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Urban Tech Connect - Collaborate, Create, Empower 2020

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Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

4708 West Washington Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90016

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Urban Tech Connect - Collaborate, Create, Empower

A different type of conference for those who think differently.
Not business as usual.


Once again, it’s on. Urban Tech Connect returns Thursday, May 20-21, 2020 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Build with industry thought leaders as well as potential investors who will offer authentic advice, invaluable insight and meaningful inspiration. Whether you’re looking to raise significant funding or be successfully acquired, Urban Tech Connect is uniquely designed to empower the next generation of South Los Angeles founders and entrepreneurs.

  • Fine tune your strategy for fundraising

  • Target angels and VCs to raise money

  • Overcome your fears and insecurities as a founder of color

  • Develop your go to market strategy

  • Think about opportunities in automation and how they might impact your business

  • Keep it moving even when the odds are against you

  • Vet alternative options to raising funds for your business

  • Develop tactics and strategies for product growth

You will meet:

  • Angles, VCs, & Successful Entrepreneurs

  • Professional resources (Banking partners, Legal advice, Incubators / Accelerator directors)

  • Other Founders and Executives that make up LA's tech and digital media ecosystem

  • City Officials, Non-Profit and Philanthropic stakeholders in Los Angeles who want to see more diverse faces in LA's innovation economy

Organizer: Plug In South Los Angeles

Previous Speakers
Cassie Betts, Founder, Made In South LA
Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Founder, Talent Venture Fund
Tiffany Brown, New Initiatives Director, Razor USA
Brent Bushnell, CEO, Two Bit Circus
Donna Byrd, Founder, BlueButterFly
Austin Clements, Principal, TenOneTen Ventures
Joe Fernandez, CEO at Joymode
Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Los Angeles
Al Harrington, Former NBA Player, Fouder, Viola
Christopher Lyons, Cultural Leadership Fund, Andreessen Horowitz
Anthony D. Mays, Software Engineer, Google
Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, The We Company
Martin Muoto, Founder and CEO, SoLa Impact Fund
Arabian Prince, Rapper and Technologist
Mary Pryor, Co-Founder, Cannaclusive
Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Second District, County of Los Angeles
Noah Rubin, VP of Creative Ventures, Merry Jane
Todd Terrazas, President, AI LA
Jay Tucker, Executive Director, UCLA Anderson School Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports
Aaron Samuels, Co-Founder and COO, Blavity
Jonathan Shieber, Senior Editor, TechCrunch
Kasha Stewart, Senior Director of Product Management, Beachbody
Anastasia S. Tarpeh-Ellis, Managing Director, Backstage Los Angeles
Stefanie Thomas, Investments, Impact America Fund
Karim Webb, CEO, 4thMVNT

Admission Fee: $175-$500

Venue: Nate Holding Performance Arts Theatre

Address: 4708 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.


May 20th

9:00 am – 10:00 am - Registration and Co-Working Attendees and partners are welcome to work on site in the morning & schedule meetings around the conference.

10:00 am – 11:55 am – Entrepreneurs & Founders attending the conference have an opportunity to meet Venture Capitalists during office hours (Office hours for mentoring and support)

10:00 am – 11:55 amOpportunities in Tech for Gen Z (Tech Futures)

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Power Break

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Breakouts, Workshops, Networking, Demos)

3: 00 pm -4:00 pm (Closing Networking Reception)

May 21st

10:00 am - Opening Remarks (main stage opens)

10:30 am - 12:00 pm (Talks, panels, Fireside Chats)

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm – Power Lunch

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Talks, panels, Fireside Chats)

4: 00 pm - Closing Remarks

Who should attend:
Founders, VCs, Angels, Technologist, Executives in tech and digital media, City of LA Stakeholders, Philanthropic Leaders

Registration & Questions:

Email: info@pluginsouthla.com

See speaker bios and learn more about the conference here.

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