This program supports founders at the earliest stage of their journey. This two-month summer incubator program works with both idea-stage and prototype-stage companies to build a defensible foundation toward a viable venture. Applications for Activate open in April to all current UCLA students and alumni.
The main goal of the summer incubator is to help first-time founders validate problem-solution, determine customer segment and competition, and test product-market fit. Upon completion of the incubator program, founders will develop a minimum viable product (MVP) and will be eligible to apply to the immersive, six-month winter Accelerator program, which runs from January to June.
This is a two-month, intensive program running from September to October that connects founders to investors and mentors, culminating in a large demo day to a curated audience. This program prepares participating founders to present at our culminating Showcase event, which is attended by early-stage investors and entrepreneurs; UCLA alumni, faculty and staff; and media representatives.
This program is open to Activate and Accelerate participants and the broader UCLA community, with a focus on founders looking to raise capital. Applications for our Showcase program are available in late summer to all UCLA students and alumni, with slight preference given to those who have participated in our other programs.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence Rod Kurtz talks with entrepreneurs about how they’re adapting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing insights into how they’re connecting and conversing, as well as crowdsourcing solutions during this unprecedented time.