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Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator 10th Anniversary

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Project ended on September 24, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator 10th Anniversary


Established in 2012, Startup UCLA acts as a hub of entrepreneurial activity for campus. It provides experiential learning opportunities, prioritizes diversity, inclusion and access to entrepreneurial education and builds a strong community within UCLA, Los Angeles and the state so students, faculty and alumni can develop their ideas. Now, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Summer Accelerator, we hope you will help us reach our goal of $50,000Your contribution, regardless of size, directly impacts our students by providing them funding and the resources they need to turn their ideas into a reality. 

Celebrating ten years

Startup UCLA’s flagship program, the Summer Accelerator has been providing experiential learning opportunities to students for a decade. The program is a ten-week incubator that provides an invaluable opportunity for 8-10 teams of students and recent alumni. Participants receive $5,000 in seed money, access to office hours, and connections to industry professionals and mentors. Every year, the early stage teams visit with and pitch to prominent entrepreneurs and venture capital firms. The program concludes with Demo Day, when teams get a special opportunity to showcase their innovations to industry business leaders. 

Alumni of the Summer Accelerator are part of an exclusive network of just over 100 companies who have gone through the program since it launched in 2012. Today, three companies are generating more than $1 million in annual revenue, three have been acquired, and many others have received outside funding from angels and venture capitalists. Others have gone on to work at Uber, Facebook, Google, and Bird, to name a few.  

Entrepreneur Stories

Your contributions to this giving campaign will support current accelerator students and provide the resources to increase this program’s impact for years to come.  Please join us in support of the next decade of innovators, leaders, and trailblazers at UCLA.

“Startup UCLA helped our team not only focus on our priorities but also draw a bigger picture for our future growth. More than anything else, constantly speaking to the mentors and fellow Startup UCLA teams, asking for their feedback and critique on various aspects of building our business, from product development to revenue generation, was valuable in defining and crystallizing both short- and long-term goals of our company.” Yoomi Chin, Ph.D., Co-founder, Arkaive Inc.

“The Accelerator was the exact place where real learning happens because you get out from the desk and actually execute on ideas. You get to see success, failure, and progress take place in real time. I took everything I learned from the experience and immediately applied it to my new ventures, where I both decided to open my own business and use my learnings of entrepreneurialism to ensure my success.” Aaron Bergman ’17, Co-founder, noncents


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10 Years

Chip in $10 to celebrate 10 years of Bruin innovation.


Idea Generator

Your gift will help create the foundational support for our programs, providing a community for Bruins to develop their startup ideas.



Your gift will help Startup UCLA provide the guidance, legal services and mentors to early-stage companies.



Your gift will allow Startup UCLA to host and participate in local and national events and conferences.



Your support will help create internship opportunities for our students.


Community Partner

Your generosity will help with outreach efforts to strengthen our community ties and bring industry experts to campus.


Seed Funder

The funds you provide will enable one team to build their business during the Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator.

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