UCLA's Faculty Innovation Fellows is a new, campus-wide program aimed at advancing entrepreneurial excellence and startup culture among faculty across campus. Open to all UCLA faculty, we seek to identify 8-10 faculty-led teams to participate in dedicated mentoring with Startup UCLA. This program is a twelve-week “accelerator” focused on pitch development, business strategy, and venture consulting. It is designed to advance faculty innovative academic projects into new startup companies, centers, or non-profits. Through Startup UCLA, Fellows will collaborate with colleagues across the University, with program leaders and venture consultants helping to hone and advance their ideas into action. Each Fellow will meet with a mentor with relevant experience to their area of interest. The program will culminate in a public Pitch Showcase (Spring 2020) to a network of local entrepreneurs and investors, where the most commercially viable projects/startups may receive support by TDG's Innovation Fund.
Meet our current Fellows:
Karida Brown, assistant professor, Departmentof Sociology, UCLA School of Letters and Sciences –Division of Social Sciences: Du Boisian Scholar Network:W.E.B. Du Bois – an online social change platform that connects and empowers sociologists and grassroots social activists to collaborate on today’s most pressing social.
Jeff Burke, professor-in-residence and associate dean, Department of Theatre – Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance, of Theater, Film and Television, School of Theatre, Film and Television: XRA IV – a platform that brings live theatre and augmented reality together to create a next-generation entertainment experience
Mitchell Spearrin, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Rocket Project – a four-year program that teaches university students how to build rockets and become the space engineers of the future.