Innovation & Growth Fair - 2019 Q1
BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER to support you
March 27, 3pm to 7pm
Agoura Hills Recreation Center
29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
A collaborative experience
Come meet and learn from a wide range of businesses, non-profits, and government agencies that are coming together to offer you more support than any one of us could provide alone. Your success and growth is a success for our shared community.
Over 35 Mentors and Think Tanks
You can find a revolving cast of mentors on our expo floor that are excited to share their expertise and advice with you and sit down to join riveting discussions with a variety of Think Tanks
Exhibiting businesses on our expo floor will be showcasing what they do, looking for new hires, looking for investors, and looking for partners
Connect With Your Government
Meet representatives from many government agencies looking to connect you to an abundance of resources and learn how they can better serve you
Expert Speaker Panels & Workshops
Sit in on panels featuring experts to help you learn "How to Grow a Business" and "Fundraising and Investment Strategies". Discover a variety of workshops to help you learn new practical techniques and best practices.
Explore non-profits from across the region that are intent on supporting you and your community
Over 300 Attendees
Connect with the people from your community that share in the value of promoting growth and innovation.
Participate in the Event
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General Admission Tickets Increase to $25 after March 25th
Be sure to reserve a spot to guarantee you can participate! Seating is limited!
Raising Money While Avoiding VCs with Brad Weber - 3pm to 5pm
Achieving Audio Engineering Success With Jonathan Brown - 3pm to 4pm
Your 30 Second Elevator Pitch with Ray Caldwell - 3pm to 4pm
The 6 Stage Interview Process with Jason Stomel and the Cadre Team - 3pm to 4pm
How to Manufacture and Source a Physical Product with P.J. Tezza - 3pm to 5pm
How to Counteract the Negative Effects of The Work Place on Your Body with John Rossi - 3pm to 7pm
How to Make Effective Content For Social Media Platforms with Nikki Jahanforouz - 4pm to 6pm
Understanding How to Effectively Use Influencer Marketing with Jonathan Brown - 4pm to 5pm
How to Build an Audience for Your Podcast with Marc Honoroff - 4pm to 6pm
How to Design Sales Funnels and Marketing Strategies with Stephen Gorgey- 4pm to 6pm
Generating Well-th: How Mindfulness Improves Productivity with Catherine + Justin Ezor - 4pm to 7pm
How To Utilize Engagement Marketing with Ray Caldwell - 4pm to 5pm
Understanding How to Successfully Fundraise From Investors with Rich Weir - 5pm to 7pm
Preparing a Winning Resume with Cindi Feig - 5pm to 7pm
How to Negotiate Your Salary with Austin Banick - 5pm to 6pm
Lessons Learned From 10 years of Cloud Computing with Daniel Demaggio - 5pm to 6:30pm
Game Development Best Practices with Nick deBoisblanc - 5:30pm to 7pm
Toastmasters Introductory Workshop with David Boberg - 5:30pm to 7pm
How to Partner with Nonprofits to Grow Your Business with Eric Knight - 5:30pm to 7pm
Think Tanks are stations set up for you to join others during the event to discuss hot topics together.
It is a great way to connect with your community to share ideas, experiences, and methodologies–the fuel for accelerating innovation!
We have a few seats available at each Think Tank to be reserved, others are first come first serve.
Gaming and Game Development - 3pm to 4pm
How to Create and Validate Minimum Viable Products - 3pm to 4pm
"What a Makerspace can do for YOU and the Conejo Valley" led By Dan DeMaggio and Mike Outmesguine - 4pm to 5pm
Real Estate Investment Using Syndicates or Equity Crowdfunding - 6pm to 7pm
Crypto and Blockchain Trends Led by David Cho - 6pm to 7pm
Discover More Think Tanks or Lead Your Own During the Event!
We have a selection seats available at each Speaker Panel to be reserved, others are first come first serve.
How and If you should pursue icos or stos
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Paul is partner at Digital Asset Advisors, Silicon Valley Blockchain Society LA Team Lead, entrepreneur and advisor.
Paull is skilled in Fundraising, Team Building, Management, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), and Leadership across Commercial Real Estate, Emerging Technologies, and Blockchain.
