The Entrepreneur Association (EA) is the largest student organization at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and offers its more than 800 members a wide range of extracurricular activities, from networking events to experiential learning opportunities. As the largest-student run organization on campus, the EA takes advantage of its vast resources to put on 100+ events per year – or an average of more than three events per week. These include speaker series on entrepreneurship, hands-on workshops, intimate networking events with successful entrepreneurs, a world-class business plan competition, and a conference at the end of the year. In addition, the EA works closely with the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The Price Center provides curriculum, research, and experiential learning programs that prepare MBA candidates for the challenges of management in entrepreneurial environments.
- EA Kickoff
- The EA's first event of the year is an enjoyable evening of networking aimed at exposing new members to all of the resources the EA has to offer, from its officers to its dozens of programs. The evening's highlights include a guest speaker discussing an entrepreneurial venture and the chance to meet successful entrepreneurs from a variety of industries.
- 2012 Entrepreneurs Conference
- The Entrepreneurs Conference is the premier event for the EA, targeted at students, alumni, entrepreneurs, and business executives. With a full day of seminars and panel discussions during the Spring quarter, the EA and the Anderson School have welcomed over 300 attendees interested in gaining valuable insight on current topics in entrepreneurship, critical business skills and emerging technologies. Past keynote speakers include Elon Musk, Founder of Paypal and CEO of SpaceX; Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese; Scott Ingraham, Former CEO of Rent.com; Kelly Perdew, winner of The Apprentice; Dan Gordon, Founder of Gordon Biersch; Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com; Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo!; Paul Orfalea, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Kinkos; Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems; Brent Rider, Founding General Partner of El Dorado Ventures.
- Entrepreneurship Speaker & Workshop Series
- The EA Headline Speakers program brings prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders from a wide variety of industries to campus for afternoon and evening presentations. Speakers share their successes and failures, covering topics such as transforming ideas into opportunities, securing start-up capital, and overcoming challenges. For those seeking to purchase existing businesses, topics also include the search process, assessing a business as an acquisition opportunity, performing due diligence, and structuring the deal. Come meet entrepreneurs and hear them tell their stories!
- Dinners for Eight (D48)
- The Dinners for Eight program allows eight students to have an intimate setting in order to get to know accomplished entrepreneurs and fellow students while enjoying a dinner hosted by the entrepreneur. D48 Hosts volunteer their time simply as an opportunity for networking and constructive dialog. Members of Anderson Board of Visitors and the Price Center Board of Advisors are encouraged to participate in the program as hosts. Other individuals with whom the Entrepreneur Association has made connections are also invited to host Dinners for Eight. To be included in a dinner, students submit a brief statement of interest. D48 organizers strive to give everyone a chance to benefit from this very popular program. FEMBA, EMBA, and full-time MBAs are all eligible to participate and dinner parties generally represent a mix of the three programs. Participating in dinners is a great way to establish contacts in various industries and to learn firsthand about the trials, successes and challenges that accomplished business people have undergone.
- Alumni Outreach
- Anderson's alumni network has tremendous resources for entrepreneurs, and Alumni Outreach finds and engages these resources. Alumni Outreach exposes them to the Entrepreneur Association. Diversity and collaboration lead to many successful entrepreneurial ventures, and Alumni Outreach seeks to increase the reach of both the Anderson School and the EA.
- Women in Entrepreneurship
- The Women in Entrepreneurship program will provide Anderson women entrepreneurs with a forum for support and learning, and work to strengthen connections with top women business leaders, entrepreneurs and the Women's Business Connection. The program organizes speaker events to provide students with opportunities to hear from and meet successful female entrepreneurs.
- Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO)
- The Young Entrepreneurs' Organization is a volunteer group of business professionals, all of whom are under 40 years of age and are the owners, founders, co-founders, or controlling shareholders of companies with annual sales of $1 Million or more. The YEO Roundtable will bring together EA members with individuals who have successfully made the leap into entrepreneurial ventures.
