« Back to Events
The Biggest Startup Pitch event in the USA - 850 Investor pitches for 150 Expert DOJO Startups

Q2 Investor Festival – Where Startups Meet Investors


If you just want to join us as an audience member then you can reserve your week long ticket to watch our brilliant startups realize their dreams by day and join our parties by night – BOOK HERE

If you would like more information about our accelerator then LEARN HERE

You have been working hard building the foundation for a great business. Now its time to meet strategic investors who can provide you the investment you need to grow to the next level.  Without a doubt we have over 80 of the highest caliber investors attending and can cater for seed, series A and series B funding.  We have something for every great startup.

If you are wondering what our current cohort think of our program then WATCH HERE

Yet again the biggest and most powerful investors in Southern California and beyond are stepping up for early stage startups.  It just blows us away very time.  Here are a few of the superstars we have lined up – Lightspeed Ventures, Crosscut Ventures, NewGen Ventures, Upfront Ventures, BCG Ventures, Accel Partners, TenOneTen Ventures, B Capital, Lighter Capital, Arrowroot Capital, Hillcrest Ventures, Autochrome Ventures, Interstate Ventures along with 15 more super angel and another 20 venture firms from out of state.  

Here is the great news.  Not only can you get to pitch your business at this Festival but you also get to be a member of the Expert DOJO startup accelerator for 10 weeks at no additional cost. All you have to do to be a part of the Investor Festival is to join the Academy here  – There are no other fees to pay and we will take an active part in helping you achieve your funding and business objectives.  After you join Expert DOJO you are automatically booked into this Investor Pitch event.  Everything we do at Expert DOJO is to help you achieve success in investment, user growth and company value.  

Breakdown of the Five Days

Day 1 – Pitching training for seed stage entrepreneurship

We we first started Expert DOJO all those years ago some startups come into the event with a pitch and prayer.  This time we have really got you ready.  Not only have you had the 9 week pre accelerator to get you in practice but you are also going to have a day of training from our experts. The day will be kicked off at 11am with pitching practice for what every entrepreneur should know and we will continue until 3.30pm. Our mentors will be on site to help you on your way.  This day has no investors and is just to get you feeling good about Wednesday.

10:30-11:30- Legal workshop by Snell and Wilmer

11:30-12:30- Handling investment with Armanino LLP

1-3PM- Pitches to investors from Family offices, Wolverine Angels, and Vivaris Capital

Day 2 – Investment For Female Founders Powered by Lightspeed Ventures

We have partnered with Lightspeed Ventures to make this the most impactful Female Founders day ever. We want to focus on our female entrepreneurs all day with coaching by Lightspeed Ventures to prepare you for greatness in entrepreneurship and learn from one of the top venture funds in the world. We will have specialists on hand to work with you on every stage of the process including communication, value proposition, presentation skills and scaling opportunities. After that we will have pitches from all Female led companies to top investors supporting the female entrepreneur community.

The Investors attending to help our female founders include Lightspeed Ventures, NewGen Ventures, Brilliant Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, and BCG.

10-11am Branding workshop for Female Founders

11am – 1pm – Unstructured Networking between female founders

1-2:30 Training with Lightspeed Ventures

3-5 Pitches to investors from NewGen Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, BCG, Brilliant Ventures and Lightspeed Ventures

Day 3 – Early stage pitching to Investors

Last year we had 30 Investors judge your early stage pitches.  All are looking for early stage investments and all will give you feedback and help along the way.  At every Investor Festival we have had companies invested in and we want this to be the same.  Bring your best pitch between 10am and 12pm or 3pm to 5pm.  Both sessions are below.  Just choose the one with the investors you like best:

10am-12pm include 4 Angel Investors, ROCA Partners, Wavefront Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, Notre Dame, and Scopus Ventures

2-3 Canadian Stock Exchange will be showing you how to IPO in Canada

3-5pm includes Embark Ventures, SBL Ventures, NextGen Venture Partners, Cadenza Capital, Asher Leids, Jeffrey D’Alessio and Pav Dharwarkar

Day 3 – Evening Flash Tequila Party (sponsored by Dulce Vida Tequila)

After 10 weeks of classes and intense investor pitching we want everyone to be able to let your hair down.  Come and join us for drinks and networking with the best startups and investors in LA.  We work and code all day so lets take a moment to enjoy all we have achieved.  From 6pm to 9pm lets meet new people and expand our network.

