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Startup UCLA & SEP present: Unshackled VC, Fireside Chat and Q&A

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Startup UCLA | 203 Covel Commons

200 De Neve Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Are you an aspiring entrepreneur interested in high-growth startups? Do you want to better understand venture capital financing? On Thursday, October 25th at 6pm, come to Startup UCLA (Covel Commons 203) for a Fireside Chat and Q&A with Unshackled Ventures, a Silicon Valley based pre-seed fund focused on immigrant founders and international students. Manan Mehta, Founding and General Partner of Unshackled Ventures, will chat with Mehdi Roein-Peikar, Founder and CEO of Mechanodontics, an alumni of Startup UCLA’s 2017 Summer Accelerator. They will cover a range of topics including what VCs look for in startups, fundraising, and how those who have immigrated to the US can start a company and navigate the process. Food will be provided.

Manan Mehta is the Founder of Unshackled Ventures, a first generation American, and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Engineering. Prior to Unshackled he spent 13 years as an engineer, investment banker, marketer and entrepreneur.

Mehdi Roein-Peikar is the Founder and CEO of Mechanodontics, which provides an innovative orthodontic treatment that decreases treatment time, pain, and office visits by over 50%. Mehdi earned a Master’s Degree in Physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Biomechanics from Johns Hopkin School of Medicine, and is currently in residency at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Mehdi emigrated from Iran, where he was a practicing orthodontist.


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Founded in 2014, Unshackled Ventures is the only early stage venture fund specifically for immigrant founded startups. The fund provides investment capital, along with full immigration support, including visa sponsorship and employment, and plugging portfolio founders into the VC ecosystem.

Founded in 2012, Startup UCLA’s mission is to help students and alumni develop as entrepreneurs.

Sigma Eta Pi, founded in 2010 at University of California Los Angeles, is the first entrepreneurship fraternity on the West Coast.


Eventbrite RSVP is required for non-UCLA students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Entrance for all registrants is not guaranteed once the room reaches capacity. If there are no tickets remaining and you are both an immigrant to the US & a UCLA student/alumni/staff/faculty who would like to attend, email startup [at] college.ucla.edu for assistance.


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