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Investors bet on Startup Garage graduates

The USC Viterbi Startup Garage opened its doors last summer with the goal of spawning a wave of dynamic, high-tech companies in Southern California that could one day blossom into the next Amazon or Google.

Toward that end, the business accelerator’s 10 inaugural teams — all led or co-founded by USC Viterbi School of Engineering students and alumni — received seed capital, mentoring, legal advice, office space in Marina del Rey and other strategic resources to help them succeed. Over the course of three months, the group of budding business builders wrote or perfected business plans, built product prototypes and devised sales and marketing pitches.