Entrepreneurial Support

One of the primary goals of the MESH team is to foster an entrepreneurial culture at USC.  Thus, we have several programs to support USC entrepreneurs who are starting or interested in starting life and health sciences companies, including USC student, faculty, staff, and alumni entrepreneurs.  The MESH team provides a variety of resources including bootcamps, educational seminars, networking events, connections to venture capital and other funding sources, connections to office/lab space, and more.  For entrepreneurs wanting to start a company based on USC technology, please connect with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to discuss the patenting and licensing process.  Resources provided by the MESH team include:

Education for Entrepreneurs

  • MESH, in collaboration with Innovation Node – Los Angeles and the Viterbi Office of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship, offers support for new ventures and ecosystem-developing programs (the lean startup methodology) to link innovators with capital and other resources. 2-week and 8-week programs are offered.
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    Viterbi Office of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship logo
  • Through a unique partnership with the Larta Institute, a nationally recognized accelerator, MESH makes available two Larta-run events per year that afford select USC entrepreneurs the chance to meet other founders, participate in workshops, and listen to panels on a variety of topics relevant to entrepreneurs, including funding, IP, regulatory, and more.  Read more about this partnership here.
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  • In partnership with the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI), MESH offers a seminar series on innovation and commercialization. For upcoming events, see the Events
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Connections to Funding

  • MESH is collaborating with WaveMaker Three-Sixty Health, a Los Angeles-based venture capital fund focusing on Seed and Series A healthcare startups. MESH and WaveMaker Three-Sixty Health have a joint student intern who seeks out USC-affiliated startups that fit the WaveMaker Three-Sixty Health Investment thesis.  Amanda Mason from the MESH team serves as a fund collaborator and advisor.”
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  • MESH has several informal relationships with other venture firms and can provide introductions where appropriate.
  • For those seeking non-dilutive funding, MESH has compiled several resource lists:
    • For a consolidated list of USC resources to find translation, commercialization and start-ups in the life sciences, engineering, and medicine, click here.
    • For a brief explanation of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, click here.
  • Connections to Space Resources
    • For those companies seeking lab/office space, MESH can provide introductions to several local options.
    • For a list of incubators located in the Los Angeles region, click here.
  • Press and Promotion
    • For USC innovators and entrepreneurs who want to publicize their or their company’s accomplishments, MESH writes news articles and press releases celebrating these successes.
  • Letters of Support
    • For USC innovators and entrepreneurs applying for grants, MESH can provide a letter of support detailing the resources available through our team.
  • Ecosystem Building
    • The MESH Academy is a member of the Biocom LA Startup Resources Committee, a group that advocates for and promotes favorable conditions for biotech startups in the LA region.
    • In collaboration with USC Real Estate and Asset Management, MESH is forming the strategy for a possible biotechnology park development on the USC campus.