Early-Stage Investment Fund

The UCLA Early-Stage Investment Fund seeks promising pre-seed ventures for investment. Led by a cohort of 15 to 25 UCLA MBA candidates, the Fund sources, evaluates and recommends one or two annual investments to the UCLA Endowment. Selected ventures will typically receive investment via a $50,000 convertible note agreement.

The Fund invests in startups with strong teams, innovative ideas and long-term growth potential. The Fund's investment strategy, while industry agnostic, places a significant emphasis on pre-seed startups that exhibit a credible trajectory toward Series A fundraising.


  • August to December 2023: Source companies for investment
  • January to February 2024: Perform due diligence on top candidates
  • March 2024: Recommend select ventures to investment committee
  • April 2024: Investment committee decision on investments

Contact Us

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The UCLA Early-Stage Investment Fund welcomes inquiries from interested organizations and individuals who align with the firm’s investment mandate or are interested in potential partnerships or collaborations.

Are you currently seeking early-stage financing for your venture?