Win from a prize pool of $10,000 for your social impact idea!

Win from a prize pool of $10,000 for your social impact idea!
Happy week three, Bruins! đŸ»
We are almost done with the week! As the quarter progresses and we get closer to midterms, don't forget to take time for yourself and spend more time doing the things that make you happy.

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 12 pm and 5 pm Monday through Friday. We're located at Covel Commons Room 203 :)
BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD IDEAS COMPETITION
The LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes! 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 UCLA winners will take home $1,000. The application deadline is October 21, learn more and enter here.
INTRODUCING BRUIN IMPACT CHALLENGE

The Bruin Impact Challenge invites students from ALL backgrounds and majors to bring ideas that drive positive change using unique approaches – Social Ventures, Creative Projects, Advocacy, and Strategic Giving. Have an idea that fits into one of these four tracks? Apply for the Bruin Impact Challenge to get resources for your idea and the opportunity to win cash from a prize pool of $10,000! Learn more and apply by October 22 HERE and watch the info session recording here.

BIG IDEAS COMPETITION
Calling all UCLA students! Want to win up to $20,000 for your project, company, or student group that has a social impact? Learn more about how to apply by RSVPing to these upcoming events: https://bigideascontest.org/events/ For any questions, please contact the UCLA Innovation Ambassador Paolo at  Sign up for their interest form HERE to receive updates on the program.
JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS
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  hello@thisiselims.com.

Pasadena Angels is looking for volunteers!
Pasadena Angeles is looking for energetic volunteers who are driven by innovation and want to make real contributions to their entrepreneurial culture. This exciting 3-month opportunity will provide exposure to the process, mechanics, and community of early-stage investing and may include real-world functions such as deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio tracking, branding and awareness, marketing, events, and recruitment. Learn more and apply
here. 
OPPORTUNITIES
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.

NSF I-Corps Info & Training Sessions
What: Join us virtually to take the first step to convert your technology into a product
About: The I-Corps Team can win $50,000. Learn the process at the Information session and participate in 3 ZAP! Training Sessions to gain knowledge on “Business Model Canvas” and â€œCustomer Discovery”!
Application deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 20 by emailing Startup@ita.ucla.edu. ZAP training sessions will be held on October 29, November 5 and 12, sign up here.

Bruin Entrepreneurs-1000 Pitches
What: 1KP is Bruin Entrepreneurs' four-week-long initiative to hear all of your creative, 30-second pitches.
About: 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. You can either DM them your pitch via video/audio message along with your email to our Instagram @bruinentrepreneurs.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 21 here.


Fall 2021 Blackstone US Future Women Leaders Program
What:
 A unique two-day experience among financial firms, giving participants early exposure to finance and business through interactive information seminars, networking, and skill-building sessions.
About: Applicants should be currently enrolled as an undergraduate sophomore student with an anticipated graduation date between Fall 2023 and Spring 2024, and the program will be on November 18-19, 2021 virtually.

Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 24 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: The winners in addition to $10,000 in cash prizes will get 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. Up to 9 solutions will win prizes. 
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 28 here.

CSUDH Impact Founders Pitch 2021
What: Showcasing entrepreneurs who are working on socially-driven ventures or are majority-owned by founders from diverse backgrounds
About: Applications are open to all Southern California startups in the idea to Series A raising phases. $25K in investment prizes will be awarded to teams with social ventures and diverse teams. All finalists will receive 6 months of CSUDH Innovation Incubator mentoring and connections with various investors, VIPs, and collaborators.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 28
here.


2022 Voqal Fellowship
What:
Talent and startup accelerator for people from historically underrepresented communities
About: The Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend for six months to work on an early-stage idea with hands-on storytelling and business development coaching. Voqal seeks social-justice-oriented leaders, thinkers, doers, and believers who have an idea for a new way to organize communities and bring about equitable social change.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 31
here.


The Slavin Fellowship
What: Providing support to dedicated students that have a desire to contribute to humanity and the ability and discipline to bring entrepreneurial ideas to life.
About: Fellowships will be awarded to students of extraordinary potential pursuing entrepreneurial projects. Fellowship awardees receive support, mentorship, and perks including a $4,000 grant and an invitation to their annual summit. They will be hosting an in-person summit in 2022.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 31
here.


Baylor New Venture Competition
What:
Win over $250,000 in cash and prizes as part of this business plan competition!
About: The eleventh annual Baylor New Venture Competition will be held on March 24-26, 2022 at Baylor University's Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The competition provides participants with a chance to compete for over $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 1
here


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
here.


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 that should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to the theme and demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. A prize pool of $37,000, which includes invitations to various programs and internship opportunities. 
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 10
here.


Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program
What: A year-long program to help women lead, grow and scale their business.
About: Through this program, you will receive one year of virtual education programming, workshops, and business guidance; a $5,000 grant for business education; access to private online peer community; and a trip to NYC for culminating networking and community-building.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 12
here.


Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator
What: This program focuses on innovations that make the world a better place [the 40  companies who have participated in the past have raised over $159 million, and have a combined market cap of $373 million across multiple LA-based programs].
About: To participate in this program, companies should have at least 2 full-time founders, have raised $2M or less, and at a valuation of $10M or less. Techstars LA is fully committed to investing in underrepresented founders that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles' multicultural community.

Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by December 1 here. 

Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs
What:
A team business plan competition designed to recognize student innovation and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures.
About: The competition features a first-place prize, a second-place prize, and a New Venture prize. Each registered team will be assigned a mentor and will be given the opportunity to attend training sessions that will aid in the creation of the business plan.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by January 31 here and register for the October 26th meetup for those interested in participating in the competition here.

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition
What:
 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
here.


Citi Impact Fund
What: Using the $200 million Impact Investment Fund, Citi is making equity investments in  U.S.-based private sector companies that are applying innovative solutions to help address some of society's most pressing challenges.
About: A portion of the fund is designated for earlier-stage seed investments. We are actively seeking opportunities to invest in businesses that are led or owned by women and minority entrepreneurs to help combat the gender and ethnic gap that exists in the startup world.

Application: Learn more and apply here.
WEEKLY READ
Portland startup Gabbi raises $1M to develop Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
 Gabbi, a Portland-based health care startup, has raised $1 million in a pre-seed round of funding. The company is piloting a consumer-friendly breast cancer risk calculator that can propose a health action plan and link users to a network of women in the same risk population. Founder Kaitlin Christine went through a harrowing medical experience related to breast cancer at age 24. Her personal experience has moved her to create a tool that enables women to better understand their own risk and health options. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, read more here.
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