Where it All Began


USRCA was founded in 2013 by Errol Arkilic, one of the founders of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps). USRCA was created to increase the impact of research by supporting the translation of the research into products and services that benefit society.

In 2014, Jay LeBoeuf became Executive Director of USRCA, expanded its mission to provide industry education to students, and founded the Real Industry program. Jay is a technology executive, entrepreneur, and adjunct lecturer at Stanford University. He has experience in business and technology roles, a rich network of industry connections, and has catalyzed a volunteer network from the leading companies in the media and entertainment technology space.


At a Glance


University Students Educated Worldwide



Industry Mentors


Universities Supported by Real Industry



Companies Represented in Workshops and Classes


Who We Are



Jay LeBoeuf is the Executive Director of Real Industry, a lecturer in music technology and music business at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and an advisor for digital media startups such as Chromatik, LANDR, and Kadenze. As an entrepreneur, Jay founded Imagine Research, an intelligent audio technology startup that built a search engine for sound. In 2012, iZotope acquired Imagine Research and Jay joined the iZotope executive team leading research & development, technology strategy, and intellectual property.

Priyanka Shekar is a music technologist, entrepreneur and educator building the new digital renaissance. She currently serves as Program Director at Real Industry. Priyanka will be teaching the inaugural batch of Real Startup this Summer, Stanford University’s first media x tech startup incubator class. Previously, she has founded startups in mobile music technology through Stanford University’s leading StartX and Graduate School of Business venture incubators. Priyanka studied on a Stanford Arts Institute Fellowship at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), the premier institute for music technology. She is passionate about helping young people design their careers, STEAM education, and is involved with the Stanford Alumni Mentor and Y Combinator’s Female Founders networks.

Rebecca Brown - Events and Development  

Andrea Mencarini - Executive Assistant and Community Coordinator

Our Advisory Board


Glenn Dickins, Architect of Convergence, Dolby Laboratories

Jay LeBoeuf, Executive Director, Real Industry

Matt Sandler, Startup Business Development, Amazon

Colby Springer, Principal, Polsinelli LLP

Heather Rafter, Principal, RafterMarsh

Marlene Scherer Stern, Educator, Mentor, Higher Education & Career Development Specialist

Dave Hill, Jr., Go 2 Market Coach, Go 2 Market

Suketu Kamdar, Audio Engineering Project Manager, Apple

Justin Evans, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Rocky Kahn, Founder & CEO, Edyt

Errol Arkilic, CEO, M34 Capital

Mark Ethier, CEO and Co-Founder, iZotope

Richard Kulavik, SVP Engineering, Motive Drilling Technologies