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UCLA Innovation Fund Computer Science Competition

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The UCLA Innovation Fund is partnering with Bow Capital and Osage University Partners to launch a campus-wide computer science competition.

Our mission is to assist the further development of early-stage software created at UCLA to the point of startup company formation. First and second place winners will receive investments to support commercialization activities that would not be supported by basic research grants.

First Place Winner: $75,000

Second Place Winner: $50,000

The award will be converted into equity upon company formation through a SAFE agreement. This is an opportunity to receive venture capital investment, which additionally provides business expertise and connections to further accelerate projects to market. In addition, winners will be offered Startup in a Box service provider support and a joint press release as well as the opportunity to take the intellectual property into the newly formed company under an express license.

The competition will consist of an online application with finalists invited to pitch to a panel of judges in front of an audience.

Full Process & Timeline



January 2, 2018

Online Application Opens

March 2, 2018

Applications Due

March 30, 2018

Finalists Announced

May 17, 2018

Pitch Day

The application can be accessed at the JudgeAbility 2018 UCLA Computer Science Competition website.

More information about the competition can be found on the Technology Development Group’s Computer Science Competition web page.