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University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund


Among the successes driving the creation of the fund was the IPO of Santa Monica-based Kite Pharma, which is a spinout of UCLA. READ MORE>>.

ThousandEyes, Spawned At UCLA, Raises Funding From Sequoia


A new startup, which was created at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has just raised a first funding round from Sequoia Capital. ThousandEyes , created by two UCLA computer science Ph.D.''s, said it raised $5.5M in Computer Science from UCLA; his co-founder is Ricardo Oliveira, who also received his Ph.D.

Startup Founded By UCLA Students Offers Scholarship


A startup, Sparefoot , headed by two former UCLA students who founded the company out of their experiences at the school, said today that it is offering up a $5,000 scholarship to students who use its service. Sparefoot is venture backed by Silverton Partners, FLOODGATE, and Capital Factory, and is located in Austin, Texas.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, October 27, at UCLA. InVenture is next stage microfinance – focusing on providing expansion capital. Where: UCLA Anderson School of Management, 110 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. It’s a gallery of great entrepreneurship. It’s a toast to those who build and innovate. Join Us.


AuditFile, Started At UCLA, Raises $3M For Auditing Software


The company was founded by Kevin Bong, who started the company in his dorm room at UCLA as a senior. Kevin--now COO--studied computer science and accounting at UCLA. auditfile venture capital cloud software auditing accounting saas ucla dorm room student The company now has its headquarters in San Francisco. READ MORE>>.

Digest 5/23-30: Snapchat’s $1.8B Raise, March Capital’s $240M Fund, Victorious $25M Series B


MARCH CAPITAL Opens LA Shop with $240M Fund ( link ). UCLA ANDERSON Hosted a VR / VC Event. Tuesday May 31. Hack for LA. IBM Watson.

Gevo, With Ties To Caltech and UCLA, Files For IPO


Gevo is using both technology from UCLA to produce next-generation biofuels through genetically modified Escherichia coli (E. Gevo is venture backed backed by Khosla Ventures, Virgin Green Fund, Total Energy Ventures, Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund, and the Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund. and Piper Jaffray.

NanoH2O Lands $60M In Funding


As part of the funding, BASF Venture Capital, Total Energy Ventures and Keytone Ventures will all gain a seat on the firm's board of directors. Links With UCLA


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Interview with Adi Jaffe, All About Addiction


Adi Jaffe: I'm a UCLA addiction trained psychologist, specializing in addiction. How is this related to the work you were doing at UCLA?

NanoH2O Raises $14.8M


NanoH2O is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Rusheen Capital Partners, and PCG Energy and Technology Fund.

3 Valuation Inflection Points for Startups: Don’t Copy Calacanis

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recently caught up with a classmate from UCLA Anderson  and told him the exact opposite in regards to raising money for his own startup.

Tribogenics Lands $2.5M For Portable X-ray Technology


The firm, a spinoff of UCLA whose technology has been funded by DARPA, said the funding came from Flywheel Ventures and angel investors. Tribogenics has developed technology which will enable small, handheld X-ray devices, originally developed from research at UCLA. READ MORE>>.

Bruin Biometrics Raises $9M


BBI's technology was developed at UCLA, and is based on research from the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA School of Nursing, and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Names of the investors were not announced by the company. READ MORE>>.

CircuitHub, With Roots At UCLA, Launches Hub For Hardware Designers


The firm--co-founded and headed by UCLA Visiting Scholar Jon Friedman--has created an online site which lets hardware designers tap into the data sheets, symbols, components, and footprints of electronic components, for free, either by downloading or by connecting a Dropbox account. READ MORE>>.


Enlibrium Finds $15M For Cancer Drugs


The company was founded by Dr. Michael Jung and Dr. Richard Pietras, both of whom are professors at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Enlibrium said the technology has been exclusively licensed from UCLA. enlibrium cancer drug therapeutics venture capital lifescience ucla technology transfer research school

New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals


They came to San Diego in 1996, when Scripps Health hired Balgrosky as CIO and senior vice president. He founded MaxIT Healthcare in 2001.

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The Entrepreneur Association Can’t Be Stopped | Holding 90 sec Fast Pitch Competition

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UCLA’s Entrepreneurship Association is at it again. Robert Jadon, Director of Startup UCLA. You read that right. TZ Hookups.

Tribogenics Gets Funding From Nikon


Tribogenics is a spinout of technology originally developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). READ MORE>>.


ImaginAb Raises $12.5M


Los Angeles-based ImaginAb , a UCLA spinout which is developing antibody fragments for use in the diagnostic imaging market, said late last night that it has raised $12.5M in a Series A financing round. The firm was founded by UCLA faculty members Robert Reiter, Anna Wu and Christian Behrenbruch. READ MORE>>.

