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A 12 week technology accelerator program that includes $50k in funding, space, strategic and financial resources and access to world-class mentors, and hands-on product, marketing, legal and fundraising support.

Viterbi Startup Garage is a 12 week technology venture incubator program created by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that includes $50k in funding, space, strategic and financial resources and access to world-class mentors, and hands-on product, marketing, legal and fundraising support. It is the brainchild of Ashish Soni, Founding Director of VSi2 and the Startup Garage.This year S:Cubed Capital, HZ Ventures and Karl Jacob III join KPCB as partners in the program.

What you get:

  • $50,000 in capital in exchange for 10% equity
  • Hands on education, mentoring and coaching
  • Access to an amazing network of investors
  • Access to experts at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • Working space over the summer and fall to build your venture


This program is open to anyone as long as you have a co-founder who is either a current USC Viterbi Student or USC Viterbi alum. The USC Viterbi alum should have graduated no earlier than 2003.

Accelerator Schedule:

Application Begins:  May 15th, 2014

Application Deadline:  June 4th, 2014

Program Begins: June 23rd, 2014

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This program is open to all current USC student’s and USC alumni who have graduated in the last 5 years. Our only constraints are that you have to have a current USC Viterbi student or USC Viterbi alum as co-founder or CEO.

We are currently accepting digital media, internet, software and hardware companies.

The program is 12 weeks long. The program starts on May 28th.

We plan to accept about 10 companies into the accelerator this year.

Yes. In your application, please specify the nature of your previous funding.

Yes, you do have to spend at-least the summer in our accelerator.

We will be located in Marina Del Rey.

We accept applications from companies at various stages — some will have just a new idea while others will have a company that is already generating revenue and looking to accelerate its growth.

No, the University does not take equity in any of the accelerator companies.


Spruce-Icon-120x90Founders: Jon Sutherland, Ted Hadjisavas
A personalized store where men discover amazing products.


lets-taggleFounders: Jason Wei, Chris Del Guercio,  Josh Wei
Reverse auction marketplace for the custom apparel industry.

AIO Robotics

AIO-RoboticsFounders: Jens Windau, Kai Chang
World’s first multi-function 3D Printing/Copy/Scan/Fax machine.


tilofyFounders: Ali Khoshgozaran, Amir Raminfar, Alireza Mojtahedi
World’s first real-time mobile search and discovery engine.


gymflowFounders: Yang Zhang
Member relationship and customer retention platform for small businesses.


racevineFounders: Gregory Lou
Yelp for endurance races.

Moving Analytics

ma_logo-e1379913112805Founders: Harsh Vathsangam, Gaurav Sukhatme
A platform for physical activity monitoring and contextual coaching using just your smart phone.


scholasphere1Founders: Awadi Rathugamage, Christian Vanderwall
Online platform that allows students to apply to multiple scholarships using one application.


media_houndFounders: Addison Mccaleb, Drew Wolfe
An online platform building tools to improve search and social discovery of premium entertainment.

Coming soon!


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