$99 – $2,500

Los Angeles Venture Capital Fast Pitch

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Pepperdine University

6100 Center Drive

4th Floor - Room 333/334

Los Angeles, CA 90045

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Event description


Pitch and network with venture capitalists, angels and accredited investors from Las Vegas, Southern California, Silicon Valley and throughout the country at the Orange County Venture Capital Fast Pitch Conference

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.

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.

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!

Brian Mac Mahon - Expert Dojo

Brian Mac Mahon, the founder of Expert DOJO, has consulted and coached in over 35 countries bringing a global perspective to starting and growing a small business. He has been teaching the power of connecting in a community and the process of turning a pay it forwards mindset into a revenue generator for years. Expert DOJO are an early stage accelerator who invest $50,000 into early stage companies in Los Angeles and $100,000 into International companies.

Lucas is Managing Partner of Amplite Capital, Founder & CEO of Spark xyz, and a member of Tech Coast Angels.

In his previous career at ADP he successfully helped roll out two technology driven national pilots, while additionally winning District Manager of the Year and Sales Executive of the year. More recently he helped launch the Quake Capital Accelerator here in Los Angeles successfully building out their program and advising the startups on business development, leadership, and fundraising.

He 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.

Vishal Arora Technology Executive, Startup Investor, Incubator, and Advisor

Vishal is a technologist at heart. He enjoys building disruptive, innovative technology products and services that have worldwide impact, as well as investing in, incubating, and advising startups that do the same. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Vishal has served multiple products and professional services organizations like Microsoft, Symantec, Accenture, and Avanade in different leadership capacity, where his roles included enterprise product and services strategy, design and delivery, product and portfolio management, global technology and P&L management. He is a founder of both Netvega Solutions, an IT services firm focused on providing services and solutions for small to mid-market companies, and VDOSH, an investment and advisory firm focused on growing technology startups in the early stages of their development.

Vishal is passionate about startup mentorship and incubation and supports startups throughout the United States and India. He is a mentor with multiple incubation and acceleration centers including Alchemist Accelerator, Accenture Ventures and SAP and more.

Jeffrey D'Alessio - Investor

Jeffrey D'Alessio has founded several companies in the retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service industries. From Fashion to Finance and Mining to Motion Pictures Jeffrey has had decades of hands on experience in multiple industries. He actively invests in startups and emerging companies and is always willing to contribute his marketing and entrepreneurial disciplines to accelerate growth. He has a B.S. from Villanova University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and currently resides in Hollywoodland.

Alexis Bedoret - Make It Group

Alexis spent the last 10 years building startups with expertise in Software, Hardware and the Internet of Things. With his co-founders, they created a Startup Studio to invest in startups. They learned how to be the best builders, not by brainstorming, but by making their hands dirty building their own startups. Too many entrepreneurs focus on their product building great technology before validating that it actually fulfills a need for which the customer is ready to pay. This is a particular topic that they feel passionate about and they have built a great mindset and culture about this particular problem in the life of a startup. It's all about trying to generate customer traction as fast as possible, they believe that's the best way to validate a business opportunity.

JJ Richa - Investor

JJ Richa is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, executive and investor. JJ has successfully founded several companies, where he served as President and CEO, including a software company for the hospitality industry, an online eCommerce portal for high-end made-to-order gifts, and a custom software development company concentrating on the financial sector. JJ is a private equity investor, a longtime member of Tech Coast Angels where he served as its vice president and a member of its executive committee. JJ has served on numerous board of directors, started a private equity firm and served in senior executive restructuring and turnaround roles including interim CEO and fractional COO for businesses at various stages. JJ has BS and MS degrees from Cal State Long Beach.

Hershel Mehta, CPA - Private Investor, Mehta Ventures, Los Angeles, CA

Hershel Mehta is a Venture Capitalist in charge of U.S. investments through his Family Office's proprietary fund called Mehta Ventures. He has gone through the entrepreneurship journey himself, having published a mobile application in the Apple App Store in 2015, and Hershel uses that experience to help guide entrepreneurs through their own journeys. He finished his Venture Investing Education through the Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of Business. Likewise, he is a CPA certified by the CA State Board of Accountancy. Hershel has invested in 14 deals this last quarter, 11 of which were through the Y-Combinator W19 batch.

Smita G. Bagla - President of TiE Socal

As President of TiE Socal 2018, and re-elected for 2019 have instituted new initiatives and expanded the influence of TiE Socal team to Entrepreneurs, Investment Partners, and leading industry professionals in Silicon Beach, Glendale, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego along with Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County areas.

Arnaud Auvray - Venture Associate Quake Capital Partners

Arnaud Auvray was a graduate student in the Master of Science of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Southern California. He received a degree in business administration from the IE Business School in July 2016. Following his undergraduate studies, Arnaud started to work at a Venture Capital firm based in France, called Idinvest. Passionate about his work and the entrepreneurial world, he decided to create his own startup after received the point of view of investors. After creating his first venture, Arnaud passed three months in Palo Alto where he joined the Ignite professional program for entrepreneurs at the Stanford Graduate Business School. Arnaud is now a venture associate at Quake Capital with a large field of interests such as: smart cities, digital and mobility.

Nataliya Preiss - Co-Founder, Investor at Fitly

Entrepreneur. Mentor. Philanthropist. As a veteran Marketing expert and business development strategist, Nataliya Preiss is a huge advocate of financial literacy, youth mentoring, and women-focused financial coaching.

Dave Blackledge - Professor, GCU CCOB, Board Member of Canyon Angels

At GCU: David enters his fourth year of teaching at the Colangelo College of Business in Business Law and Ethics and also Finance. He is a founding Board Member of Canyon Angels at the school, and spends time assisting the Finance Club and volunteering with other extracurricular activities.

