SAM Encourages You to Apply for the Women Founders Network 2017 Fast Pitch Competition

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS are invited to apply for the Women Founders Network (WFN) 2017 Fast Pitch to compete for $35,000 in cash prizes and professional services!

Women Founders Network


Building the Female Entrepreneur Ecosystem

WFN connects women founders building high-growth businesses not only with the required capital but also with the resources, connections, mentorship and sponsorship they need to grow scalable, transformative, successful businesses. WFN has awarded and directly invested $485,000 in women-founded companies in the past four years, and alumni have gone on to raise over $30 million in funding.

Annual Fast Pitch Competition:
Applications accepted May 1-June 1

Women entrepreneurs are invited to apply via their website to compete in their annual Fast Pitch Competition for a prize package of cash and in-kind professional services. Through two rounds of voting, the top 10 companies are selected to present on-stage at the Fast Pitch event on October 19th for the final voting round. All top 10 finalists receive in-kind service awards plus other perks such as individualized pitch coaching and mentoring.

Top 10 Companies will be announced on July 17, 2017.

FAST PITCH APPLICATION LINK: https://www.judgify.me/wfn-2017-fastpitch

FEES: Early Bird rate is $50 through May 15. Regular rate is $100.

FAST PITCH EVENT:
OCTOBER 19, 2017 from 5:00-9:30pm

LOCATION:
California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114, MC 722710, Los Angeles, CA 90095-7227

Parking is available on-site for $12

Register here:



Early Bird Rate: $75 effective through 8/31
Regular Rate: $100 effective 9/1-10/15
Late Registration: $125 effective 10/16-10/19
Female Funders Forum: promotional code required

AGENDA:
4:00-5:00pm – Female Founders Forum  (by invitation only)
5:00-6:00pm – Check-in & Networking Reception for Fast Pitch Event (CNSI Lobby)
Program begins – CNSI Auditorium
6:00-6:15 – Opening remarks
6:15-8:15 – Fast Pitch Presentations by Top 10 Companies
8:15-9:00 – Open networking/Vendor & Top 10 tables (CNSI Lobby); Fast Pitch Judges convene for final voting
9:00-9:30 – All guests return to auditorium for announcement of winners/award presentations

We hope to see you there!

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “Women in LAVA: The Money: From Angel Investors, Private Investors, Venture Capital and More”

Our panelists include:
Brett Brewer-co-founder Crosscut Ventures
Prior to co-founding Crosscut Ventures, Brett was a serial entrepreneur who has built, operated, and sold a number of Internet media companies.  In 1998, he co-founded Intermix Media, which launched several online businesses including Myspace.com.  Brett sold Intermix to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in 2005 for $680M.  After leaving News Corp,  Brett became President and Vice Chairman of Adknowledge, and helped grow the business from $40M to $300M in revenue over the span of seven years. Brett is an active angel investor and a pillar in the SoCal tech community.  He has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events including Bear Sterns Internet Roundtable, Goldman Sachs Internet Conference and the Montgomery Technology Conference.  Brett received a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.

Sara Christensen-Raptor Group Strategic Advisor and Operating Partner
Sara Christensen has experienced all sides of the business world. In 2000, she predicted the rise of the juice craze when she co-founded Liquiteria, the first micro pressed juicery in New York City. After starting a successful brand herself, Sara wanted to help others grow their businesses, so she became an angel investor and venture capitalist. Most recently Sara served as the Managing Director of The Raptor Group, where she invested in companies like Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, Spotify and more. Sara received a BA from Bucknell University.

Nancy Hayes- Angel Investor Golden Seeds
Nancy Hayes is the Membership Chair of the Golden Seeds Silicon Valley chapter.   In this role, she seeks to grow the number of local members.  Nancy was a senior executive at the IBM Corporation and then became CEO of a nonprofit organization serving seriously ill children and later of one focused on frail elderly.  Next she was dean of the college of business at a large state university and was subsequently CFO of that university. Later she co-founded a rewards-based crowdfunding site for women with small businesses. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.

Women in LAVA

We hope to see you there!
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Preccelerator® Program Featured on Built in LA

Built in LA SAM Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, was featured on Built in LA‘s Tech Roundup last week announcing its newest class of companies. The companies include Swoppit, CA$Het, Tapp That App, RentSpree, and Animate Objects.

To read the full article and learn more about the companies click here.

To learn more about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

 

 

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SAM Client HouseCanary Featured in Forbes Magazine

HouseCanaryCongratulations to Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client HouseCanary for being featured in Forbes magazine as the leaders of the real estate data revolution. Jeremy Sicklick, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based HouseCanary saw a great opportunity to use technology and data science to modernize the real estate industry. He partnered with economist and statistician Chris Stroud – then a 27-year-old doctorate student – and the two formed HouseCanary in 2014. Their goal was to aggregate and analyze vast amounts of real estate data to help investors, lenders and real estate professionals make decisions in real-time. To date HouseCanary has raised $33 million in Series A financing from investors like Hillspire, Eric Schmidt’s family office, Alpha Edison, Raven Ventures and ECA Ventures.

