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Los Angeles Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference AND City Summit and Gala

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Burbank Marriott

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Pitch and network with venture capitalists, angels and accredited investors from Las Vegas, Southern California, Silicon Valley and throughout the country at the Los Angeles Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference AND City Summit and Gala

Black Dog Venture Partners has hosted investor events throughout the west and has raised millions of dollars for start ups as a direct result of our fast pitch conferences.

City Summit is a world class, socially conscious business acceleration experience. Our Summit’s mission and outcome is to elevate each of our attendee’s business acumen by giving them tools, techniques, knowledge, insights, motivation, and top-level networking relationships. We want our City Summit attendees to learn and grow.

The City Summit invites proven business leaders, strategists, and business owners to teach our community how to increase revenue, generate leads, diversify revenue, establish authority, raise the value of business, elevate brand awareness and concentrate on hyper-growth. The topics of the City Summit range from leadership, innovation, marketing, business fundamentals, operations, and inspiration.

The ultimate goal of the Summit is to fund the City Gala, and assist non-profit organizations that are solving global challenges such as advancing health and wellness programs, feeding hungry, sheltering homeless, liberating slaves from human sex trafficking, educational opportunities for under-served, and mentorship programs

This year we will support the beneficiaries of the 2019 City Gala. The 2019 beneficiaries are: Giving Hart, Tucker Teens & Tots, Rock Against Trafficking, Journey's Dream, Selah Freedom, United Intentions, From Orphan To CEO. Do not miss your opportunity to grow, share, contribute, and learn!

Our investor panelists include:

Scott Kelly, Black Dog Venture Partners

Scott Kelly Founder and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, is a 25 year fundraising, marketing, sales, training and publicity veteran. Scott has raised millions of dollars in capital for disruptive companies, garnered national media coverage for hundreds of regional and national brands and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the companies he has represented. He has also trained over 1,000 sales people and has taught marketing at the university level in the United States and Europe.

Michael Hool, Hool Coury Law

Michael Hool is our founding Partner and is a pioneer in the field of venture formation and financing in the Southwest and California. Michael works with select companies as an advisor, legal counsel and periodically serves in executive and board capacities. Michael practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial representation, securities, finance and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters, and all aspects of counseling emerging companies. He represents both issuing companies and investors in a large variety of financing transactions. In the past fiscal reporting year, the firm has assisted entrepreneurs in over $187 million in funding transactions and has assisted funds raise over $100 million for investment in emerging companies.

Michael represents or advises accelerators, incubators, and has formed three active angel investment groups, including ATIF (predecessor to AzTech Investors) and Canyon Angels. Michael has chaired or served on the board of Arizona Venture Capital Conference, BioAccel, AzTech Investors, Canyon Angels, and the Indus Entrepreneurs. Mr. Hool is currently active in formation of three separate seed stage investment funds. Mr. Hool is highly sought after as a speaker and author of papers on a broad variety of topics. Michael is also active as an investor in a growing portfolio of emerging companies.

Jerry Chen - Mucker Capital

Jerry Chen began his career in 2005 as a scholar and consultant a McKinsey & Company. In this role, he worked on problem solving training, projects, and conferences in China and Taiwan.

From 2006-2007, Chen was a Researcher at National Taiwan University. As a researcher, he conducted a national biochip research project with 60 members. He also lead a market survey of long-distance real-time learning among Taiwanese universities.

Chen worked as a Business Consultant at Air Liquide in France from 2008-2009. He was in charge of the project management of innovative equipment development for electronic assembly application. He was responsible for the global marketing research of this development project in the electronics industry and energy industry. Chen was also involved in cross-functional coordination among the development, sales, and marketing teams.

From 2009-2016, Chen worked in Global Strategy at Bayer in Germany, Taiwan, and China. In this role, he worked on global and regional strategy development and implementation, mergers and acquisitions, organizational consolidation, technology portfolio management, innovation management, co-producer, and partnership. He consulted on Bayer's supply chain operating model, IT strategy and organization, corporate finance, and human resources. Chen also worked in marketing and sales focusing on launching new medicines, customer-facing excellence in the global healthcare business, and hospital sales.

In 2015, Chen founded JC, a smart digital health company where he worked until 2017.

In 2018, Chen joined Mucker Capital, a seed-stage venture fund investing in digital technology companies.

Cameron Colvin, Chairman & CEO- Rise Above Enterprises

Cameron Colvin having played for the De La Salle Spartans, Oregon Ducks, and San Francisco 49ers. His story was recently portrayed by Ser'Darius William Blain in the 2014 Sony film When the Game Stands Tall, about his life through high school with the De La Salle Spartans.

Chairman of CamCo Commercial Inc & Creative Solutions company “Rise Above Enterprises Development " that has taken on projects for American Idol creator Simon Fuller as well as Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee.

