WHAT WE DO
We invest in startups from UCLA alumni, students, faculty & community.
We foster entrepreneurship in the UCLA Community.
We help successful Bruins pay it forward.
We bring together leading Bruin venture capitalists, experienced entrepreneurs
& the next generation of company builders.
We're helping make UCLA a leading entrepreneurial university
For UCLA Students, Parents, Faculty and Alumni
The UCLA Venture Capital Fund is a community of UCLA alumni and friends whose core purpose is to support and promote entrepreneurship at UCLA. We invest in startups from alumni, students, faculty, staff and the general UCLA community. The VC Fund mentors faculty and students, fosters the growth of UCLA companies, and connects entrepreneurs with an interest in UCLA. Members have the opportunity to advise campus entrepreneurship initiatives, raise funds for UCLA startups, and ultimately to advance UCLA as one of the top entrepreneurial universities in the nation.
Give back, influence the shape of entrepreneurship at UCLA & connect with fellow Bruins who share a common passion for growing companies.
Give Back. Give Cashless.
Give back to the next generation of entrepreneurs
Make a personal pledge of $10K or more worth of private company stock from your latest startup to the UCLA schools and programs that matter to you -- only transferring the stock to UCLA if and when you have a liquidity event. When that happens, you'll receive a substantial charitable tax deduction.
Everyone in the group will be cheering you on, and helping as they can.
Connect with Leading VCs and Entrepreneurs
Help your business and have fun!
Membership benefits include exclusive access to recruiting, networking, increased visibility, and members-only events with successful entrepreneurs, students, and faculty.
We host an annual dinner where we recognize entrepreneurial leadership, as well as regional mixers where you can get to know fellow Bruins and leverage your membership in this exclusive group. And if you are an investor, you'll get access to our deal flow of investment opportunities in new companies from the UCLA community.
Transform Entrepreneurship at UCLA
Influence the direction of entrepreneuship at UCLA and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Make a difference. Members can participate in building VC Fund programs. We have various programs to mentor and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.
In our UCLA Fellows program, promising students are selected for summer internships at hot startups. Fellows come to the world of startups to see the culture and experience, the ups and downs, and to build valuable connections—keys to their own future success for their first startup.
Executive Chair, UCLA Venture Fund
Previously CEO/Founder of
Rainmaker Systems. Took public on Nasdaq and grew to 1,500 employees.
Executive Committee Members
Michael Silton, Exec Chair
Tech Investment Committee
Rocky Gunderson, Committee Chair
Life Science Investment Committee
PR & Research Committee
Craig Carpenter, Committee Chair
General Partner Mohr Davidow
CEO Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:KYTH)
Kythera's products are based upon intellectual property developed at Harbor-UCLA, a biomedical research facility
CEO of Stealth Startup
Previously CEO at Bigfoot Networks acquired by Qualcomm. CEO of PacketHop and EIR at U.S. Venture Partners
Founder. Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Invested in Skype, Hotmail and many more.