To read the full article on Forbes click here.

About HouseCanary
Founded in 2014, HouseCanary’s mission is to help people make better real estate decisions. Built on a foundation of great data, powerful models and predictive analytics, the HouseCanary platform aggregates millions of data elements, including more than four decades of property data and a rapidly expanding arsenal of proprietary data calculations and analytics, to accurately define and forecast values and market influences. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. www.housecanary.com

For more information about our Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com.

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Preccelerator® Program Announces Its Sixth Class of Companies

SAM accelerator program for early stage companies, The Preccelerator Program, announces its new class of five digital media & tech startups

Preccelerator Program

The Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica, CA-based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, announced today that it has added its sixth class of companies featuring five innovative startups.

In 2012 Stubbs Alderton & Markiles launched the first-of-its-kind Preccelerator Program to provide select start-ups with co-working space, mentorship, sophisticated legal services, and access to a strategic perks portfolio with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to a funded company. Over the past five years, 22 companies have graduated the Program, of which 16 have received funding totaling over $8M.

Preccelerator Program Class 6 companies include:

Animate Objects – Animate Objects (AO), an augmented reality and virtual reality development company,  is excited to announce the launch of ARGO, the gamified Augmented Reality (AR) location platform. ARGO adds AR enhanced infotainment, commerce, and analytics that drive engagement and commerce at “Destination Venues” like theme parks, resort, shopping malls, as well as in-the-wild. Guests are engaged and incentivized while site operators use ARGO’s real-time dashboard to manage, monitor and analyze their properties and visitors.

RentSpree – Most apartment searches involve numerous resources, multiple applications, and too many added fees. Rather than spending massive amounts of time and money applying for individual Los Angeles apartment rentals with separate companies, they’ve created a streamlined system. Simply fill out one application, pay an inexpensive application fee, and receive a soft credit check, sparing you unnecessary damage to your budget and credit score. Best of all, their one-stop application allows you to spend more time exploring your favorite listings, and gives our renters a distinct advantage in a competitive market.

Tapp That App –  At Tapp That App they’re passionate about finding great apps, but they know it can be difficult. They’ve set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. By doing so, they allow users to satisfy their curiosity and developers to take part in one of the most powerful purchase motivators around: seeing the apps their friends and influencers are using.

Ca$het –  CA$Het is a multi-services platform (MSP) that allows users to identify, curate, and monetize products in movies and TV shows.  We believe that the entertainment industry creates tremendous value by associating characters and products on screen.  The emotional impact created when actors and products interact has been impossible to monetize due to a lack of a suitable mechanism and marketplace.  We aim to change that through our platform. CA$Het provides a mechanism to quickly and accurately identify on screen products while simultaneously creating the marketplace where they can be purchased. (Coming Soon!)

Swoppit – With recycled fashion now “white hot”, Swoppit offers Generation Z women 15-24 the perfect social marketplace. Here, they swap fashion with friends. Swoppit provides Gen-Zers a terrific way to both expand their community and gain access to a far wider selection of style. It’s an easy, fun experience that doesn’t pollute the market. For Gen-Zers, looks count, opinions matter and Swoppit offers them the chance to refresh their closet whenever they like.  Swoppit has been founded by a 16-year-old Gen-Zer that understands the market and is driven to make it a success. (Coming Soon!)

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, visit www.preccelerator.com

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a Southern California based business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent a broad range of industries with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm. For more information, visit http://stubbsalderton.com.

About the Preccelerator® Program

The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, education, networking, mentorship and $250,000 in usable perks from Google Cloud for Startups, Amazon Web Services, and HubSpot among others, with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to funded startup. The program also retains more than 50 active strategic mentors providing free office hours and discounted services, and provides over 50+ educational workshops and networking events each year. The Program expanded in 2017 to accept a greater number of companies in more formalized classes, depending upon where the companies are in their evolutionary growth, expand benefits to accepted companies, and will look to make strategic investments backed by strategic angel investors. To apply to the Preccelerator, visit www.preccelerator.com/application.

Contact:
Heidi Hubbeling
Chief Operating Officer, Preccelerator® Program
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com
310-746-9803

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Preccelerator Mentor Speed Dating Event Huge Success! Thank you to our Mentors!!

The Preccelerator® Program hosted its first Mentor Speed Dating event today with a turnout of 26 mentors that came to meet and support the current class of companies. With a timer set at 5 minutes, each mentor and company introduced themselves and made a connection to see what value could be provided at future office hours sessions. We are very grateful for the dedicated group of mentors that give their time and resources to help to make our startups successful! Our mentors show up and we appreciate you! 

Mentor Speed Dating

Mentor Speed Dating Mentor Speed Dating

Check out our current mentor list here. 

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Preccelerator® Program RentSpree Wins Pepperdine 2017 Business Model Competition

RentSpree Congratulations to Preccelerator Program Company RentSpree on their recent victory at the Pepperdine 2017 Business Model Competition held Thursday April 13th at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus. There were 22 companies pitching in the first round to a panel of judges followed by a Q&A session. Pitches were judged based on feasibility of solutions, attractiveness of customer value proposition, strength of business model, and overall quality of the pitch given. The first place price was $8,000 sponsored by Doug Pak of BLD Ventures Network. 

