The Anderson Venture Accelerator offers a curated and immersive experience customized by vertical for early-stage startups. Approximately 10 companies are accepted per cohort. The program runs once a year and offers one-on-one mentoring by UCLA Anderson alumni, weekly workshops that focus on the “how to,” connections to capital and regular networking events to engage with the Los Angeles startup ecosystem. Applications for Accelerate open in fall every year. Companies that participate in the cohort will have the opportunity to pitch and fundraise at the Venture Accelerator’s fall showcase.
This program is for founders who are, at a minimum, at the prototype stage, but ideally launched and operational. The expectation is to accelerate from pre-seed to the seed stage of funding. The minimum benchmarks necessary to be considered for the program include the following:
- A company that is working full time on its venture (at least two or three members covering business, tech/CTO and operations)
- A company that is at the prototype stage and has proven out the concept for product-market fit
- A company that has gained traction/validation in terms of monthly recurring revenue, users and/or funding