The Entrepreneur Association (EA) is the largest student organization at UCLA Anderson. EA offers its more than 400 members a wide range of extracurricular activities, which provide mentoring relationships as well as experiential learning.
EA offers more than 30 programs and events that both encourage and inspire members to either start their own businesses after school or bring broader entrepreneurial thinking to their chosen profession. Whether a student has come to UCLA Anderson with an idea for a business, hopes to build a business with fellow students, is looking for tips on financing, or just hopes to acquire some entrepreneurial skills to enhance ongoing interests, EA programs and events are designed to help students meet their entrepreneurial goals. For more information, please consult the EA website at: www.entrepreneurassociation.net
Business Creation Option (BCO): gives students a hands-on experience in starting a company. Pre-requisite: A completed business plan.
Dinners for Eight (D48): An ongoing series where eight selected UCLA Anderson students enjoy a private dinner with a key member of the Price Center's Board of Advisors. A fantastic mentoring and networking opportunity!
EA Conference: EA members organize a conference that highlights the latest trends in entrepreneurship. Successful executives are secured as keynote speakers and workshop leaders for the event.
eLabs: The purpose of this program is to provide a structured bi-weekly discussion of start-up issues and to provide an informal, confidential setting for students to share business ideas. Guest lecturers cover many important issues.
Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR): EIR brings distinguished entrepreneurs to share their unique experiences. Entrepreneurs have included Jim Koch of Boston Brewing Company/Sam Adams and Paula Kent Meehan, founder of Redken Laboratories.
Fellowships: Hundreds of students participate in the Price Center's experiential activities each year, with more than 30 students receiving one or more of our fellowships. These fellowships have been generously funded by the Price Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and other donors. More than $150,000 in fellowships is provided each year.
Introduction to Venture Capital (VC101): A short series of discussions by UCLA Anderson students, alumni, and guest speakers, this program is designed to introduce students to the basics of venture capital and private equity.
Knapp Venture Competition: The venture proposal competition provides an opportunity to present formal business plans, sharpen writing and presentation skills, and receive critiques from several successful venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and other investors. Finalists share cash prizes.
Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: The Wolfen Award was established in memory of Anderson alumnus, Larry Wolfen. The award consists of a stipend intended to provide living expenses while a student conducts exploratory research into an idea, or otherwise advances a new venture.
Mentor Program: A small number of students are given the opportunity to meet informally with successful entrepreneurs and members of the Price Center Board of Advisors
Social Entrepreneurship: Key speakers from companies that focus on social responsibility, non-profit organization managers, and others discuss the entrepreneurial aspects of running their businesses.
Speaker Series: During brown bag lunches and evening events, accomplished entrepreneurs visit UCLA Anderson to provide insights on topics such as networking strategies, securing venture capital, and managing start-up companies.
Student Investment Fund: The SIF allows selected MBA candidates to invest real money in the stock and bond markets. Students are responsible for managing the fund (~$1.8 million).
Tech Transfer: Students connect with other UCLA research centers (such as the engineering, business law and medical schools) to explore new entrepreneurial ideas. The focus is to learn about how innovative intellectual property is developed and commercialized into viable companies.
Venture Capital Roundtable: A limited number of students meet informally with venture capitalists. Because most venture firms do not attend brown bag or interview on campus, this event allows students an opportunity to interact with dozens top venture capitalists from a number of different funds.
Venture Capital Speaker Series/Private Equity Panel: This series brings key management from venture capital and private equity firms to campus to discuss crucial aspects of those two industries. Structured as a lecture with Q&A's, this in-depth series assumes that participants are already familiar with basic venture capital topics.
Venture Fellows Program: The fellows selection committee meets in the winter quarter to choose individuals, who excel academically, possess relevant technical backgrounds and work experience, and have the motivation and resourcefulness to succeed in a venture firm. Summer placement of finalists is a joint decision between participating firms, the selection committee, and the Venture Fellows.
Vistage: Selective membership and peer-exchange program that is tied to an international organization of entrepreneurs and CEOs who hold monthly meetings to discuss current business issues. 30 students with entrepreneurial interests are chosen for this two-year program held one day per month.
YPO Roundtable: The Young Presidents' Organization is a group of successful business leaders who reach executive management before age 40. At this event, students can network with YPO members and get the inside track on what it is like to run a company.