Summer Accelerator Demo Day registration is now live!

Summer Accelerator Demo Day registration is now live!
Happy Thursday Bruins 🐻☀️
Photographs have always helped us capture the best memories of our lives. On this World Photography Day, let us give a big shoutout to all the photographers out there who have helped us capture some of the most important memories into pictures  📸

We are moving closer to DEMO DAY and we cannot be more excited!
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
Summer Accelerator teams have had an eventful Week Seven as they gear up to pitch their ventures next week! On Tuesday, John Tabis, founder of Bouqs, joined us for a Fireside Chat sharing his advice on building your brand’s story, and the importance of investing in quality tech and leadership early on in your venture. On Wednesday, teams received feedback from Advisory Council members, Alice Kao and Brian Thomas, on their 5-minute pitches as part of our Mentor Pitch Coaching session. That concludes Week Seven – don’t forget to sign up for Demo Day!
Meet the Chances team! The founding team is comprised of the Lipschutz family – Vanessa, Noelle, and Rob. They’ve been working together for 18 months and are now part of the 2021 Summer Accelerator. The Chances team recently expanded to include two more UCLA students: Communications Coordinator Beth Vitty and Intern Naomi Lopez. 

Before Chances, Vanessa and Noelle were tired of swiping on new faces and were suffering from dating app fatigue. They needed an easier way to express interest in the person they were into without any awkwardness or fear of rejection – and that’s why they created Chances. 

Chances is a dating app that provides users with the unique opportunity to explore their mutual intentions with people they’ve already met to find out who feels the same way about them. In short, Chances allows users to answer the age-old question: “Are they into me too?”

The Chances team is planning a fall launch at UCLA and plans to later expand to other college campuses with the goal of becoming the go-to dating app for users to explore dating with people they already know. Check out Chances on the Apple app store on September 1st and learn more
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
Prepare and submit proposals and applications for a grant.
About: Students teams developing an innovative solution to a social, environmental, or health challenge can take the first step to access up to $25,000 in E-Team Grant funding and entrepreneurship training by submitting a short application for the qualification Phase.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by August 20 here.

BCP Tech Accelerator
What: The BCP tech accelerator is looking for innovative insurtech companies wanting to improve their client experience or increase the efficiency of the service team.
About: The panel of independent and expert judges will select the 5 participating companies for this year’s cohort, and those companies will be notified by the end of day Friday, August 27th. The winning cohort will be required to be in Kansas City for the first two weeks (9/20-10/1) and the last two weeks (11/1-11/12) of the program. The program will begin on September 20th and will conclude with a demo day on or around November 11, 2021. The program offers 35k investment, connections to investors, and most importantly connections to new sources of revenue.
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
August 22nd here.

ASPIRE Program
What: Intensive 7-week program that prepares startups for the investments and partnerships necessary to launch their venture
About: The ASPIRE Program is seeking seed-stage MedTech companies to help pinpoint fundraising needs and develop the deal room materials needed to back up their ask. During this 7-week virtualized program, teams will spend one-on-one time with mentors-in-residence, including VentureWell staff and active investors, as they prepare for investment conversations. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
August 23rd 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

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

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 

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. 
Designers’ support platform becomes a global success
ADPList, Amazon Design People List, founded by Lee and James Badour was mainly created to support the designer’s community during the pandemic. However, they soon realized that the community needed mentors who can guide them through their journey. And now, ADPList has raised 1.3 million, growing their mentor list to 2,500 people holding 5,000 sessions a month, where around 20k mentees have signed up so far. Read more here.
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