UCLA Ventures

About UCLA Ventures

UCLA Ventures, a department under the UCLA Technology Development Group, supports UCLA-affiliated startups, faculty, students, staff and alumni via a variety of programs that serve innovators at all stages of development. Our goal is to aid in the transition from idea to market through startup creation, funding, education, and success. UCLA Ventures programs include Startup in a Box, Bruin Founders, Pitch Gym, an exclusive Philanthropic Community, and entrepreneurial ecosystem events.

About Bruin Founders Program

Bruin Founders is a mentor-in-residence program by UCLA Ventures that is interested in supporting the broader UCLA entrepreneurial ecosystem.Through a new program our office will offer tailored mentorship via seasoned entrepreneurs looking to propel the next generation of Bruin founders forward. If you and your team are prepared to take your idea to the next level, you’re in the right place. Please feel free to reach out  and inquire about how you can get involved today.

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Brija Johnson



Contact: Brija Johnson

Program Manager

Email: brija.johnson@tdg.ucla.edu   Phone: 310.794.0936

LinkedIn: Brija Johnson

Brija Johnson is the Program Director for UCLA Ventures. Leveraging her previous venture background and experience as the Technology Scouting Manager overseeing the TDG-Starburst SCALE initiative, Brija will now focus on supporting entrepreneurs from the broader community of UCLA alumni, faculty, and friends, with an emphasis on underrepresented entrepreneurs. Prior to joining TDG, Brija worked as a Program Manager for Springboard Enterprises and was a Scholar in Residence at Zane Venture Fund. Brija holds a BS in International Business and a BS in Marketing with a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.


                       Meet our Executive Advisors

Josh GreenMichaael Howse PhotoKeith LeonardJeff Suto

Josh Green ('77, JD '80)

Chief Legal Officer, Carbon

Michael Howse ('89)

General Partner, Eleven Ventures

Keith Leonard ('84, MBA '95)

CEO, Unity Biotechnology, Inc

Jeff Suto ( JD '88)

Principal, Jeffrey Y. Suto, PC 

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