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Summer in Silicon Beach 2016

The UCLA VC Fund Summer Fellows Program

The UCLA VC Fund Summer Fellows Program is dedicated to connecting Bruins to hot startups in both Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach. This year, we are happy to announce that UCLA undergraduate, Max Bronstein will be representing our So-Cal contingency for Summer 2016.

Max is currently a junior at UCLA, majoring in political science with a minor in entrepreneurship. His professional portfolio includes Sidebench Studios, a tech consultancy and design studio, where he conducts market research for new client generation as a business analyst, and also helps the design team with wireframes for various projects; Flux.LA as a designer; and the UCLA Bitcoin Club, which he co-founded in 2013 and now serves as the VP of External Affairs. Prior to taking on these roles, Max had pursued work as an analyst at a private wealth management fund.

As a Summer Fellow, Max recently accepted an internship offer at Divy, a Los Angeles-based fintech startup that is geared towards first time investors and has raised funds from angels across the financial and consumer goods sectors. Divy aims to drastically lower the barrier for millennial investors by allowing them to purchase fractional shares of stock in a social setting; and provides a platform for users to learn about investments and finance alongside their peers, with the hope that this engagement will spur more secure financial futures. Max will be assisting product design and development efforts, as well as supporting the marketing team as the company prepares fro their Fall 2016 launch.

Divy was founded by CEO Marc Teren, a seasoned technology executive. Teren previously served as the CEO of The Washington Post's internet subsidiary and the VP of Disney Interactive.

To find out more about the program and ways to get involved, contact our Entrepreneurship Liaison, Mona Sobhani.

Past cohorts include:

Our inaugural 2013 fellows, Omar Hilmy ('14) and Timothy Yu ('15);

2014 fellows, Colton Purvin ('15) and Stephanie Sutanto ('15); and 2015 fellows, Felix Luo ('16) and Michael Reed ('16).

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