What's behind LA's booming tech ecosystem?

Thursday, October 2 | Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica | Los Angeles, CA


Jessica Alba

Celebrity, Co-Founder, The Honest Company

Brian Lee

Co-Founder & CEO, The Honest Company

Ethan Applen

Executive Director, Warner Bros. Media Camp

Paul Bricault

Founder & Partner, Amplify

Paige Craig

VC, Arena Ventures

Molly Matthieson

Digital Agent, WME

Sean Flynn

Partner, Shasta Ventures

Brian Garrett

Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Crosscut Ventures

Eva Ho

Managing Partner,
Fika Ventures

Bill Gross

CEO, Idealab

Alex Gurevich

Partner, Javelin Venture Partners

Michael Heyward

Co-Founder & CEO, Whispe

Aaron Hirschhorn

Founder & CEO at DogVacay

Mike Jones

Co-Founder & CEO, Science

Jed Katz

Managing Director,
Javelin Venture Partners

Rob Kornegay

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Peter Lee

Partner, Baroda Ventures

Adam Lilling

Founding Partner, Plus Capital

Eric Manlunas

Co-Founder & Partner, Wavemaker Partners

Eric Martineau-Fortin

Managing Partner, White Star Capital

Peter Marx

Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles

Jordan Metzner

Founder & CEO, Washio

Scott Painter

Founder & CEO, TrueCar

Lynn Perkins

Co-founder and CEO, UrbanSitter

Erik Rannala

Co-Founder & Partner, Mucker Capital

Nate Redmond

Managing Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder & CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Founder, advsr

Tara Roth

President, Goldhirsh Foundation

Dana Settle

Co-Founder & Partner, Greycroft Partners

Cody Simms

Manager, Disney/TechStars Accelerator

Ashish Soni

Founding Director, Viterbi Startup Garage

Ryan Swagar

Managing Partner, Venture51

Mitch Thrower

Founder and Chairman, Events.com

Mike Walsh

General Partner, Structure Capital

Robyn Ward

Bus Dev Exec, United Talent Agency

Kevin Winston

Founder, Digital LA

Bill Woodward

Founder & Partner, Anthem Venture Partners


Kris Bjornerud

Startup Scout

Lyle Fong

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Erin Flynn

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Naveen Jain

Co-Founder & CMO, Immunity Project

Mark J. Landay

Managing Director, Dynamic Synergy Executive

​Patrick Lee

Co-founder, Hobo Labs

Alex Roizen

Managing Director, Vator Investment Club

Jack KN Tsai

Investor, Tech Coast Angels

Kathleen Utecht

Venture Partner, Core Innovation Capital

​ Jules Walker

Director, KPMG


WiFi network: meetings
password: vatorsplashla

9:30AM,,9:35AM,,Opening remarks,,Host - Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator); Emcee - Mitch Thrower (Founder, Events.com)

9:40AM,,10:00AM,,What makes startups successful,,Bill Gross (Founder of Idealab) - What makes startups successful

10:05AM,,10:25AM,,The rise of the LA tech ecosystem. A chat with active accelerators, angel investors, and pioneering VCs who are shaping the tech scene through the investments they make.,,Panelists: Erik Rannala (Founder, Mucker Capital), Eric Manlunas (Founding Partner, Wavemaker Partners), Dana Settle (Greycroft), Paige Craig (Angel Investor); Moderator: Bill Woodward (Founder, Anthem Venture Partners)

10:25AM,,10:35AM,,Break,, See Demo Tables

10:35AM,,11:20AM,,Global Splash Competition Presentations - First 5 Finalists,,Emcee: Alex Roizen (Ackrell Capital); Judges: Scott Painter (Founder & CEO, TrueCar), Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Robert Kornegay (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital); Ethan Applen, (Executive Director, Warner Bros. Media Camp)

11:25AM,,11:45AM,,Advice to Entrepreneurs on Pitching, Fundraising,,Mike Jones (Founder, Science), Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

11:45AM,,12:30PM,,Global Splash Competition Presentations - Second 5 Finalists,,Emcee: Alex Roizen (Ackrell Capital); Judges: Brian Garrett (Crosscut Ventures), Paul Bricault (Amplify), Sean Flynn (Shasta Ventures), Eric Martineau-Fortin (Partner, White Star Capital), Mike Walsh(Structure Capital)

12:30PM,,1:30PM,,Break - Lunch (sponsored by TrueCar & CBRE),,(Judges' deliberate)

1:35PM,,2:05PM,,The Honest Company's Roadmap To Becoming The Next P&G,,Brian Lee (Founder & CEO, The Honest Company), Jessica Alba (Founder, The Honest Company), Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

2:10PM,,2:30PM,,From Hollywood scripts to Startup decks, the media industry is embracing entrepreneurial talent and getting into the investing game. What are they looking for?,,Robyn Ward (United Talent Agency); Adam Lilling (Plus Capital); Molly Matthieson ( WME); Moderator: Cody Simms (TechStars Disney Accelerator)

2:30PM,,2:50PM,,Founder Panel on scaling your startup and getting the marketplace flywheel going,,Aaron Hischhorn (Founder & CEO, DogVacay), Lynn Perkins (Founder & CEO, UrbanSitter), Jordan Metzner (Founder & CEO, Washio); Moderator: Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital)

2:50PM,,3:10PM,,Break (20 min),,Phew! Those were long sessions; Candy at Demo Tables

3:10PM,,3:40PM,,Finalist Showdown!,, Emcee: Alex Roizen (Ackrell Capital); Judges: Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Peter Lee (Baroda Ventures), Dana Settle (Greycroft), Swagar Ryan(Venture51)

3:40PM,,4:40PM,,Special Session: Technology and the LA Culture,,Panelists: Nate Redmond (Rustic Canyon), Rob Kornegay (Wilson Sonsini), Peter Marx (City of LA), Ashish Soni (USC Viterbi School of Engeineering, Viterbi Startup Garage & VSi2), Eva Ho (Susa Ventures), Tara Roth (Goldhirsh Foundation, LA 2050); Moderator: Kevin Winston (Founder, Digital LA)

4:45PM,,5:15PM,,Whisper's Roadmap To Becoming The Next P&G,,Michael Heyward (Founder & CEO, Whisper) and Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

5:20PM,, ,, Announce Splash Winner

*5:30PM,, ,, VIP (Private) After-party,, Sponsored by Structure VC, Wavemaker Partners & CBRE

Vator Partners

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

  • Be in front of entrepreneurs leading innovation, disrupting industries and redefining the economy.
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About Splash

The premier entrepreneurship conference.



Join hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, civic leaders in LA. Mingle and learn from blue-ribbon VCs, angels, legendary founders and the hottest LA-based startups.

Network with VCs and angel investors representing $5 billion in assets-under-management. Learn from the most successful startup founders, including Jessica Alba and Brian Lee, about how to raise money and scale your company. Watch top Splash Competition finalists compete on stage in front of judges representing some of the brightest minds in the venture and entrepreneur community.

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

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

DogVacay.com 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

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

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

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


VATOR SPLASH EVENT volunteers. Day of.

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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.

Also contact: volunteer@vator.tv (with any questions) or mitos@vator.tv