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What is the SCALE Accelerator?

SCALE is an early-stage, aerospace focused accelerator, a 13 week intensive program that serves as a platform for entrepreneurs to launch and scale their businesses.

SCALE is designed to inspire a generation of students, entrepreneurs, and investors to pursue entrepreneurship for the development and advancement of novel technologies with aerospace applications and to build businesses here in Los Angeles.

 Each team selected for the program will receive personalized instruction and engage with potential corporate clients and investors. The 13-week program is designed to help teams set milestones, develop products, find the market fit and get customer traction, and secure the next round of funding. Teams will have access to Starburst’s huge network of aerospace companies and become part of an ecosystem that includes Starburst and UCLA alumni, established aerospace entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners, customers, academic researchers, and more.

Los Angeles has a deep-rooted aerospace heritage, local world-class universities graduating more engineers per year than anywhere else in the nation, and a leading venture capital presence; with SCALE, it reinforces the region as a global capital for aerospace startup development. The program is remote during the COVID-19 pandemic but will be hosted in Los Angeles once it is safe to do so.

SCALE is run by Starburst in collaboration with UCLA, federally funded by the EDA Venture Challenge, and backed by industry and authorities across the greater Los Angeles area.



September 29, 2020

UCLA, aerospace accelerator Starburst win
federal grant to launch innovation hub

UCLA and Starburst, a leading global aerospace and defense accelerator, have been awarded a 2020 Venture Challenge grant of $1.4 million by the U.S. Economic Development Administration — complemented by $1.4 million in private matching funds — to create an aerospace innovation hub in Los Angeles.


November 23, 2020

Aerospace Incubator Starburst Is
Lifting Industry in LA

In the five years since French space and defense technology accelerator Starburst Aerospace announced plans to open its first American office in El Segundo, the aerospace industry has grown rapidly in Los Angeles County.

About Starburst:

Starburst is the world's first and only global aerospace accelerator, supporting the development of technologies that are changing transportation, communication, infrastructure, energy, autonomy, climate monitoring, AI, AR, manufacturing, new materials, and so much more. We are expanding the understanding of and possibilities within the industry.



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