Viterbi Startup Garage

USC Viterbi's unique incubator for early-stage technology startups

One Year Residency Program

Located in the heart of Silicon Beach in Marina Del Rey, the Viterbi Startup Garage is an incubator for early-stage technology startups. We focus on deep technology and AI-enabled companies, and are very faculty-friendly.

Resident Benefits

A place to call home

Enjoy 24/7 access to co-working space. Our residents view our space as their primary office and regularly engage with colleagues, mentors, and staff.

An amazing community

Surround yourself by like-minded entrepreneurs, working under the same roof to bring ideas to life. Join a community where teams are supportive of one another, readily help each other, and cheer each other on as they seek to make their own dent in the universe.

Extensive support

With tactical assistance including Innovator-in-Residence coaching, topical workshops, and more, enjoy the resources you need to transform technology into a viable business — at absolutely no cost. Because we are supported by the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, we do not take equity or charge any fees.

Access to the USC network

Get dialed in to USC’s famed network of alumni, mentors, investors and potential partners, both here in Southern California and beyond.

What do the Founders think?

Nick Dazé from Block on VSG

"VSG was a dream come true. It's honestly the best-kept secret in the L.A. startup scene. First of all, all the companies there are made up of brilliant, kind people. We're all very generous with our time and expertise with each other. Second, starting a tech company (or any company) is hard, and having a community that is going through similar or identical problems is both practically helpful, and emotionally powerful. There's also access to great mentorship, activities, and the view is great, too. Finally, I've made some lifelong friends in the VSG"...read more @ Entrepreneur.com

Interested in Becoming a Resident?

If you’re an early-stage technology startup team passionate about having a positive impact on the world and interested in being an active participant in a vibrant community, then we are a good fit for you.

We take in cohorts in the Fall and Spring to maximize cross-pollination!

Submit your interest form now!

Regular Events and Activities

Founder’s Circle

VSG founders meet together weekly to share war stories, practice pitches, or ask advice over a casual lunch.

Innovators-in-Residence (IIRs) Office Hours

Once a week, our founders benefit from a check-in with a seasoned business executive or venture guru.

VC Office Hours

Regularly meet with local area VCs for consultation. We run these panel style with 2-3 investors per room in 20 minute slots.

Summer Smasher Internship Program

An eight week free internship program tapping into the talent pool of USC's undergraduate and graduate students.

Oceanside Chat Speaker Series

Our speaker series invites investors, serial entrepreneurs, and topical experts to share advice and insight for entrepreneurs. Talks are open to the full VSG community. Sign-up on our mailing list below to stay informed.

Technical Innovation Exchange

In conjunction with the Information Sciences Institute, TIE is an opportunity to get researchers and experts from USC to weigh-in on technical challenges.

Synchrotron Boot Camp

Learn the tactical side of setting up your company by diving into the deep end on topics including capitalization tables, incorporation, Boards of Directors, and other nuts and bolts, as well as emphasizing customer discovery.

Technical Scouting Workshop

Gain an opportunity to participate to explore the intersection of technology development and commercial opportunity by joining other early stage technology startups/projects, investors, corporate scouts, and subject matter experts via quick fire roundtable discussions and pitch presentations.

Meet the VSG Team

Director

Dave Eastman

David Eastman is an experienced technology investor, executive and advisor, currently serving as chairman of one private company and on the boards of two others; he has also served as an adjunct instructor in national cohorts for the National Science Foundation's i-Corps program to train startup managers. He helped to found MediaShift, Inc. in 2010 and served as its CFO from 2010 to 2013 and its COO from 2010 to 2012, taking the company public during his tenure.

Mr. Eastman served as a General Partner at Park City, Utah based Prospector Equity Capital, L.P. from the fund’s formation in 2002 through its completion in 2013, leading a majority of the fund’s investments and contributing to the fund’s top quartile returns for its vintage year. Most recently, after almost 14 years on the Company’s Board, he served as CFO for portfolio company Ondax, Inc., a Caltech spinoff, working with management to prepare the company for sale and managing the sale process through selection of its investment banking team and closing its merger with one of the world’s largest publicly traded photonics companies in October, 2018...read more

Innovator in Residence

Julie Pantiskas

Julie Pantiskas is a successful entrepreneurial professional with over 30 years’ experience leading business operations and marketing. In 2017, she joined Salt Creek Capital, a private equity firm, as an Executive Partner, as well as, continued her consulting practice where she has worked with Snoop Dogg and the co-founder of Bitcoin.

Prior to joining Salt Creek Capital, Julie was EVP of Marketing, Training and Project Management for Summit Funding, Inc., a $4 billion mortgage lender. She led a sales and marketing rebranding initiative that resulted in a 24% sales increase. Previously, she held executive leadership roles at the Belkin International, Oberthur Technology, Walt Disney Company, and Deloitte Consulting where she has a proven track record as a “corporate entrepreneur” by driving revenue growth through innovation or streamlining operations. Earlier in her career, Julie was President of her 3rd generation family business, the Nut Tree Restaurant in Northern California where she developed 750,000 square feet of retail space...read more

Innovator in Residence

Aled Miles

Aled is the Executive Chairman of “IoTium”, a SaaS provider for the secure Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with offices in U.S. India, Japan, and Australia. Backed by John Chambers (Chairman Emeritus, Cisco), Honeywell & GE Ventures, IoTium focuses on the massive increase in small sensors collectively capable of huge computational power.

Miles joined TeleSign Corporation as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. In 2017 he sold the company to BICS, (a Proximus, Swisscom, MTN joint venture) for $300m. In 2018, Aled was retained as CEO to drive post acquisition growth and full integration.

​From 2009 to 2015, he served on the executive committee of Symantec Corporation reporting to the CEO. He held responsibility for the global ‘Norton’ business unit navigating the $2 billion, 2,500-person consumer division. In 2014/15, Miles also rescued the Latin America geography, returning it to double-digit growth & winning the region’s largest-ever deal (worth $45m)...read more

Facilities Manager

Arcelia Navarro

Arcelia Navarro has over a decade of experience in building and developing grassroots programs from the ground up. Throughout her career, she has created and managed program operations both locally and abroad. She is an advocate at heart and is staunchly committed to supporting the needs of those who deserve representation.

Her studies and fascination with human cognitive behavior motivate her efforts in developing programs that highlight individual strengths while addressing weaknesses by way of support strategies. Her ideal work environment is one that embodies all of these aspects in a fun and respectful way, anchored in routine and consistency, preparedness, but above all measurable through data to guarantee fidelity.

As a student at UC Berkeley, she co-founded the Inclusion Initiative DeCal course, connecting differently-abled students with able-bodied students to encourage interdependence whilst addressing stigmas in the community through targeted lectures and lab meetings...read more

Current & Alumni VSG Teams

For more information or to schedule a tour:

contact us via email at vsg@usc.edu.