Urban Tech Connect // Forward 2021 Schedule

MAY 18 – 20, 2021

VIRTUAL     //    LOS ANGELES

 

9:00 am – 2:00 pm PST

Day 1 – On Your Mark!

Day 1 is focused on showcasing successful ventures detailing what’s possible and providing a candid look within – what worked well, battle lessons, and guidance. Our goal is to encourage and inspire attendees on what’s possible to take the first step and act.

8:50 am – 9:00 am | Welcome 

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA
  • Lauryn Nwankpa, Head of Social Impact, Dave (Host)

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Turning a World-Changing Startup Idea into Reality

  • Isaac Hayes III, CEO, Fanbase
  • Cheryl Contee, Chief Innovation Officer The Impact Seat
  • Lauren Maillian, CEO, digitalundivided (Moderator)

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Backing Opportunities that Bring Us Forward

  • David Hall, Managing Partner Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
  • Kai Bond, Partner Courtside Ventures
  • Juliana Garaizar, Investor, Portfolia Rising America Fund
  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA (Moderator)

10:30 am – 11:00 am | Keynote: No Sugar-Coating It: How I Grew My Company

  • Morgan DeBaun, Founder & CEO, Blavity Inc.
  • Ros Gold-Onwude, Broadcaster, ESPN/The Boardroom (Moderator)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Office Hours Powered by Mailchimp: Virtual Collaboration and Networking

Sign up in advance to connect with founders, VCs, job recruiters, angel investors, marketing gurus, product developers, software engineers, and other pros. Dive into your business challenges and opportunities during 15- to 20-minute one-on-one virtual meetings.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch Powered by ChowNow


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Workshops

Each UTC workshop unites attendees for a productive session. Learn about practical steps for moving forward during the pandemic. Get up-to-speed on emerging job, tech, and startup opportunities in and around Los Angeles.

The Fundamentals of Funding Your Startup

  • Louis A. Wharton, Partner, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles
  • Obi Onyejekwe, CEO,UNOMI

AMA with Salesforce Ventures on Fundraising from VCs

An Ask Me Anything Q&A session with Salesforce Ventures reveals how to create a pitch deck that grabs investors’ attention.

How to Cultivate Collective VC Capital

  • Marjorie Lopez Marinez, Vice President, Rx3 Growth Partners
  • Lisette Tellez, Managing Director, Ocean Azul Partners
  • Vaughn Blake, General Partner, Blue Bear Capital
  • Ashley Aydin, Investor, Vamos Ventures (Moderator)

2:00 pm – 2:05 pm | Closing Remarks

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA
  • Lauryn Nwankpa, Head of Social Impact, Dave (Host)

2:05 pm – 5:00 pm | Expo Hall

9:00 am – 2:00 pm PST

Day 2 – Get Set!

Day 2 is focused on readiness providing attendees content from subject matter experts.  This content will be complemented by pre recorded sessions.

8:50 am – 9:00 am | Welcome 

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA
  • McKeever Conwell, Managing Partner and Founder, RareBreed Ventures (Host)

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Keynote: The Secret to Spotting a Winner Before Anyone Else

  • Marlon Nichols, Managing Partner, MaC Venture Capital
  • McKeever Conwell, Managing Partner, Rarebreed Ventures

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Persist and Move Forward

  • Ayinde Alakoye, Co-Founder and CEO, nēdl

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Inside Emerging Funds for Black and Brown Founders

  • McKeever Conwell, Managing Partner, RareBreed Ventures
  • Samara Hernandez, Founding Partner, Chingona Ventures
  • Nasir Qadree, Founder & Managing Partner, Zeal Capital Partners
  • Austin Clements, Co-Founder and Partner, Slauson & Co.
  • Stefanie Thomas, Investments, Impact America Fund (Moderator)

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Clearing Software Engineering’s ‘Culture Fit’ Landmines

  • Rhonda Allen, CEO, /dev/color
  • Anthony Mays, Software Engineer, Google
  • Mamuna Oladipo, SVP, of Product, Design, and Engineering, Kickstarter
  • Martie Burris, Director of Product, Salesforce
  • Lauryn Nwankpa, Head of Social Impact, Dave (Moderator)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Office Hours Powered by PledgeLA: Virtual Collaboration and Networking

Sign up in advance to connect with founders, VCs, job recruiters, angel investors, marketing gurus, product developers, software engineers, and other pros. Dive into your business challenges and opportunities during 15- to 20-minute one-on-one virtual meetings.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch Powered by ChowNow


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Workshops

Each UTC workshop unites attendees for a productive session. Learn about practical steps for moving forward during the pandemic. Get up-to-speed on emerging job, tech, and startup opportunities in and around Los Angeles.

