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The Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson is a transformative cohort-based program for early-stage startups and their founders. Our programs operate in a hybrid format and leverage the depth and breadth of UCLA’s resources to support and accelerate business growth. We are proud that 85% of the startups that go through our programs continue to scale successfully to Series A and beyond.
Current Cohort: Accelerate 2022
 
Past Cohorts
 
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What We Do
 
Our tailored programs are executed in cohorts and provide startups direct access to industry leaders from top companies like Google, Carta and Meta; connections with other founders who have gone on to receive funding from Techstars, Y Combinator and Kleiner Perkins; advice from faculty from across the UCLA campus; and mentorship from investors and experts from all industries throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem. There are four distinct programs that operate each year.
Activate
A two-month summer program with professional development workshops for founders at the ideation stage focused on defining their product-market fit
  • Focused on funding, legal and marketing workshops
  • Access to professional service providers
  • Eligible for software credits
  • Access to co-working space
  • Application live from mid-April through late May; program runs from July to August
Accelerate
A six-month, immersive program from winter to spring ideal for companies looking to scale and commercialize their intellectual property

ALL RESOURCES FROM THE ACTIVATE PROGRAM, PLUS:

  • Advisory sessions with the Accelerator advisory staff

  • Specific mentor pairings based on goals for the program

  • Presentation skills coaching

  • Proof-of-concept grants

  • Application live in September through mid-October; program runs from January to June

Showcase
A two-month, intensive program in the fall connecting founders to investors and mentors, culminating in a large demo day to a curated audience
  • Available to all Activate and Accelerate participants, as well as Business Creation Option companies

  • Presentation skills coaching

  • Advisory sessions with the Accelerator advisory staff

  • Connections to the Anderson Alumni Network[AF1] 

  • Opportunity to present at our culminating Showcase event attended by early-stage investors and entrepreneurs, UCLA alumni, faculty and staff, as well as media representatives

  • Application live in August; program runs from September to October

Advisory Program
Year-round support of the broader UCLA entrepreneurial ecosystem through request-based access to a network of advisors and mentors
  • Private counsel with the Accelerator’s advisory staff on request

  • Access and connections to a large network of mentors and advisors from diverse industries

  • Coaching sessions tailored to specific business needs

  • No application process; contact us for more information

Program Stats
(as of March 2022)
 
Accelerate Cohorts Results / Impact
(as of March 2022) 
 
Why Us
 
Through our affiliation with the No. 1 public university in the country, we offer a unique value to our startups, including:
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