Water Planet Raises Series B Funding


Water Planet said the investment came from Air Liquide's ALIAD Corporate Venture fund, Bluestem Capital and UCLA Venture Fund. Water Planet is led by Eric Hoek, the former UCLA and UC Riverside professor who created the membrane technology behind another, water filtering membrane startup, NanoH2O, which is now part of LG.

NanoH2O Bolsters Execs


The firm, which is headed by technology vet Jeff Green, and based on research out of UCLA, said that Truby will bolster its commercial team.

NanoH2O Names Operations Head


NanoH2O is headed by Jeff Green, and is based on technology spun out of UCLA. READ MORE>>.

Carbonics Raises $5.5M For RF Materials


Carbonics says its technology is based on research conducted at UCLA and USC. carbonics venture capical material carbon semiconductor capital ucla The funding came from TAQNIA international. Carbonics says it is working on incorporating its carbon nanomaterials into semiconductor radio frequency (RF) components. READ MORE>>.

ImmunGene Raises $9M


Yu is founder and CEO of Ally Bridge Group, a Chinese private equity fund; Gresser is at the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA, and was previously Amgen''s Vice President and Head of Inflammation and Neuroscience Research Therapeutics Areas. immungene venture capital biotech biotechnology cancer therapeutics READ MORE>>.

REACH Connected Future | Cleantech Recap

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Sandra Itkoff – Entrepeneur in Residence, UCLA Institute for Innovation and Technology Transfer. Cleantech, a Misnomer.


Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware


from UCLA. cetas vmware merger acquisition data analytics cloud software clearstone exit venture capitalREAD MORE>>.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Get Research Funding


ACADIA said the new funds will go towards research being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl of UCLA. acadia pharmaceuticals venture capital biotech lifescience multiple sclerosis ucla research biomedicalREAD MORE>>.

NanoH2O Sets COO


NanoH2O is commercializing technology developed at UCLA for reverse osmosis. READ MORE>>.

Gevo Sets Range For IPO


Gevo is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Virgin Green Fund, Total Energy Ventures, Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund, Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund, and LANXESS, among others. The firm's technology is based on research form UCLA focused on producing next-generation biofuels through genetically modified Escherichia coli (E.

Accelerator Crazy In Southern California


LA Cleantech Incubator , officially launched last week, and was created by Los Angeles Cleantech Alliance, a group supported by Mayor's Office, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Community Redevelopment Agency for Los Angeles, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UCLA, USC, CalTech, and Arts Center College of Design.

LAVA Honors Richard Riordan, Local Technology Firms


LAVA inducted Mayor Riordan--who had a long and involved career in venture capital and private equity before his efforts in politics--into its LAVA Hall of Fame. The group, which promotes the venture capital industry in the Los Angeles area, also honored local companies for their funding and exit activity.

LAVA 15, Backed By LA Investors, Finds $9M More


The company--led by UCLA Anderson grad Sunil Rajaraman--had originally raised funding from such local LA investors as Jody Mulkey (Shopzilla), Paige Craig, Keith Richman, and actor/director/writer Edward Burns. The company was founded by UCLA Andreson and USC Film School grads who had met as undergrads at Claremont McKenna.

TX Zhuo Talks About LA's Newest Venture Fund, Karlin Ventures


One of the biggest complaints that local entrepreneurs have with Los Angeles has been a dearth of local sources of venture capital. Thanks!

Tribogenics Gets $6.2M


Tribogenics' technology based on research out of UCLA--enables the generation of X-rays without need for high voltage power sources. tribognics handheld xray minature medical device ucla venture capitalThe round was led by the Founders Fund. READ MORE>>.

Sofie Biosciences Lands $5M In Series A


The funding was led by Tata Industries, and also included MRM Capital and the Cycad Group. Sofie Biosciences--which is a spinout of UCLA and Caltech--said the funding will go towards further development of its technology. sofie biosciences venture capital lifescience molecular diagnostics positron READ MORE>>.

NanoH2O Appoints CFO


and, and is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, and Rusheen Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.

Local Angels Back


According to, it raised $700,000 in a seed financing round, which was led by Crosslink Capital, and also included Liveops founder Douglas Feirstein, Jody Mulkey, as well as other angels, including other Los Angeles area investors. scripted venture capital funding writer blog writing marketplace scrippedREAD MORE>>.


Rayton Solar Finds $1M


The startup--which is utilizing laser technology from UCLA--said it has created a process which uses 1/50 to 1/100 less silicon to manufacture solar panels, which uses laser beams to deposit silicon on those panels, dramatically reducing the cost of those panels to manufacture. READ MORE>>.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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Given how efficient markets are when a large market like LA starts to blossom it attracts capital pretty quickly. LA By The Numbers. Booed.