We provide guidance on how to launch a business, non-profit or any other type of entity that you envision. We provide two main services at USC, the first is having open appointments to advise students on where to get started in learning how to build a startup. Many students come to Blackstone Launchpad with just an idea and a willingness to learn, or some already have a prototype for their business concept. No matter what stage of your venture we pair you with a Venture Consultant with relevant experience or understanding of your business concept and help guide you through growing your venture. The second is to assist in hosting events around the startup ecosystem and to facilitate entrepreneurs networking with others interested in building startup ventures.

What We Do

We don’t take any equity and we assist any student at USC with getting their idea moving in the right direction. There is no selection process to meet with us you only need to request a time to meet with one of our Venture Consultants. We offer more advanced mentorship for ventures that have launched and reaching out to customers. We also have a co-working space where you can work on your projects and collaborate with your fellow startup entrepreneurs. We also offer thousands of dollars in free hosting resources from a variety of partners.

What We Don't Do

While Blackstone is our fiscal sponsor, we receive money through their non-profit outreach programs and don’t offer funding for your startup venture. We are not all things to all people and frequently refer students to our other partners in the USC startup ecosystem.


We give innovators access to stakeholders and technology so they can rapidly take ideas from concept to pilot. Our mentors include veteran healthcare practitioners, senior administrators, entrepreneurs, and technology thought leaders.

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What We Do

We will work with all project team members to define the logistical requirements for the construction process, such as areas for deliveries, placement of barricades (if required) and hours of operation.

What We Don't Do

Our programs focuses on digital technologies that aid in the health or monitoring of the human body.

Crunch Accelerator

The CRUNCH Accelerator is an opportunity for students to acquire new skills, meet industry leaders, and learn about how to design new products. This effort follows the vision of the Innovation Lab as a meeting place between academia and industry that is focused on social media, mobile devices and participatory cultures.

What We Do

CRUNCH has two parts: an informal set of events in the fall that are open to all, and lead into a more formal, closed course in the spring.

Over three years this program has seen two of our CRUNCH winners go on to participate in accelerators, raise additional funds and launch their startups. The Blackstone Foundation has recognized these past successes by including the Annenberg Innovation Lab in a Southern California regional multi-year grant, which will enable AIL to become the go-to hub for all USC students looking for help with their entrepreneurial ideas. Going forward, this grant will transform our annual CRUNCH Student Design Challenge into the Blackstone LaunchPad @USC, and we’re excited to support more students across campus.

What We Don't Do

We focus on digital media companies and recommend that students participate in the Blackstone LaunchPad program prior to seeking acceptance into the CRUNCH Program.


The lab is intended to provide students with the resources they need to make almost any design project a physical reality. The computer-controlled lab equipment can cut fabrication times from weeks to hours. The Fab-Lab concept of combining high- and low-tech tools for personal fabrication originates at MIT. The USC Fab Lab will hopefully evolve to support multidisciplinary student projects that uniquely engage the Los Angeles community.

What We Do

Here, students can create hobby related projects, scale models such as experimental wingtips, and precision components for capstone assignments.

What We Don't Do

General Use:
  • Undergraduates must check in and have their project reviewed and approved by the Fab Lab Technician prior to using any equipment.
  • Students will check into the facility by using their USC ID prior to utilizing equipment. USC ID’s will be scanned for tracking and monitoring purposes.
  • Due to the size of the lab space and expense related to maintaining the equipment, students will not be permitted in the lab unless they are working on a project.
  • Students will be expected to follow all safety standards outlined and take safety precautions seriously.
  • Students will need to check with the technician on staff before utilizing any tools or equipment to insure they are familiar with operating procedures and guidelines.
  • Safety glasses are to be worn at all times when any piece of equipment is operating.
  • Use of dust masks will be required when using some materials. Students will be advised before use.
  • For safety reasons long sleeve shirts, shorts or sandals can not be worn while working on projects in the lab. Additionally, students will need to tie back any long hair before operating equipment.
  • Students utilizing the router for projects must remain in the area while until it stops running to insure proper operation.

Alfred Mann Institute

The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering was established at the University of Southern California in 1998 as a non-profit organization to bridge the gap between biomedical invention and the creation of commercially successful medical products that improve and save lives. USC was selected because it has a rich pool of biomedical talent on campus and around Southern California.

What We Do

Our mission is to help bridge the gap between biomedical innovation and the creation of commercially-successful medical products to improve and save lives.

To achieve this mission, AMI USC has created a faculty welcoming process to help inventors mature their creations so that they can be transformed into commercially-viable medical products.

What We Don't Do

We focus on funding research or bio-medical engineering concepts that show promise. Traditionally these opportunities require more investment and time than building apps or platforms.

AMI USC professionals are happy to sit down with them to give them a free consultation. From the conversation, the AMI USC team will suggest some possible support to the inventor. Typically, the help includes activities that the Institute will pursue to assess whether the project fits within the type of activities that the Institute would sponsor. AMI USC provides their support free of charge to USC faculty, staff and students.

Cycle 4 Bootcamp

The USC Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program supports and funds translational projects that focus on applying developed technologies to solve an unmet or underserved clinical need. Project proposals at all stages of development from concept to implementation are invited for assessment, although the program does not fund discovery research (the creation of new knowledge). The USC Coulter Program supports project teams that are interdisciplinary in nature and include faculty members from the Biomedical Engineering Department in the Viterbi School of Engineering and clinical faculty from the Keck School of Medicine.