Actively engaged in community building and non profit advisory.
Paul’s three passions are the intersections of 1) finance and technology, 2) human output and energy transference, 3) sustainable food solutions in outer-space.
Securities and corporation finance attorney Charles Kaufman guides growing companies
and entrepreneurs raising capital through STOs, crowdfunding and other traditional
and alternative methods.
A shareholder of Lexcuity PC (formerly known as Homeier
Law PC), he draws on over 20 years’ experience both at global law firms and as general
counsel of a public company to advise his clients in selecting from the array of options
now available for directly reaching investors over the internet, and in executing an
effective and compliant raise.
Within the crowdfunding and STO space, Charles
represents companies seeking capital through Title II (Rule 506(c)), Title III (Reg CF),
and Title IV (Reg A+) of the JOBS Act. For companies already public or seeking to use
JOBS Act crowdfunding as an entry to the public capital markets, he advises on
registered and hybrid offerings, securities law reporting and compliance, corporate
governance and global compliance.
Alon is a Founding Partner at GHV, Co-Founder of Crypto Invest Summit, LA Blockchain Week, 805 Startups &Investedin. Specialties: Crypto, Crowdfunding, Punk Rock 🙂.
Alon will be leading the discussion and moderating a panel of experts in ICOs and STOs to help you understand if they make sense for your business and how to utilize them.
Fundraising & Exit Strategies, and Investment Strategies
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Asher is a highly active angel investor with a large portfolio of well known startups like Omaze and Thrive Market. Before being disabled as a result of a drunk driver colliding with him, he was a SEC attorney–previously a partner at Donahue, Mesereau, & Leids LLP.
Asher spends most of his time split between the Greater Los Angeles area and Silicon Valley. He focuses on companies with strong cultures and agendas designed to benefit society as a whole. This includes making a concerted effort to find companies founded and lead by women and minorities.
His blunt honesty and drive to help others grow makes him a great mentor and advisor. You will no doubt get to experience that during the panel discussion with him.
Get exposed to a wide variety of people sharing their passions and experience with you on our expo floor.
You can reserve time with them before the event or walk right up to them–only a few spots are marked reserved.
🤖 AI/Machine Learning
🏢 Business / Entrepreneurship
💬 Community Development
Content Creator (photo/video/writer)
🔒 Cyber Security
⚡ Electrical Engineer
⚕️ Health Care
📐 Physical Engineer
🎁 Physical Products
🏠 Real Estate
Web Design/Front End/UX/Graphics
Avi Dukler – 5pm to 6pm
Proven business leader who can take emerging technologies and build successful businesses.
My primary interests are in the life sciences and healthcare services fields focusing on biomarkers, new applications for digital health, personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics.
I also have significant international experience and have started built and run operations in Israel, Europe and the U.S. I have completed several transactions including M&A, asset sales, IP licenses, and private and public fund raising.
I would love to meet entrepreneurs and investors with the goal of solving major healthcare problems.
🎓 🌍 ⚡
Bin Feng – 4pm to 5pm
Successful STEM educational start-up that began with two Kickstarter and one IndieGoGo campaign(s).
Deep knowledge of STEM technology and how you can bring it to the classroom, lowering the barriers for all kids to get involved with STEM from an early age.
Global company that reaches millions of kids and gets them excited about learning, applying logic, critical thinking skills and more – how to generate excitement when you have an idea that can be applied in real life.
I would love to meet STEM educators, school district decision makers, and people that want to be makers or need help pursuing a similar business venture.
⚡ 📐 🎁 👋
Casper Reaves – 4pm to 5pm
Electronics, Financial Services, Semiconductor, Talent Development, Small Business Operations, Materials Engineering, Marketing
I would love to meet successful consultants, investors, college professors, non-profit leaders, and anyone seeking guidance in entrepreneurship or physical engineering.
Chuck Best – 5pm to 6pm
Past CFO of young start-ups and two public companies. Operationally focused, but with considerable M & A experience.
I would love to meet with entrepreneurs of any type and any stage of their development. I’m here to help.
Chris Ware – 4pm to 5pm
I’m an emotional leader who specializes in building world-class teams under demanding circumstances.
