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Summer in the Silicon Valley 2016

The UCLA VC Fund Fellows Program

Each year the VC Fund Fellows Program, working together with Partnership UCLA, connects Bruins to California's leading startup and business cities. One of this year's fellows – rising senior Felix Luo – is majoring in applied mathematics with a specialization in computing, and minoring in philosophy at UCLA. In addition to his interdisciplinary coursework, Felix is also a member of the entrepreneurship fraternity, Sigma Eta Pi. For Summer 2015, he will be mentored by VC Fund member David Welsh while working as a product manager intern at the Palo Alto-based startup Stellar Labs, a real-time electronic marketplace and payments platform for business aviation.

Earlier this week, Felix participated in our annual summer fellows dinner – held this time at Kisaku in San Mateo – with an amazing team of mentors from across the Bay Area VC and startup scenes. Attendees included members from our executive committee: Michael Howse, Jeff Suto, and Michael Silton as well as Underground Labs CEO, Jeff AnnisonSumaya Abdurrezak of AnyRoad in San Francisco, and Hadar Dor (SEP alum) from Quixey in Mountain View. Both Abdurrezak and Dor regularly serve as mentors to students for the Fellows Program.

What's stayed with me from that dinner is when Sumaya asked, "if there's one piece of advice for Felix that you wish someone had given you when you were his age, what would that be?" And Michael Howse responded with,"Don't let others tell you what to do or convince you that they know more than you do about your own business. A strong belief in yourself, and in your business, is the most important part of this process."

Our other fellow, Michael Reed, is pursuing a business economics degree at UCLA, and is currently working with NFL Networks as an intern for their user acquisitions team in Culver City. His lead mentor is Jeff Annison, along with Abdurrezak and Dor.

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);

and 2014 fellows, Colton Purvin ('15) and Stephanie Sutanto ('15).

Go Bruins!

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