Weekly Night is our flagship program that occurs every week (hence the name). This is where our general members come and engage with our invited speakers and other members of our community through workshops, speaker sessions, and other activities. Our Weekly Nights are designed to be a place where general members can learn about entrepreneurship and find a community.
Our Weekly Nights Initiative also hosts the yearly 1000 Pitches Competition. 1000 Pitches is a campus-wide pitch competition with a simple premise: 1000 students are asked to pitch an idea. The competition begins there, where students are encouraged to think bigger and bolder and be their own entrepreneur.
Startup Labs is an in-house pre-accelerator program hosted annually where candidates selected based on their ingenuity, intelligence, and willingness to strive for success are supported into turning their projects into a startup. Throughout the bootcamp, Startup Labs help founders grow their startups by providing them with mentorship, an on-campus working space, and any other resources they need. Startup Labs has historically launched numerous startups to the next level, with several joining well-acclaimed accelerator programs or securing venture funding. At Startup Labs, the mission is to embolden UCLA’s emergent entrepreneurs to learn by doing.
Startup Fair LA provides an exclusive opportunity for high-growth startups to connect with UCLA students who are experimental, independent-minded, and thoughtful leaders in their pursuit of startup work experience. With a combined 700 active members and over 1500 engineers in their network, Startup Fair LA has sought to connect startups with some of the best and brightest that UCLA has to offer to discuss potential full-time, part-time, or internship positions.
In addition to hosting the yearly Startup Fair, the Startup Fair LA initiative powers the yearly BruinLabs program that happens each summer. BruinLabs is a virtual venture initiation summer program where participants design their own venture and work on making it a success through product development and business savvy with their teams, while also engaging in a series of specialized workshops and panels on early-stage startups. Each group consists of 3-5 students supported by a Project Manager who will help the participants and act as the team’s guide throughout the 8-week entrepreneurial process.
The Media Initiative is Bruin Entrepreneurs’ biggest initiative, working on the front-end visuals as well as the back-end workings of all our systems. Our board members in Media work on establishing our marketing and branding standards on top of managing the assets, vectors, and accessibility of our front-facing initiatives.
The Media Initiative also hosts our yearly Designathon at UCLA in the Spring Quarter, open to all university students around the world. Designathon at UCLA is a beginner-friendly design competition with the goal of fostering design thinking . Student designers and creatives from diverse background and skill levels come together to innovate and create. Students have an incredible opportunity to network with peers and professionals, attend dynamic workshops, seek guidance from expert designers and learn about buzzing opportunities in the design industry.