Startup Next Los Angeles Fall 2015

    Monday, October 26 - December 14, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Los Angeles

Monday, October 26 - December 14, 2015



Monday, October 26 - December 14, 2015
Program starts at 6:30 pm

Cross Campus 929 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Applications have closed

Startup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world.

Startup Next prepares startups for accelerators and seed investment, by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging a global network of investors, mentors and founders.

The program is designed in such a way that founders are able to continue building their product, since it's a part time program, that consists of 3-hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks. The program is free of charge and no equity is taken.

Even though Startup Next is part of Techstars, it’s not exclusively preparing startups for Techstars accelerator programs.  Over time we have built a strong network of accelerators and investors worldwide and work closely with them to refer our accelerator/investor-ready alumni.

Startup Next has helped more than 50 startups get into top accelerators and raise more than $40 million dollars in funding. See our success stories and case studies.

Check out the program overview to learn more, and read FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to la@startupnext.co with other questions.





Program Schedule

Monday October 26th


6:30 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


6:40 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


6:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


7:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


7:55 pm
Networking

Monday November 2nd


6:30 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Customer Development, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday November 9th


6:30 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Pitching, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday November 16th


6:30 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Market Sizing, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday November 30th


6:30 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Product/Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Monday December 7th


6:30 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Fundability, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day

Monday December 14th


6:00 pm
Demo Day


Program Judges


Marcus Filipovich
Business Strategy Advisor, Member Pasadena Angels

Director Emeritus, Pasadena Angels, a 100 member group of accredited investors.
Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on digital entertainment.  He is an expert in Market Development, creating new markets and channels for revolutionary products; and, Global Business Development, building business relationships across cultural and political boundaries.  Marcus holds an MBA from the Carlson School (University of Minnesota) and an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Peter Brack

Entrepreneur and executive with a 20 year track record of building global media businesses.  He was co-founder and CEO of two media companies, both of which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Peter was a senior executive at Time Warner in Asia.  


Csaba Konkoly

Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Tamarisk Capital and an Entrepreneur.  At Tamarisk, Casaba has overseen investments that include Scopely (Techstars), LettuceApps (Intuit), TrueCar (IPO), Clutter (Amplify) and others.


Mandy Salzman
Director at Techstars for Disney Accelerator

Mandy Salzman works to power the Disney Accelerator as Director in a role that combines her passion for helping startups and her experience working in entertainment and venture capital. After graduating from USC’s Marshall School of Business, Mandy worked on marketing, publicity, and media partnership campaigns at Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She has also worked at Plug and Play Ventures / Accelerator in the Bay Area and at NASDAQ working with later stage companies on the New Listings and Capital Markets team and launching the NASDAQ Private Market (NPM). Her additional investing and venture experience includes time with Structure Capital, VantagePoint Capital Partners, and Rothenberg Ventures.


Speakers and Mentors


Scott Rutherford
Chief Architect Red Bull Sound Select and Entrepreneur

Scott is currently the Chief Architect at Red Bull Sound Select and previously cofounded Uservoice.


Marcus Filipovich
Business Strategy Advisor, Member Pasadena Angels

Director Emeritus, Pasadena Angels, a 100 member group of accredited investors.
Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on digital entertainment.  He is an expert in Market Development, creating new markets and channels for revolutionary products; and, Global Business Development, building business relationships across cultural and political boundaries.  Marcus holds an MBA from the Carlson School (University of Minnesota) and an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ginger Zumaeta
Founder of MediaMark



John Dmohowski
Director Client Services, PortTech Los Angeles; Los Angeles Venture Association, Director



Chris Bechtel
Founder of BlueDeer

Chris is the Founder of BlueDeer, a company that provides business development and customer acquisition services to help companies build sustainable and predictable revenue growth.


