UCLA Anderson Winning Startups Present to Investors at Google Venice
What do a SaaS platform to protect business transactions from fraudulent activity on different blockchains, a cleantech mobility and fintech startup scooter subscription company, and biodegradable oral healthcare products have in common? They are all winning startups generated by the Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson students this fall.
The Venture Accelerator is one of the most diverse accelerator programs in the country with more than 7 countries represented and with 6 female-led companies. The Accelerator will host a fall showcase on November 6, 2019 from 5:00-7:30pm at Google Venice. Each of the 10 finalist companies will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea and future goals to 100+ potential investors in an effort to win financial support and backing.
The top companies will present to an audience of angel investors, Anderson donors and early-stage venture capitalists in an effort to raise capital for their up-and-coming companies. The accelerator program sees an 85% success rate due to its unique and curated program for each and every startup. The Venture Accelerator is also one of the most diverse accelerator programs in the country with more than 7 countries represented and 6 female-led companies.
“I see no better place for these startups to launch themselves then right here in the heart of Silicon Beach,” says Trish Halamandaris, Director, Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson. “These are some of the best and brightest groups I have seen go through this program. The fact that UCLA Anderson gets to play a role in their scaling efforts is incredible. Watch this space to be blown away by all they accomplish and succeed over the next several months.”
Launched in 2016, the 6-month immersive Wnture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson program is a vital support system for startups. The Culmination Showcases became part of the program in late 2017 and allows the top 10 startup teams to present to an audience of angel investors, Anderson donors and early-stage venture capitalists. To date, four cohorts have gone through the program and have made a significant impact, with 38 portfolio companies, 2 acquisitions, $5.8M in funding raised and a few generating more than $1M/year.