COO at the leading Big Data company. Previously CEO of PowerFile
Leading Venture Capitalists
Oneal Bhambani, TCW Group
Steve Bennet, Bodega Partners
Jeff Brody, Redpoint Partners
Michael Burry, Scion Asset Management
Albert Cha, Vivo Ventures
Jeff Chapman, Comerica Bank Ventures
Ron Conway, SV Angel
Topher Conway, SV Angel
Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Ira Ehrenpreis, Technology Partners
Barry Eggers, Lightspeed Ventures
Craig Finster, Originate
Josh Green, Mohr Davidow
Bruce Hallett, Miramar Ventures
David Helfrich, Garnett & Helfrich Capital
Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
Lou Kerner, Flight VC
John Kohler, Redleaf Ventures
Susan Mason, Aligned Partners
Josh Neumann, Pacific Capital Group
Robin Pimentel, K5 Ventures
Bill Reichert, Garage Technology (photo)
Matt Robinson, BoldStart Ventures
Dave Welsh, Adams Street Partners
Jeff Annison, MobiTV, New York Rock Exchange
David Arfin, US Dept. of Energy
Gary Baker, Clipblast
Bob Baltera, Amira Pharmaceuticals
Steve Bono, Constellation Wealth Advisors
William Boyle, Peninsula Biopharma
Carlos Camara, Tribogenics
Danny Conway, Airtime
Otavio Dalarossa, Nvestly
Kevin Dunn, Trustnode
Kirk Dunn, Cloudera
Demian Entrekin, Bluescape
Adam Ettinger, Strategic Counsel Corp
Andre de Fusco, Cynvenio Biosystems
Hideki Garren, Bayhill Therapeutics
Rocky Gunderson, Sierra Rock
Rick Gustafson, ServiceMax
Kate Hawkins, Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Michael Howse, Stealth
Tatiana Hughes, Jagger
J. Kevin Judice, Cloudbreak
Doug Kaewert, SENS
Travis Kalanick, Uber
Mark Kapczynski, Experian
Paul Kim, Nido Labs
Susie Kim, Pluto Money
Danny Lanfear, InteKrin Therpeutics
Jim Lanzone, CBS Interactive
Songe LaRon, Squire
Steve A. Laub, Atmel
William Lee, Persentient Corp
Keith Leonard, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals
Mariah Lichtenstern, CINESHARES
Jay Lipman, Simplifund
Calvin Lui, UNIFIED
Charles Marshall, Wired Benefits
John McCutcheon, Ceterix Orthopaedics
Steve McDermott, Cloudera
Jules Miller, Hire an Esquire (photo)
Andrew Mosson, Advisory Board Companies
Wilton Risenhoover, Idealab
Craig Rosenberg, Funnelholic Media
Alex Ross, Enplug
Treb Ryan, Dimension Data
Hamid Salehi, Sensies
George Scott, Equibid
Ken Sims, Dell KACE Networks
Michael Silton, UCLA VC Fund
Patrick Sislian, Deton
Zach Spitulski, Enplug
Jeff Suto, Jeffrey Y Suto PC
Peter Stevenson, Trustnode
Tanuj Thapliyal, Ikigai
Bijal Vakil, White & Case
David Wu, Fantasy World
Tim Yu, Pluto Money
Bob Zider, The Beta Group
BUSINESS PLAN SUBMISSION
If you or your product have a UCLA connection, then connect with the UCLA VC Fund.
We focus on Seed and Series A deals. We also co-invest with our VC members on late stage pre-ipo rounds.
Our evaluation criteria is focused on four key factors:
Please be sure to include the following
Guest passes for potential members are available upon request.
Events are held in LA, SF, NY & Silicon Valley
Weekly B.E. Nights on Campus
Speakers, networking and an opportunity to get together and work on projects. For current students. Alumni welcome to join in via advanced registration. Pizza and cookies are provided.
Every Tuesday 7:00 PM while school is in session.
Interesting speakers on all the topics related to starting, funding, and growing your company. Click for specific schedule of speakers and events. Past speakers have included the founders of Enrou, URX, Imagine K12, Scopely, and RapGenius. Co-hosted with Bruin Entrepreneurs.
Lowell Milken Institute Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs: Final
Final event for the Milken Institute business plan competition.
April 2016. UCLA School of Law
Come see teams of UCLA students pitch their company ideas and compete for the grand prize of $100,000. Each team will include a current student or recent alum of the UCLA School of Law. See more details here.
Student Entrepreneur Venture Competition
ITA (Engineering) Final Pitch Event.
May 17, 2016. 6:00PM - 9:00 PM. On Campus
See presentations from up and coming UCLA related start ups. Enjoy some beer and wine at our networking event with fellow Bruin VCs and Entrepreneurs. See the competition winner announced. This competition is open to teams who have formed businesses where at least one member comes from the Samueli school of engineering and one from the Anderson business school.
30/30 Student and Alumni Entrepreneurs Dinner
An intimate dinner of 30 UCLA students and 30 UCLA alumni involved in entrepreneurship
@Westwood. May 2016
30 student entrepreneurs mixed with 30 alumni entrepreneurs for a night of sharing, connecting and socializing. Seating is limited and by application.