Sofia Agras
VP of Business Development



Jennie Wong
CEO

Jennie Wong, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of ShoppingQuizzes.com.  Wong graduated from CSULA’s Early Entrance Program with her bachelor’s degree at 16 and received her doctorate in communication from USC’s Annenberg School at age 22.  She then spent a decade in the Fortune 500 doing human behavior change as a consultant, before becoming an entrepreneur.  Her CTO and co-founder is her husband Steve Krause, a 3-time startup CTO whose previous experience includes a startup eventually acquired by ESPN.  He is a full-stack ecommerce engineer with 20 years of experience.  Together, they are the owners of Limelight Web Development, and ShoppingQuizzes.com is the second company they have built together.


Tony Sziklai
CTO of Clutter

Seasoned technologist with a proven track record delivering advanced, highly-scalable cloud solutions for logistics and engineering services companies. An energetic, hands-on CTO possessing diverse skills and interests, including building on-demand mobile solutions to disrupt old economy service models. 

Broad and deep experience in cloud/SaaS application development, e-commerce and technical marketing. Strong domain knowledge of direct-to-consumer order fulfillment, storage, shipping and customer service. Skilled in recruiting, developing and managing high-performance I.T. teams; Agile/Scrum/Kanban; object-oriented analysis and design; full-stack systems design, development and deployment; continuous integration/delivery; information security and PCI compliance. Well-versed in software patenting and IP protection with a background in large-scale metadata-based PaaS architectures.


Jyoti Sarda



Mandy Salzman
Director at Techstars for Disney Accelerator

Mandy Salzman works to power the Disney Accelerator as Director in a role that combines her passion for helping startups and her experience working in entertainment and venture capital. After graduating from USC’s Marshall School of Business, Mandy worked on marketing, publicity, and media partnership campaigns at Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She has also worked at Plug and Play Ventures / Accelerator in the Bay Area and at NASDAQ working with later stage companies on the New Listings and Capital Markets team and launching the NASDAQ Private Market (NPM). Her additional investing and venture experience includes time with Structure Capital, VantagePoint Capital Partners, and Rothenberg Ventures.


Scott Dudelson

EIR at R/GA Dodgers Accelerator. Founder of Swag Bucks. Angel Investor


Cameron S. Kashani



Blaine Vess



Jennie Wong
CEO

Jennie Wong, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of ShoppingQuizzes.com.  Wong graduated from CSULA’s Early Entrance Program with her bachelor’s degree at 16 and received her doctorate in communication from USC’s Annenberg School at age 22.  She then spent a decade in the Fortune 500 doing human behavior change as a consultant, before becoming an entrepreneur.  Her CTO and co-founder is her husband Steve Krause, a 3-time startup CTO whose previous experience includes a startup eventually acquired by ESPN.  He is a full-stack ecommerce engineer with 20 years of experience.  Together, they are the owners of Limelight Web Development, and ShoppingQuizzes.com is the second company they have built together.


Marcus Filipovich
Business Strategy Advisor, Member Pasadena Angels

Director Emeritus, Pasadena Angels, a 100 member group of accredited investors.
Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on digital entertainment.  He is an expert in Market Development, creating new markets and channels for revolutionary products; and, Global Business Development, building business relationships across cultural and political boundaries.  Marcus holds an MBA from the Carlson School (University of Minnesota) and an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Peter Brack

Entrepreneur and executive with a 20 year track record of building global media businesses.  He was co-founder and CEO of two media companies, both of which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Peter was a senior executive at Time Warner in Asia.  


Mandy Salzman
Director at Techstars for Disney Accelerator

Mandy Salzman works to power the Disney Accelerator as Director in a role that combines her passion for helping startups and her experience working in entertainment and venture capital. After graduating from USC’s Marshall School of Business, Mandy worked on marketing, publicity, and media partnership campaigns at Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She has also worked at Plug and Play Ventures / Accelerator in the Bay Area and at NASDAQ working with later stage companies on the New Listings and Capital Markets team and launching the NASDAQ Private Market (NPM). Her additional investing and venture experience includes time with Structure Capital, VantagePoint Capital Partners, and Rothenberg Ventures.


Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Los Angeles Fall 2015 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Facilitating Team

  • Daniel
    Ball
  • Blake
    Caldwell
  • Walter
    Rivera


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