EA Conference

May 06, 2015

UCLA Anderson’s EA Conference Marks Its 30th Year with a New Name: CREATE

Full-day event includes networking, panels, pitch competitions and more

(Los Angeles, May 5, 2015) UCLA Anderson School of Management is hosting its 30th Entrepreneurship Conference on Friday, May 8, 2015. To mark the milestone, the annual event, which is expected to attract more than 500 attendees again this year, is being renamed CREATE – The Entrepreneurship Conference at UCLA Anderson.

“The name change reflects UCLA Anderson’s position as a meeting place for all types of creators and resonates with the broader entrepreneurial community,” explains Andrew Sylvester (’15), a vice president of the school’s Entrepreneur Association.

In partnership with the High Tech Business Association (HTBA), the Entrepreneur Association has helped the conference grow into one of the largest MBA student-organized events on the West Coast. This year’s CREATE conference continues its 30-year tradition of inviting students, alumni, faculty, and the local community to learn from and network with leading entrepreneurs and investors.

“Along with great networking opportunities, our conference gives budding entrepreneurs valuable insights into the critical skills they need to navigate the ever-evolving entrepreneurial space,” says Adam Hammonds (’15), a vice president of the HTBA at UCLA Anderson.

In addition to a lively “fast pitch” competition, this year’s event will feature more than 40 speakers, including the sports owner Edward Glazer, chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United, and Mark Suster, a prominent Los Angeles venture capitalist and partner at Upfront Ventures, who will serve as keynotes. In addition, the founder of DocStoc and host of StartupsUncensored, Jason Nazar, will speak about the founding and subsequent sale of his company to Intuit.

The panel discussions in this year’s conference will focus on emerging trends and opportunities across a diverse set of industries, such as online dating, e-commerce, viral content and 3-D printing, among others. Panelists include executives from TrueCar, Washio, Victorious, Club W, SurfAir and more. The popular fast pitch competition returns with 12 teams pitching their new business ideas in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges who will weigh presentation quality and investment potential. The entrepreneurs will compete for $3,000 in cash prizes and one-on-one mentorship from local venture capitalists.

CREATE 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 www.uclacreate.com.

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.

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