In 2018, about 23% of Anderson students participated in Business Creation Option (BCO) teams, launching their own businesses or helping classmates start their businesses by graduation. Among the BCO projects since 2014, 46% have launched successfully in industries such as technology, education, health care, retail and more. Students have fellowship opportunities through the Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to develop their business ideas over the summer or to work with the Parker Career Management Center in pursuing MBA internships at start-up companies in Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach.
Where You Want to Be
The following are some of the companies founded by UCLA Anderson MBA students and alumni:
Our entrepreneurship curriculum guides students to: (1) identify and assess potential opportunities; (2) acquire key resources necessary to pursue the opportunity; (3) develop strategies to generate market interest; and (4) simultaneously manage organizational operations, transitions and growth. Pursuing the Business Creation Option of the Applied Management Research (AMR) field study project is highly recommended.
Specializations: Entrepreneurship, Technology Leadership, Social Impact
Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation
Venture Capital and Private Equity
Business Plan Development
Managing Entrepreneurial Operations
New Product Development
Technology Commercialization and Innovation
Managing the Family Business Enterprise
Sales and Channel Management
Business Economics: Doing Deals
Financing the Emerging Enterprise
I came to Anderson with an idea for a business that I wanted to launch while in school and run full-time after graduation. The resources at Anderson, such as the Business Plan Development course, programming at the Anderson Venture Accelerator, the E-Labs Women’s Pitch Night, and the fellow entrepreneurs in the Anderson network, have helped me refine and improve my idea as well as push me intellectually and professionally.
Katie Farias ('19)
Applied Management Research (AMR) Sample Projects
Examined entrepreneurial opportunities for a health care mobile tool in Kenya by identifying potential partners, competitive landscape, and project launch costs
Launched an educational startup to provide real-time assessment with live data analytics on homework/classwork assignments to help students, teachers parents and schools*
Founded a company that provides individualized health information to health-conscious individuals*
Launched a mobile and web solution platform that creates a community of athletes with the goal of changing the way people participate in sports*