Alliance For Southern California Innovation

The Southern California region, with its extensive wealth of engineering talent, world-class universities and ample space, is well positioned to become America’s next hub for technology and life science startups.

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Alliance For Southern California Innovation

The goal of The Alliance is to nurture and accelerate the growth of a technology epicenter in Southern California, which in turn should draw significant new venture capital investment in the region.

The Alliance is expected to improve job prospects locally for University graduates and to help attract additional sources of funding for individuals and entities, in part by facilitating licenses to University and research institute technology.

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“Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt and GV founder Bill Maris are throwing their connections behind a new nonprofit. The Alliance for Southern California Innovation is aimed at promoting tech entrepreneurship in the region, with a focus on health and medical technology.” Read More

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The Alliance includes California universities and a consortium of world-renowned research institutes

Dr. Kaushik Bhattacharya
Vice Provost, Howell N. Tyson, Sr., Professor of Mechanics and Materials Science, Caltech

Edward W. Holmes, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Richard Sudek
Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, UCI Applied Innovation, University of California, Irvine

Amir Naiberg
Associate Vice Chancellor, CEO & President
UCLA Technology Development Corp.

Dr. Michael Pazzani
Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Paul Roben
Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Technology Commercialization, University of California San Diego

Dr. Joseph Incandela
Vice Chancellor of Research, Professor of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Randolph Hall
Vice President of Research, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California

Dr. Jim Harris
President of University of San Diego

Dr. Maria Klawe
President of Harvey Mudd College

* Members appointed to The Alliance Board of Directors by each University.

Collaboration with Venture Capitalists

The Alliance has entered into a collaboration agreement with Bill Maris, founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, who just launched Section 32, a new venture fund located in Southern California. The Alliance will provide referrals of exciting startup opportunities.

“Southern California is ripe with top tier investment opportunities in various sectors. Section 32 is proud to be the first venture fund to partner with The Alliance.” – Bill Maris

Success for this initiative could have a trillion dollar impact on California and the country.

Southern California is a compelling tech hub for life science and tech startups given its quality of life, excellent engineering labor pool, and it's wonderful and unique universities and research institutions.

Community Leaders

On The Alliance Board of Directors

Derek Aberle
Qualcomm Inc.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn
Salk Institute
Nobel Laureate

Emmanuel Roman
Managing Director and CEO

Greg Lucier
Chairman and CEO
NuVasive, Inc

Marc Stern
The TCW Group, Inc

Michael Abrams
Senior Vice President Innovation
The Walt Disney Company

Michael Yanover
Head of Business Development
Creative Artists Agency

Scott Wolfe
Latham and Watkins LLP

Sherry Lansing
former CEO
Paramount Pictures

Steve Poizner
Technology Entrepreneur

Thomas Gewecke
Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President
Strategy & Business Development
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc

Advisory Council to the Board of Directors

Technology trailblazers, investment experts, and startup veterans

Eric Schmidt
Executive Chairman
Alphabet Inc.

Gene Sykes
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs
Chief Executive Officer
L.A. 2028 Olympics Organizing Committee

Greg Becker
Silicon Valley Bank

Larry Sonsini
Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati & The Alliance Advisory Committee

Jeff Henley
Vice Chairman

Ted Eliopoulos
Chief Investment Officer

Jon Vein

Firms Providing Services to The Alliance Pro Bono

Thank you for the excellent help and support

Boston Consulting Group
Strategic Planning

Creative Artists Agency
Branding & Marketing

Public Relations

Ernst and Young

Fairway Technologies
Technology & Web Consulting

Latham and Watkins LLC
Legal services

Collaboration with Incubators and Accelerators

Driving growth in Southern California’s technology industry

Startup Accelerator

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