¡Animo Latino!: Celebrating Latinos in Business
A Panel Discussion and Networking Mixer
September 2016. CNSI @ UCLA
Join us as we celebrate successful Latino business leaders. We will hear all about the panel's career paths and advice for the next generation of Latino entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Annual Business Meeting
Updates on the Fund and our Portfolio companies.
2016 (exact date TBD). Silicon Valley
Annual VC Fund Dinner
Speakers to be announced
2016 (exact date TBD), Palo Alto. Members & Associates only.
Our signature annual event for all the leading Bruin VCs and Entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Our annual award ceremony to celebrate an exceptional entrepreneur.
Fall 2016 (exact date TBD) @UCLA
Join us in recognizing top entrepreneurial talent with an award and fireside chat.
Thank you to our sponsors who makes these events possible
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CES 2016 @ UCLA Anderson
Come hear industry professionals, faculty, and students on topics such as Internet of Things, Smart Home, Connected Car, and others!
Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 11:30am - 6:30pm @ Executive Dining Room (EDR), Gold Hall, UCLA Anderson School of Management, in partnership with Easton Technology Management Center
The program will include talks and panels by invited industry professionals, faculty, and students, as well as vendor displays presenting the hottest new technologies. The event will culminate with Anderson Afternoons, a networking reception sponsored by the Easton Center.
primeUC: UC startup competition
20 startups will pitch. One company will win $150K. Three will take home $50K.
Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 2015 @ San Francisco, CA
A UC-wide startup competition focused on identifying and fostering life science startups emerging from the 10 UC campuses and 3 National Labs.
Deadline to apply has passed. Join us for the final presentations in SF.
Bruin Startup Fair 2015
Connecting UCLA's best and brightest students to premier rising startups in the LA area. Sponsored by UCLA VC Fund
Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015, 5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA
This event is a great way for students to interact with startups from the LA area, offering an opportunity for students to find full-time positions and internships in a close-knit startup environment.
Tailgate with Bruin VCs & Entrepreneurs at the Rosebowl
Kick back and enjoy some time with other UCLA Entrepreneurs and VC's
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick:
A Conversation presented by The UCLA VC Fund. Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
Join us for a conversation with Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber and Bruin Alum, at iconic Royce Hall
October 12th 2015, doors open at 7:30PM, event from 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Royce Hall @ UCLA
Did you know that Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, set out on his first startup venture while studying computer science at UCLA?
The UCLA VC Fund is excited and honored to host Travis at UCLA for a fireside chat at Royce Hall. Join fellow students, alumni, and the entrepreneurial community to learn about the world of startups from a Bruin tech icon.
Can’t make the event on October 12? Connect with the conversation virtually on twitter @UCLAVCFund #UBERatUCLA
Uber Student Expo
A networking expo for UCLA student groups to meet various student entrepreneurship groups and mingle with Uber recruiters!
Monday, Oct. 12th, 2015. 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Royce Hall Terrace @ UCLA
Please join us for refreshments and networking on Royce Hall Terrace to mingle with UCLA entrepreneurial student groups, and recruiters from Uber!
All students welcome! No tickets necessary for this event, however we recommend arriving early for this event as the capacity for the terrace is limited. UCLA ID REQUIRED.
Uber Jampad at UCLA
Mentoring session from rockstar entrepreneur and Uber Founder Travis Kalanick.
Monday, Oct. 12th, 2015. 3:30pm - 5:00pm
In the ever-growing spirit of entrepreneurship at UCLA, we invite student-led and young alumni-led startups to participate in individual mentoring sessions with Uber CEO and Bruin alum, Travis Kalanick. The event will be held on campus on Monday, Oct. 12th. We welcome both current student and young alumni teams to apply for this exciting opportunity!
Application deadline is now past.
3rd Annual Silicon Valley Pitch Event for Bruin Led Companies feat. Startup UCLA
See pitches from the newest class of entrepreneurs from the Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator, as well as from young Bruin alumni-led companies. And network with fellow Bruin entrepreneurs, angel investors and VCs
September 2nd 2015. Silicon Valley, CA 4:00 - 7:30 PM
An evening full of networking, startup pitches and refreshments as UCLA entrepreneurs gather with fellow alumni for an exclusive look at new technologies and solutions being built by Bruins. Let's see how we can help these young Bruins as they are just starting out.
