UCLA Startup in a Box

UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) is committed to fostering the success of UCLA startups. Modeled after QB3’s program from UCB, UCSF, and UCSC, Startup in a Box was created to equip UCLA entrepreneurs with the tools they need to found and grow prosperous companies. Current offerings include pre-negotiated packages with local law firms and banks, HR benefits, accounting services, and CRO referrals, with further partnerships to be added over time.

SIAB Services

Program Contact

Shaina Oake, Entrepreneur Associate, UCLA TDG

Eligible Groups

UCLA Faculty, staff, grad students, and postdocs; and outside entrepreneurs licensing IP from the University.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the SIAB application.

Bank Account

Companies are required to have a business bank account in order to apply for SBIR or STTR grants. Toward that end, the following banks have agreed to provide UCLA Startup in a Box participants with no-deposit, no-fee bank accounts.


Startup in a Box offers connections to insurance providers who can help with a range of insurance needs. These firms can specifically help with the insurance requirements in your license agreements with OIP.

Human Resources

TriNet has engaged in a partnership with UCLA to provide Startup in a Box participants access to discounted rates to HR services. TriNet offers startups a range of services including medical and dental benefits, payroll processing and more.


Early Growth Financial Services offers low-cost, fixed price professional accounting services for early-stage companies through the JumpStart program. Beyond accounting services, they also provide access to a CFO, financial modeling and tax services.

Moss Adams can guide very early stage companies with complimentary consultations regarding accounting systems, payroll set-up, tax filings and planning for SBIR and other grants compliance. As your organization grows, they can also provide bookkeeping, financial reporting and tax services at fixed fees that are appropriate for the stage of your company at that time.

Employment Law

Through Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law firm, startups can access the Littler X-Celerator, a web-based toolkit which provides a suite of services including key employment documents and guidance on how to effectively use those documents.

SBIR / STTR Workshop

UCLA Startup in a Box participants will be permitted to register for QB3’s SBIR / STTR Workshop for a $250 fee. This program includes working sessions and filing clinics, all of which can be accessed remotely via web conference.

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