About USC Rossier EdVentures

USC Rossier EdVentures will leverage and further the University of Southern California’s distinctive, global position of leadership in education, media, engineering, computer science, and entrepreneurship, as well as further burnish Los Angeles’ growing reputation as one of the world’s premier startup hubs.

The Program is part of USC’s Center for Engineering in Education (CEE) – founded in 2017 by the Rossier School of Education, with the support of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Its creation was made possible by generous support from the Michelson 20MM Foundation, Navitas Ventures, and Bisk Ventures.  We are developing an education innovation ecosystem, that will be unique in Southern California, to further instruct and advance learning innovators who have operational ventures through:

  1. an accelerator-like program for early-stage companies with a minimum viable product;
  2. program does not take any equity or cash from cohort companies;
  3. pitch event at the USC Demo Day and the Annual ASU-GSV Summit;
  4.  communities of practice for innovation in education;
  5.  proprietary learning and entrepreneurship blended courses;
  6.  workshops and speakers;
  7.  a learning innovation festival;
  8.  investment funds to deploy capital in these companies; and
  9. global partnerships (particularly in the Pacific Rim, Africa, and Latin America) to promote USC’s endeavors in innovation.


Successful Fundraising

Over $13 Million in Capital has been raised to date by our companies

Network Reach

Over 500,000 students/users have been touched to date, along with over 100 institutions

Application & Schedule

Cohort 1 has concluded. Cohort 2 will start in early-October 2019 and end in April 2020. The application for Cohort 2 can be accessed here. We expect to make selections by mid-September. Some of the teams from Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 will be recruiting at the Startup Career Fair this fall. For more information, you may click here. Other applicable ecosystem events are posted here.