There are a number of groups at UCLA providing entrepreneurship mentoring, expertise and networking for faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs. Below is an overview of these organizations and services. ***
Administrative and Departmental Groups
- Business of Science Center (BSC)
- California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
- Institute for Technology Advancement (ITA)
- Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR)
- Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
- Startup UCLA
The Business of Science Center (BSC) is a training, industry outreach, and business education initiative within
the UCLA Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
Resources: Courses, Venture Groups, Seminars
The Business of Science Center (BSC) is a training, industry outreach, and business education initiative within the UCLA Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology. The mission of the BSC is to provide education, experience, and industry mentorship to scientific graduate students to prepare them for professional careers and assistance to faculty and clinicians in the commercial translation of university discoveries. The BSC is open to all life science, engineering, and business graduate students, fellows, and faculty in addition to medical clinicians and residents.
The BSC currently offers: graduate level courses introducing the principals of business and entrepreneurship in technology sectors; practical student experience in identifying, evaluating, and validating the commercial potential of faculty discoveries; and a venue for student engagement with industry professionals. Working closely with faculty inventors and industry professionals, the BSC exposes students to research with commercial potential and provides an opportunity to apply class room knowledge to real world situations.
The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is a research center at UCLA whose mission is to encourage university collaboration with industry and to enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems.
Resources: Lab Space, Incubator, Research Facilities, Seminars
The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is a research center at UCLA whose mission is to encourage university collaboration with industry and to enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems. CNSI members who are on the faculty at UCLA represent a multi-disciplinary team of some of the world’s preeminent scientists. The work conducted at the CNSI represents world-class expertise in four targeted areas of nanosystems-related research including Energy, Environment, Health-Medicine, and Information Technology. The CNSI’s new building on the campus of UCLA is home to eight core facilities which will serve both academic and industry collaborations.
CNSI offers an on-campus incubator for startup companies based on UCLA research and intellectual property. The incubator is located in between the schools of engineering, medicine and physical and life sciences and provides access to a suite of core facilities, general lab instrumentation and meeting facilities. They also host a series of panel discussions called the 30-30 seminar series, geared to address business development and spinout issues facing the incubator companies and entrepreneurial faculty & students.
The Institute for Technology Advancement is an organization supporting the School of Engineering and Applied Science to enable the development of major new multi-disciplinary research efforts
Resources: Business Development, Research Support, Grant Proposals and Funding Assistance
The UCLA Engineering Institute for Technology Advancement is an off-campus organization supporting the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to enable the development of major new multi-disciplinary research efforts. ITA provides business development and strategic direction to increase overall UCLA research funding, identifies new research opportunities and funding sources, and works with UCLA faculty and students to shape, propose and win new research programs. ITA also provides facilities and funding to start and grow new companies. These spin-out companies leverage UCLA technologies to provide long-term benefits and returns to UCLA.
The OIP is responsible for managing UCLA’s diverse portfolio of intellectual property, including filing for patent and copyright protection, licensing of UCLA technology to commercial entities, and negotiating sponsored research and material transfer agreements.
Resources: Reporting Inventions, Patent and Copyright Filing, Startups, Licensing
The OIP-ISR is responsible for managing UCLA’s diverse portfolio of intellectual property, including filing for patent and copyright protection, licensing of UCLA technology to commercial entities, and negotiating sponsored research and material transfer agreements.They offer a wealth of information on their website for faculty, students and industry partners in order to educate the academic community about appropriate methods for protecting intellectual property and accelerate the development of UCLA discoveries for the public good.
The Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies oversees all teaching, research, extracurricular, and community activities related to entrepreneurship at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Resources: Courses, Industry Programs, Student Services
The Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research, oversees all teaching, research, extracurricular, and community activities related to entrepreneurship at the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Working closely with its Board of Advisors, the Price Center’s goal is to provide a set of academic and extracurricular experiences that advance both the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.
At UCLA Anderson, MBA students may choose to take several advanced electives that focus on
entrepreneurial or emerging ventures. These courses include venture initiation, small business management, financing emerging enterprises, and business plan writing. Field studies (six-month consulting projects by teams of three to five students) may be conducted with entrepreneurial firms as well. Particularly innovative programs are the Venture Fellows Program and the Student Investment Fund, which provide hands-on experience in the venture capital and investment management field.
Startup UCLA is a new campus initiative sponsored by the Dean of Social Sciences. Its goals are to foster startup thinking on campus and connect UCLA students with the Southern California digital startup community. The program is open to students from all parts of UCLA, from Social Sciences to Engineering, Life Sciences, Humanities and Arts.
Resources: Networking, Courses, Seminars, Incubator
Startup UCLA is open to all UCLA students, though the focus is mainly on undergraduates. The program includes: 1) A space where students interested in startup thinking can meet up, share ideas, and hang out; 2) Events, including guest speakers from LA’s vibrant digital startup scene; 3) Courses – coming soon to a university near you (stay tuned!); 4) A summer incubator program, where teams work to develop ideas into prototypes and business plans, then pitch them to local incubators and venture capitalists.
- Engineering Graduates Student Association (EGSA)
- Entrepreneur Association (EA)
- Entrepreneur Labs (eLabs)
- Healthcare Business Association | Knapp Venture Competition
- Medical Innovation Interest Group (MIIG)
- Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SoPS)
- Tech Coast Angels Mentorship Program @ UCLA
- Technical Assessment Group (TAG)
- Technical Entrepreneurial Community (TEC)
***Compiled by Brian Shedd, UCLA Technology Transfer Officer [@LAtechtransfer]