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SAM Encourages You to Attend “ACG101’s First Annual Emerging Growth Pitch Competition & Showcase”

DATE AND TIME
Wed, June 7, 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

LOCATION
Hub 101
31416 Agoura Road #105
Westlake Village, CA 91361

On June 7th, we’re showcasing 10 of Los Angeles’s finest startups in an event you won’t want to miss. These selected startups will pitch to attendees, guest judges (investors and seasoned entrepreneurs) in a showcase/demo table style presentation.

From 5:30 to 7:00, we’ll enjoy complimentary beverages and amazing food from Chef Kim Vu of Vucacious Catering as we hob nob with founders, investors and ACG101 Member professionals. From 7 to 8, let the votes be counted, feedback and awards begin!

Guest Judges – Coming Soon!

Featured Startups
Post-seed round and working on something awesome? We’d love to have you pitch! Register for the Pitch Competition to Apply!

Agenda
5:30pm – 7:00pm: Startup Pitching and Showcase – Enjoy Free Drinks and Catering by Vucacious Catering!
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Votes are Counted, Judges Give Valuable Feedback to Participants, and Awards are Presented!

 

ACG101 Emerging Growth Pitch Competition Sponsors

ACG101

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles

Cal Lutheran University

HUB101

We hope to see you there!

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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 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 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

animate objects

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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SAM Partner Greg Akselrud Featured as Speaker at Digital Hollywood Event

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Greg Akselrud featured as a speaker at Digital Hollywood Spring “Financing, Packaging, & Investment: From Entertainment & Indie Project to Technology & Startups.” The event will be May 23-25, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Other panelists include:

  • Steven Masur, Senior Partner, MG+
  • Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital
  • Jennifer Post, Partner, Raines Feldman LLP
  • Nick Davidov, Co-Founder, Gagarin Capital
  • Jason Scoggins, President & COO of Slated, Inc.
  • Joey Tamer, President, S.O.S. Inc., Moderator

 

Greg Akselrud is a founder and partner of the Firm. He chair’s the Firm’s Internet, Digital Media and Entertainment practice group. Greg advises a wide range of public and private clients across a number of industries, including companies in the entertainment, digital media, Internet, technology, consumer electronics and apparel industries. Greg is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing.Greg is the author of Hit Man: The Fourth Circuit’s Mistake in Rice v. Paladin Enters., Inc., 19 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 375 (1999).Greg received his B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

For more information about the Internet, Digital Media & Entertainment practice at SAM, contact Greg Akselrud at gakselrud@stubbsalderton.com or (818) 444-4503.

 

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Preccelerator® Program Announces Demo Day for Its Fifth Class of Companies

Digital Media Thought Leader Peter Csathy to be Keynote Speaker on Media 2.0(17) at the Preccelerator® Demo Day Event

The Preccelerator® Program, a Santa Monica, CA based accelerator program for early stage startup companies in all sectors, announced today that it will be holding its Class 5 Demo Day on May 18, 2017 where four promising startups will present their ideas to the investment and entrepreneurial community.

In addition, the evening will feature digital media expert Peter Csathy discussing his new book “Media 2.0(17).” In the book, Peter identifies today’s digital media leaders, identifies their strengths and risks, and names his “Fearless Five” companies that made the boldest moves in 2016.  Csathy also lays out a detailed roadmap of where the digital media world is going in 2017 and beyond via his renown “Top 10” predictions and identifies concrete strategies and actions to immediately leverage the power of Media 2.0. Csathy is a member of the Board of the Preccelerator program.

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. The Program provides these benefits to as many as 10 promising young startups in separate growth tracks.

The Preccelerator® Program demo day presenting companies include:

StyleMD is the smartest way to find a fashion stylist that will help you look and feel more confident on any budget. We curate talented stylists from across the country that help you save time and money to achieve your style goals. Whether you’re looking for a simple consultation, an online shopper, or closet assessment we’ve got you covered.

