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UCLA’s Faculty Innovation Fellowships
Deadline: December 01, 2019 11:55 PM



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Application for 2020 Cohort

Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2019, 11:59 pm
Pitches/Interviews: scheduled between Dec 2 – 13, 2019
Notification of Acceptance: Dec 19, 2019
Program begins: Jan 8, 2020
Pitch Showcase: May 2020 (date TBD)

UCLA’s Faculty Innovation Fellows is a campus-wide program aimed at advancing entrepreneurial excellence and startup culture among faculty.  Open to all UCLA faculty, 8-10 faculty-led teams will be invited to participate during winter and spring quarters 2020. The program is designed to advance innovative faculty projects into new startups, centers, or non-profits through a series of workshops and 1:1 venture consulting meetings. The program culminates in a public Pitch Showcase to the UCLA community and a network of local entrepreneurs and investors.

Responsibilities

  1. Attend all program events:
    January 8: Orientation Dinner & Customer Development Workshop
    Week of February 3: Legal Formation Workshop
    Week of March 2: Fundraising Workshop
    Week of April 6: Pitching Workshop
    One-to-one Venture Consulting Meetings with Startup UCLA staff (four 45-minute sessions)
    Meeting with assigned Mentor
    Present at Pitch Showcase
  2. Commit roughly three hours minimum per week to developing your project/startup
  3. Stay involved with Faculty Innovation Fellows and its alumni network after the program

Qualifications
  1. All UCLA Faculty may apply for program
  2. Postdocs may apply for program with a letter of support from their faculty supervisor
  3. Faculty/postocs must have a project/startup to work on during the program
  4. Project/startup must have demonstrated proof-of-concept at time of application
  5. Open to receiving feedback and willingness to iterate on project/startup
Perks & Benefits
  1. $2,000 per team for faculty research support funds (may be used for design work for web/print media, brand development, consultations/travel, etc.)
  2. Collaborate with program leaders, Startup UCLA staff, and colleagues across the University
  3. Meet with a mentor with relevant experience to your area of interest
  4. Raise your project’s visibility in the UCLA community and beyond
  5. $5,000 in Amazon Web Services credits
  6. $20,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits
  7. Complimentary legal guidance from a premiere law firm

Faculty Innovation Fellows is a collaboration between Startup UCLA, the UCLA Technology Development Group, and, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research & Creative Activities.

If you have any questions about the application or any of the above, please email InnovationFund@tdg.ucla.edu.

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