About Southern California’s Premier Tech Conference – Urban Tech Connect
Shaping the Future of South Los Angeles and the World! Collaborate. Create. Empower.

Once again, it’s on. Urban Tech Connect returns Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Build with industry thought leaders as well as potential future investors who will offer authentic advice, invaluable insight and meaningful inspiration. Whether you’re looking to raise significant funding or be successfully acquired, Urban Tech Connect is uniquely designed to empower the next generation of South Los Angeles founders and entrepreneurs.

Who Should Attend:

  • Angles, VCs, & Successful Entrepreneurs, Early Stage and Seed Stage Founders
  • Professional resources Providers (Banking partners, Legal advice, Incubators / Accelerator directors)
  • LA’s tech and digital media ecosystem professionals
  • Philanthropic Leaders
Day & Agenda

Attendees

Speakers

VCs & Product Managers

Keynotes

Here’s What to Expect on the Agenda

9:00 AM

Registration

Lobby

9:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Office Hours

2nd Floor

Are you still working through fundraising, product, strategy, or marketing challenges? Sign up for our office hours meet-and-greet. Founders will have the opportunity to personally connect with VCs, angel investors, and tech talent. Legal professionals will also be on hand to help address founders’ specific questions.

9:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Co-Working & Roundtable Sessions

Founders Lounge

Space is set up to allow founders to get work done while networking around the conference. Come solo or bring your team to work onsite. Meet other successful founders, VCs, tech talent, and angel investors.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Roundtable: Raise a Seed Round

Founders Lounge

How much money do I actually need to raise a seed round? This session answers pressing startup financing questions.

  • Alexandra Freyer, Senior Associate, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Summer Watson, CEO and Co-Founder, Heir Apparent
  • Anthony Kelani, Managing Partner, Quake Capital Partners

10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

Theatre

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

From Compton Foster Kid to Google Software Engineer

Theatre

Anthony D. Mays grew up in Compton as a foster kid who had suffered physical and sexual abuse. At eight years old, he taught himself how to program computers, and went on to graduate from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Now a software engineer for Google, Anthony shares his remarkable journey.

  • Anthony D. Mays, Software Engineer, Google

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

Championing Next-Gen Technologists

Theatre

Songwriter, rapper, producer, DJ, and businessman Arabian Prince might be best known for helping found N.W.A. But it’s his passion for technology that led him to launch a special effects studio, collaborate with major companies on video game titles, and lower the barriers to entry for young technologists. He discusses championing the next generation through the Open Labs initiative from his Inov8 Next incubator.

  • Arabian Prince, Rapper and Technologist
  • Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Founder, Talent Venture Fund (Interviewer)

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Roundtable: Think Outside the Bank

Founders Lounge

Startup funding could come from many different channels. Discover how to unlock capital through sources like pitch competitions, grants, angel investors, and kickstarters.

  • Nathan Moyer, Vice President, J.P. Morgan
  • Shanita Nicholas, Associate, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

11:10 AM – 11:55 AM

Cultivate Those Geeky Roots in South LA

Theatre

The innovation-based economy is already here. From accelerators to emerging technologies to the jobs of the future, find out exactly what you need to get on the smartest path forward.

  • Cassie Betts, Founder, Made In South LA (Moderator)
  • Kasha Stewart, Senior Director of Product Management, Beachbody
  • Barney Santos, Founder, Gentefy
  • Todd Terrazas, President, AI LA

12:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Networking Lunch

Rooftop/Cabaret Room

 

1:10 PM

Afternoon Welcome Remarks

Theatre

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Second District, County of Los Angeles
  • Sophia Garcia, Executive Director, Government Affairs, Verizon

1:20 PM – 1:35 PM

Experiential Entertainment for Global Impact

Theatre

Engineer and entrepreneur Brent Bushnell is the co-founder and CEO of LA-based entertainment company Two Bit Circus, where he works with a cross-disciplinary team to inspire, engage, and reinvent the way we play. In late 2018, they opened a 50,000-square-foot entertainment complex with a variety of immersive entertainment and a parallel nonprofit to inspire the next generation about invention. Brent shares why storytelling and immersion are instrumental for reshaping our world. He also demonstrates how to transform your passion into entrepreneurial solutions for some of the biggest problems out there.

  • Brent Bushnell, Co-Founder and CEO, Two Bit Circus

1:35 PM – 2:05 PM

Tipping the Scales: Accessing the Cannabis Industry

Theatre

Market researchers estimate that spending on legal cannabis could reach $57 billion by 2027. But the burgeoning industry — from cultivation, manufacturing, and retail to media and marketing — lacks inclusivity. Entrepreneurs dig into ways for Latinx and African American founders to break down those barriers.

  • Noah Rubin, VP of Creative Ventures, Merry Jane (Interviewer)
  • Karim Webb, CEO, 4thMVNT

2:05 PM – 2:35 PM

Marketing Master Class

Theatre

Master data, branding, partnerships, and collaborations in this informative session from thought leaders with firsthand experience in successful marketing. Find out how to hack your business growth and set yourself apart in a crowd.

  • Tiffany Brown, New Initiatives Director, Razor USA
  • Donna Byrd, Founder, BlueButterFly
  • Jay Tucker, Executive Director, UCLA Anderson School Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports (Moderator)

2:35 PM – 2:50 PM

Plug In South LA Lightning Demos

Theatre

Early and Pre-seed startup founders from in and around South Los Angeles, get ready to rock the room. These rapid presentations are the perfect time to show everyone — including VCs in the audience — what you’ve got.

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM

Power Break

Lobby/Founders Lounge

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tap into Transformative Startup Capital

Theatre

Money talks, and impact investing speaks the language of transformation. Find out where forward-thinking investors are uncovering great startup potential, from under-represented groups to overlooked sectors. Our experts bring you up to speed on accelerators, opportunity funds, and impact investments.