What We Do

Proposals are reviewed and funding selections are made by the USC Coulter Oversight Committee (OC). The USC OC includes entrepreneurs, accomplished scientists and clinicians, as well as representatives from the venture capital and industrial communities. Project proposals are evaluated on the basis of their clinical merit, their potential health care impact and significance, their timeline and pathway to commercialization, and most importantly their potential for obtaining further financial investment to translate the particular solution to healthcare.

What We Don't Do

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation launched an exciting new program in 2014, Coulter College Commercializing Innovation (C3i). C3i is a four month program that involves a series of interactive workshops and custom coaching, providing biomedical innovators with the specialized business frameworks and essential tools that drive translation of biomedical technologies from lab to market. Participants will gain a comprehensive set of core business skills to: 1) assess the commercial value of the opportunity you are pursuing, 2) build a strategic plan for business development and follow-on investment, and 3) build a compelling pitch presentation for potential investors and other business partners.


The USC Incubator accelerates the development of USC’s top student and alumni entrepreneurs through experiential education, mentorship and community. The USC Incubator takes founders from feasibility and development work, on to customers, a tested business model, getting distribution, building a team, bootstrapping and investment preparation. We also provide access to other supporting resources, such as legal and financial assistance.

What We Do

We’ve done this before and have experimented with several different models and formats. Since there are diverse needs at USC, we believe that there is value in selective workshops, based not on a standard curriculum for the group, but instead based on participant needs. We believe that there is more value in continuity than one-off events. We bring in continuity in the form of office hours with each team and tracking what they learn. We also believe that challenging, encouraging and pushing have their place as we get the Incubator companies to do more faster.

What We Don't Do

We take no fees or equity in Incubator businesses. However, on a case-by-case basis we do set teams up with grants, stipends, access to free resources and bring in investors.

Startup Garage

The Synchrotron Program is a 10-week long educational incubator program housed at the USC Viterbi Startup Garage in Marina del Rey.  Startup founders gain valuable insights about fundraising, legal proceedings, team dynamics, and other essential topics needed to build a successful company.  Teams have access to shared workspace, private meeting rooms, and mentorship from a deep network of investors and entrepreneurs.  Companies in this program are typically technology-focused with some evidence of customer validation.

What We Do

  • Provide residence at the Startup Garage during the duration of the program
  • Hands on education, mentoring and coaching
  • Access to an extensive network of investors and advisors
  • Path to Full Residency status at the Viterbi Startup Garage
  • Consideration for the Viterbi Venture Fund

What We Don't Do

  • No funding is provided to the teams
  • No equity is taken from the companies
  • Companies must have either USC or IN-LA affiliation
  • Founders must be able to attend the weekly workshops in Marina del Rey

Venture Incubation Program

Founded last year, also known as the Hacker House, VIP is a student-run incubator for tech startups that is open to all current USC students. It provides its teams with technical support, mentors and a co-working space, in addition to industry guest speakers. Participants need to be committed to their startups, which at the outset of the program varies from early-stage business plans to fully-launched companies.

What We Do

What we provide:

  • Membership in an amazing learning community of likeminded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • 24-hour key card access to the Hacker House Wednesday through Sunday
  • Opportunity to grow your team and meet developers/designers
  • Invitation to private workshops and events with investors and industry leaders
  • Mentorship with the VSi2 team and industry experts
  • Early access to emerging technologies including drones, VR, 3D printers, sensors, etc.
  • Showcase your innovation at our bi-annual innovation night
  • Get connected with the Viterbi Startup Garage

What We Don't Do

The Venture Incubation Program is open to all USC students. We require each team to have two or more founders that have identified (or have been working on) an idea that they are pursuing. To be considered for the program, we are currently accepting teams that are in all stages of development – from idea to prototype to fully launched companies.

Bridge Program

Bridge is a year long incubator destined to continue gaming student momentum from the classroom and to aid USC gaming companies in getting acquired. This program helps students translate their academic gaming accomplishments and turn them into real world successes.

What We Do

As part of the course, USC connects students with studios like Activision and Electronic Arts so they can submit their resumes and even land interviews with HR reps during the school year. But it didn’t have a formal system that supported those who’d rather work for themselves. That’s where Bridge comes in.

Bridge is going to emphasize the business side of things and teach them how to form their company and how to create a sustainable business plan. The goal, said Fullerton, is to turn the students’ “creative dreams into realistic, professional, and commercial dreams.”

What We Don't Do

This program is the practical application of growing Cinema students senior projects. You must have completed the Cinema or USC Games program to be admitted into this program.

CTIP – Pediatric Medical Device Accelerator

Supported by a prestigious $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) is an accelerator supporting innovators at CHLA, USC and beyond who are developing unique technology solutions that help pediatric patients. CTIP’s portfolio counts over 30 active technologies that address critical pediatric unmet needs while offering larger market opportunities.


What We Do

We support all innovators from academia and industry developing a technology solution that addresses a pediatric unmet need, including:

  • Identify management teams
  • Develop IP strategies
  • Develop regulatory strategies & support FDA approval and clearance process
  • Business plan and pitch deck development
  • Clinical trial development
  • Preclinical research planning
  • Grant writing
  • Product development
  • Investor/sponsor identification and introduction
  • Health economic benefit assessments, pricing and reimbursement

What We Don't Do

  • Award direct funding

Athena USC

We provide resources, events and an overarching community for women entrepreneurs and leaders to thrive at USC and in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our goal is to increase the number of Women (Co)Founded Companies at USC and provide them with the environment, mentors and resources they need to launch successful businesses.  We provide our women entrepreneurs and investors with carefully selected mentors to help them develop their skills and networks. We also provide access to funding sources and prepare them to seek funding.

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