Day 4 – Later stage pitching (Expert DOJO Approved only – Series A plus)

At the last Festival we flew in Goldman Sachs, Samsung Ventures and so many more mid to late stage investors and this time will be much more of the same.  This day is all about taking those of you who are on the way to creating a 100 million dollar company (beyond seed) and giving your traction a nudge with the right contacts for you.  Each pitch will be 3 minutes with presentations.  We will have one session from 11am to 2pm with our 15 later stage companies and our later stage venture companies.  Our intention is to find the best match between Investors and Startups so you can go on to do great things together.

The Investors attending Thursday include Upfront Ventures, Crosscut Ventures, Accel Partners, B Capital, Lighter Capital, Morgan Stanley, Double M Partners, Fremont Investments, Morpheus Angels, Touchdown Ventures, Correlation Ventures and 1000 Angels.

Day 4 – Investor Only Dinner and drinks 

This is our way to thank our investors and institutional partners. We appreciate all you do for the startup community and would like to share a drink with you to thank you for being a part of our community.  This will be a time to not only network with other investors but also discus openly how we can improve the investment eco-system in LA for everyones benefit.

Day 5 – One On One Meetings With Investors

At our last Investor Festival, we had over 350 one-on-one appointments. Expect even more this time. We have an additional mentor day just for you at Expert DOJO where startups will have the opportunity to meet with leaders in the institutional investment community, one on one and get direction for your specific business models. We will have the cream of the crop, the most respected leaders in the investment sector on hand to provide the advice and help that startups need to be successful.

Each startup will be able to choose a series of mentors to meet, and we will arrange 7 minute meetings with each one. That gives you three to four possible meetings, as each group will be on site for two hours. The meeting times are 10am to 12pm and then 12.30pm to 2.30pm and then 3pm to 5pm, We will list all investors on the Sunday before the Investor Festival and you should apply to meet 3 investors each. We will then allocate appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. The one-on-one meetings and the Investor Festival will wrap up at 5pm.

10-12 12:30-2:30 3-5
Peter Goldberg- Angel Investor David Segura- Angel investor Nick Sachdeva- TCA
Vaughn Blake- Autochrome Ventures Mark Kapczynski- Arrowroot Capital Jae Heller- Angel Investor
Scott Holmes- Angel Investor Darin Chen- Hillcrest Ventures Frank Grant- Interstate Ventures
Michael Salem- TYLT Ventures Brad Zions- Angel Investor Kenan Jiang- Extol Capital
Bryan Ritchie- Notre Dame Asher Leids- Angel Investor Matthew Olson- Boston Private


Expert DOJO started these pay-it-forward events years ago to help our member startups everywhere, and although our focus is business growth, our record of getting our clients into incubators, accelerators and into the pockets of funding sources speaks for itself. These days, we are a full-service academy for entrepreneurship success. Come and let us help you succeed!



Armanino LLP

Armanino LLP is the largest independent accounting and consulting firm based in California and one of the largest firms in the United States. Armanino provides an integrated set of audit, tax, consulting, business management and technology solutions to companies in the U.S. and globally. Armanino extends its global services to more than 100 countries through its membership in Moore Stephens International Limited—one of the world’s major accounting and consulting membership organizations.

Technology is Armanino’s largest industry focus. We help companies at all growth stages, from startup to IPO and beyond, find the smartest solutions to their unique tax, accounting, audit and strategic needs. Our team includes experienced CPAs and former CFOs who have worked for technology companies, so we know firsthand the challenges these businesses face.

For more information, please visit armaninollp.com/industries/technology

Snell and Wilmer

Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. Snell & Wilmer has all of the resources that an entrepreneur may need to start, grow and ultimately exit a business.

American Airlines

Small businesses deserve big travel rewards – Business Extra®.


With the American Airlines Business Extra® program, your company can start earning travel rewards as soon as your next flight.  Simply enroll in the Business Extra program and flywithin 90 days to earn 650 bonus points, redeemable for an upgrade within North America and beyond.  There’s no cost to join, and your travelers continue to earn their AAdvantage® miles with each flight they take.

Enki Technologies – Website Solutions

We aim to express the ideas of companies and professionals around the world to move beyond local and conceptual boundaries, by creating high quality websites, delivering user-friendly mobile apps, and building unique custom software.  For a free consultation contact: http://enki.tech/

Dulce VIDA – Organic Tequila



Your Office Agent – Office Space Solutions

Dont you want a brokerage who care about startup success rather than wait until you are big enough for them.  Your Office Agent are that broker and Hank will be at Expert DOJO all week to help you with any office space needs you have from 100 sq. feet to 50,000 sq. feet.

Online bookings are not available for this event.




1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10