Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs

The Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize competition will not be held during academic year 2020-21. The competition will be back in academic year 2021-22. We look forward to a great competition next year.

The $100,000 Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs is a team business plan competition designed to recognize student innovation and support the real-world launch of promising new business ventures. Offering the largest entrepreneurship competition award of any law school with a total of $100,000 in prizes, the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs is open exclusively to UCLA students.

How it Works:

  • This competition is for teams with a Startup Business that the team has already started to build or intends to build within the next 12 months. A Startup Business is any proposed business or existing business, for profit, not-for profit, or public benefit. The Startup Business must be a new, independent venture in seed or startup stages.
  • Each team must consist of two to six members and include a current UCLA School of Law 2L, 3L or LLM in good standing, or a 2019 UCLA School of Law graduate.
  • Teams must register by registration deadline.
  • Registered teams must submit their business plan by the submission deadline.
  • Finalists are invited to present their venture idea at the public Final Round event where winners are determined by our Final Round judges.

To Participate:

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Submit the registration form by registration deadline.

What to Expect:

  • Each registered team will be assigned to a mentor and will be given the opportunity to attend training sessions that will aid in the creation of the business plan.
  • Once business plans are submitted, the First Round Judges will score the business plans. The teams with the highest scores move on to the Final Round.
  • At the Final Round, each team will have 10 minutes to pitch their idea to the Final Round Judges and the Judges will get 10 minutes to question the team. Once all the teams have presented, the judges will deliberate and decide on the winners.

“…truly an amazing opportunity and learning experience. These are lessons that we can never fully learn in books.”

Jason Chang MD/MBA ’19

“…a great occasion not only to practice but also to see how a company, a startup, actually works from the inside.”

– Iness Mouhou LLM ’19

Past Competitions

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