As an expert in medical device product development, operations, and regulatory strategy, I am an adviser and investor for early-stage medical technology companies.
I would love to meet entrepreneurs in the medical technology space who may benefit from my experience as well as those seeking early-stage (pre-seed / seed) round funding.
Furthermore I’m interested in meeting potential investment partners who share the same values and interests as I do.
Cynthia Escobar – 6pm to 7pm
I am a Professional Speaker, LifeMastery Consultant and DreamBuilder Life Coach.
I would love to take you on a journey into 3 essential transformational principles in achieving success.
The key topics would be Clarity is Power, Decision and Befriending Fear.
This is a talk that would speak to any individual seeking success.
I would love to meet professionals seeking greater time and financial freedom.
David Cho – 6pm to 7pm
I am centered on ideas of freedom and liberty as those are fundamental qualities of a truly effective public market for goods and services.
My passion is focused on blockchain commerce, startups, and web application architecture.
I have immense experience with the United State Department of Defense and in building blockchain and crypto related startups.
I would love to meet anyone interested or working on blockchain startups or interested in enabling more of them to exist.
I will be leading the Blockchain and Crypto Trends Think Tank, join me there.
Edward Brancieri – 4pm to 5pm
Focus on Operations, Logistics and Management. Benchmarking, Budgeting and Scalability. Strategies, Process Improvements and Team Building.
Recent projects: Higher education publishing start-up: acquired by international public corp. Residential multi-unit housing; developed marketing strategies, increase growth, marketing, revenue and increase NOI for sale listing.
I would love to meet anyone interested in or involved in the above. I love meeting people that enjoy collaborating or bringing individuals together.
Frederic Rough – 5pm to 6pm
I am all about Cryptocurrency, Decentralized Ledger Technologies, Cyber Security.
I would love to meet with anyone interested in the above, especially entrepreneurs and any VCs, Angels, or Family Offices.
Come visit me at the CoinSquad space on the expo floor.
Gerhard Apfelthaler – 3pm to 5pm
DEAN, CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT. HIGHER ED LEADER, EDUCATOR, ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR, AND …
New venture creation, global expansion, all things entrepreneurship or education–I can help you in a lot of ways.
I would love to meet early stage startups and startups interested in international operations or already involved in internationalizing.
Harriet Cohen – 4pm to 6pm
Worked with many start ups developing foundational tools; business plans, marketing plans, target marketing, SWOT, strategic planning, how to hire and retain, developing staff In business for 20 years as well as and advisor and consultant to others. Worked in small businesses. Teach management and aspects of HR @ UCLA One of the original mentors for start up weekend.
I would love to meet start ups to mature corporations looking to confirm they have the key foundational tools to enable them to start maintain or grow; this includes strategic and marketing plans, SWOT, talent management, engagement, and other tools that are necessary at every stage.
Heather Boren – 4pm to 6pm
I run a business focused on commercial real estate; leasing of office and retail space; site selection.
I hold a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Communication Studies from UCLA and will soon receive her MBA from Pepperdine University.
Additionally, I still find time to make it to the ice rink where you can find me either figure skating or cheering on the LA Kings.
I would love to meet with companies experiencing growth (i.e. have 0 or 1 locations) that are looking for guidance in understanding the pitfalls of leasing space.
Jolene Ho – 5pm to 6pm
I am an outgoing, people-person who loves building and maintaining strong rapport with everyone I cross paths with. I thrive in fast-paced environments, learn quickly and adapt well in many different situations. I have a wide spectrum of interests, but my main interest is recruiting in the tech space, which initially developed during my internship at expanXion.
I can help you with technical recruiting, interviewing, resume building, and cover letters.
I would love to meet anyone in need of the above, especially if you are involved in robotics.
Joshua Hinkson – 5pm to 6pm
Co-founded padx.com Expertise in operations, strategy, innovation, product management, technology management, communication management, leadership (transformational), creating efficiencies. and streamlining processes.
I would love to meet people interested in or seeking support with Tech Innovation Operations, How to Turn an Idea Into a Company, Leadership and communication, or How to Build the Right Team.