This year's Venture Panel that is giving feedback to the companies include: Matt Robinson from Magnetik Partners, Adam Draper from Boost, and Vishal Vasisth from Obvious Ventures.
NYC Venture Capital Fireside Chat and Networking Event
Come see 3 distinguished VCs discuss Venture Capital and enjoy some networking!
August 19th 2015. 6-9PM. NYC.
Opportunity to network with fellow Bruin entrepreneurs, VCs and investors. Join us for a fireside chat with 3 distinguished VCs and stay for the networking.
Entrepreneurship for Young Alumni
Bringing together young Bruin entrepreneurs on a panel to discuss entrepreneurship.
July 14, 2015. On Campus at James West Alumni Center.
Join us for this panel discussion on starting a business and leveraging your network for business from young Bruin entrepreneurs. Opportunity to network with relatively recent grads rocking entrepreneurship.
London Fintech Panel, Networking Event, and Wine Tasting
Panel Discussion and Networking event for Bruins overseas
June 11th 2015, 6:00pm - 7:30pm. The Cumberland Hotel and Selfridges, London, England.
If you find yourself in London in June 2015, join us for a night of networking with fellow overseas Bruins. We will begin the night with a Fintech panel discussion at The Cumberland Hotel. Wine tasting at Selfridges will follow. Networking opps throughout the night! Register here!
The Future of Driverless Car Technology
Panel Discussion on Driverless Car technology and Networking opportunity
June 2nd, 2015. 6:00pm - 8:00pm, San Francisco, CA
Driverless Car Technology Experts, including researchers and VCs, join us for a panel discussion on this hot topic. Panel Discussion will be preceded and followed by networking! Co-hosted with UCLA Young Alumni Professionals.
UCLA Anderson CREATE Conference 2015
UCLA Anderson's largest and highest-profile student-organized event.
Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Campus at UCLA Anderson Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
This event welcomes 500+ students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and professionals to share valuable insights on current topics in entrepreneurship, critical business skills, and emerging opportunities. A series of panels and case studies will highlight entrepreneurship in various fields. There will also be a Fast Pitch competition and plenty of networking opportunities.
30/30 Student & Alumni Entrepreneurs Dinner
On Campus May 5th, 2015
30 student entrepreneurs mixed with 30 alumni entrepreneurs for a night of sharing, connecting and socializing. Seating is limited and by application.
Pathways to Commercialization: How Four UCLA Startups Found Success
May 4th on Campus. 4-7 PM
The event will center around a panel discussion of faculty startups that have reached some level of success on the path toward commercialization of their ideas. Learn from the founders of several exciting companies founded at UCLA. How did they start, fund and grow their companies.
Co-hosted with UCLA Office of Intellectual Property
The Future of Technology and Dating
Held February 25, 2015 in San Francisco.
A panel discussion sponsored by the UCLA VC Fund
And a networking reception for VCs and Entrepreneurs
Join the UCLA VC Fund to hear about how apps are changing the game of love. Come see what the hype is all about and how startups are innovating.
And join fellow Bruins, VCs, and Entrepreneurs for networking and discussion. Food and drinks will be provided!
Panelists include -
Amanda Bradord: Founder of 'The League' app
Carter McJunkin: VP of Operations at Grindr
Laura Chau: Investor at Canaan Partners
Moderated by - Thomas Lee: Business Columnist at SF Chronicle
Mini-CES @ Anderson
January 8th 2015. 11:30 - 6:30. At the Anderson School at UCLA
Learn about the latest trends in wearables, the internet of things, and other consumer trends without going to CES in Vegas. This year the Easton Technology Leadership Program is bringing CES to you at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The program will include talks on topics addressed at CES, and panels streaming content from select CES sessions in Las Vegas followed by discussions around that theme by invited industry professionals, faculty and students.
Don’t miss the vendor tables where you’ll be able to play around with the newest consumer electronics. The event will culminate with Anderson Afternoons at 4:15, a networking reception sponsored by The Easton program.
New York Bruin Startup Showcase, VC Panel Discussion & Networking Event.
