Support PRISM, a Summer Accelerator alum, on Kickstarter!

Support PRISM, a Summer Accelerator alum, on Kickstarter!
☀️Happy week three, Bruins! ☀️
We hope your first few weeks of the quarter have been off to a positive start and that you’re enjoying the springtime weather 🙂

We also want to acknowledge another instance of injustice in our country this week with the death of Daunte Wright. In today’s Weekly Read, learn more about how entrepreneurs are taking action on racial justice. 

PRISM Co. – a Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator ’19 alum – has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the ACTIVE Recycled Fanny Pack, the perfect, hands-free bag for quarantine and beyond. It’s made from 100% recycled nylon, engineered from recycled single-use plastics like plastic containers and water bottles, as waste from single-use plastics from disposable masks and plastic bags has surged over 300% throughout the pandemic. It also has pockets for credit cards, lip balm, hand sanitizer, along with a key clip, and external compartments for your phone and mask. Check it out on Kickstarter here

The UC Founder Survey will allow the University of California Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) team to learn more about our systemwide founder community. This 5-minute survey is designed to collect demographic data on founding teams currently participating in UC-affiliated innovation and entrepreneurship activities. The collection of this data will have a direct impact on UC’s ability to fundraise, develop programs, and better support the UC founder community. 
You can find the survey here. Please complete this survey by
April 21, 2021.
In this LaunchPad Fellowship, up to 50 student founders will be awarded $5,000 in non-dilutive grant funding to support their time working on advancing technology ventures. The Fellowship is largely self-driven, but will include weekly skill-development workshops, goal setting, and peer and professional networking opportunities, as well as reporting requirements and regular check-ins with their LaunchPad campus Director. The Fellowship is open to all current students (graduate and undergraduate) of LaunchPad network schools as well as 2020 or 2021 graduates. 

Learn more and apply by April 27th
Michaelson Found Animals Summer Internship 
Michaelson Found Animals is seeking a junior or senior student for a 12-week remote internship to focus on their Leap Venture Studio & Academy programs. This program is the first startup-centric program built to springboard innovation in the growing pet ecosystem, and this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in startup accelerators, growing a community of startup founders, or getting involved in impact investing. 
Apply by
April 18th here

Alumni Ventures/Westwood Ventures – Venture Fellows Program
The Venture Fellow Program offers UCLA alumni and graduate students exposure to venture capital. VC is a tough industry to break into, but our fellow program offers hands-on investing experience. It is an educational opportunity that makes a meaningful impact on career acceleration and trajectory; nearly 40% of our grads find roles in VC or entrepreneurship after completing the program. No prior experience in venture capital is required. The deadline for the July 2021 cohort is
April 19. Apply here and learn more here

TradeUp is seeking a paid full-stack developer!
TradeUp is building the only secure solution to online item trading. Our team is searching for a full-stack developer to be a part of a startup aiming to transform online marketplaces, starting with streetwear and luxury goods in our MVP. TradeUp is currently participating in two startup programs: LaunchPad Spring Fellowship and Startup Labs UCLA. For more info on this paid position please fill out this form. Learn more about TradeUp here.
Startup UCLA Social Entrepreneurship Summer Institute 
Remote summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors from July 12th to July 23rd
About: This hands-on summer program will teach students the basics of creating a mission-oriented venture and allow them to apply that knowledge by creating their own ventures, which they will pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors for feedback. Participants will be awarded 2 units of college credit upon successful completion of the program. Financial aid is available.
Registration deadline: Learn more and register by May 1
UCLA ZAP Training Program
Training program of the NSF I-Corps at UCLA
About: NSF I-Corps provides training and funds to aspiring academic entrepreneurs who seek answers to the following questions: How to identify customers for your innovation? How to search for product-market fit? How to conduct an efficient customer discovery? These sessions are open to everyone! 

