May 31, 2018

SA&M Encourages You to Attend the LA Venture Association's SoCal First Look Showcase

You are invited to the SoCal First Look Showcase!

Wednesday, June 20 2018
The Luskin Conference Center at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA (map)

Join LAVA for an exclusive showcase of innovative early-stage teams from SoCal’s top research institutions

The intimate afternoon event is invite-only and has limited seats available so please register now

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Come see 30 early stage startups who are commercializing their deep scientific breakthroughs from 18 of SoCal’s top research universities and institutions. The day will feature three simultaneous domain tracks: Life Science, Computer Science, and Physical Science.  This exclusive, invite-only half-day program will bring together investors, innovators and executives in an intimate setting. This event is brought to you by the Alliance for Southern California Innovation and the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA).

1:00 p  Check-in + Refreshments
2:00 p  Keynote + Panel
3:30 p  Team Presentations
6:30 p  Cocktails

Why you should attend:
See hand-picked teams from 18 of SoCal’s top research institutions
Teams were vetted and selected from a pool of applicants by domain-specific panels of investors and industry experts
Join an intimate invite-only guest list of investors, innovators and executives
Keynote by Bill Gross, Founder + Chairman of Idealab
VC Panel includes Rick Smith (CrossCut Ventures), Kara Nortman (Upfront Ventures), Shahin Farshchi (Lux Capital) and Jay Goss (Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health)

There is no charge to attend thanks to generous support from:
Goldman Sachs | Google | Silicon Valley Bank | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

About the Alliance for Southern California Innovation (Alliance)
The Alliance for Southern California Innovation (the “Alliance”), formed in 2017 by serial entrepreneur and public servant Steve Poizner, has successfully brought together the heft of Southern California’s top research institutions, local business leaders, and world-class advisors to focus on bridging critical gaps in the SoCal ecosystem. The goal of the Alliance is to nurture and accelerate the growth of Southern California’s technology and life sciences innovation ecosystem. As a first step, the Alliance will host two technology innovation showcase events: the first on May 24th in the heart of Silicon Valley and the second one on June 20th on the campus of UCLA in SoCal. A complete list of the Alliance board and strategic partners can be found at

About the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA)
Since 1985, the Los Angeles Venture Association (“LAVA”) has been providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other professional services providers. Our extensive slate of monthly and annual meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities.

We hope to see you there!

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