Happy week four, Bruins! 🍀🐻
With midterms coming up, it is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed. But we are rooting for every single one of you. We believe in you, you got this!

Do not forget to take a break after your midterms. Good luck to everyone that has a midterm coming up – and if you are done with your midterms, then we hope you are taking time to relax!

Do you have an early-stage idea? Is there a problem you see at home, at school, or in your community that you want to help solve? Good news – deadlines for the LaunchPad Ideas Competition and Bruin Impact Challenge have been extended!

We know getting back into the swing of being on campus has been challenging. We’ve heard from many of you who want to take part but have lots going on and are limited by the time constraints – we hear you! We want to make sure everyone who wants to participate can, so we’re extending the LaunchPad Ideas Competition deadline to Oct. 25 and the Bruin Impact Challenge applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until proposals are due on December 5. Both competitions are hosted on StartupTree – apply by visiting ⁠


Want help crafting a stellar proposal and pitch for the Bruin Impact Challenge? Or just want to learn more about pursuing social impact ideas? Join us for three events (Nov. 8, 15, 29) where you'll hear from leaders in social impact, get support developing your idea to stand out in the proposal selection and pitch showcase, and meet like-minded students working on similar things!

Each event will start with a short talk or Q&A with a guest speaker, followed by a hands-on workshop and ending with time to network and connect with other social-impact-minded students. All workshops will be hybrid, so you can join online via Zoom or in-person at Startup UCLA's space in Covel Commons. Get details on each workshop and register here.

OYA Femtech Apparel – a Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator '21 alum – has launched its first Kickstarter campaign! OYA creates high-tech apparel designs to support happy, healthy bodies by using natural ventilation to help prevent bacteria growth and skin irritation. OYA’s signature legging with a removable insert is the first patent-pending, gynecologist-tested, and athlete-approved legging for all kinds of moisture and leakages. We invite you to learn about their vision and order their products using this Kickstarter link. Support Bruin entrepreneurs! 
Pasadena Angels is looking for volunteers!
Pasadena Angeles is looking for energetic volunteers who are driven by innovation and want to make real contributions to their entrepreneurial culture. This exciting 3-month opportunity will provide exposure to the process, mechanics, and community of early-stage investing and may include real-world functions such as deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio tracking, branding and awareness, marketing, events, and recruitment. Learn more and apply
Fall 2021 Blackstone US Future Women Leaders Program
What: A unique two-day experience among financial firms, giving participants early exposure to finance and business through interactive information seminars, networking, and skill-building sessions.
About: Applicants should be currently enrolled as an undergraduate sophomore student with an anticipated graduation date between Fall 2023 and Spring 2024, and the program will be on November 18-19, 2021 virtually.

Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 24 here. 

Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs
A team business plan competition designed to recognize student innovation and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures.
About: The competition features a first-place prize, a second-place prize, and a New Venture prize. Each registered team will be assigned a mentor and will be given the opportunity to attend training sessions that will aid in the creation of the business plan.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by January 31 here and register for the October 26th meetup for those interested in participating in the competition here.

Put it to the Test: Design the Future of Point of Care Testing
What: The goal is to help underserved communities get better access to healthcare by proposing improved Point-of-Care products or services. 
About: The winners in addition to $10,000 in cash prizes will get a guaranteed interview with Thermo Fisher Scientific. Thermo Fisher Scientific will also make a donation to the winning individual or team’s nonprofit of choice. Up to 9 solutions will win prizes. 
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 28 here.

CSUDH Impact Founders Pitch 2021
What: Showcasing entrepreneurs who are working on socially-driven ventures or are majority-owned by founders from diverse backgrounds
About: Applications are open to all Southern California startups in the idea to Series A raising phases. $25K in investment prizes will be awarded to teams with social ventures and diverse teams. All finalists will receive 6 months of CSUDH Innovation Incubator mentoring and connections with various investors, VIPs, and collaborators.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by
October 28 here.