About RentSpree
The RentSpree team consists of three Graziadio alumni who graduated last year from the full-time MBA program. RentSpree was founded in March 2016 and is part of the Stubbs Alderton and Markiles Preccelerator Program. Their vision is for renters to be able to seamlessly apply and be accepted to any property all from the comfort of their own homes. RentSpree is an apartment listing website that allows renters to submit multiple applications and non-damaging Transunion credit reports. 

Check out RentSpree below:

 

 

For more about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at
(310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

 

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SAM Client Consortia Health Secures $2 Million in Financing

Consortia HealthStubbs Alderton & Markiles’ client Consortia Health Holdings, Inc., a Personalized Pelvic Wellness health care company that provides clinically-relevant individualized diagnosis, therapy and education to help physicians treat their patients with incontinence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and other pelvic disorders, today announced that it has closed a $2 million preferred round of financing. The round was led by Ponil Ventures, a current investor, and included Golden Seeds and Belle Michigan as new investors. The new financing will fund the growth needed to assist Consortia Health as they continue building the leading Pelvic Wellness Company.

To read the full article about Consortia Health click here.

Stubbs Alderton attorneys representing Consortia Health in this matter were Caroline Cherkassky and Sean Greaney.

About Consortia Health
Consortia Health Holdings, Inc., is a personalized medicine company providing an integrated delivery model in partnership with physicians to provide diagnosis, treatment, and educational support to address pelvic floor disorders including urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and sexual health. Consortia Health is a leading provider of these services in the US and has been a trusted partner transforming patient lives. Consortia Health is focused on three strategic imperatives: becoming the worldwide leader in clinical continence services, expanding into the assisted living market and diversifying by offering a product portfolio while increasing revenue from international expansion. For more on how Consortia Health is making a difference, please visit the Company’s website at www.ConsortiaHealth.com.

For more information about our Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Practice , contact Scott Alderton at salderton@stubbsalderton.com

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Preccelerator® Program Alumni Zero Mass Energy to be Featured at VRLA Expo & Launch New Game

Zero Mass Energy Preccelerator alumni and VR game studio Zero Mass Energy (ZME), Inc has just launched their VR game called COG: Center Of Gravity. Destroy asteroids and run up the score against your friends in COG (Center of Gravity), a stunning VR homage to the classic arcade game, Asteroids.


“Our goal in creating COG was to deliver a sense of epic scale—something that can only be experienced in VR—to a very familiar arcade game premise.”

The Zero Mass Energy team plans to continue updating and advancing the experience over the next few months.

“With this game, we are targeting what we believe will be a rebirth of the traditional arcade. As such, we’ve delivered a casual, family-safe game experience with the visuals of a triple-A console game.”

The game is available for PC on both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift platforms and supports controllers. Interested gamers can find the game on the Steam online store here.

Zero Mass Energy, Inc is based in Los Angeles and is focused on building amazing VR and AR games and experiences.

Zero Mass Energy is being featured at VRLA Expo 2017 this weekend April 14-15th, click below to purchase tickets.

VRLA

For more about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at
(310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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Preccelerator® Program Company Animate Objects Featured as Official AR App at VRLA Expo 2017

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ARGO Adds Augmented Reality Infotainment, Commerce, and Analytics To “Destination Venues.”

Guests are engaged and incentivized while site operators get all new insight into their patrons.

Preccelerator Program company Animate Objects (AO) is excited to announce the launch of ARGO, the gamified AR location platform that drives engagement and commerce at “Destination Venues” like theme parks, resort, shopping malls, as well as in-the-wild. While ARGO keeps guests occupied, venue operators use ARGO’s real-time management dashboard to monitor and analyze their visitors and properties.

“Every single destination venue is being hijacked by competing brands right on their property. ARGO enables these operators to take back control of their premises and gives guests a reason to share their information.” said CEO of AO, Chance Roth. “It’s truly a new way to always be connected to your customers, and maximize their experience before, during and after their visit.”

ARGO creates a completely immersive experience throughout a venue including enhanced attractions, shop, food and merchandise. Long wait times become play time. Dioramas, set pieces and merchandise become fully interactive and augmented. Venues use ARGO’s real-time dashboard to manage the operation and identify and drive traffic to underutilized areas maximizing revenue per square foot by leveraging real-time and historical guest data.

AO is also proud to have ARGO named as the official AR App for the VRLA Expo 2017. They are looking for new partner venues and licensing opportunities for “in-the-wild” deployments.

AO is a leading developer of Augmented and Virtual Reality (VR and AR) software, tools and experiences for consumer product, shopping and theme park industries. Roth is a veteran entrepreneur having started a successful toy company and one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history that actually shipped.

Check out Argo this weekend at VRLA Expo 2017, click below to purchase tickets.
For more information about Argo, contact Ken Harris at (619) 630-7684 or press@animateobjects.net

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

 

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