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About the Conference

Collaborate. Create. Empower.

Calling all business minded professionals, founders, students and stakeholders in South Los Angeles. UrbanTech Connect is the premier conference for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, create and receive counsel. It’s a day of empowerment. It’s a way to get plugged in. And it’s an opportunity to show the world that it’s all right here.

Our mission is simple: We have the best entrepreneurs and VCs in the industry, who will share their unique insights to help African American, LatinX and Women Founders leave with a smart plan to get on track to raise funds, grow a business and develop traction. This is how we will empower and advise the next generation of founders and entrepreneurs in South Los Angeles.

Meet The Speakers

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti

City of Los Angeles

Bio

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

NBA Champion, Investor, Entrepreneur

Bio

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District

Bio

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Founder, Plug In South LA

Bio

Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman

Tesla Foundation

Bio

Sky Kelley

Sky Kelley

Avisare

Bio

Iddris Sandu

Iddris Sandu

Architect

Bio

Tanya Leal Soto

Tanya Leal Soto

Jolt VR

Bio

Brian Martinez

Brian Martinez

Airbnb

Bio

Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray

LA Cleantech Incubator

Bio

Anna Barber

Anna Barber

Techstars LA

Bio

Cassie Betts

Cassie Betts

Made In South LA

Bio

Oscar Menjivar

Oscar Menjivar

Teens Exploring Technology

Bio

Lori H. Schwartz

Lori H. Schwartz

Television Academy IMPG and StoryTech

Bio

Marlon Nichols

Marlon Nichols

Cross Culture Ventures

Bio

Chris Denson

Chris Denson

Ignition Factory

Bio

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

VRX

Bio

Brian Everitt

Brian Everitt

Creative Spoons

Bio

Brett Dulan

Brett Dulan

Bio

Meet the VCs & Angels

 Amanda Schutzbank

Amanda Schutzbank

Amplify LA

Bio

Shane Kelley

Shane Kelley

Wolverine Angels

Bio

Leah Volger

Leah Volger

Bonfire VC

Bio

Vaughn Blake

Vaughn Blake

Autochrome Ventures

Bio

Austin Clements

Austin Clements

Ten One Ten Ventures

Bio

Erin Shipley

Erin Shipley

The Helm

Bio

Marc Mitchell

Marc Mitchell

Lootsie

Bio

Gregory B. Davis

Gregory B. Davis

Incubator

Bio

Alex Rubalcava

Alex Rubalcava

Stage Venture Partners

Bio

Conference Day & Agenda

Attendees

Speakers

VCs & Product Managers

Keynotes

Here’s The Agenda

Morning Kickoff 

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Registration and Co-Working
Attendees and partners are welcome to work on site in the morning

10:00 am – 11:55 am
Founder and Venture Capitalist Meetings
Office hours for mentoring and support

10:00 am – 11:55 am
Student Panel Discussion 

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Power Lunch

1:00 pm
Opening Remarks 

1:10 pm
Culture as Currency: The Next Billion-Dollar Company in South LA 

1:30 pm
The Power of Vision in Your Entrepreneurial Journey

1:40 pm
Growing Strong With — or Without — Seed Funding

2:15 pm
Resilience is a Muscle

2:40 pm
Rooting Your Vision in an Automated Future

3:10 pm
Grow or Die: Tactics to achieve product growth 

3:10 pm
Here’s What a Pivot Looks Like

3:45pm
Fundraising While Black: How To Stay Focused

4:10 pm
Founder Hacks To Get Back on Track

4:30 pm
Hard Truths: Adopting the Mindset of an Entrepreneur

4:45 pm
Closing Remarks

Raise a glass at the reception (21+) 

Location

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

 

Location

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Join us for this one-day event that will feature world-renowned VCs, start-up superstars and best in class business owners all brought together to inspire and advise.

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About Plug IN South LA

Plug In brings together entrepreneurs, founders, VCs, innovators and emerging talent for conversations and networking focused on creating a community and hub for innovation in South LA. Come join our kick off Tech Summit & Digital Media program in our movement to identify and accelerate the beautiful in tech and digital media.

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