Outside of GCU: David focuses his practice on startup and emerging businesses particularly in various technology markets. This includes counseling business owners from entity formation through raising capital and company growth, and on business associations with other partnerships, distributors, licensees, and general business relationships. David spent the first thirty years of his professional career in sales and operations management of high technology startups giving him a unique perspective on advising business owners, investors, and others in the business world. David is an active investor in multiple angel groups and an Adjunct Professor in Law and Ethics at Grand Canyon University, as well as a mentor and judge in many Arizona-based business competitions.

Mr. Blackledge holds a BS in Management from the Pennsylvania State University, an MBA in Finance and International Business from George Washington University, both with honors, post-graduate work in Mergers and Acquisitions at UCLA, and a JD from the Arizona State University College of Law. David is a member of several professional associations focusing on the technology community as well as an active angel investor in both Phoenix and Tucson.

Jenny Q. Ta - CEO / Co-Founder of Sqeeqee.com & VCNetwork.co

Jenny Q. Ta is a veteran Wall Street self-made millionaire and founder of two tech companies VCNetwork.co, a virtual “E-Harmony meets Shark Tank” matching entrepreneurs with VCs and Sqeeqee.com, the first “social networthing” platform.

Ms. Ta is the mastermind behind the first-of-its-kind social networthing® site, Sqeeqee.com. Launched in 2015, the site gives individuals, businesses, celebrities, politicians, and non-profit organizations the ability to monetize their profiles in unprecedented ways. Sqeeqee is the first integrated ecommerce and social media platform offering live streaming capabilities built from within. Sqeeqee’s intent is to provide our global users an unprecedented platform to share compelling stories in real-time, empowering them to broadcast and receive live video footage anytime, anywhere on any device.

Ms. Ta is a seasoned entrepreneur with two successful ventures to her credit. She was the Founder and CEO of Titan Securities, a full service investment firm that was acquired. Prior to founding Titan Securities she was the driving force behind Vantage Investments, a full-service broker-dealer start-up she founded and grew to a quarter of a billion dollars in assets. Overall, she has extensive experiences in senior executive management, sales, marketing, finance, and the fintech (financial technology) industry of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency market.

Jenny is an author whose book, Wall Street Cinderella detailing her escape from Vietnam during the war and her path to success from welfare to Wall Street. As a self-made millionaire by her mid-twenties, the book will serve as a road map for women looking at a business career. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Financial Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from CSU, Fresno.

Alessandro Marianantoni - Exec. Director and Founder at M Accelerator

Alessandro Marianantoni is Exec. Director and Founder at M Accelerator in Los Angeles, offering programs to serve the Los Angeles Startup ecosystem providing students, early stage and later stage founders with skills to grow their startups.
He has designed and developed projects in different spaces: entertainment, engineering, architecture and healthcare, receiving public and private funding from a number of organizations including: UCLA, Google, Siemens, Marriott, Universal Studios, Disney, Amazon, Italian Government and the City of Pasadena.
Alessandro earned a degree in Computer Science from the University of L’Aquila, with a thesis on perceptual interfaces at the USC Integrated Media System Center.
Over the years he has run numerous international programs including summer bootcamps and international research initiatives at UCLA and he is now directing M Accelerator and MEDIARS LLC.

Amit Rathore - Founding partner of AwakeVC

Amit Rathore is a serial entrepreneur and investor, and most recently, the founding partner of AwakeVC, the corp venture arm of Awake. Powered by AwakeOS, the platform for decentralized marketplaces, Awake is creating the world’s largest e-Commerce marketplace for goods, services, and experiences. In this process, Awake is investing in, and transforming industries ranging from fintech, media and adtech, to food & beverage, commercial and residential real-estate, travel, cannabis, healthcare & wellness, and others.

Dasher Rattray - CerraCap Ventures

Dasher Rattray is the chief analyst at CerraCap Ventures, where he is responsible for company evaluation, industry research, deal sourcing, due diligence, and operations. Dasher assists the managing partners on investment decisions - often meeting with prospective portfolio companies for initial review and making connections for strategic partnerships.

Dasher has a joint degree in Finance (M&A) and Creative Writing from Florida State University. In the past, he has applied his passion for company evaluation as a Product Management consultant for EdTech Start-Up Kadenze. He has worked closely with AI start-ups such as 5th Dimension (Palantir Competitor), Nirveda (NLP), and QuantiX (dynamic hedge fund) to fundraise and develop their go-to-market approach.

Hobbies include collecting Scotch, performing Elvis covers, and abstract collage.

Jessie Lee(李薇)- Investment Manager Cybernaut Zfounder Ventures

Jessie Lee is the investment manager focusing on educational/consumer goods/fashion-tech industries from Cybernaut Zfounder Ventures.

She has been in the investment industry in China and USA for nearly 5 years now. Cybernaut is one of famous VC/PE institution in China.

Connie Harrell - Founder and President Keiretsu Forum Southern California, LLC

Connie’s unique business sense and creative vision is the blueprint for her proven successes in various industries as both a serial entrepreneur with retail, telecommunications, printing, graphics and forms design, technology, Internet community development and CEO/COO over companies in publications, telecommunications, technology with enterprise management systems, public relations, and fundraising. With a belief that people and relationships are the most vital part of life, along with her pioneering attitude and insatiable desire for new experiences, Connie founded and continues to grow the network of Keiretsu Forum Southern California, LLC, a region within the worlds largest network of angel investors.

Many more investors expected to attend!

Share with friends

Date and Time


Pepperdine University

6100 Center Drive

4th Floor - Room 333/334

Los Angeles, CA 90045

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Save This Event

Event Saved