October 28th 2014. 6:00 - 9:00 PM. New York
Enjoy some food and drink while networking with fellow New York Bruin entrepreneurs, angels and VCs
Meet fellow Bruins and learn about that ways that UCLA is working to support the Bruin start up community.
Panel discussion with leading NYC VCs including BoldStart Ventures, Social Internet Fund.
Presentations from Bruin-led, NYC-based start ups.
Network with fellow Bruin investors and entrepreneurs.
Portfolio Update & Networking Event on Campus
Updates from Cloudera, Neural Analytics and more
Hear from Bruin entrepreneurs about how they leveraged UCLA for their success
Network with fellow Bruin investors and entrepreneurs
Monday, September 22nd at 6:00 PM on Campus at the CNSI building
An update on the fund from our Exec Chair, Michael Silton along with update presentations from portfolio companies including Cloudera, Neural Analytics, SmartestK12 and TheBouqs.com. Network with fellow Bruin entrepreneurs and investors. Meet more entrepreneurs that are starting and growing the next great Bruin led companies.
APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP
We are looking for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists with a commitment to supporting education and entrepreneurship within the UCLA community.
Members typically pledge $25-50K (minimum of $10K) of private company stock, stock options, VC carry, or cash. We value common stock at the most recent preferred price. Your donation is tax deductible at the future appreciated value upon liquidity.
Influence the future of entrepreneurship at UCLA.
These exciting companies all have been founded by, invested in, or based on research by UCLA affiliates. We are proud to be their supporters & shareholders.
Formative aims to help teachers better understand their students. Formative premise is that education is the foundation for human progress, and that each student deserves an education custom built to her or his needs. Formative transforms all assignments, assessments or classroom interactions into rich student data, allowing teachers, parents and school administrators to track each child’s learning in real-time and take actions to ensure academic growth.
October 2013 in TechCrunch. "DogVacay, the Los Angeles-based startup that operates a pet boarding marketplace that’s been dubbed the “Airbnb for dogs,” is announcing today that it has raised $15 million in new funding.
The new funding round, which serves as DogVacay’s Series B, was led by Foundation Capital . . . This brings the total VC investment in DogVacay to $22 million.
Early 2014. In one of the largest private financings ever, Cloudera raises money at a valuation of over $4 billion.
140 characters that changed the world
Founded in 2006, SolarCity has made cleaner energy more affordable for thousands of individuals and businesses in 14 states and growing. SolarCity's customers include homeowners, more than 100 schools, government agencies and well-known corporate clients, including eBay, Intel and Wal-Mart.
SolarCity was named #10 on Fast Company's list of the 50 most innovative companies in the world.
IPO 2012. Acquired 2015 by Allergen (NYSE:AGN)
KYTHERA is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel prescription products for the aesthetic medicine market.
Acquired 2011 by Allergen (NYSE:AGN)
Vicept Therapeutics develops novel products for the treatment of rosacea and other dermatological conditions.
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Facebook. IPO 2012
Reva Electric Car. Acquired by Mahindra & Mahindra 2010
Kosmix. Acquired by Walmart 2011
Bigfoot Networks. Acquired by Qualcomm 2011
EnPlug. Private. Social media display, showing your brand's Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Yelp and more inside of your business
Getaround. Private. Rent cars from people nearby
Hire an Esquire. Private. Legal staffing redefined online
Neural Analytics. Private. Portable medical device to diagnose head trauma on the football field, ski slope or anywhere to save lives
PredPol. Private. Predictive analytics for police departments to help reduce crime
NEWS & BLOG
The latest updates for Bruins about events, people & companies in the UCLA startup universe.
Press releases on the UCLA VC Fund's events & entrepreneurial activities.
Entrepreneur Magazine May 2014
Shopping for Startup Capital Outside of Silicon Valley by UCLA VC Fund Exec Board Member Michael Howse
Technology Transfer Tactics February 2014
‘Cashless giving’ allows startups to donate stock to school
StartUp Beat February 2014
The UCLA VC fund seeks to build a strong startup eco-system akin to Stanford and Berkeley for students and faculty
Upstart Journal Business November 2013
Veteran entrepreneur explores new way of giving back to UCLA
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