  • Matt Horton, Associate Director, Center for Regional Economics,  Milken Institute (Moderator)
  • Martin Muoto, Founder and Managing Partner, SoLa Impact Fund
  • Anastasia S. Tarpeh-Ellis, Managing Director, Backstage Los Angeles
  • Stefanie Thomas, Investments, Impact America Fund

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Art of the Possible: Bootstrapping Your Venture to Growth

Theatre

Abraham Jankans shares his journey building, growing and bootstrapping his company despite the odds being stacked against him.

  • Abraham Jankans, CEO, Launchpad, CRM

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Getting to Yes and What’s Next

Theatre

In this panel, founders and VCs share the stories behind the success. These experts also discuss how funding works after a Series A round, determining how much to raise, and what you need to know about the VC landscape in Los Angeles.

  • Austin Clements, Principal, TenOneTen Ventures (Moderator)
  • Aaron Samuels, Co-Founder and COO, Blavity Inc.
  • Joe Fernandez, CEO, Joymode

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Fearless Tech Pioneering

Theatre

Ben Horowitz and Chris Lyons quoted Diddy’s “Victory” when they announced Andreessen Horowitz’s new Cultural Leadership Fund. Shining together in this case means an exclusive fund aimed at African American cultural leaders with proceeds going to nonprofits that enable more young African Americans to enter the tech industry. Lyons discusses this innovative entrepreneurship model.

  • Christopher Lyons, Cultural Leadership Fund, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Jonathan Shieber, Senior Editor, TechCrunch (Interviewer)

4:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Theatre

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Reception

Rooftop

BOOM BAM BING! Meet The Speakers at UTC 2019
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County

Bio

Cassie Betts

Cassie Betts

Black Women In Tech

Bio

Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell

Two Bit Circus

Bio

Sophia Garcia

Sophia Garcia

Verizon

Bio

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson

Talent Venture Fund

Bio

Christopher Lyons

Christopher Lyons

Andreessen Horowitz

Bio

Anthony Mays

Anthony Mays

Google

Bio

Matt Horton

Matt Horton

Milken Institute

Bio

Arabian Prince

Arabian Prince

Rapper, Technologist, etc.

Bio

Kasha Stewart

Kasha Stewart

Beachbody

Bio

Barney Santos

Barney Santos

Gentify

Bio

Austin Clements

Austin Clements

Ten One Ten Ventures

Bio

Jay Tucker

Jay Tucker

UCLA

Bio

Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan Shieber

TechCrunch

Bio

Todd Terrazas

Todd Terrazas

AI LA

Bio

Stefanie Thomas

Stefanie Thomas

Impact America Fund

Bio

Karim Webb

Karim Webb

4thMVMT

Bio

Noah Rubin

Noah Rubin

MERRY JANE

Bio

Donna Byrd

Donna Byrd

Blue Butterfly

Bio

Joe Fernandez

Joe Fernandez

Joymode

Bio

Martin Muoto

Martin Muoto

SoLa Impact Fund

Bio

Tiffany Brown

Tiffany Brown

Razor USA

Bio

Anastasia Ellis

Anastasia Ellis

Backstage Capital

Bio

Hammed Animashaun

Hammed Animashaun

CLQSIX, Inc.

Bio

Hakeem	Animashaun

Hakeem Animashaun

CLQSIX, Inc.

Bio

Wasiu Animashaun

Wasiu Animashaun

CLQSIX, Inc.

Bio

Mike Olie

Mike Olie

GroLens Inc.

Bio

Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels

Blavity

Bio

Meet Venture Capitalists, Angel Seed Investors, Engineers and Bankers

This section of the conference is designed to help Founders make connections with Venture Capitalists, Seed Angeles, and Subject Matter experts to help Founders tackle a specific challenge or opportunity. Meet people who you might otherwise not have an opportunity to meet and who might serve as a resource on your entrepreneurial journey. Meet & Greet (aka Office Hours) from 9:00 am to Noon

Louis A. Wharton

Louis A. Wharton

Partner, Stubbs Alderton

Bio

Erin Shipley

Erin Shipley

Founder of The Helm

Bio

Demarcus Williams

Demarcus Williams

Director, Early Stage Group at Silicon Valley Bank

Bio

Austin Clements

Austin Clements

Ten One Ten Ventures

Bio

Anna Barber

Anna Barber

TechStars

Bio

Trevor Wilkins

Trevor Wilkins

Quake Capital

Bio

Shamin Walsh

Shamin Walsh

BAM Ventures

Bio

Jonathan Shieber

Jonathan Shieber

TechCrunch

Bio

Anthony Kelani

Anthony Kelani

Quake Capital

Bio

Carmen Palofox

Carmen Palofox

MiLA Capital

Bio

Alex Rubalcava

Alex Rubalcava

Stage Venture Partners

Bio

Shane Kelly

Shane Kelly

Wolverine Angels | CrowdSmart

Bio

Reagan Sirengo

Reagan Sirengo

Zillow

Bio

Greer Engonga

Greer Engonga

Backstage Capital

Bio

Kelly Perdew

Kelly Perdew

Moonshots Capital

Bio

Miki Reynolds

Miki Reynolds

Grid110

Bio

Travis Williams

Travis Williams

Amazon

Bio

Alexandra Freyer

Alexandra Freyer

Silicon Valley Bank

Bio

Nate Moyer

Nate Moyer

JP Morgan

Bio

Summer Watson

Summer Watson

Heir

Bio

Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman

Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs

Bio

Bassanio Peters

Bassanio Peters

Multipass

Bio

Shanita Nicholas

Shanita Nicholas

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Bio

Location

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4708 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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