May 08, 2014

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2014) - Nearly 500 attendees are expected to gather on Friday, May 9, 2014, for UCLA Anderson School of Management's annual Entrepreneur Association Conference, one of the largest MBA student-organized events on the West Coast. In addition to the lively Fast Pitch Competition, this year's event will feature several firsts, including a Startup Demo Day and an AT&T Case Competition.

The EA Conference, now in its 29th year, invites students, alumni, faculty and the local community to learn from and network with some of the region's leading entrepreneurs and investors. This year's keynote speakers include: Sean Rad, founder and CEO of Tinder; Kelly Perdew, co-founder and CEO of TargetClose and winner of The Apprentice 2; and Mohanjit Jolly, partner and managing director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture.

"The EA Conference doesn't just offer great networking opportunities, it also gives our budding entrepreneurs valuable insights into the critical skills they need to navigate the ever-evolving entrepreneurial space," says Asmi Shah, VP of events for the Entrepreneur Association (EA) at UCLA Anderson, which organizes the event.

In response to the growing convergence between entrepreneurship and technology, the EA partnered with the UCLA Anderson High Tech Business Association to co-organize this year's event. The conference will feature a series of panel discussions focusing on emerging trends and opportunities in tech-related fields, such a digital marketing, e-commerce, gaming and wearables, among others. Panelists include executives from Uber LA, TOMS, Live Nation, Minted, Pebble, Melon, The Hub LA and more.

The popular Fast Pitch Competition will also return, with 12 teams pitching their new business ideas in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges that weighs presentation quality and investment potential. The entrepreneurs will compete for a total of $3,500 in prizes.

In addition, the EA Conference has added three events to this year's lineup - a case study, "Mashery - From Idea to Intel," presented by Mashery Co-Founder and CEO Oren Michels, the AT&T Case Competition on big data, in which 12 student teams will compete for $2,000 in prizes, and the Startup Demo Day, a showcase of six local startups.

The EA Conference is co-sponsored by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Easton Technology Leadership Program at UCLA Anderson. For more information and to register, visit

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the Center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity, and social enterprise. Well known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations, and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management   

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at or on Facebook at

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