Vator Splash comes to LA

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


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

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About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



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.

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Partners that have attended Vator Splash events

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 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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