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April 2023
A monthlong series featuring lectures and events to enlighten and engage regarding blockchain technologies
and applications
Blockchain Lecture Series
Industry-leading experts will show how blockchain can be used inside UCLA companies to accelerate their growth, marketing and capital raise. Speakers from all facets of business will share the various ways they’ve seen blockchain revolutionize a plethora of industries.

This event is open to UCLA graduate students and UCLA Anderson alumni. Capacity is limited.
Blockchain Applications
Monday, April 3, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In the first lecture, students will hear about some successful uses of blockchain technology in traditional companies. Rebecca Hwang will share how she has seen the tech lead to successful ventures at the ASU Thunderbird Accelerator and through the investments of her $100 million VC fund. Jose Montero will share his experience integrating blockchain into his business card company. Coming from a hardware background, Dennis Lee will share his plans for Blockchain Applications in his new Santa Monica–based venture accelerator.

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Blockchain Development
Monday, April 10, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

In the second lecture, students will hear about going from zero to one with blockchain development. Industry experts will share industry-expected costs and timelines for common hires. They will also discuss the benefits and detriments of using in-house devs or dev shops. Patrick Hale and Jonas Simanavicius will share the lessons they have learned in launching multiple eight-figure projects.

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Web3 Marketing
Monday, April 17, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Michael Terpin will discuss the nuances of Web3 marketing as he shares his experience with marketing the second-most-successful blockchain project of all time, Ethereum. He will dive deeper into the portfolio of projects he invests in and advises currently. Sean Kelly will share how he was able to create his own marketing company in order to market his own projects. Sean will describe his journey from ideation to finally being acquired two years ago.

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Web3 Fundraising
Monday, May 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Speaker will share their vast array of perspectives about the outlook of VCs investing in blockchain-enabled companies. Alexandra Dumas will share her corporate experience with Web3 at Google Ventures. Zhen, on the other hand, will share her success angel investing in some of the largest blockchain companies of the last bull run and what she is looking for currently. Ben Tsai will go into detail about what makes or breaks an investment pitch in his fund, Wave Financial.

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L.A. Tech Community X UCLA Founders
Friday, April 7, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Famecast, Santa Monica

Meet up with the Los Angeles Web3 community at Famecast, the home of L.A.'s Web3 incubator.

Cost: Free
Food and drinks will be provided.

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Blockchain Adoption Competition
Business X Engineering

Monday, April 10, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator

Following the second lecture, collaborate with business and engineering students and alumni in this mini-development competition (ideation only, no coding) as student groups compete to come up with the best implementations of blockchain into existing business models. Three industry experts will serve as judges and evaluate the projects on innovation, feasibility and correctness. The winning team will receive a cash prize. More details to come.

​This event will immediately follow the blockchain development lecture, featuring some incredible founders of top blockchain companies, so join us for the lecture and stay for the competition.

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Advisor Speed Dating
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator

Join us for an evening of advisor speed dating! This is an opportunity for UCLA startup founders and business and engineering school students to connect with experienced entrepreneurs, investors and builders who can provide mentorship and guidance.

​Having the right mentors on your entrepreneurial path is critical. One person can open doors to opportunity and accelerated growth, so we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. ​All you need to do is to show up ready to ask questions and talk about your projects. ​The event will be held in the Venture Accelerator main space where all the lectures are provided. Capacity is limited.

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Web3 Venture Investor Mixer
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Famecast, Santa Monica

Anderson Venture Accelerator Cohort and venture investors are coming together to connect, collaborate and build lasting relationships.

​Whether your company is investment-ready today or will be in the future, it's always beneficial for promising young founders to connect with VCs, and vice versa.

​We'll be merging our networks at Famecast, the creator accelerator in Santa Monica, as our final event of Blockchain Month at Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson.

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Contact Beatina Theopold, Sr. Program Manager, Price Center
Co-Curated By
Ben Spievak
Sam Borghese