Accelerator Crazy In Southern California


What's the latest craze in startups in Southern Califonia? K5Launch , which was announced yesterday, is headed up by Amir Banafatemi, Ray Chan, David Cheng, and Kai Tao, four Southern California angel investors. The group's members include many member of the Tech Coast Angels, and has a goal of making Southern California, and particularly Orange County, a more vibrant environment for tech startups. It looks to be startup accelerators.

Southern California Accelerator Report Card: Q1 2013


There''s been a lot of activity over the past two years in the Southern California accelerator/incubator market, with numerous groups (Amplify, EvoNexus, K5, LaunchpadLA, MediaCamp, Science, StartEngine, and many, many others) looking to help entrepreneurs start and fund their companies.

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The Complete Guide To Southern California Accelerators and Incubators, Part I


In recent months, a dozen accelerators and incubators have emerged in the Southern California area, looking to help take the new generation of technology startups to funding and beyond.

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Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


Those programs--epitomized by YCombinator in the Bay Area, and TechStars in Boulder, Colorado--attract newly minted entrepreneurs with a mixture of cash and mentoring, and a program which rapidly takes ideas and turns them into viable, executing businesses. Do you have mentors lined up?

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch


K5Launch ( is modeled after the successful Y-Combinator and TechStars acceleration programs, and invests equity, provides mentors, and runs a three month program to get very early stage startups off the ground. All of our mentors are investors as well.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

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So she started a conference for girls. Hundreds of founders, speakers, mentors, and students flocked to the University of Southern California on March 28 th , 2015 to be inspired by female entrepreneurs.

Southern California Entrepreneurs Eye London's Tech City


A group of Southern California businesses are attending the Entrepreneurs Festival taking place in Tech City UK , looking to potentially set up shop and foster business partnerships in London. city tech california southern london

Silicon Beach at USC 2013 | Entrepreneurial Inspiration

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All in a room at the University of Southern California Silicon Beach Event on September 18th, 2013. Pelv-Ice is a pelvic support device for post-partum mothers and a recent winner of the Accelerating Innovating Mentoring (AIM) 2013 incubator and pitch competition.

What You Missed On Your Holiday Vacation, SoCal Technology Edition


How to find a startup mentor. Southern California's Most Popular Tech Stories. It's a new year and it's time to get back to work.

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USC Stevens Institute Funds Seven Projects


In a bid to help research from the University of Southern California reach the market, the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation said Wednesday afternoon that it is awarding $439,000 in gap funding to seven projects from USC, which have a high potential to spin out of the school. stevens institute venture capital funding commercialization research southern california education

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Miigle Revisited | A SoCal Startup With a Global Mission

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We recently sat down with Luc Berlin, co-founder of Miigle, a SoCal startup that has an aggressive global mission to bring entrepreneurs together from around the world. So, essentially Miigle matches interests and skillsets. So, we are presenting an alternative solution.

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Go West Young Men: Winklevoss Twins Buy $18M L.A. Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene

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Mansion To Dive Into SoCal Tech Scene. TMZ reports: “The Winklevii have their eye on SoCal as the new Silicon Valley (which is home to Facebook and Apple) thanks to L.A.’s So youve got the inside scoop on a story or topic that weve covered? Startups. Mobile. Gadgets.

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President Obama To Honor USC Professor With Math, Science Award


A University of Southern California professor with a specialty in robotics is one of eleven individuals being honored by President Obama next week, as part of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Mataric , who is a Professor of Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, at a ceremony at the White House next week.


Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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They have hired great people, have brought on great mentors, have raised money from top tier investors, and we are excited for a bunch of big announcements in the months ahead,” said Teller. Over 500 startups applied last quarter to Launchpad LA’s accelerator, but only eight were chosen.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 The Pasadena Angels are a great resource for the start-up community in Southern California, by providing capital as well as mentorship. About the Pasadena Angels: The Pasadena Angels was founded in 2000 and is one of the longest running angel groups in Southern California.

USC Stevens Appoints Two Directors


The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation , the group at the University of Southern California run by Krisztina Holly, and which was kick started by a major donation from Sand Hill road venture capitalist and USC trustee Mark Stevens, said Wednesday that it has appointed two directors to the institute. Hull will manage the institute's "Ideas Empowered" effort to provide grants and mentoring to move ideas from the lab to the market.


