Other Funding

Below is a list of some of the funding opportunities and programs that are available from within UC and outside UC to support entrepreneurship and university-industry research collaborations.

UCLA Ventures

UCLA Ventures is a community of UCLA alumni and friends whose core purpose is to support and promote entrepreneurship at UCLA. The VC Fund mentors faculty and students, fosters the growth of UCLA companies, and connects entrepreneurs with an interest in UCLA. Members have the opportunity to advise campus entrepreneurship initiatives, raise funds for UCLA start-ups, and ultimately to advance UCLA as one of the top entrepreneurial universities in the nation.

Federal Grants

Targeted federal programs can often be good sources of early stage capital for startup companies. They tend to be thematic (e.g. NIH RAID, NCI RAID for biotech), DARPA (has programs across the board), etc.

Lowell Milken Institute Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs

The $100,000 Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs is a team business plan competition designed to recognize student innovation and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures. Offering the largest entrepreneurship competition award of any law school with a total of $100,000 in prizes, the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs is open exclusively to UCLA students.

This competition is for teams with a Startup Business that the team has already started to build or intends to build within the next 12 months. A Startup Business is any proposed business or existing business, for profit, not-for profit, or public benefit. The Startup Business must be a new, independent venture in seed or startup stages. Each team must consist of two to six members and include a current UCLA School of Law 3L or LLM in good standing, or a 2018 UCLA School of Law graduate. Finalists are invited to present their venture idea at the public Final Round event where winners are determined by our Final Round judges.


Please visit the Lowell Milken Institute's website for more information

UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator

The UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator is a six-month immersive program designed to leverage UCLA's resources to enable the success of promising startups within the Anderson community.

Accelerator Homepage

Phase One Tech Track

PHASE ONE is a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles dedicated to supporting ground-breaking Phase I and Phase II clinical cancer research, innovative education and treatment programs, and funding forward-thinking leaders in the scientific and medical community tackling cancer in Southern California.   

De-risking a technology allows it to cross the chasm from concept to clinic, with over $500K in non-dilutive grants (gifts) available each year, we are here to help.  But we can’t do it without you.  Help us find great projects, and let us offer your faculty a unique opportunity to bring their innovations one step closer to reality.

What kind of project is best positioned to receive a grant from PHASE ONE?

Awardee Qualifying Criteria:

Scope of Research/ Inventions:  Any invention related to the diagnosis and or treatment of cancer, or education of patients at risk of or suffering from cancer.

Intellectual Property Protection:  The institution will financially support the intellectual property, when applicable, for projects over the course of time the recipient is receiving a grant from PHASE ONE.  

Letters of Support:  The project has gathered support from: your tech transfer office, subject matter experts, prominent research collaborators, public health advocates, or potential commercialization partners.

Use of Funds:  Monies given by PHASE ONE are to be considered gifts in order to meet agreed upon research and development milestones.  Gifts may be tranched, and funds are not to be used for institutional overhead.

What We Ask from You:

Auditing & Reporting:  Depending on the length of the grant and scope of the research,  the foundation would like to receive a report 1-2 times a year describing the overall progress of the project and the impact of the funds on the research.

For more information: www.phaseonefoundation.org