Lorena Aviles-Galberth, CPSM – 4pm to 5pm
Complementing my measurable contributions are my achievements in leading, motivating, and developing teams. I am adept at influencing employees across all organizational levels to exceed performance expectations and adopt and champion change.
I can assist you with:
• Spend Analytics
• Strategy development and implementation
• Savings, cost reduction, cost avoidance
• Contract negotiation and contract management
• Change agent, coach and mentor, BB certified
• Problem Solver, can do attitude, focused on issues and resolutions
I would love to meet people that see value in my guidance or other new entrepreneurs seeking peer support. I too am beginning to make the jump from corporate to pursue my own business.
⚕️ 🌱 🤖 🎁
Maria Malavenda – 4pm to 5pm
I have spent the last 20+ years in Strategy and Corporate Development which included M&A. I am considered an expert in B2B and B2C Data, Sales & Marketing Automation, and ERP. Industry sectors include: Healthcare/Personal Care. Life Sciences, Digital Health, Consumer Products, Media & Entertainment. I have 2 exists: Wireless Medical Device with data analytics (Bosch), Fan Engagement Platform for Pro Sports, NCAA and Entertainment (IMG).
I would love to meet any individuals needing support in the area of Go To Market Strategy, Product/Pricing Strategy, Branding, Strategic Partnerships, etc.
Additionally, I would like to meet investors, individuals interested in strategic partnerships with my current company, EVVEMI
Matthew Bentley – 5pm to 7pm
I can help you with developing high quality and agile MVPs, how to make important early staging technical decisions, how to learn to right questions to ask a developer or technical co-founder.
Anything related to Software Development, Choosing the correct technology for your startup, Lean Startups, or Agile Software Development.
I would love to meet anyone who has general or specific technical questions related getting a new idea off the ground whether at a startup or an established company.
Nancy Lee Ma – 6pm to 7pm
I am a CPA who works with entrepreneurs to teach them about the financial part of a business.
I work with start-up companies through under five years in business.
I work with serviced-based businesses and online retailers across multiple states. I have skills with bridging the financial and technology together to streamline their accounting and bookkeeping.
I would love to meet with entrepreneurs who have no or very little knowledge about the financial part of a business and want to become financially literate for their personal and business finances. I’m here to help!
Paul Shrater – 5pm to 6pm
I have knowledge in E-commerce, Consumer Products, Fulfillment, Contract Packaging, Food Service, Distribution, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, Marketing, Supply Chains, Business Growth, and more. I’m also an investor.
I would love to meet anyone interested in or involved in the above. I love to get to know others in our community and find ways to support people like you.
Rafael M Lopes – 5pm to 6pm
I am focused on product development, product management, product strategy, service experience design, startup formation, and marketing / brand strategy.
I would love to meet VCs, angels, healthcare industry professionals, financial industry professionals, and anyone that can benefit from my knowledge and experience. Especially, those interested in medical device innovation.
Robert Alexander – 5pm to 6pm
I have experience in Graphic Design, Sound Design, Process Flow, Entrepreneurship, Inner-Wisdom, Organization, Networking, Outreach and so much more!
My main focus is on my new business that offers private sessions and personalized music to help provide mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
I have worked with clients all over the world and helped them experience massive life changing breakthroughs.
Each client has an option to receive personalized music and is assisted uniquely with gentle and powerful self-discovery techniques!
I would love to meet people that are interested in anything above. I love to collaborate and help where I can.
Shannon Miller – 4pm to 6pm
Strategic Life & Business Coach. Entrepreneurship & Online Business Expert.
I offer executive clients custom life and business coaching as well as playful interactive team building programs for sales andstart up teams. ” A Happy life begins when you live on purpose.”
I would love to meet people interested in starting their dream business without quitting their job, the benefits of using open source CMS like Drupal & WordPress, selling online, branding, and coaching. I love to help people, so don’t be shy.
Suresh Mohanakrishnan – 4pm to 5pm
I have developed software and managed software development teams for the past 20 years.
I would be happy to share my experiences of what it takes to develop a new software product for end users and what it takes to get them to actually use the product.
