The Expert Dojo Investor Festival is upon us all once again. This time it is going to be bigger and better than it has ever been. Over the course of 5 days over 80 of the top investors from around the world will be at Expert Dojo to hear 200 academy member pitch your mission and how your startup is going to change the world. What makes this event different from all other conferences in the world is its objective. It’s not about competing for a random competition or listening to successful people tell you how well they did in life. It’s about giving you the best chance possible of getting funded by facilitating over 750 pitches to over 80 of the top active investors in LA, San Francisco and New York. All 5 days are dedicated to helping the entrepreneur community by connecting you with the top investors in the world as well as investment advice from successful entrepreneurs who have exited for millions.
The last Investor Festival was headlined by amazing companies such as Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge, the X prize, Samsung Ventures, and Singularity. This time, it is even better. From October 24th to the 28th you should prepare for the largest pitch event in the United States powered by Expert Dojo.
We kick off the festival Monday October 24th. We have a full day dedicated to learning how to raise money from those who have already done it. We have some of the biggest communication and pitch coaches in LA along with the SBDC committed to training every startup on how to raise capital. Finishing the day we have 8200 coming in all the way from Israel. This accelerator has the highest success rate for entrepreneurs in the world at around 70 percent. They will be leading a 3-hour workshop to end the day and get you ready to succeed the rest of the week. You don’t want to miss this.
Tuesday is completely dedicated to Female Founders and Female Investors. This day only is free to attend for all female entrepreneur. We start off the day with one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the city, Nellie Akalp. Nellie is an exited entrepreneur who sold her last company for over 20 million – CASH. My good friend Jenny Q follows with a advice about how women can use influence and local fame to your benefit. Afterward we have Erika Dobrin with B-17 entertainment. Erika produces the startup reality show “APP WARS”. She will be giving you tips on how to make it on shows like hers and will be helping you build the best case for your company.
Then that afternoon our pitches begin. We have assembled top female investors from around the country to come and see our Female Entrepreneurs. We have women investors from Lightspeed Ventures, one of the largest ventures firms with hundreds of millions invested in companies. We also have Silicon Valley Bank, Space Angels Network, March Capital and an additional 4 Female VCs just to hear your pitches.
Wednesday is the day all the early stage folks are looking forward to. This is the largest face to face pitch day in the country. Wednesday is completely dedicated to seed and early stage entrepreneurs. We have over 30 investors coming in over the course of 4 hours!! The morning starts at 10 am when we have a group of 10 investors listening to pitches. These investors include major VC firms and some the most active angel investors from around the world such as Machine Shop Ventures, (rock band Linkin Park’s venture firm), Upfront Ventures, one of the most active VC firms in all of LA, Crosscut Ventures, with dozens of active investments, IOC Ventures, an early stage focused venture firm in Orange County, K5 Ventures, a firm that focuses on technology and unique products, TenOneTen Ventures, a venture firm focused on disruptive companies with several active investments, and OWL Tree Capital. We also have amazing Angel Investors such as Vince Thompson, Jeremy Stephan, and Asher Leids. This is just the morning session………
That is followed by another session with top accelerators and Incubators from all around LA. Then we move to the last session which is another group of ten investors coming to here pitches. We have another group of amazing investors including Canyon Creek Capital, an extremely active firm focused early stage entrepreneurs, LH Ventures, focused on early stage startups in a flexible industry, Luma Ventures, an active venture firm here in LA, NoName ventures, a local firm focused on helping entrepreneurs, and Scopus Ventures, which focuses on developing technology products end to end.
Thursday is dedicated to later stage companies with only later stage venture firms. We have companies such Goldman Sachs, Harvard Angels Network, Harper Partners, Blarney Ventures, Correlation VC, and Lightspeed Ventures. Then we have another session with great crowdfunding agencies coming in to give tips of Equity crowdfunding including WeFunder, StartEngine, and Crowdfunder.
We finish the week long mayhem with the wildest day of all on Friday. We have a new group of 10 investors coming in every 2 hours to listen to pitches 1 on 1 for 10 minutes each. This is your time to leave a lasting impression on the top firms in the country and get investment for your product. There are dozens of top Angel Investors and VC firms attending on Friday. We have the schedule posted on ExpertDojo.com.
This festival will be the best pitch competition of the year. We want you to be part of it and get your company seen. No matter whether you are entrepreneur, investor or local company be part of our tribe and come to Expert Dojo.
To join Expert DOJO and be a part of the Investor Festival register here – HERE
The current list of Investors attending is below. To schedule these one on one meetings or ask any questions about the event email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.
|Brian Mac Mahon Intro to festival||Ryan Foland And Mike Weeks||Andrew SBDC||8200 Accellerator|
|Tuesday||10-10:30 – WOMEN ONLY||1-3pm Women only Pitching|
|Nellie Akalp-Corpnet||Lightspeed Ventures|
|Jenny Q Ta||Space Angels Network|
|11-11:30||Silicon Valley Bank|
|Erika Dobrin||Nima Elyassi-Rad|
|Lisa Tsou||NewGen Ventures|
|Wednesday||10-12 – Early stage pitch||3-5 Early Stage pitch|
|Jeremy Stephan – Angel||Canyon Creek|
|Crosscut VC||LH Ventures|
|OWL Tree Capital||NoName Ventures|
|TenOneTen Ventures||Luma Launch|
|Vince Thompson- Angel investor||Scopus Ventures|
|IOC Ventures||Blarney Ventures|
|Upfront Ventures||App Wars TV Shark Tank|
|K5 Ventures||Morpheus Ventures|
|Machine Shop Ventures||Chris Calder-EPIC Ventures|
|Thursday||10-12 – Series A & B Pitch||1-3 Equity Crowdfunding|
|Friday||10-12 – one on one meet||12:30-2:30 –one on one meet||3-5 – one on one meet|
|Luma Ventures||Jeremy Stephan||Gastronome Ventures|
|Brad Yasar||Tech Coast Ventures||John Lasko|
|Asher Leids||Fast Pay||Correlation VC|
|Tom Schreiber||Pasadena Angels|
|Owl Tree Capital||Bam VC|
|Jack Tsai||Noname Ventures|
|Nicholas Cannone-Fairmount Financial||Luis Bitencourt-Emilio|
|Jim Brandt||Syft Ventures|
|Hillcrest Venture Partners|
|End Of Festival|