We'll Back You
Our primary focus is on early stage technology, life sciences, and media/tech companies where a founder, executive, or investor is a member of the UCLA community, including alumni, faculty, students, and parents.
We also invest in companies from our other great universities in California.
We leverage our network and pool our passions to support the growth of your exciting startup. With your success, we then donate a meaningful portion of our proceeds to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in our community. We operate completely independently of and are not associated with UCLA.
Start trends, create epidemics
Marketplace delivering custom content that is more authentic and more effective than agency content at a fraction of the time and cost via an automated, self-serve platform. Disrupting the creative agency and stock photography businesses. Social Native was founded by veterans of Google, Scopely, Applied Semantics, and Washio whose past startups have created over $2B in equity value. CEO David Shapour has a BS from Yeshiva University and a Business Administration Certificate with Concentration in Marketing from UCLA. Co-Founder/CSO Eytan Elbaz has a BS in computer science and engineering from UCLA.
Chair Emeritus of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund.
Previously CEO/Founder of Rainmaker Systems, Inc. Took public on Nasdaq. Clients included Vanguard, Abbot and IBM. Grew to over 1,500 employees. Deloitte Fast 50 award winner.
Former CEO/Co-Founder of UniDirect Systems. Inc. 500 #22. Sold to Avent (Savoir)
Previously CEO/Founder of UniqApp
Co-Founder of Live Entertainment Network
Advisors and mentors
Strong community of experienced and passionate advisors/mentors to help our portfolio companies succeed
VP Immunology & Scientific Innovation, Johnson and Johnson
Deep subject matter expertise in oncology, tumor immunology, inflammation & autoimmunity. Comprehensive discovery and preclinical development experience with monoclonal antibodies, biotherapeutics and small molecules
PhD Biology, UC San Diego
BA Biology, UC Santa Cruz
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA
Former Chair of Computer Science at UCLA
Developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet. The birth of the Internet occurred in his UCLA laboratory (3420 Boelter Hall) when his Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 and it was from there that he directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet on October 29, 1969.
Founder of multiple companies including Linkabit and Nomadix
Co-Founder, Bristol Capital Advisors
Pioneer on Wall Street, PIPE Strategy
Co-Founder, StartEngine, leading equity crowdfunding company based in LA
Founder, The Los Angeles Film School
With experience in investing and advising private and public companies over several decades, Mr. Kessler is frequently asked to speak at various conferences about capital formation, growth capital and activist investing. He has invested, provided seed capital and/or founded numerous successful companies including Cheniere Energy, Inc., Lion Biotechnologies, Inc., The Los Angeles Film School, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cantango Oil and Gas Company, Research Solutions, Inc., Wizard World, Inc., Energous Corporation, and Tellurian Investments.
JEFF MILLER, PH.D.
Director, CNSI (California NanoSystems Institute) at UCLA
Member, National Academy of Sciences
UCLA Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Co-Founder, One Kings Lane
Board of Governors at Parsons The New School for Design
Dean, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
CEO, Hawkeye Therapeutics
Former CEO, Amira Pharma sold for $400M
Previously VP, Amgen
MS Genetics, Penn State
BS Microbiology, Penn State
CEO, The Los Angeles Film School
Active in supporting Latina entrepreneurs
Co-Founder & Special Counsel, Bristol Capital Advisors
Previously international business attorney, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and at Occidental Petroleum Corporation
VP, Trademark & Technology Licensing
Director, Startup UCLA
Co-Founder & President, ScaleFunder
Technology executive, entrepreneur, and investor focused on consumer-facing & B2B web companies, SAAS, big data plays, cloud-based platforms, storage, DSP, and embedded projects.
Owner, Staglin Family Vineyards
Co-Chair, UCLA Centennial Campaign
Chair, UCLA Grand Challenge for Depression
Board Member, Silicon Valley Bank
Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Chair Emeritus, National Venture Capital Assocation
Chair Emeritus, UCLA VC Fund
Chief Development Officer, C3 Jian – biotech for oral health care
Previously 18 years at Amgen
AB Biochemistry, UC Berkeley
President & CEO, Premier Group Advisors
Previously with United States General Services Administration. Previously with Verizon and Ford
BA, Haverford College
Head of Platform Business Development, Jaunt, a leader in the field of cinematic virtual reality
Previously Founder/CEO, OUYA: Video game console and platform sold to Razer
100 Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company
Top 50 Women Digital 2015, Digital LA
BSBA, Washington University in St. Louis
Venture Partner, ARCH Venture Partners
Former CEO / Co-Founder, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals. Built a $2B life sciences company
Previously SVP, Amgen
MS, UC Berkeley
Advanced Alternative Media, Inc.
AAM is the most identifiable global brand for Producer and Songwriter management, exclusively representing world-class talent and their businesses, among them songwriters, producers, artists, labels, publishing companies, production companies, mixers, executives, and engineers.
AAM’s clients speak to the breadth of its work, which has moved many millions of people and sold billions of albums and singles. Beaven’s company has collaborated with mega stars ranging from The Rolling Stones, U2, David Bowie, Madonna, Keith Urban, Kanye, Prince, Adele, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Nirvana, Usher, John Lennon, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, and Guns ‘N’ Roses.
Partner, K5 Ventures
Previously VP Networking at Sony
Previously at Google and Facebook
BS Computer Science, UCLA
Previously President, Disney Online
Venture Advisor, Accel Partners
Co-Founder, Amplify LA
CEO/Founder After Hours Software, sold to Adobe
BS Math & Computer Science, UCLA
Managing Director, Miramar Ventures
Previously UC Alumni Regent
Partner, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison
BA, UC Irvine
Exec Director, QB3 incubator UCSF
General Partner, Mission Bay Capital
Previously Executive Vice-Chancellor, UCSF
Previously, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF
Ph.D. Biophysics, CalTech
Physics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Chair Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel group in America
Part time faculty at UCLA Anderson
Previously General Partner, GKM Ventures
Co-Founder, LaunchPad LA
MBA, Tuck (Dartmouth)