Now author of Never Stop " 12 Principles of Success book series. Cameron has been featured in numerous global media outlets from Forbes, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, New York Post and more.

Cameron is currently an active investor on hit show Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch by Sprint which did 25,025,724 total views. His commitment to his sports career, business endeavors, and philanthropy with his 15 year non profit Linking Sports and Communities which supports underprivileged youth has set Cameron on a path to influence many around the world. Cam is your influential specialist that collaborates with brands to drive traffic and make splashes in your perspective market!

Mysty Rusk - Director of the USD’s Innovation Center

Mysty Rusk is the Director of the USD’s Innovation Center, The Brink. Rusk is an expert in innovation commercialization and angel investing. She has been involved from idea to IPO on numerous startups. Rusk has seen new materials and products that revolutionize industries and disrupt the world’s problems. She has evidence that with automation and purposeful invention, we can do things, faster, better and cheaper at the same time. Before coming to USD, Rusk served as the Associate State Director for Innovation and Tech Commercialization with the Central Cal SBDC.

Alex Mojtahedi - Plug & Play Investments

Alex is the Managing Director at Plug and Play, the most active venture capital firm in the United States to develop a significant presence in Southern California. Alex is working to not only oversee and run the operations, but build the core team, expand the corporate network, and form new strategic partnerships in the region. He is also leading the startup technical due diligence process to evaluate pre-seed, seed and series A investment decisions at Plug and Play Los Angeles.

With over a decade of management, research, and development experience in various technology fields, Alex has built his career as a serial entrepreneur, technologist and an investor. He currently holds two M.S. degrees in computer science (artificial intelligence) and he completed his first diploma in Aerospace Engineering when he was 18 years old.

Before joining Plug and Play, Alex founded Tilofy, an intelligent trend forecasting SaaS platform, in 2013. Tilofy went on to be recognized as one of the Top 50 to watch in Southern California's technology industry (along with Tinder, Snapchat, Whisper, RadPad etc.). Alex and Tilofy were also featured in over 18 different magazines and publications, including American Marketing Associations and Huffington Post. Some of the world’s most recognizable brands and agencies have also utilized Tilofy’s technology to disrupt their respective sectors, such as Red Bull, Altria, Wipro, Hershey, Henkel, RJ Reynolds, Swedish Match, Unilever and Samsung.

Alex is a frequent speaker and panelist on various venture capital and technology subjects. Last, but most definitely not least, Alex can also play chess with his closed eyes, has written two philosophical novels, and possesses the cooking ability of a world renowned chef.

Kevin Harrington - Shark Tank

Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur for over 40 years. He’s an original “Shark” on the Emmy-winning TV show, Shark Tank. He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co- Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Co-Founding board member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

Kevin has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each. He’s been involved in more than a dozen public companies and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities. Kevin has extensive experience in business all over the world, opening distribution outlets in over 100 countries worldwide. His success led Mark Burnett hand-picking Kevin to become an Original Shark on Shark Tank where he filmed over 175 segments.

Alec Stern - G20 Ventures

More than 25 years of experience as a founder and hyper-growth agent for companies across industries including Constant Contact. Alec is a primary member of Constant Contact's founding team as one of the original 3 in an attic and was with the company for 18 years from start-up, to IPO, to acquisition.

Performing hundreds of keynote addresses Worldwide, Alec has become known as America’s Startup Success Expert for his popular sessions at conferences like Powerteam International, Habitude Warrior, City Summit and Secret Knock. While on tour, Alec has shared the stage with the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson.

As one of the Northeast's 20 most accomplished entrepreneurs, he is a limited partner in Boston-based G20 Ventures which provides early traction capital for East Coast enterprise tech startups. Alec is also an angel investor in a number of rising startups.

Alec advises a variety of early stage companies and serves as a judge, mentor and advisor for nationally known startup accelerators and programs including TechStars, MassChallenge, MIT Start Smart, Lean Startup Challenge, the Stevie Awards and the United Way Youth Venture and speaks at Universities including Harvard and MIT.

Alec is an appointed member of the City of Boston Neighborhood Innovation District Committee and the CityStart Boston Civic Innovation program and Boston’s Small Business Advisory Council. Alec was honored for his contribution to the Boston Main Streets program with a Certificate of Appreciation award presented by the late Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino.

Brian Mac Mahon - Expert Dojo

Brian specializes in helping entrepreneurs become more successful in their business by using all the tools available to me as owner of the largest peer to peer peak performance academy in the world. Expert DOJO improves the success rate of early-stage entrepreneurs with investment, foundation, showcasing, influence, and community. Being a startup business is a lonely and difficult path to navigate. Why do it alone

Brian's recent TEDx talk about the Kidnapping of the American dream showcases my beliefs and ambitions for the future of entrepreneurship

John Syron - Aurelian Capital

John Syron is well-known as being a philanthropist, a market leading business owner, successful entrepreneur, advisor to fortune 500 level companies, political and business advocate and financier for people with new ideas. John has touched the lives of millions of people around the world with his support and remarkable reach.

