Computer Science Competition

2018 Computer Science Competition

The UCLA Innovation Fund is partnering with Bow Capital and Osage University Partners to launch a campus-wide computer science competition.

Our mission is to assist the further development of early-stage software created at UCLA to the point of startup company formation. First and second place winners will receive investments to support commercialization activities that would not be supported by basic research grants.

First Place Winner: $75,000

Second Place Winner: $50,000

The award will be converted into equity upon company formation through a SAFE agreement. This is an opportunity to receive venture capital investment, which additionally provides business expertise and connections to further accelerate projects to market. In addition, winners will be offered Startup in a Box service provider support and a joint press release.

The competition will consist of an online application with finalists invited to pitch to a panel of judges in front of an audience.

Important Dates:

  • January 2, 2018 - Online Application Opens
  • March 2, 2018 - Applications Due
  • March 30, 2018 - Finalists Announced
  • May 17, 2018 - Pitch Day

Full Process & Timeline

Date Process
January 2, 2018

Online Application Opens

March 2, 2018 Applications Due
March 30, 2018 Finalists Announced
May 17, 2018 Pitch Day

General Questions & Fund Consultation

For general questions about the process contact:

Consultations are available, if desired, with the Technology Development Group. These sessions are meant to review ideas, processes, or intellectual property.

Available beginning December 1, 2017 through submission process

Consulting - Technology Development Group:
Tom Lipkin, PhD


Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria


  • The lead member of the team should be affiliated with UCLA. Members may be faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.
  • To accept the funds, all intellectual property must be assigned to UCLA.
  • A newly formed company may be able to license the software using the UCLA CS Express License.


Evaluation Criteria:

  • Novelty, significance, and potential impact of the project on a commercial application.
  • Significant market need and opportunity.
  • Competitive advantage over technologies that are currently available or in development.
  • Qualifications of the team.
  • Intellectual property-related aspects of the software.