AB 2664 innovation funds supported hundreds of startups, dozens of product launches in 2017

The University of California announced today (Nov. 30) that a $22 million investment from the State of California to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship across the UC system has supported more than 500 new startups and existing companies, helped launch at least 47 new products and enabled companies to attract $3.7 million in additional investments.

Assembly Bill 2664, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion, was authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and signed in fall 2016 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Through the bill, each of UC’s 10 campuses received $2.2 million in one-time funding in Jan. 2017 to invest in infrastructure, incubators and entrepreneurship education programs.

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UCLA, VA launch first-of-its-kind family wellness center, new legal clinic for veterans

Chancellor Gene Block greets 4-year-old who led the Pledge of Allegiance at UCLA-VA launch. (all photos by Reed Hutchinson/UCLA)

From UCLA Newsroom by Alison Hewitt.

For veterans at risk of homelessness, the tipping point can be as trivial as a jaywalking ticket.

Too often, a veteran can’t afford to pay the fee for that ticket, and then can’t get to court to explain the circumstances — perhaps because of a lack of access to public transportation, an inability to miss a day of work or crippling depression. Late-payment fines are tacked on to the original fine. A court warrant, a revoked driver’s license and a ruined credit history follow.

What might have seemed like a trivial citation has spiraled into a serious obstacle to being approved for housing, finding employment, driving to doctor’s appointments and reintegrating into civilian life.

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UCLA Outreach events at schools help demystify the application process for students

UCLA admissions and financial aid representatives packed several high schools in greater Los Angeles in October helping students navigate the complex processes.

On Saturday, Oct. 21 high school senior Edwin Jackson rolled out of bed to go to school. He and some of his classmates at Robert F. Kennedy UCLA Community School, along with a smattering of family members, listened intently to UCLA officials as they discussed the admissions process and financial aid help.

Jackson was eager to learn as much as he could about the college experience, and specifically about how to become a computer science engineer at a University of California school.

“I came here this morning to gain tips on how to apply to a UC school,” Jackson said. “UCLA is probably a dream school of mine because it’s close to home and I could get the higher education that my parents didn’t, and that’s something I really want to do.”

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