Educate engineers on strategies to invent, develop, integrate, and sustain technologies that address significant needs
Launch ventures with meaningful social and economic impact based on USC faculty, staff, students, and technologies
Promote an ethical and inclusive technology innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem

April 13, 2022 @ 12:30pm PST (Virtual)

Viterbi Startup Garage Oceanside Chat: How to Design an Investor Pitch Deck w/ Liana Karapetyan

The investor pitch deck is often the key to a longer investment conversation with a VC. Liana Karapetyan, Director of Hero House Angels, an angel investor network in California initiated by SmartGateVC, will talk about how to design an investor pitch deck and what are the essentials that need to be there. From personal experience and references to world standards, she will guide you through the investors’ perspective of reviewing pitch decks and help avoid the noise. The session will cover both the art and science of designing an investor pitch deck.

SmartGateVC is a California and Armenia-based pre-seed and seed VC fund with key focus areas in AI infrastructure, AI-enabled SaaS, IoT, and Biotech.

Open to all, RSVP HERE


April 15, 2022 @ 11:59pm PST

NSF I-Corps IN-LA Node: The Viterbi Undergraduate Startup Hackathon

The Viterbi Undergraduate Startup Hackathon is an immersive workshop designed to teach you how to build and scale a technology based startup! Students will be matched into teams and work together to solve problem sets based on the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations.

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur and you've been wondering what it takes to build a startup, join us for an experiential two-session hackathon where we will:

-Identify specific problems to solve using technology
-Provide an overview of a strategic business model for your solution
-Teach customer discovery best practices
-Help you develop product ideation skills
-Show you how to qualify for a $50K NSF grant (free money!) to help develop your business model further

Who: all undergraduate students
When: April 22 from 1:00 to 6:00pm + April 29 from 12:00 to 6:00pm (food and drinks will be provided!)
Where: UPC Campus
DEADLINE: APril 15, 2022 @ 11:59pm PST

Questions? Contact


April 18, 2022 @ 7:00pm PST (In-Person)

A Special In-Person Screening of: LIVES NOT GRADES

About USC Earth Week: From Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22, 2022, USC will celebrate Earth Week. Join fellow Trojans as we take part in sustainability activities and events. Expand your sustainability knowledge, make connections, take action, and learn what USC is doing to achieve its sustainability goals.

About the Screener:
At its heart, Lives Not Grades is a dramatic, thrilling, and inspirational story embedded in geopolitical events. It is an honest look at the innovation process, the importance of learning from failure, and the role of education itself in a time when educational models are being challenged.

When: 7:00 P.M. on Monday, April 18th, 2022

Where: The Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
George Lucas Building, School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



April 30, 2022 @ 11:59pm PST

Innovation in Engineering and Design for Global Challenges

We’re looking for the next generation of global problem solvers. No experience is necessary – except a skill that needs to be honed and an insatiable desire to make a positive impact in the world. Our toolkit: engineering innovation, design, social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, ethics, and storytelling. Our challenge: the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since WW2. Our motto: LIVES NOT GRADES.

Apply by April 30 to join the next cohort


Published on March 8th, 2021

Last updated on April 11th, 2022