both applications launching next month! 
Application deadline:
Learn more and apply by October 4 here.

CGI U 2022 Annual Meeting Brainstorm
The calls will be an opportunity to brainstorm session ideas, share speaker recommendations, workshop key themes, and provide feedback on the virtual format.
About: The annual meeting convenes students across the world who have made Commitments to Action through CGI U.
Application deadline: 
Learn more and apply by October 6 here.

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 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 

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

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

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 in the United States and abroad. 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

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 the problems of the present and propelling us into the future. Anyone startup group that meets the eligibity criteria is able to apply to this competition. You will be provided with capital, mentorship, development resources and $10,000 in cash prize if you win. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 10

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.

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: In addition to $10,000 in cash prizes, winners will receive 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. If you decide to form a team with up to two other competitors, you will get an opportunity to create a stronger submission through your teammates’ complementary skill sets and viewpoints. Up to 9 solutions will win prizes. Yours could be among them!
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by October 28 here.

2021 Baylor New Venture Competition
Win over $250,000 in cash and prizes as part of this business plan competition!
About: The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise will host the eleventh annual Baylor New Venture Competition on March 24-26, 2022 at Baylor University’s Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. This business plan and elevator pitch competition showcase collegiate student-created, managed, and led ventures from across the globe. 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 which 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

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
Gold In Your Closet: The Startup Helping Patagonia And Levi’s Cash In On The Resale Boom
Sustainable fashion is becoming increasingly important as we look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. This is where Trove comes in – the startup that’s helping companies capitalize on used goods that their customers would otherwise dump into landfills. Trove handles the messy logistics of taking back merchandise and preparing it for resale, managing the online listings and shipping the merchandise in each brand’s own packaging. Working quietly behind the scenes, Trove is a company many consumers have never heard of, but one that several big brands like REI, Patagonia, Levi’s, and more, all rely on. Read more
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