Start Engine Takes On Startup Acceleration


The accelerator is one of nearly a dozen startup accelerators in some stage of formation in the Southern California region to emerge in recent months. Marks said that Start Engine will accept thirty startups per session, which will receive office space, legal counse, optional inestment, and opportunity to participate in weekly dinners, educational semiconductors, mentoring, and more.

Interview with Anna Barber, Techstars LA


Techstars recently appointed Anna Barber as its Managing Director, so we thought we'd sit down and get to know Anna better. Anna Barber: Before this, I hadn't been involved with Techstars as a mentor, however, I'd been an entrepreneur and mentored at other accelerators. It's great to be part of this very exciting technology ecosystem in LA, where there is so much interesting stuff happening. Anna Barber: I think one of the key differences, is LA is so spread out.

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels is known for not only investing in start-up companies but also for mentoring, engaging and supporting the entrepreneurial community. Pasadena Angels Background: Founded in 2000, The Pasadena Angels are the longest standing angel investing organization in Southern California. Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Pasadena, Calif.

Local Universities Get $360K From DOE For Cleantech Entrepreneurship


According to Pasadena-based green marketplace firm OnGreen , the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), UC Los Angeles (UCLA), and University of Southern California (USC) scored a grant from the U.S.

2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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Our line-up of panelists include many of Southern California’s top VCs, Angels and Startup Accelerators. We actively monitor your performance and provide support and guidance throughout your stay at our campus in Venice Beach, California.

Insights and Opinions: The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators


Southern California has the one of the largest gathering of organized angel investment groups, and a huge crop of startup accelerators: there's only one problem, which is they don't naturally work together.

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UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


According to a recent Forbes article , UC Santa Barbara''s Technology Management Program offers students a superior startup education over the University of Pennsylvania (home of Wharton), as well Harvard, Northwestern and even its acclaimed southern neighbor, the University of Southern California.

TechZulu Presents 2012 Startup Forecast | Featuring Science, Tech Coast Angels, Amplify, StartEngine, upStart.LA

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The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders. Dan Dato , Mentor at upStart.LA. TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2012 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Tuesday Jan.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model


So, I ended up leaving and started another company, Thoughtstar, which is much like Basecamp. David Carter: In my case, I really enjoy the culture of Southern California.

LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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That’s so yesterday. Abrams, Jim Wiatt, and Zach James have presented at Amplify’s Wednesday evening mentor events. Silicon Valley? Today’s startup innovators come from about six hours south of Silicon Valley. If that’s news to you, here are eleven of Los Angles’ best and brightest.

What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


For the last week of the year, we're featuring the thoughts and reflections of some of the movers and shakers of Southern California's high tech community. So we did a one-day fall Silicon Beach Fest at io/LA in Hollywood.

Start Engine Creates $15M Fund, Adds Governor Gray Davis As Advisor


The accelerator--just one of the many accelerators to emerge in Southern California in recent weeks--also said it has added John Maataa, the COO of the CW; Hayward D. Start Engine, modeled after the YCombinator and TechStars accelerators, is running its first class of startups in January; the group is investing $20,000 in those companies, and providing other resources, mentors, and a program to help those startups get funded and into the market.

One Weird Trick to Build a Personal Brand

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I recently saw him Tweet this so I thought it would be a great title for my post on his spectacular early success in building his VC profile and bona fides. So many people I now know were there. Maybe I could be SoCal guy?

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Interview with Erik Rannala, MuckerLab


If you're familiar with YCombinator or TechStars, you know that companies also get access to a deep network of top tier mentors and advisors, who help them with a variety of things, such as product marketing, go-to-market, and funding.

Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine


In what has been an unprecedented surge in interest in helping entrepreneurs, there have been more than a half dozen accelerators--most patterned after the successful YCombinator and TechStars programs elsewhere in the country--established in Southern California in the last month or so.

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California. join us in proving there’s more than one place in California to create great technology. They will sell out quick so grab them while you can.

Interview with Wade Eyerly, SurfAir


One of the most original, subscription startups to come out of Southern California's tech accelerator boom emerged last week, looking to disrupt not just another retail sector or e-commerce category, but something else entirely: the airline industry.