2022 Voqal Fellowship
Talent and startup accelerator for people from historically underrepresented communities
About: The Fellowship provides a $30,000 stipend for six months to work on an early-stage idea with hands-on storytelling and business development coaching. Voqal seeks social-justice-oriented leaders, thinkers, doers, and believers who have an idea for a new way to organize communities and bring about equitable social change.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 31

The Slavin Fellowship
What: Providing support to dedicated students that have a desire to contribute to humanity and the ability and discipline to bring entrepreneurial ideas to life.
About: Fellowships will be awarded to students of extraordinary potential pursuing entrepreneurial projects. Fellowship awardees receive support, mentorship, and perks including a $4,000 grant and an invitation to their annual summit. They will be hosting an in-person summit in 2022.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by October 31

Baylor New Venture Competition
Win over $250,000 in cash and prizes as part of this business plan competition!
About: The eleventh annual Baylor New Venture Competition will be held on March 24-26, 2022 at Baylor University's Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The competition provides participants with a chance to compete for over $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 1

AWS US University Startup Competition
What: Enter your startup into the AWS US University Startup Competition to win an equity-free cash prize to help fund your venture.
About: All current university-affiliated entrepreneurs are eligible to apply. The top 10 finalists will pitch their startups to a panel of investors and AWS Startup Team members at a virtual event, and three winners will be chosen for up to $20,000 in cash prizes and $100,000 in AWS Activate credits.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 1

Education Innovation Case Competition
What: Design an innovative technology solution that addresses a problem aligned to achieving accessible and equitable quality education.
About: Call for Code is hosting a case competition that should address one of the diverse challenges aligned to the theme and demonstrate how technology can help communities in need around the world. A prize pool of $37,000, which includes invitations to various programs and internship opportunities. 
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 10

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program
What: A year-long program to help women lead, grow and scale their business.
About: Through this program, you will receive one year of virtual education programming, workshops, and business guidance; a $5,000 grant for business education; access to private online peer community; and a trip to NYC for culminating networking and community-building.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by November 12

Big Ideas Competition
What: Provides students, even those with the earliest of early-stage ideas, with the platform and structure necessary to create - launch - fund & scale their innovations.
About: Receive extensive feedback (~10 pages) from industry experts who review your proposal, workshops, and online resources to help you refine your idea, team building, mentorship, and networking opportunities. You can win up to $20,000 for your social innovation.

Application deadline: Learn more and apply by November 18 at 1 PM here.  

Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator
What: This program focuses on innovations that make the world a better place [the 40  companies who have participated in the past have raised over $159 million, and have a combined market cap of $373 million across multiple LA-based programs].
About: To participate in this program, companies should have at least 2 full-time founders, have raised $2M or less, and at a valuation of $10M or less. Techstars LA is fully committed to investing in underrepresented founders that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles' multicultural community.

Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by December 1 here. 

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition
 Chapters and partners of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) will host competitions at the local and national levels, which will serve as qualifying events in the competition journey to the GSEA Global Finals.
About: You must be enrolled in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application at least part-time. You must be the owner, founder, or controlling shareholder of your student business. Your student business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application generating income.
Application Deadline: Learn more and apply by February 24

Citi Impact Fund
What: Using the $200 million Impact Investment Fund, Citi is making equity investments in  U.S.-based private sector companies that are applying innovative solutions to help address some of society's most pressing challenges.
About: A portion of the fund is designated for earlier-stage seed investments. We are actively seeking opportunities to invest in businesses that are led or owned by women and minority entrepreneurs to help combat the gender and ethnic gap that exists in the startup world.

Application: Learn more and apply here.
Happy Nationals Transfers' Week!
We want to call out all the transfers at UCLA! Being a transfer student is never an easy journey, but what makes us strong is that we are always here to support each other. UCLA has various resources to support us ranging from social events to professional programs. Here is the link to a few of the resources, UCLA Alumni and Transfer Student Center.

 Being an entrepreneur as a transfer student takes courage. If you even just have an idea for your startup and are not aware of where to get started, then come to Covel Commons Room 203. We have all the resources for you to ensure that you succeed on your journey. 
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