I would love to meet people who have an idea, requirements or designs (even on the back of a napkin is ok) and need technical advice to prepare them for what it takes to develop their idea into a working product.
KPMG is a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services.
At KPMG, we inspire confidence and empower change in all we do. We recognize our responsibility to drive positive, sustainable change.
We aim to extend our culture to yours by participating in the Innovation & Growth Fair.
Come visit us to learn some great tips to grow your business by properly tracking and managing your financial data and more.
Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
For nearly 50 years, the Graziadio Business School has been anchored in the core values of integrity and innovation and dedicated to shaping Best for the World Leaders that drive meaningful, positive change in their global organizations and communities.
We offer a wide continuum of full-time and part-time MBA programs, as well as executive doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, and joint degree programs online and across six California campuses, including Malibu and Silicon Beach.
Come explore how we are supporting the local business ecosystem on and off campus.
Founded in 2012, and based in Westlake Village, Calif., Microduino is an award-winning global designer, developer, manufacturer and seller of stackable electronic building blocks.
Our systems are designed to encourage and enhance inventors’ creativity, imagination, and ingenuity through project-based learning.
Our number one goal is to lower the barriers to STEM education through our products.
Microduino is currently in use on six continents. More than 3 million students from kindergarten to college have experienced Microduino’s magic.
Come visit us on the expo floor to learn more about our mission and discover ways we can work together to spark innovation around the globe.
CV Make is a Makerspace created to serve the Southern California, Conejo Valley area.
We support and embrace the resurgence of hands‐on Do‐It‐Yourself and maker culture through classes, meetups, membership, and community outreach where engineers, artists, students, and entrepreneurs can make ideas into real things.
We will be leading a think tank about “What a Makerspace can do for YOU and the Conejo Valley”.
Stop by to join us in the discussion and learn more about our passion for makerspaces.
ModVans is a new Recreational Vehicle Manufacturer based in Ventura, California.
Our vision is to build a line of high-quality, high-design RVs for modern lifestyles and budgets and offer them for sale direct to the consumer.
Our chassis is built by Ford at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.
The ModVans CV1 is assembed in Ventura, CA by an employee owned, environmentally aware corporation that pays living wages and offers full benefits.
Come visit us for a tour of the van, to ask us about startups, manufacturing, or software engineering.
We are also looking to meet potential people to join our team
Managed Cryptocurrency Service Provider®
We make investing in the cryptocurrency market easy, safe, and profitable!
If you are actively investing in crypto or interested in becoming a crypto investor, come visit us.
We will be happy to help you understand if your workflow is secure, how to improve it, or how to get going.
GDM (Game Developers Meetup)
Game Developers Meetup Group. Based at Hub101 in Westlake Village, CA.
We will meet monthly for a dev night, with more events to be announced later.
If you bring your passion, and we’ll provide the community of fellow developers.
Come get to know us to discover the larger game development community in your own backyard.
AFA HUB is a program by Actors for Autism, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization since 2005 that is dedicated to the advancement, education, and training of people on the autistic spectrum.
We provide vocational training programs for adults 18 years of age and older in Animation, Film, Video Game Design, Visual Effects, 360VR, and Micro-Enterprise.
Our unique educational programs are vendored with the state of California Regional Center System.
We were voted Ventura County Autism Society’s 2018 Adult Services Provider of the Year!
Or visit us on the expo floor!
We are part of the worldwide Toastmasters organization, and meet each week to empower our members by helping them improve their speaking, communication and leadership skills.
How do we do this? Come visit us to learn all about it.
However, the best way to find out is to experience it. Be sure to take part in our workshop to do exactly that!
The Ventura County Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1971. It has been an active chapter since that time and currently has more than 60 volunteers.
The members of SCORE Ventura County are active and retired successful business owners and managers. Our members volunteer their experience and knowledge to help established business owners and potential business owners achieve success.
Our goal is to support businesses and careers flourish in the area–including you.
Come visit us to learn how we can help you succeed.
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.
The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
Come stop by to learn about all the wonderful resources we have available to you and how to gain access to them.
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Who Comes to the fair?
Over 30 Years Old
Make Over $200k a Year
of Businesses are Seeking Talent
Bachelors or Higher Education