Vator Splash comes to LA

Thursday, May 30 | Hollywood Roosevelt | Los Angeles, CA


Josh Berman

Co-Founder and CEO, BeachMint

Paul Thelen

Founder and CEO, Big Fish Games

Ethan Applen

Executive Director, Warner Bros. Media Camp

David Carter

Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor, Amplify.LA

Shawn Colo

Co-Founder, Demand Media

Dave Fink

Partner, Science

Neal Hansch

Incubator Managing Director, Meltwater

Jed Katz

Managing Director,
Javelin Venture Partners

Paul Lee

Partner, Lightbank

Peter Lee

Partner, Baroda Ventures

Matthew Mazzeo

Partner, Lowercase Capital

Tom McGovern

Managing Director, IdeaLab

Michael Montgomery

Partner, Montgomery & Co.

Erik Rannala

Co-Founder & Partner, Mucker Capital

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Founder, advsr

Heidi Roizen

Operating Partner, DFJ

Rick Smith

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Crosscut Ventures

David Travers

Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

Pete Vlastelica

SVP Digital, Fox Sports

Martin J. Waters

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Sharon Wienbar

Partner, ScaleVenture Partners

Michelle Wroan

Partner, KPMG

Online Judges

Dan Dato

Co-Founder, Cross Campus

Jedd Gold

Founder, CEO, The Kive Company

Connie Harrell

President, Keiretsu Forum

Lisa Maki

CEO, PokitDok

Alex Roizen

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Brian Sathianathan

Media Camp

Graham Turney

Strategic Marketing Manager, Rackspace

Jack KN Tsai

Investor, Tech Coast Angels

Dimitri Villard

Investor, Tech Coast Angels

Jules Walker

Director of Venture Capital Practice, KPMG


3:30PM,,5:15PM,,Socialize! Open wine and beer bar, appetizers, time to see demo tables
(Bar open: 3:45 to 5:10; Appetizers served: 4 pm to 5:10),,See demo tables

5:15PM,,5:20PM,,Welcome remarks,,Bambi Francisco, Founder, Vator

5:20PM,,5:25PM,,State of the Union on LA tech scene,,Neal Hansch, Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

5:25PM,,5:30PM,,Keynote introduction,,Sharon Wienbar, Partner, Scale Venture Partners

5:30PM,,6:00PM,,Keynote,,Paul Thelen, Founder and CEO, Big Fish Games

6:05PM,,6:45PM,,40 minutes for first five startup pitches (3 minutes each),,Tom McGovern (Idealab), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Heidi Roizen (DFJ), Martin Waters (Wilson Sonsini), Erik Rannala (MuckerLab); Emcee: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital)

6:50PM,,7:20PM,,Networking break! Open wine and beer bar, appetizers, time to see demo tables,,See demo tables

7:20PM,,8:00PM,,40 minutes for next five startup pitches (3 minutes each),,Ethan Applen (Media Camp/Warner Bros.), David Carter (Amplify.LA), Rick Smith (Crosscut Ventures), Pete Vlastelica (Fox Digital Sports), Michelle Wroan (KPMG); Emcee: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital)

8:00PM,,8:05PM,,Time for judges and audience to vote for their favorite startup! Audience tune in to VatorNews for the text codes!,,

8:05PM,,8:10PM,,Keynote introduction,,Michael Montgomery, Founder, Montgomery & Co.

8:10PM,,8:40PM,,Keynote,,Josh Berman, CEO and Founder, Beachmint

8:45PM,,9:25PM,,Panel: The next wave of venture funding!,,Matthew Mazzeo (Lowercase Capital), Paul Lee (Lightbank), Dave Fink (Science), Peter Lee (Baroda Ventures); Shawn Colo (Demand Media); Moderator: David Travers (Rustic Canyon Partners)

9:25PM,,9:30PM,,Announce Splash winners!,,

9:30PM,,10:00PM,,Socialize! Cash bar, time to see demo tables

Vator Partners

Reach hundreds of influencers within the entrepreneurship community.


Reach hundreds of influencers in the high-tech entrepreneur community.

  • Be in front of entrepreneurs leading innovation, disrupting industries and redefining the economy.
  • Be in front of emerging startups while they’re young.
  • Get exposure online well before the event during the online competition as more than 100 startups compete for the top 10 spots.
  • Get online across the competition and event pages, in newsletters and emails, and at the event through banners, tables, etc.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, email

Partners that have attended Vator Splash events

About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



Splash is a single-track evening event and startup competition, where 10 promising startups compete for $25k-plus in prizes and sit-down interviews with leading VCs.

Splash gathers leading entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists and angel investors across technology to inspire and energize the audience about entrepreneurship and innovation. Keynote speakers talk about how to build and scale great successful companies, how their industries are changing and the opportunities those changes are creating. Just as TED talks are "Ideas worth spreading," Splash Keynotes are "Lessons worth sharing."

Splash also allows the audience to mingle with top venture capitalists and angels who are funding toorrow's next Google and Facebook. These influencers will give you insights into how they think when it comes to investments and they'll also talk about their changing investment strategies in light of the emergence of super angels, angels, micro-VCs and incubators.

Previous Keynotes

Splash is one of the best startup competitions and educational events, attracting super smart thought leaders in the tech industry. It's an event that inspires. This is an event for entrepreneurs who want to learn how to innovate, raise money, and scale a company. It's also a place for new investors to learn about angel investing and established ones to sharpen their game.