Application deadline: These sessions will take place April 16 and April 23rd from 3 to 5pm. You can find the Zoom link here (Meeting ID: 663 193 7598 and Password: 490798). RSVP at

UCLA Anderson Impact Week 2021
What: Conference centering around the “Power to Change” 
About: UCLA Anderson’s Impact Week celebrates our community’s commitment to creating a more equitable, just, and sustainable society. With a theme of “Power to Change,” Impact Week 2021 will spotlight ideas, practices, and skills that business leaders need to change their organizations and industries in support of social justice, economic inclusion, environmental sustainability, quality healthcare, educational equity, and other important global goals. Speakers for this conference include Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán and Emma Stewart, Sustainability Officer at Netflix, among others.
Dates: Impact Week will last from April 19th through April 23rd. Learn more and register here

Grid 110 Summer 2021 Cohort Applications 
Free 12-week residency program
About: This is a three-month program designed to help entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of their ventures focus on the fundamental parts of building a successful, sustainable business. We’re looking for entrepreneurs that have moved past the initial idea stage and identify in (or in-between) the early validation stage or the post-launch stage looking to accelerate to the next stage of growth. This cohort-based program will connect founders with mentorship and skills development workshops from experts, among other benefits. 
Application deadline: Learn more about the program and apply by April 30th here. Attend a virtual info session on April 21st at 5pm here

LaunchPad Speaker Series: Entrepreneurship as a Side Hustle 
 Think you have to be pursuing your startup idea full-time to benefit from it? Think again. Patrick McGinnis, author of “The 10% Entrepreneur and Fear of Missing Out” will share his thoughts in this session on side-hustle entrepreneurship and stories of successful founders who engage in entrepreneurship outside of their day.
Date: This event will take place
April 21 at 1pm here

LaunchPad Speaker Series: Invent Your Internship – How to Pitch for a Role and Get the Most out of Your Summer
 There are far more internship opportunities out there than just those listed on your university’s career center website. Sometimes though, you have to create your own! Justin Lokitz, Innovation Mentor & Co founder at Accelab will speak about inventing your own college internship, creating your dream position, making the most of a summer job, and working in a startup environment in this session. 
Date: This event will take place April 30 at 1pm

Women Founders Network Webinar Events 
From pitch deck essentials to tax issues and how to avoid business disputes, the Women Founders Network is offering a variety of webinars for entrepreneurs. 
Dates: Dates vary – see the full list of events

VentureWell E-Team Grant Program
Unlock up to $25K in grant funding! 
About: The E-Team Grant Program supports early-stage innovator teams that are developing science and technology inventions addressing critical social, health, and environmental challenges. In addition to receiving grant funding of up to $25K, selected teams are accepted into the Pioneer workshop, which offers them the training and mentoring needed to bring their high-impact solutions to the world! Pioneer is designed to build confidence and entrepreneurial skills in students as they explore essential topics like customer discovery, intellectual property, and business model validation. E-Teams receive continued coaching and mentoring after they take part in Pioneer, as well as national recognition through the VentureWell network.
Application deadline: Apply by May 5th

Activate Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson
What: 2-month incubator for startups in the idea or prototype stage 
About: This program is designed to help first-time founders validate problem-solution fit, determine customer segment, and product-market fit. Experts host 20 hours of workshops on three needs for companies at ideation, including: customer development, branding and marketing, financial modeling, and product development.
Application deadline: Registration closes May 31. Register here

Women Founders Network 2021 Fast Pitch Competition
Win $40K+ in cash prizes and $100K+ in professional services!
About: This unique opportunity provides female founders with valuable leadership, coaching, and in-kind sponsorships that allow top women entrepreneurs to become pitch-ready in a way that sharpens their plans to scale their companies and makes their business more appealing to Angel and VC investors. 
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by June 1
Two Black Lives Matter-inspired startups aim to educate

Read about how Dominique Price and Gari De Ramos have taken BLM-inspired action with their startups, BlackedOut Game and Radical In Progress, respectively, to both educate on Black history and build accessible educational tools to help others learn key concepts relating to racial and social justice. Price has received mentorship and guidance through EforAll, an organization that helps underrepresented individuals in the business community get their ventures off the ground. Read more here
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