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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.

Meet The Speakers

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti

City of Los Angeles

Bio

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes

NBA Champion, Investor, Entrepreneur

Bio

Sky Kelley

Sky Kelley

Avisare

Bio

Chamillionaire

Chamillionaire

Bio

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor, Second District

Bio

Tracy Gray

Tracy Gray

The 22 Fund

Bio

Iddris Sandu

Iddris Sandu

Architect

Bio

Amy DuBois Barnett

Amy DuBois Barnett

The Grio

Bio

Brian Martinez

Brian Martinez

Airbnb

Bio

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza

Kapor Capital

Bio

Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman

Tesla Foundation

Bio

Cassie Betts

Cassie Betts

Made In South LA

Bio

Oscar Menjivar

Oscar Menjivar

Teens Exploring Technology

Bio

Sarah Koch

Sarah Koch

Case Foundation

Bio

Marlon Nichols

Marlon Nichols

Cross Culture Ventures

Bio

Chris Denson

Chris Denson

Ignition Factory

Bio

Lori Pressley-Mitchell

Lori Pressley-Mitchell

BIT

Bio

Brian Everitt

Brian Everitt

Creative Spoons

Bio

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

VRX

Bio

Jonathan Schieber

Jonathan Schieber

TechCrunch

Bio

Andy Kleinman

Andy Kleinman

Wonder

Bio

Lori H. Schwartz

Lori H. Schwartz

Television Academy IMPG and StoryTech

Bio

Eric Reed

Eric Reed

Verizon Wireless

Bio

D'Ontra Hughes

D'Ontra Hughes

Spare

Bio

Brett Dulan

Brett Dulan

Bio

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Founder, Plug In South LA

Bio

Pete Mauro

Pete Mauro

Drone Squad

Bio

Sheila Marmon

Sheila Marmon

Mirror Digital, Inc.

Bio

Abraham Jankans

Abraham Jankans

Launchpad

Bio

Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan Jennings

Relay Cars

Bio

Natalie Bruss

Natalie Bruss

Fifth Wall Ventures

Bio

Meet VCs, Angels, Engineers, and Bankers during our office hours from 10 AM-12 PM

 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

Retention Logic

Bio

Gregory B. Davis, Jr.

Gregory B. Davis, Jr.

We The Incubator

Bio

Alex Rubalcava

Alex Rubalcava

Stage Venture Partners

Bio

DeMarcus Williams

DeMarcus Williams

Silicon Valley Bank

Bio

Keith Coleman

Keith Coleman

Tesla Foundation & Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs

Bio

Travis Williams

Travis Williams

Sr. Enterprise Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services

Bio

Corbin Warner

Corbin Warner

AWS

Bio

Danny Brown

Danny Brown

Cross Culture Ventures / Atom Factory

Bio

Jon Shieber

Jon Shieber

TechCrunch

Bio

Bobby Gaza

Bobby Gaza

Masters United

Bio

Conference Day & Agenda

Attendees

Speakers

VCs & Product Managers

Keynotes

Here’s The Agenda

2018-05-17
9:00 am – 10:00 am Registration and Co-Working

Attendees and partners are welcome to work on site in the morning

2018-05-17
10:00 am – 11:55 am Office Hours

Office hours for mentoring and support

2018-05-17
10:00 am – 11:55 am Talks and Panels
2018-05-17
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch & Networking
2018-05-17
1pm - 5pm Opening Remarks, Fireside Chats, Talks, Panels
2018-05-17
1:03 pm Opening Remarks
2018-05-17
1:10 pm "Keynote Fireside Chat: Culture as Currency: The Next Billion-Dollar Company"
2018-05-17
1:35 pm "Panel Discussion: Structuring your Seed Funding from Zero to Facebook"
2018-05-17
2:05 pm "Fireside Chat: Entrepreneurship in Overlooked Communities"
2018-05-17
2:34 pm "Talk: Resilience Is A Muscle"
2018-05-17
2:57 pm "Talk: Unconventional Startup Strategies for Tech Deserts"
2018-05-17
3:07 pm "Fireside Chat: Changing the Game - Social Activism, Entrepreneurship, and Tech"
2018-05-17
3:32 pm "Panel Discussion: Rooting Your Vision in an Automated Future"
2018-05-17
4:00 pm Vendor Arrival: Rooftop Reception
2018-05-17
4:02 pm "Talk: Grow or Die: How To Scale Up"
2018-05-17
4:12 pm "Panel Discussion: POVs on Gaining Traction and Bouncing Back "
2018-05-17
4:24 pm "Fireside Chat: Fundraising While Black or Brown: How To Stay Focused"
2018-05-17
4:49 pm "Fireside Chat: Hard Truths - Adopting the Mindset of an Entrepreneur"
2018-05-17
5:14 pm Closing Remarks
2018-05-17
Rooftop Open

Location

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Location

Our Blog

Hard Truths: Adopting the Mindset of an Entrepreneur

Sheila Marmon, CEO & Founder of Mirror Digital, sits down with Grammy Award Winning artist and Entrepreneur Chamillionaire to discuss the Hard Truths about developing the mindset of an Entrepreneur. Some good insight in this conversation on ways to grow, network and...

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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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