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Anthony Kelani to Join Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours

Kelani is a managing partner at Quake Capital Partners with over 13 years of experience. Anthony launched his career with the premier defense contractor, Northrop Grumman, where he was honored for his work in designing and developing life-saving situational awareness software for the United States military. As Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, Kelani will focus his efforts on working closely with Quake’s accelerator founders in the areas of engineering and operations, expanding Quake’s investor and partner network, and assisting with fundraising and strategy.

We’re thrilled to welcome Kelani as one of the VC’s at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours as he continues to support underrepresented founders and entrepreneurs find their success in the tech space.

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Trevor Wilkins to Join Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours

Trevor Wilkins, Co-Founder of KÜDZOO – a students rewards app, and his partner has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and named to the 30 Under 30 list in Education. Trevor helped to manage day-to-day operations and grow the app’s user base to over half a million students worldwide. As a Principal at Quake, Trevor helps manage cohort operations, assists in sourcing potential portfolio investments and expanding Quake’s presence on the West Coast. We’re excited to have him lend support to help Founders and Entrepreneur gain guidance to achieve his next milestone.

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Demarcus Williams to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Williams is the Director of SVB’s Early Stage Practice, joining by way of Zealot Networks a LA based VC backed digital media company, where he served as Vice President of Business Strategy. Williams is one of many who will join us for Office Hours at Urban Tech Connect 2019.

At Zealot, Williams focuses on fostering collaboration within LA’s early stage technology/innovation ecosystem and leveraging SVB’s brand to add value to early stage entrepreneurs. We’re excited to have him lend support to help Founders and Entrepreneurs gain guidance to achieve their next milestone.

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Austin Clements to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Clements is a venture capitalist with TenOneTen Ventures, a seed stage fund base in LA. While he began his career in investment management, he’s since uncovered his passion for helping other entrepreneurs kick start their careers, and he’s an active volunteer for local youth entrepreneurship programs.

We’re thrilled to welcome Clements as one of the VC’s at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours as he continues to support underrepresented founders and entrepreneurs find their success in the tech space.

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Erin Shipley to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Erin Shipley is the co-founder and Managing Partner of The Helm, a venture fund and investment community that rethinks how people invest in female entrepreneurs. Before working for The Helm, she was an investor at Karlin Ventures, backing companies including Laurel & Wolf, ChowNow, Verge Genomics, and Policy Genius.

We are so excited to have Erin Shipley’s guidance and support at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours.

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Anna Barber to Join Urban Tech Connect 2019 Office Hours

Anna Barber is the Managing Director of Techstars LA, an accelerator program that invests in ten local startups each year. Anna partnered in her first startup, Scribble Press, back in 2006 and since then has served as an advisor, strategy consultant and coach to countless other entrepreneurs. Her focus is on product roadmap, commercialization, business development and raising money.

We’re excited to have Anna Barber lend support as a VC to help Founders and Entrepreneurs at Urban Tech Connect’s 2019 Office Hours.

 

 

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Plug In South LA to join the Spark Cohort

Plug IN South LA is excited to be chosen as a participant for the Spark: Strengthening the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Ecosystem program bringing together tech ecosystem builders from around the country. This program is sponsored and supported by the Case Foundation and Kaufman Foundations. #PlugInSouthLA

Participating organizations include:

To learn more about inclusive entrepreneurship and how it works check out The Case Foundation’s website at https://casefoundation.org/program/inclusive-entrepreneurship/

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Two Latin Micro Mobility Firms merge to create “Grow Mobility”.

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According to Forbes, two Latin American transportation services have merged to expand into global markets beyond Latin America.

Brazilian dockless bike and scooter service Yellow, and Mexican electric scooter startup Grin, have merged to become Grow Mobility. Grow Mobility currently operates 135,000 vehicles across six Latin countries. The combined company is looking to start operations in the US and Southern Europe in 2019, and is applying for permits to start this process.

The group expects to more than double its functions and expand its partnership with on-demand grocery delivery firm Rappi.

The current priority is to use it to explore the opportunities with their digital payment platform.

“…such as buying items at commercial partners who will then become bike and scooter stations. It may be that we need to offer the services of a fintech first without labeling ourselves as such.” Says Grow’s Brazil co-director Marcelo Loureiro.

Grow has secured funding worth $150 million in less than a month, and the group will retain the 1,100-person workforce will a move to new offices in Sao Paulo.

“As we expand, our responsibility in terms of education becomes even more key, but that’s a process where we will see increased maturity over time. Disruption always comes with a bit of noise, but changing the status quo is our mission and we are here to stay.”