- Young President's Organization (YPO)
- The Young Presidents’ Organization is a network of more than 9,500 young global business leaders in more than 75 nations who exchange ideas, learn and share strategies to achieve personal and professional growth. The EA's YPO owner-manager serves as a liaison between Anderson and several Southern California YPO chapters and organizes a Roundtable event in the Spring quarter.
- Vistage is a selective mentorship and peer-exchange program that is tied to an international organization of entrepreneurs and CEOs who gather to find solutions to personal business issues. Vistage brings four of such CEOs and entrepreneurs to Anderson to serve as mentors to small groups of students. Each mentor arranges for his or her group to meet with leading local entrepreneurs at their place of business. There, students also learn about the Vistage process of problem-solving, which many have found to be extremely valuable. Meetings are held once a month on Fridays and regular attendance is required.
- Project ECHO
- Project ECHO is a high school business development competition. Anderson students will have the opportunity to mentor high school students and act as judges during the final competition.
- Entrepreneurship Labs
- The new Entrepreneurship Labs program provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience developing businesses while at school and give them a framework within which to apply classroom concepts to all stages of new venture development. The program is aimed both at students seeking to develop their own business ideas and at those looking to gain experience with the business start-up process in supportive environment. Refer to the main Entrepreneur Labs website.
- Knapp Venture Competition and Speaker Series
- The Knapp Venture Competition has funded innovation since 1981 at The Anderson School. Participants undergo an intensive learning experience involving the entrepreneurial process. Virtually all Anderson students will start, work in, advise, or finance growing businesses during their careers. The competition prepares students - whether they will be founders, financiers, consultants, marketers, or general managers - for these experiences by simulating the process of starting and evaluating a new enterprise. Refer to the main Knapp website.
- Tech Transfer
- The Tech Transfer program provides Anderson students a way to connect with other UCLA research centers, faculty, alumni and industry professionals to explore new entrepreneurial ideas. Through speaker events, mixers and workshops, the program gives Anderson students the opportunity to learn more about how bleeding edge intellectual property is developed and commercialized into viable companies. EA members also automatically have access to the Westwood Venture Alliance, a networking partnership between entrepreneurial graduate students at UCLA's engineering, business, law and medical schools.
- Entrepreneur in Residence
- Entrepreneurs are often brought into Anderson to spend a full day with students and faculty to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences. Alternatively, trips are organized to visit these entrepreneurs at their companies.
- Developer's Contest
- The Developer’s Contest pairs software developers with business-minded entrepreneurs from UCLA Anderson to develop business idea prototypes over the course of one weekend.
- Venture Capital 101 Series
- The VC 101 Series is a set of educational events designed to introduce EA members to the venture capital process and industry by presenting foundational knowledge before visits and speaking events by venture capitalists. Students are exposed to the complementary processes of raising money and making investments, gain insight to the latest trends in funding, learn must-have information on how to prepare for and pitch to investors, and gain exposure to common pitfalls and traps to be avoided. . The program will culminate in the Deal Review night prior to the Knapp competition where students will be given the opportunity to evaluate student business plans prior to their formal Knapp presentations. The majority of these events are scheduled in advance of the Venture Capital Roundtable and the Knapp Venture Competition.
- Venture Capital Panels and Speaker Series
- Meet the professionals who will fund your company before it goes public. West Coast venture capitalists talk about their path into the industry, walk Anderson students through the VC investment process, and share the highs and lows of fighting on the front lines of building technology and other high-growth corporations. This program brings in a series of speakers, individually or in panels, that include venture capital professionals and angel investors to discuss the state of the industry.
- Venture Capital Roundtable
- Anderson's Venture Capital Roundtable is a premier event which attracts over 60 venture capitalists and more than 100 MBA students interested in venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurial development. The event begins with a networking reception and hors d'oeuvres. Our keynote speaker follows, after which we begin the first of three 20-minute roundtable sessions. During each of the sessions, groups of two to four venture capitalists and five to seven students interact to discuss the venture capital process and industry trends. After each session, the students move to other tables to meet with different venture capitalists. At the conclusion of the night, there is an opportunity to network with the other professionals.