UCLA School of Law Establishes Student Entrepreneurship Competition

The competition, which includes a $100,000 prize, is the first of its kind sponsored by a top American law school.

From UCLA:

UCLA School of Law has established the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs (“LMI-Sandler Prize”), an entrepreneurship competition designed to recognize student innovation and leadership and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures. The competition, which includes a $100,000 prize, is the first of its kind sponsored by a top American law school. It was established through gifts totaling more than $500,000 from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation and the Richard and Ellen Sandler Family Foundation.

“The LMI-Sandler Prize is a completely new way to reward law student achievement and promote the entrepreneurial ambitions of UCLA Law students and recent graduates,” UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “The competition will provide students with an opportunity to put the principles of entrepreneurship into practice and to use their law school education as a path to careers marked by fresh perspectives and bold initiatives…”



TechLA: A startup internship program aimed at the exodus of LA’s engineering graduates

The program will invite math and engineering students at UCLA, USC, The Art Center College of Design, and CalTech to connect with several hundred participating startups

From PandoDaily:

“One of the greatest shortcomings of the Los Angeles tech ecosystem in recent years has been the inability to retain the engineering talent that graduates from its local universities. Believe it or not, it’s LA, not Boston or the Bay Area, that graduates the most engineers in the US each year – 2,900 in total. But, as much as 70 percent of the time, according to some estimates, these talented young individuals leave the area to find work elsewhere.

TechLA, a consortium formed among Internships.com, several local VC firms, incubators, and accelerators, and the leading local universities, aims to change this trend. The program will invite math and engineering students at UCLA, USC, The Art Center College of Design, and CalTech to connect with several hundred participating startups for internships, as well as to participate in general networking and community events…”

TechLA Internships Project [web]

Silicon Beach LA’s Inaugural Spring Hiring Blitz Brings Together the Brightest Applicants and Hottest Tech Companies in Los Angeles

We need a high-tech career fair that opens conversation between companies and talented people from across LA’s colleges and universities.

From BusinessWire:

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Silicon Beach LA announced its inaugural Spring Hiring Blitz 2013 which will take place on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 from 10:00am-4:00pm at Loyola Marymount University’s – University Hall (Atrium) – in Los Angeles, CA.

The Blitz will feature a job fair, a panel of some of the most successful LA entrepreneurs including Brock Pierce (Playsino), Sam Kim (PaeDae), and others discussing what they look for when they’re hiring, a surprise guest keynote and appearances by leading tech companies and startups including: PaeDae, Leads360, goFlow Surf, Kluge Interactive, HereOnBiz, Cornerstone OnDemand, Plug.dj, Picture Healing, Nasty Gal, At The Pool and many more.

“Silicon Beach, LA – as a location and community – has come so far in just a few short years, and yet its Achilles’ heel is still startups having difficulty finding enough qualified talent. With the combined support of prominent startup companies, local community groups, and the top local universities and design schools we’re creating a quarterly offline hub for everyone looking for employment in the Silicon Beach community – from interns all the way up to C-level executives,” said Silicon Beach LA co-founder, Robert Lambert…”

Silicon Beach LA [web]

UCLA Launches Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

The EIR program emerged out of the voiced need for more interaction between entrepreneurs with commercial experience and faculty and graduate students with research experience.

From UCLA Today:

“When it comes to launching startup companies to help campus researchers bring their inventions to the marketplace, UCLA is one of the nation’s leading schools, with more than 100 startups currently open for business and roughly 20 new ones being established every year. Yet for university-based inventors, stepping from the world of academia into the realm of entrepreneurial ventures can feel like wading into unfamiliar waters.

A new entrepreneur-in-residence program (EIR) launched this month by the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) comes to the aid of campus inventors by bringing in experienced entrepreneurs to provide guidance and advice…”

UCLA EIR Program [web]

Raising the Entrepreneurial Boom – Howard Marks

As wave after wave of LA’s innovative leaders make their mark by forming game-changing companies, the area once given the moniker of Silicon Beach is quietly carving its own identity.

From C-Suite Quarterly:

“The greater Los Angeles area is disparate and gigantic. There is no easy way to describe the region, its people, and its culture. Hence, negative stereotypes (the easy answers) that have come to be associated with Los Angeles must be dispelled. More important, the ludicrous assertion that Los Angeles is what Hollywood makes it out to be, is patently false. That Los Angeles is mythologized. That Los Angeles is a veneer painted on the city’s surface with the clumsy hands of a distracted world. The city that thrives beneath the false exterior, supplied by people who have never once stepped foot on LA soil, exists in such a state because it doesn’t care. Los Angeles doesn’t care that the world thinks it is full of fakers, rich rude kids, backstabbing actors, leathery nutcases, entertainment executives, surfers, soul-searchers, and immigrants. Why? Because Los Angeles is too busy being better than anyone can imagine…”

StartEngine [web]

How Google’s Old Offices In Santa Monica Are Becoming A Tech Hub

Digital content is the software of Los Angeles.

From SocalTech:

“In a sign of the growth of the Silicon Beach technology world, last year, Google moved its headquarters out of a space on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, and into a new fancy headquarters space in Venice. However, it appears the spirit of innovation and technology didn’t leave Google’s old space: instead, that office has become Real Office Centers (realofficecenters.com), an office center which on a recent Friday looked to have become somewhat of a hub for Silicon Beach’s startup and investors.

We dropped in recently, and found a screening session for the Tech Coast Angels; a number of former StartEngine, MuckerLab, and LaunchpadLA startups in residence; not more than a few startup founders wandering the halls; and a long list of upcoming technology networking events on the calendar. We talked with Walter Grieves, who is working on ROC’s Community Integration efforts, about the space and what’s happening there…”

ROC [web]

StileEye Launches Visual Fashion Engine to Let Consumers Window Shop the Web

Startup aims to bring together consumers, trendsetters, and online retailers on a single platform.

From BetaKit:

“The web is now an endless repository of images and visuals that startups, enterprises, and academics are increasingly looking to decode and leverage to drive customer engagement and increase sales. StileEye’s co-founders Vwani Roychowdhury, a professor at UCLA, and Sudhir Singh, a PhD grad from UCLA, believe they might have cracked the code when it comes to doing just that for the fashion industry. The startup today announced the launch of its platform for the web, iOS and Android to be the visual engine for fashion lovers, allowing shoppers to ‘window shop’ through an online image catalog…”

StileEye [web]