The capstone project is your opportunity to apply tools from the core curriculum to a real-world business challenge.

Whether you’re part of a consulting team solving a business challenge for a real organization or creating your own business from the ground up, UCLA Anderson offers proven and exciting options to satisfy this requirement.

Business Creation Program

Instead of working on behalf of a client organization, your team, along with an advisor from the entrepreneurship faculty, will spend six months transforming your idea from a business plan to a functional startup organization.

BCP teams can make use of the new UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator.

Amptron Team (Class of 2020)

Before COVID-19, a UCLA Anderson Executive MBA team developed a low-cost ventilator to deploy amid the pandemic.

Left to right:  Vikram Saurabh (’20), Shannon Demus (’20), Stephan Hwang (’20), Aanchal Kumar (’20), Nirav Patel (’20), and Dezireh Sevanesian (’20)

Business Creation Project (BCP) At A Glance

  • Is the only program at a top 20 business school that has an entrepreneurial capstone program that allows students to receive credit for working on their startup
  • Has exploded in growth in the last five years due to the expansion to the FEMBA and EMBA programs
  • Continues to be the highest rated Field Study Option

Accelerate Podcast Series

How do you build a truly sustainable company? Is there really a formula to it?
A notable trend for our alumni companies is that they have gained the attention and investments of influencers. Tune in and listen to "Accelerate," a BCO podcast for entrepreneurs from the Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson. Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Rod Kurtz, moderated the series featuring luminary entrepreneurs.

Strategic Management Research

UCLA Anderson pioneered the first business school field study program in 1968. During the six-month SMR project, your consulting team will work with corporate executives to improve a specific area of their business. You’ll gain new industry and cross-functional experience that will influence your critical thinking and decision making.
Form a five-person team of students from diverse professional backgrounds
Bid on the company and project that pique your interest
Spend six months gaining consulting experience conducting in-depth primary and secondary research, including market assessments, competitive analyses, and other critical functions
Consult with company executives, attend industry conferences and conduct interviews

Gain insights from experienced faculty advisors, many of whom have directly managed and provided consulting services to leading companies worldwide
Develop an investment-quality business plan with actionable recommendations to help the company’s leadership execute its vision
Present the finished business plan to company executives, industry professionals and potential investors

Recent Client Companies

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