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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.


  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

  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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