*NEWS: Amazon Alexa Fund Backs USC Viterbi Startup Garage

This article was previously published by SoCal Tech, with whom OCSN has a partnership.

The USC Viterbi Startup Garage, the startup accelerator that is part of the University of Southern California, has scored backing from the Amazon Alexa Fund, the venture investment arm of Amazon that invests in startups using Amazon Alexa.

According to the USC Viterbi Startup Garage, its new Fall 2019 cohort will now host startups focused on voice technology, as part of a joint effort between Amazon’s Alexa Fund and the University of Southern California’s Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

The two said they hope the new effort will help encourage the growth of university-affiliated startups working with voice technology.

Financial details of the investment by the Amazon Alexa Fund were not announced.

According to USC, the application deadline for its new cohort is September 15th. The program will be held at the USC Viterbi Startup Garage in Marina Del Rey, starting in October.

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Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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