Getting Started with Lens Studio (90 minutes)

Snap Inc. offers an interactive demo of Lens Studio, showing how augmented reality can help you build brand and product awareness.

  • Kaitlyn Benitez-Strine, Senior Lens Studio Community Specialist, Snap Inc.
  • Marcio Lima, Senior Design Strategist, Snap Inc.
  • Ish Fofana, Creative Strategist, Snap Inc.
  • Lindsey Heisser, Global Philanthropy Program Manager, Snap Inc.

Uncovering New Opportunities in Venture Capital

  • Austin Clements, Co-Founder and Partner, Slauson. & Co
  • Lidia Medina, Investor, VamosVentures
  • Rami Reyes, Co-Founder and Managing Director, NextEquity Partners, and President, LatinxVC
  • Sydney Sykes, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, BLCK VC
  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA (Moderator)

2:00 pm – 2:05 pm | Closing Remarks

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA
  • McKeever Conwell, Managing Partner, RareBreed Ventures (Host)

2:05 pm – 5:00 pm | Expo Hall

9:00 am – 2:00 pm PST

Day 3 – Go!

Day 3 is all about execution.  Now that attendees have received their inspiration (Day 1) and guidance (Day 2), it’s now time to act. 

8:50 am – 9:00 am | Welcome 

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA
  • McKeever Conwell, Managing Partner, RareBreed Ventures (Host)

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Keynote: Master Class: How I Raised a $1 Million Pre-Seed Round

  • Beatriz Acevedo, Co-Founder and CEO, Suma Wealth
  • Jessica Salinas, VP of Investments, New Media Ventures

10:00 am – 11:00 am | State of Black Entrepreneurship

  • Ayinde Alakoye, Co-Founder and CEO, nēdl
  • Arabian Prince, Founder and Chief Innovator, Inov8 Next, and Founder and CEO, GGGOAT
  • Abbey Wemimo, Co-Founder, Esusu
  • Brianne Garret, Editorial Lead, For(bes) The Culture (Moderator)

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Where Venture Capital Is Headed over the Long Term

  • Cheryl Campos, Head of Venture Growth and Partnerships, Republic
  • Ryan Nece, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Next Play Capital
  • Charles Hudson, Founder and Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures
  • Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital
  • Natasha Mascarenhas, Reporter, TechCrunch (Moderator)

10:30 am – 11:00 am | Leading Product with Courage, Clarity and Curiosity

  • Regina Wallace-Jones, SVP, Product and Engineering, MindBody
  • Lauryn Nwankpa, Head of Social Impact, Dave (Moderator)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Office Hours Powered by Verizon: Virtual Collaboration and Networking

Sign up in advance to connect with founders, VCs, job recruiters, angel investors, marketing gurus, product developers, software engineers, and other pros. Dive into your business challenges and opportunities during 15- to 20-minute one-on-one virtual meetings.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Lunch Powered by ChowNow


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Workshops

Each UTC workshop unites attendees for a productive session. Learn about practical steps for moving forward during the pandemic. Get up-to-speed on emerging job, tech, and startup opportunities in and around Los Angeles.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Workshop: Tighten Your Pitch, Increase Your Reach

  • Mark Mitchell, VC Investor, Moonshots Capital
  • Amiah Sheppard, Pitch and Fundraising Coach
  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Deepen Customer Relationships with Salesforce Essentials

  • Amalia Murray, Director of Marketing, Salesforce for Startups
  • Gwendolyn R. Houston, Founder and Portrait Artist, G Photography

2:00 pm – 2:05 pm | Closing Remarks

  • Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA
  • Lauryn Nwankpa, Head of Social Impact, Dave (Host)

2:05 pm – 5:00 pm | Expo Hall

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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