John founded Vector Environmental Group, a privately held chemical engineering company, with a focus on making a significant impact on the environment. "I am proud to say that I started from nothing and, with a great team, created unique technologies that improved manufacturing efficiency, reduced carbon footprints, and earned countless awards." By the time John stepped down as CEO, his client list included General Motors Corp, BMW, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, NuCor Steel, and many other Fortune 500 companies.

John went on to found The Aurelian Company, which is dedicated to creating jobs and fostering financial independence by helping people acquire the capital, and the developmental assistance they need to start and grow business ventures in all fields. He aims to create thousands of new jobs, provided capital to hundreds of new and existing companies, have helped develop hundreds of new ideas, and have educated our clients on the inside tips and tricks to reduce the cost of financing. He creates insights that help his clients become and stay profitable.

Dinesh Gauba - Angel Investor

Dinesh Gauba is a dynamic entrepreneur and savvy investor who has leveraged 16 years of Silicon Valley technology industry experience in numerous senior roles with start-ups and public companies to fuel his current entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. Driven by integrity, innovation, fast thinking and an open mind, he has acquired and/or launched numerous ventures, including a small business online marketing consulting company, numerous income generating websites, dental offices, discounted debt portfolios, and a green waterless carwash company.

One of his portfolio companies called Eco Green Auto Clean is helping the planet by transforming how cars are cleaned around the world using plant-based non-toxic formulas with less than 1 cup of water per wash thereby saving billions of gallons of fresh water per year (www.OneCupOneCar.com).

In addition to his technology and business ventures, Dinesh is a savvy investor who has built up a diverse portfolio of angel investments, real estate investments, and alternate cash flow investments and is frequently sought after for his knowledge of advance tax reduction strategies. He is an expert at growing businesses and helping entrepreneurs and high income earners to keep more of every dollar they earn using some simple but unique tax reduction strategies and then helping them to invest in diversified cash flow streams so they can achieve true financial freedom much quicker.

Dinesh has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Sheila and their dog Fifi. He enjoys a wide range of outdoor adventurous activities and is passionate about driving and traveling the world. He is an avid car lover and enjoys learning about new technologies and healthy living.

Jay Goss General Partner Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

Three-Sixty Health is an LA-based venture fund led by seasoned healthcare executive John Nackel (former head of E&Y’s global healthcare practice and CEO of UnitedHealth Group’s Ingenix Consulting, now Optum) and professional early stage CXO Jay Goss, who has worked with dozens of early stage companies in his career and understands the entrepreneurial journey extremely well. The fund focuses on healthcare start-ups seeking Seed and Series A investment, and is a joint venture between one of Los Angeles’ most established and active venture funds – Wavemaker – and Three-Sixty Advisory Group, a ten year old healthcare consultancy. The fund’s investment thesis is that after 40 years, healthcare is transitioning away from fee-for-service to value-based payments, and with that comes a massive amount of disruption. There will be no shortage of clinical operations and business challenges to solve in the coming decade, and entrepreneurs are already coming out of the woodwork to solve these problems. Moreover, countless business models are now for the first time commercially viable because the healthcare industry is embracing value-based payments.

Lucas Pols - Venture Partner at Quake Capital Partners, and the founder of Spark xyz

At Quake Lucas is focused on expanding Quake’s venture capital and angel relationships. He is also providing operational guidance to the portfolio companies on a range of topics including leadership, recruiting, and sales.

Lucas received his Master’s in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Lucas was the case protagonist of professor Noam Wasserman’s case study, which focused on his venture, Spark xyz, and hybrid entrepreneurship.

Lucas also currently writes for Forbes and does speaking engagements around Los Angeles.

Drew Leahy is the Director of Equity Partnerships and Cofounder of Hawke Ventures

Managing deal flow for Hawke Ventures and a SWAT team of 5 marketers for portfolio clients. Three-time entrepreneur and inventor, Drew was previously the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-founder of SnapSuits.com, a tech-forward men’s fashion e-retailer. He leveraged his seasoned product team, based in Colombia, South America, to achieve an 8x ROI with powerful technology and marketing. Drew was also previously Entrepreneur in Residence at memBrain in Los Angeles, working with tech and entertainment angel investors Ken Hertz and Liz Heller, whom he met while pitching his first technology in 2006. He graduated from the University of Michigan and is the recipient of the 2010 Ross School of Business Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Scott Kelly, CEO

Black Dog Venture Partners

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