Vator Splash Oakland

Thu, April 22-23, 2015 | Kaiser Center, Oakland, CA


Vator speakers bring experience to the stage, sharing lessons, failures and advice on how to build lasting companies, what it means to be a leader and to innovate.

Marco Zappacosta

Co-founder & CEO, Thumbtack

Adam Goldenberg

CEO, JustFab

Libby Schaaf

Mayor of the City of Oakland

Mayor of the City of Oakland.

Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO, Vator

Ezra Roizen

Digital Media Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Paige Craig

Angel Investor

Jed Katz

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Noah Doyle

Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners

Alex Roizen

Adviser, Ackrell Capital

Erin Flynn

Investment Banker, Ackrell Capital

Benjamin Ling

Investment Partner, Khosla Ventures

Tianxiang Zhuo

Managing partner, Karlin Ventures

Phil Sanderson

Managing Director, IDG Ventures

Naveen Jain

CMO & Co-Founder, Immunity Project

Mike Walsh

General Partner, Structure Capital

Ian Ross

Founder & CEO OppSites; Principal at City Design Collective

Alastair Goldfisher

Venture Capital Journal, Thomson Reuters

Erik Moore

Founder and Managing Partner, Base Ventures

Josh Elman

Partner, Greylock

Lyle Fong

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Maha Ibrahim

General Partner, Canaan Partners


8:30am,,9:25am,, Registration, Coffee

9:30am,,9:40am,, Opening Remarks,, Emcee: Naveen Jain (CMO & Co-Founder, Immunity Project and Managing Partner, Vator Investment Club); Bambi Francisco (Founder & CEO, Vator)

9:40am,,10:00am,, Opening Keynote ,,

10:05am,,10:25am,, Session 1: Panel ,,

10:25am,,10:35am,, Break(10 min) - See Demo Tables,,

10:35am,,11:15am,, Session 2: Global Splash Competition Presentations - Top 4 Finalists ,,

11:20am,,11:40am,, Session 3: Floating Point - Lessons Learned ,,

11:45am,,12:25pm,, Session 4: Global Splash Competition Presentations - Second Top 4 Finalists,,

12:25pm,,1:35pm,, Break-Lunch (Judges' deliberate),,

1:40pm,,2:05pm,, Session 5: Fireside Chat,,

2:10pm,,2:30pm,, Session 6: Panel,,

2:35pm,,2:55pm,, Session 7: Presentation,,

2:55pm,,3:10pm,, Break (15 minutes),,

3:10pm,,4:10pm,, Session 8: Special Session - Closing the Diversity Gap,,

4:15pm,,4:40pm,, Closing Fireside,,

4:40pm,,4:45pm,, Announce Winner,,

4:30pm,,6:00pm,, Happy Hour

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.



Vator Splash is Vator's premier startup event and competition, which has been held in Oakland, Los Angeles, London and New York since 2010. Splash Oakland is unique in that it is a two-day conference, including a workshop day for entrepreneurs to learn how to start and build a company, for investors to sharpen their game and some special track sessions dedicated to women in tech and closing the diversity gap.

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

Kaiser Center

300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612

Getting there




Vator alumni have raised $400M-plus in follow-on capital. Here are a few:

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

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 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 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 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 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'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


Please see the articles from 2014 Vator Splash Oakland below. We will publish 2015 articles after the event.



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 or

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

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.