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UCLA Venture Capital Fund Selects KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals CEO Keith Leonard for First Annual Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

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Finally, 10 VC Fund members who donated pre-IPO stock to the Fund and subsequently had liquidity events were recognized for their significant donations. The Fund is unique in this philanthropic model, allowing membership to donate illiquid shares of a company, in addition to the traditional models of cash and publicly traded shares of stock. This enables entrepreneurs to make donations that may become more sizeable over time, while also fostering community and networking as other members now have an even more vested interest in helping with the success of these young companies.

The honored Fund members were:

  •     Michael Howse, Bigfoot Networks
  •     Keith Leonard, KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals
  •     Treb Ryan, OpSource
  •     John C. Kohler, Redleaf Group
  •     David Arfin, SolarCity
  •     Robert Baltera, Amira Pharmaceuticals
  •     Craig Carpenter, Recommind
  •     Tim Draper, Reva
  •     James Lanzone, Clicker Media
  •     Venky Harinarayan, Kosmix

About the UCLA Venture Capital Fund
The UCLA Venture Capital Fund is a community of UCLA alumni and friends whose core purpose is to support and promote entrepreneurship at UCLA. The VC Fund mentors faculty and students, fosters the growth of UCLA companies, and connects entrepreneurs with an interest in UCLA. Members have the opportunity to advise campus entrepreneurship initiatives, raise funds for UCLA startups, and ultimately to advance UCLA as one of the top entrepreneurial universities in the nation. More information about the VC Fund and how to join it is available at

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