The Anderson Venture Accelerator, which launched Jan. 25, will become an integral part of UCLA‘s entrepreneurial ecosystem, creating a communal space for the university’s numerous schools — professional and undergraduate —to come together and develop world-changing ideas.
Entrepreneurship is an essential part of the UCLA Anderson DNA.
It’s a school named for a successful entrepreneur, John E. Anderson; with a building called Entrepreneurs Hall; which houses the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; with the oldest business plan competition in the nation, the Knapp Venture Competition; a school that, now, in its world-class Rosenfeld Library, houses the state-of-the-art 10,000-square-foot Anderson Venture Accelerator.
The space, which is located on the first floor of the Rosenfeld Library at UCLA Anderson School of Management, will be open to Anderson MBA candidates, as well as to undergraduates and graduate students from other schools on campus, and to faculty researchers. With co-working space for 45 people, a presentation area with the latest audio/video capability, and access to Anderson’s research librarians as well as guest speakers, topical seminars and “demo days” for resident companies, Anderson students will have the opportunity to seek out new ideas across campus, create and grow their own opportunities and develop the skills necessary to create and expand their businesses.
“It’s not common for universities in the United States to have their different schools all physically located so close together and to have such easy access for faculty, researchers and students across them all to interact,” said Elaine Hagan, executive director of the Price Center. “It allows for interesting collaborations across departments to occur. And solutions to the world’s problems are often at the intersection of departments.”
“We want to be a service to the whole campus, and we’re starting right here in our own backyard,” said Al Osborne, Jr., senior associate dean and professor of global economics, management and entrepreneurship. “At UCLA, there’s over $1 billion spent on research every year, and a lot of that research increasingly involves intellectual capital that can be exploited…