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8:00-11:00 AM

Open Registration


Entrepreneur Showcase




Kick-Off Keynote


Casting a Wider Net - Entrepreneurs Don't Swim in Schools

The panel will examine the rich opportunities that exist with engaging disenfranchised entrepreneurs.Nationally, women represent less than 11% of the partners at venture firms and minority entrepreneurs make up just 8.5% of entrepreneurs pitching their businesses to angel investors. With Southern California experiencing a 42% decline in VC funding thus far for 2013, we can’t afford to miss an opportunity with potentially great innovative startups. Moderator Jon Robinson, manager of Entrepreneurship programs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, leads the discussion on how to lower the barriers to entry and break the homogeneity in the startup community.

Moderator – Jon Robinson, Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Panelist 1 - Jim Jonassen, CEO, Jim Jonassen & Associates Venture Search

Panelist 2 – Elizabeth Stewart, Co-Founder & President, HUB Los Angeles

Panelist 3 – Louis Stewart, Deputy Director, IHubs, California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development


How Do Entrepreneurs Learn?

Burn the business plan. Ditch the “Mad Libs” templates for business growth. Entrepreneurs need more effective, applied, and customizable education experiences that allow them to develop the confidence and knowledge they need to succeed. This panel highlights both tested and novel approaches to providing experiential educational programs founders and their teams. Moderator Ted Zoller, Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, guides the conversation about core principles that don’t turn off the innovation.

Moderator – Ted Zoller, Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Panelist 1 – Jeff Solomon, CEO, Amplify

Panelist 2 – Amir Banifatemi, Managing Director, K5 Ventures

Panelist 3 – Vivian Shimoyama, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses


Luncheon w/ Keynote Speaker – Johnny Earle, Founder, Johnny Cupcakes


Solving the Access to Capital Puzzle

Our panel takes up the challenge of improving performance of pre-seed and venture capital funding and looks at how entrepreneurs can be better prepared for investment. The group addresses the critical need for shortening deal decision times, improving deal quality by better preparing entrepreneurs, and reducing capital access barriers to under-represented demographic and geographic groups. Panel moderator Paul J. Corson, Executive Director of Innovation Fund America, drives the discussion.

Moderator – Paul Corson, Executive Director, Innovation Fund America

Panelist 1 – Richard Koffler, CEO, Greenwings Biomedical

Panelist 2 – Greg Wendt, Senior Wealth Advisor, Stakeholder Capital & Co-Chair, Capital Action Team for CA Forward

Panelist 3 – Victoria Sassine, Mutual Fund Trustee, Managers Investment Group

Panelist 4 – David Carter, CEO, Upside LA


Building a Community of Innovation

Influential entrepreneurs, policy makers and startup boosters discuss ways that a variety of different actors – entrepreneurs, funders, policymakers, corporations and others – can improve conditions for entrepreneurship in Southern California. Moderated by Lou Anne Bynum, Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development for Long Beach City College, this panel will help you assess your role in the community of innovation.

Moderator – Lou Anne Bynum, Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development, Long Beach City College

Panelist 1 – Matt Crowley, President, Los Angeles Venture Association

Panelist 2 – Sean Arian, Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation & Emerging Tech, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Panelist 3 – Carrie Norton, Founder, Green Business Base Camp

Panelist 4 – Sunne McPeak, CEO, California Emerging Technology Fund


Closing Remarks


General Reception