• 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.​

  • Portfolio companies

    Meet Belli, your personalized pregnancy coach

    Medical grade wearable for pregnancy. CEO/Co-Founder Eric Dy has a PhD, Biomedical Engineering from UCLA.

    The new standard in SOX management

    SOXHUB works the way audit teams work—collaboratively, on the go, and in real-time. CEO/Co-Founder, Daniel Kim has a BA from UCLA and a Masters in Accounting from USC.

    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 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.

    Birth of the microbial revolution

    Microbiome-based therapeutics company, launching the most advanced therapies to treat and prevent skin disease including acne. Unlike the harsh chemicals used in today's treatment, Naked Biome relies on our bodies natural bacteria to restore a healthy balance. They are building the most advanced drug discovery genomics platform for the treatment and continual improvement of skin diseases and health. Product roadmap includes additional skin microbiome treatment indications including eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. CEO/Founder Dr. Emma Taylor studied medicine at USC, completed her residency and fellowship in dermatology and dermatopathology at UCLA, and stayed on as faculty in the Division of Dermatology and Department of Pathology at UCLA Geffen Medical School.

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  • Team

    Michael Silton

    Managing Director

    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)

    Alex Guerrero


    Previously CEO/Founder of UniqApp


    Co-Founder of Live Entertainment Network


    Associate, UCLA VC Fund

    Brian Varnum

    Venture Partner, Life Sciences

    Chief Development Officer, C3 Jian – biotech for oral health care


    Previously CSO at Tarrot


    18 years in research and drug development at Amgen



    AB Biochemistry, UC Berkeley

    Paul Kessler

    Board of Advisors

    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


    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.

  • 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


    Ph.D. MIT


    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



    BA, Stanford

    Managing Partner, Next Play Capital

    Founder, Ryan Nece Foundation


    Co-Founder, StraightCast Media acquired by Fox Sports


    NFL Linebacker and Super Bowl champion XXXVII, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


    BA, UCLA


    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


    JD, Harvard

    MS, Stanford

    BA, UCLA


    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


    MBA, Stanford

    BS, UCLA


    Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

    Chair Emeritus, National Venture Capital Assocation


    Chair Emeritus, UCLA VC Fund


    JD, UCLA

    BA, UCLA


    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

    BS, UCLA


    CEO/Founder, AAM

    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


    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


    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)


    Ph.D. Biophysics, CalTech

    Physics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland


    CEO/Founder, HelloTech

    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


    JD, UCLA

    BA, UC Irvine


    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)

    BA, UCLA

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