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The Venue

Hollywood Roosevelt

In the heart of Hollywood on the Walk of Fame across from the Grauman’s Chinese Theater.

7000 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

Getting there



Vator alumni have raised $1B-plus in follow-on capital. Here are a few:

Vator Splash gives you a lot more than a fabulous evening of networking; it gives you access to an entire community of active investors and inspiring entrepreneurs that are making it happen. The event generated significant exposure for our online travel dashboard venture. Weeks after presenting we raised $100K from an investor who saw the online video of our Vator pitch.

Andres Fabris

Founder and CEO at Traxo won Vator Splash LA in June 2012. The competition allowed us an opportunity to meet and pitch against some of the great Los Angeles startups and further foster our entrepreneurial community. There was such a positive energy with so many great minds providing insightful feedback throughout the night. Two paws up, Vator!

Aaron Hirschhorn

Founder & CEO at DogVacay

Vator's competition platform made it simple to judge contestants by accessing video, PPT, ratings, executive summaries all in one place. It's the most efficient solution to judging competitions and it makes the process of judging a lot more fun! And the Vator Splash competition makes it easy and efficient to review a large number of early-stage startups that I would not otherwise have been exposed to

Jeremy Liew

The event provides results: a significant number of investors, advisors and business development opportunities arose after we won Vator Splash in front of a crowd of more than 200. Furthermore, one of the judges - Dave McClure - ended up investing in our company. Finally, VatorSplash was a great momentum-builder for us as we were getting ready to fundraise. The victory provided social proof to prospective investors and increased our chances of successfully attracting investment. We went on to raise $1M from a great group of angel investors!

Gagan Biyani

Co-founder, Udemy

The Vator community and its Splash event provided the perfect launch pad to generate exposure for our company. Winning Vator Splash 2013 SF gave us the exposure, quality venture capital meetings and network effect every startup needs to initiate and complete a successful round. The very next quarter, we raised a $4M Series A. Thanks Vator!

Lisa Maki

CEO, PokitDok

The VatorSplash events have been a fantastic opportunity to see great start-ups, connect with other investors, and hear from industry visionaries. Javelin has proudly sponsored the event for many years, and plans to keep actively supporting it for many more."

Jed Katz

Managing Director,
Javelin Venture Partners

The Post.Seed Conference is the very first event of its kind. Startups seem to make or break their future in the post-seed gap, but financing is becoming so difficult to secure during this period. We can see this trend having a huge impact on the future of tech entrepreneurship, and we want to see what the best minds have to say about it.

Paul Martino

Managing Partner, Bullpen Capital

This gap is a new phenomenon, making it unfamiliar ground for both entrepreneurs and investors to navigate. But it’s a reality that’s not going away. In order to understand how to build the best startups, we need to address how to get through this stage. For early-stage founders and investors, the perspectives on financing and the networking opportunities will be invaluable.

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

The Series A ‘crunch’ is no small matter for startups that are trying to beat overwhelming odds. Post Seed is all about giving early-stage entrepreneurs and investors a forum to discuss some of the more pressing issues around fundraising. We want to start the discussion for both entrepreneurs and investors.

Brandon Zeuner

Managing Partner, Venture51

I’ve attended the Splash event over the last few years, and it is one of my favorite tech events due to the quality of entrepreneurs and investors who attend. For Splash 2016, we were fortunate to make it to the finals, pitch Mark Cuban, and take home the win! Soon after, we successfully announced a $2.3M SEED round. The Vator team has become family since, and we are so fortunate to have been given the opportunity. We highly recommend being part of Vator and its events as a way to expand your knowledge, network, and success. Cheers!

Cody Barbo

Founder & CEO, Industry



VATOR SPLASH EVENT volunteers. Day of.

Click here to volunteer.

EVENT volunteers. Day of.

  • Speaker Hosts
  • Finalists Hosts
  • Stage Hands
  • Ushers
  • Sponsor and Demo Host
  • Stage Manager
  • Social Media


  1. Team call meeting 10 days to 2 weeks prior
  2. Day-before-event meeting at venue (1 hour) to prep, or as early as 6:00 am, day of event
  3. Arrival at event
  4. Venue visit (1 month prior – for Usher Lead, Stage Manager, Speaker Host)

PRE-PRODUCTION volunteers. Up to 5 months prior.

  • Startup Scout Master
  • Startup & Finalist Host
  • Director of Investor Relations
  • Accelerator Partner Relations
  • Media Partner Relations
  • Social Media
  • Press Relations


Be able to start several months prior to the event. Must have solid writing, communication skills.

For those interested in working with startups.

Details about pre-production roles:

Startup Scout Master, Startup Finalist Host: This person loves to work with startups and would love to learn more about them. Your job will be to identify promising startups, interact with them and help prep finalists to get on stage. This job is great for someone who wants to work at a startup or invest in them.

Director of Investor Relations, Accelerator Partner Relations: This person wants to interact with venture capitalists and angel investors and corporate investors – in short – investors. You will engage with them around 5 to 6 weeks prior to the event. Your job is to get to know them and their investments and to help them to evaluate the startups in the finalist competition. The Accelerator Partner Relations person will communicate with accelerators to engage their startups in the event and competition.

Social Media and Press: This person(s) is proficient at putting press releases together and posting social media updates on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Vator. This person has excellent writing skills and is fluent in English. This person has comfort and familiarity with social networks. This person must spend at least 20 minutes daily posting for Vator one month prior to the event about the event speakers, relevant news and throughout the day of event. Press person should work on at least one press release.

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