Ballerz World seeks to revolutionize the basketball and streetball culture. If you have ever tried feverishly to start a simple pickup basketball game with your streetball friends, only to be left feeling unsatisfied because no one showed up, or the level of competition was less than adequate, then Ballerz Mobile Basketball app is here for you. The Ballerz Mobile Basketball app will finally unite streetball and basketball, while removing that familiar sense of redundancy we all feel from playing or looking for a pick-up basketball game. Ballerz Mobile Basketball app will do this by revolutionizing the cult of pick-up streetball through simply combining it with social networking, all the while utilizing the powers of GPS technology and mobile applications.

KneeVoice, worn around your knee, uses acoustic signals and telemetry data to assess tissue and joint condition non-invasively. Using a mobile app, Knee Voice provides information to maintain your knee’s health and wellness.  Knee Voice is helping many users perform and excel at sports, others to prevent deterioration, and all to keep track of their health.

PlaySpace VR is creating the next generation of graphic storytelling by bringing comic books to Virtual Reality. Their team has domain expertise in VR/AR, media/entertainment, intense work ethic, and a true love for what they do.

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 https://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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SAM Encourages You to Attend the 14th Annual LAVA Venture Awards Dinner

LAVA 14th Annual
Venture Awards Dinner

Celebrating 30+ years of service to the Los Angeles Entrepreneurial Community

Wednesday, March 22th, 2017
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
5:30pm – 10pm

Tickets $200 for  LAVA Members $250 for Non-Members
Tables – $2500

 The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) will hold its 14th Annual Venture Awards Dinner to recognize Southern California’s best venture-backed companies, and to celebrate the induction of Jeff Stibel, Partner of Bryant Stibel & Company into the LAVA Hall of Fame. The awards dinner will be attended by over 300 leaders in the Venture Capital community, including CEOs and founders of successful emerging companies.

Register

 

 Join this celebration and network with Southern California’s best Venture Capital firms and investors.

 

 

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “Public Venture Capital: A Growth Path You Need to Explore”

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) & TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) present

“Public Venture Capital: A Growth Path You Need to Explore”

 

Tue, 4 April 2017
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT

Register

If you have a growing business and need funding, then you should attend this event.

Find out what public venture capital is and how it is different from traditional VC funding. Also see why it is a viable funding alternative for early-stage Southern California companies. Companies with $5M+ in revenues can access $5Mto $50M+ for growth, pivot and acquisition.

Join us for a wine-tasting, reception and seminar to learn how to access public venture capital in Canada (without needing to move there). You will meet capital providers, dealmakers, and advisors who will discuss why this is a growth path you should explore.

Our target audience is VC partners, founders of companies and US investment and advisory firms.

Venture Capital

AGENDA

3:30 pm – Registration
4:00 pm – Public Venture Capital seminar & case studies
5:30 pm – Networking reception & wine-tasting

Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings can also be requested. If your company has $5+ million in revenue and you are interested in meetings with capital advisors, click the correct option when registering and we will contact you.

 

CAPITAL MARKET PARTNERS

Capital Market Partners

INVESTMENT BANK PARTNERS

Cannacord Genuity, Echelon Wealth Partners

LOCAL SUPPORTERS
Expert DOJO, Equities.com, LAVA, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles

EXPERT SPEAKERS

Jamie Brown: Vice-Chairman & Managing Director – Investment Banking, Canaccord Genuity. Former VC, Difference Capital

Bill Demers: Partner & National IPO Leader, EY. Former Director of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program

Michael Hinshaw: President, MCorpCX, Guest Lecturer and Mentor, Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Blair Jordan: Managing Director, Investment Banking, Echelon Wealth Partners. MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. LLB, University of British Columbia

Sean Maniaci: Partner, Securities Group, Cassels Brock Lawyers. MBA, Richard Ivey School of Business

Michael Urbani: Partner, Corporate & Securities Group, Stikeman Elliott LLP

HOSTS

Michael Kousaie: Innovation Head, Business Development, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange. Former Investment Banker, UBS

Dylan P. Gittleman: VP Capital Formation US West, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange. Board Advisor and Alumni of GE, Merrill Lynch and IBM

Andy Creech: Director, Capital Formation, Toronto Stock Exchange & TSX Venture Exchange

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