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With more than 600 members, the UCLA Anderson Entrepreneur Association is among the largest student organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and offers a wide range of extracurricular activities ranging from networking events to experiential learning opportunities. The EA works closely with the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which provides curriculum, mentoring relationships, research, and educational programs that prepare MBA candidates for the challenges of management in entrepreneurial environments. The EA takes advantage of its vast resources to hold over 50 events each year. These include hands-on workshops, intimate networking events with successful entrepreneurs, a world-class business plan competition, and a year-end conference.


EA Officers


Matt Mueller


Vanessa Vasquez

VP of Technology

Peter Winter

VP of Finance

Lior Bartov

VP of Events

Colin Callahan

VP of Events

Moira Heath

VP of Events

Robert Mai

VP of Education, D48s

Viviana Caso

VP of Education, Speaker Series

Harshal Patil

VP of Admissions

Yamini Mappat

VP of Marketing

Pranam Shetty

VP of Venture Capital

Jose Pallares

VP of Business Creation, eLabs

Lisa Kaufman

VP of Business Creation, KNAPP

William Gallagher


Sarmad Nasir


Ahmed Mirza

VP of Outreach

Diego De Haro

VP of Outreach



CREATE Conference

The CREATE Conference is the EA’s premier event, targeted at students, alumni, entrepreneurs, and business executives. With a full day of seminars and panel discussions during the Winter quarter, the EA and the Anderson School of Management 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, co-founder of Paypal and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla; Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese; Scott Ingraham, former CEO of; Kelly Perdew, winner of “The Apprentice”; Dan Gordon, founder of Gordon Biersch; 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; and Barry Eggers, founding partner of Lightspeed Ventures.

Entrepreneurship Speaker and 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 startup 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 get to know accomplished entrepreneurs and fellow students while enjoying an intimate dinner hosted by an entrepreneur. D48 hosts volunteer their time to gain 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. 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

Diversity and collaboration lead to many successful entrepreneurial ventures, and Anderson's alumni network has tremendous resources for entrepreneurs. Alumni Outreach finds and engages these resources, exposing them to the Entrepreneur Association. Alumni Outreach increases the reach of both the Anderson School and the EA.

Career Fair

The UCLA Anderson Entrepreneur Association presents the EA Winter Career Fair, an on-campus recruiting event designed to connect MBA students and entrepreneurial companies.

Entrepreneurial Leaders Roundtable

Sponsored by The Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), this roundtable event features a group of successful business leaders who reach executive management before age 40. Students can network with entrepreneurs and YPO members, and get the inside track on what it is like to run a company.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Development Program (ELDP)

This selective membership and peer-exchange program is tied to an international organization of entrepreneurs and CEOs who hold monthly meetings to discuss current business issues. Only 30 students are chosen for this two-year program, which is held once a month.

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 an opportunity to gain hands-on experience developing businesses while at school, and give them a framework to apply classroom concepts to all stages of new venture development. The program is aimed at students who want to develop their own business ideas, and those looking to gain experience with the business startup process, in a supportive environment. Refer to the main Entrepreneur Labs website for more information.

Knapp Venture Competition

The Knapp Venture Competition has funded innovation since 1981. Participants undergo an intensive learning experience involving the entrepreneurial process. Virtually all Anderson students will start, work in, advise or finance a growing business 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.

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.

Mentorship Program

A small number of students are given the opportunity for an informal meeting with successful entrepreneurs and members of the Price Center Board of Advisors.

Venture Capital 101 Series (VC 101 Series)

The VC 101 Series is a set of educational events designed to introduce EA members to the venture capital process. The goal is to connect members to the 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 avoid. The program will culminate in the Deal Review night prior to the Knapp competition, where students will evaluate their 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 during the Spring quarter.

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, educate Anderson students on 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 that attracts more than 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 discuss the venture capital process and industry trends. After each session, the students move to other tables to meet with different venture capitalists. There is the opportunity to network with other professionals at the end of the night.