Compared to local accelerator programs, Startup UCLA stands out for promoting a UCLA community of entrepreneurs, and for its network of entrepreneur mentors.
From The Daily Bruin:
“A program that launched last fall to connect student entrepreneurs with mentors in the technology startup industry is introducing a summer accelerator that has attracted the interest of hundreds of UCLA students.
The organization, called Startup UCLA, was developed in the communications department following the input of UCLA alumni working in local startups to fund student entrepreneurs. These alumni felt there was need for a space where student entrepreneurs could connect with each other and the local startup market, said Tim Groeling, chair of the communications deparmtment, who helped launch the program.
UCLA alumnus Robert Jadon, who works in the Los Angeles startup scene, has worked personally with about 30 student teams over the last two weeks during office hour sessions to help them prepare their Startup UCLA Accelerator Program applications. Students could submit applications through today (May 07, 2012)…”