We’ve assembled a panel of SoCal entrepreneurs to share their experiences and insights about accelerators & incubators… from the entrepreneur’s point of view.
Our panel includes:
- Joey Flores, founder of Earbits (a Y Combinator company)
- Alex Benzer, founder of FanMix (a TechStars company)
- Mark Evans, founder of NetPlenish (a 500 Startups company)
- Rafi Gordon, founder of StyleSpot (an Idealab company)
Some of the topics to be covered will be:
- What each program/investor is all about… what they offer & how they differ
- How they got accepted (or rejected) by these investors
- What the day-to-day experience was like
- What was the biggest value they got from the investment… and what value is that investment providing today
upStart.LA, the Santa Monica based startup accelerator, is inviting Los Angeles tech entrepreneurs for an evening of discussion highlighted by a panel of startup founders that have received funding from leading accelerators and incubators with “Accelerators & Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View”. The event will feature a panel of some of SoCal’s brightest entrepreneurs who have received funding from TechStars, Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and Idealab, speaking to an expected 300 attendees and will be moderated by upStart.LA’s Co-founder, Dan Dato.
The panelists will share their experiences and insights about these programs and investors and offer a wide-range of information to the attendees before ending with a Q & A.
The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is located at 1855 Main Street in Santa Monica.
Tickets are $10. Reserve your place today!
upStart.LA is a startup accelerator based in Santa Monica, CA that helps tech entrepreneurs get their business up and going. upStart.LA offers an intensive three-month program and provides up to $18,000 of seed capital, extensive mentorship and a shared work environment to help entrepreneurs go from idea to product to fundable business. They are currently accepting applications for their January program until November 12, 2011. To apply, please visit http://upStart.LA/.
JOEY FLORES, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at Earbits (a Y Combinator Winter 2011 company)
Earbits is a marketing platform for music related products built around interactive radio experiences. Earbits works directly with labels, high quality artists and live music event promoters to create innovative internet radio-based promotions that turn listeners into loyal fans and consumers. They provide commercial-free streaming music on Earbits.com, Earbits Mobile Radio apps, and across a variety of affiliate website partners. (http://www.earbits.com/)
ALEX BENZER, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder at FanMix, previously known as SocialEngine (a TechStars Boulder 2011 company)
FanMix is a recommendation engine for social media marketing. You give us a topic, and we’ll tell you who cares about it the most and how you can engage them. We give you simple, plain-English suggestions that help you become a dangerously powerful social media wizard with zero effort. (http://www.fanmix.com/)
MARK EVANS, VP of Engineering & Co-founder at NetPlenish (a 500 Startups funded company)
NetPlenish is price comparison meets automatic replenishment for the things you buy over and over again. The basic necessities of life delivered to you from which ever merchant has the best deal each time. Kmart one time, WalMart the next. Store your shopping list in the cloud and select only the items you need each time. No order forms to fill out over and over, just one button to push to approve each order. A 45-minute weekly trip to the store is now a 45 second task on your phone! (http://www.netplenish.com/)
RAFI GORDON, Co-founder at StyleSpot (an Idealab funded company)
StyleSpot is the fashion publisher of the future, combining high quality editorial content and personalization with a shopping engine of nearly 1,000,000 items from 300 retailers. Distributed and marketed across all platforms, StyleSpot helps consumers stay on trend, translate those trends to any budget, and find the best sales from their favorite stores and designers. StyleSpot recently merged with Kaboodle, the online social shopping site owned by Hearst Corp.