What's behind LA's booming tech ecosystem?

Thursday, October 2 | One-day Conference | Los Angeles, CA


Jessica Alba

Celebrity, Co-Founder, The Honest Company

Brian Lee

CEO & Co-Founder, The Honest Company

Ethan Applen

Executive Director, Warner Bros. Media Camp

Paul Bricault

Founder & Partner, Amplify

Paige Craig

Angel Investor

Molly Matthieson

Digital Agent, WME

Sean Flynn

Partner, Shasta Ventures

Brian Garrett

Co-Founder & Operating Partner, Crosscut Ventures

Eva Ho

Partner, Susa Ventures

Bill Gross

CEO, Idealab

Alex Gurevich

Partner, Javelin Venture Partners

Michael Heyward

Co-Founder & CEO, Whispe

Aaron Hirschhorn

Founder & CEO at DogVacay

Michael 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 & Managing 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 & Investor, Mucker Capital

Nate Redmond

Managing Partner, Rustic Canyon Partners

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Tara Roth

President, Goldhirsh Foundation

Dana Settle

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, Anthem Venture Partners


Kris Bjornerud

Executive Director, Amplify.la

Lyle Fong

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Erin Flynn

Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Naveen Jain

CMO & Co-Founder, Immunity Project

Mark J. Landay

Managing Director, Dynamic Synergy Executive

​Patrick Lee

Co-founder, Hobo Labs

Alex Roizen

Adviser, Ackrell Capital

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

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 sponsor@vator.tv

Partners that have attended Vator Splash events

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.

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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Vator alumni have raised $400M-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

We had no idea of the power of Vator Splash until we found the event packed with representatives from many of the region's most renowned investment groups, journalists, elected officials, and professionals from tech and related fields. After OppSites was awarded first prize, our schedule rapidly filled with meetings with top venture capital investors, interviews with local media, and offers of support from business development professionals.

Ian Ross

Founder & CEO OppSites; Principal at City Design Collective

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

Venture Capitalist

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


EVENT volunteers. We are looking for Ushers and Host for specific roles:

  1. Speaker Hosts
  2. Startup Finalist Host
  3. Mic Manager
  4. Ushers
  5. Sponsor Host
  6. Demo Host
  7. Stage Manager

Trainee Opportunities:

We are looking for energetic dynamic personalities who are passionate about the venture capital community and have one or more of the following skills:

  • PR
  • Writing
  • Communications
  • Finance, venture capital

We are also looking for:

Vator Investor Relations Trainee: This person loves startups and venture capital and would like an opportunity to learn more about how the startup ecosystem works, mainly from an investor standpoint. You will be in charge of interacting with angel investors and venture capitalists and learning more about what these investors look for in an investment. This job also helps you evaluate investors, based on their past investments. We're looking for someone who can commit six months (or until the end of the school year) for a five hours a week. This person can also come to any Vator event for free.

Learn more: contact Mitos at mitos@vator.tv or volunteer@vator.tv

Vator Splash Social Media Trainee: Do you want the opportunity to beef up your resume with experience learning how to use best practices to build a large, influential social community? Would you like an excellent reference to take to your next job? We need a social media trainee to help promote Vator Splash Events. These one and two day events have been held in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York and London. You will be responsible for helping manage and engage our growing social community on a variety of platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

Learn more: contact volunteer@vator.tv

Apply here.

Requirements for Social Media trainees:

  1. Excellent written communication skills and fluent English language speaker.
  2. Comfort and familiarity with social networks and experience using them in a business context. (It's not enough to have 400 Facebook friends.)
  3. Ability to aggregate quality content to post and share. Available to spend at least 20 - 30 minutes daily (on average), focused on social marketing for Vator.
  4. A passion for marketing and excitement about growing a large, engaged community.
  5. Ability to work independently (after brief training) and with minimal supervision.
  6. Entering college senior or older, required.