Innovation & Growth Fair - Q3


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September 19th, 3PM TO 7PM


Taking Place


Agoura Hills Recreation Center

29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

-Only $25 For ADMISSION-

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 benefits our shared community.

Over 30 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

Discover Businesses

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.

Meet Non-Profits

Explore non-profits from across the region that are intent on supporting you and your community

Over 400 Attendees

Connect with the people from your community that share in the value of promoting growth and innovation. Shuttles will be available for overflow parking in nearby lots.

Great Opportunities To Get Involved

Be a Sponsor

Gain a variety of special benefits to build your brand, drive sales, and support other strategic objectives while giving back to your community by becoming a sponsor.

Our Most Supportive Sponsors


Explore a variety of packages to be placed in a leadership role, demonstrate your expertise, gain influence, and extend your reach across the regional community


How to Start and Grow Your Business

Come learn how to start and grow a business from two incredibly experienced and successful guest speakers.

We will cover how to bring your idea to life, how to test it in the market, and how to generate traction that fuels your growth and success.

You will have ample opportunity to ask the panel your own questions.

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Lisa Wong

Co-Founder and fearless leader of the PopBase team, Lisa Wong has over 25 years of experience as an artist, art tech, researcher, and consultant for video games.

She’s worked on multiple Star Wars titles (Lucas Film), NBA titles (2kSports) and Call of Duty (Activision), as well as worked in R&D for Sony Playstation (Playstation Move).

Prior to putting together the PopBase team, Lisa acted as the president of Fabulae Obscurae, producing and directing “Heathcote”, Creative Director for Empty Clip Studios and has led her own consulting firm, Bringing the Chips, serving high profile clients like Apple, ZS Associates, and Google. 

James Chan

Veteran of game development as CTO and Software Engineering Manager of game studios using internal technology.

Currently, the COO of Yacht Club Games.

Women in Business: insights into a woman's pursuit of a business or career

Learn from incredibly inspirational and successful women in your community.  You’ll hear about their journeys to pursue a career or business venture and explore the unique perspective of being a woman.

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Shannon Miller

Strategic Life & Business Coach. Entrepreneurship & Online Business Expert.

Shannon offers executive clients custom life and business coaching as well as playful interactive team building programs for sales and start up teams. ” A Happy life begins when you live on purpose.”

She is a serial entrepreneur with experience in ecommerce, importing, and acting.

Shannon is a great connector and mentor within the community.

Andrea Waibel

With over 20 years in Marketing, Advertising and Design, I have had the joy of combining my creative passions with my professional path.  What I do…WRITE IT, DESIGN IT, CAPTURE IT, SHARE IT and then watch it GROW!  

On any given day you can find me leading successful campaigns, rebranding a voice, creating brand awareness, improving lead generation & SEO, coming up with new editorial pieces and content designs, capturing inspiring moments in action and giving all I have to make a positive impact on both the brand and the bottom-line.  

Industries include Videogames, Entertainment, Construction, Insurance, Risk Management, Human Resources, Packaging Design & Printing, Photography, Film Industry and more.

Nichole Went

Mother of 3, ten years as a fully licensed Registered Representative in financial services with 5 office locations and 50+ agents.
Corporate experience in medical device marketing. Successfully brought the LAP-BAND® to market from start-up to multiple acquisitions, and eventually to Fortune 500 company, Allergan.
Served 13 years in the United States Air Force as a Public Affairs Specialist. Author, speaker and mentor to women and young entrepreneurs. 
I’m passionate about collaboration, education and transparency in business. I think there are amazingly talented people that often find themselves in the wrong environments where their gifts and talents go unnoticed and undeveloped.
Mentorship, connecting to other like-minded individuals, and sharing experiences is crucial in effort to grow and have real change in our communities. 

Nada Lena

Nada Lena gets the honor of helping individuals and companies grow through providing sustainable solutions, training, and resources for people development. She is a Leadership Development and Career Confidence Coach, Professor, and Motivational Speaker.

With over 10 years of experience as a college professor in leadership and a former top executive, Nada understands the importance of fusing education, empowerment, and leadership together. She founded Rise Up For You in 2016, an educational and motivational company that provides strategies and solutions to enhance company culture and people development.

Through interactive and experiential events, one to one coaching, corporate training, and online programs, Rise Up For You puts special focus on the people, emotional, and social skills needed to be successful personally and professionally. The company has been featured on CBS, Face The Truth with Vivica A. Fox, and Lebanon’s National Prime News Channel, LBC News. 

Fundraising & Exit Strategies, and Investment Strategies

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Asher Leids

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.

Ian Smith

Ian is a partner at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth.  His specialties include: Corporate law, public and private securities, venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions.

Blake Baxter

Blake is an accomplished strategy, execution, and operations expert with a broad understanding of many industries.

Seasoned in ventures of all sizes to create growth in market valuation, deal structuring, Private Equity, and Venture Capital.

Sits on the advisory board to the Dean of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

15 years experience implementing socio-economic theory to expand and develop ecosystems in multi-national endeavors advising ultra-high net-worth individuals.

Extensive experience in rapidly scaling companies of global reach with a specialty in company rehabilitation and turnaround

Well experienced with working with both small and large teams. Understands how to work with both high/low structure tools in order to keep the creative elements high, yet also maintaining operational efficiency of our drastically expanding team.


Get exposed to a wide variety of people sharing their passions and experience with you on our expo floor.

Topics Include

🤖 AI/Machine Learning


⛓️ Blockchain/Crypto

🏢 Business / Entrepreneurship

💬 Community Development    

📷 Content Creator (photo/video/writer) 

🔒 Cyber Security

🎓 Education   

⚡ Electrical Engineer


⚕️ Health Care 

👋 HR/Recruiting

🌍International Growth

💵 Investor/M&A

👩‍⚖️ Legal

📋 Logistics 

🎯 Marketing/Sales


📐 Physical Engineer

🎁 Physical Products

🏠 Real Estate

⌨️ Software Engineer/ Programmer 

🖥️Software Products 

💻 Web Design/Front End/UX/Graphics


Micro Workshops

15 or 30 minute sessions with outstanding mentors.

Leave the event with practical knowledge and skills that you can act on immediately.

Seating will be limited – Reserve a spot using the buttons below

Floating Mentors

These amazing mentors will be available and floating around the event.

Don’t be shy about approaching them. They want to be approached. That’s why they are mentors!


City of Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills is a unique suburban community exemplified by a commitment to the preservation of its history, a high quality of life, a vibrant business community, and environmental sensitivity.

We are a city steeped in a rich historical past through which we have emerged as a vital, prosperous community committed to excellence, innovation, and sound fiscal policies. Our neighborhoods are safe, healthy, and as unique as the individuals who inhabit them.

We believe the City’s greatest asset is our people and we welcome the involvement of all those who live and work in the City of Agoura Hills to partner with us in making this community one of excellence.

We are committed to preserving the unique character, historical and rural fabric, and environmental beauty that defines Agoura Hills to its residents. We will accomplish this through the values of Service, Integrity, Positive Solutions, and Cooperation.

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

The purpose of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the profitability of businesses through leadership, political action and dynamic programs to promote economic vitality for our members and community.

Core Competencies

  • Building a strong local economy.

  • Promoting the community.

  • Providing networking opportunities.

  • Representing the interests of business with government.

  • Supporting a sustainable future.

Economic Development Collaborative Ventura County (EDC)

The EDC creates confident, connected business owners, civic leaders, and community partners by providing tools to build pathways for economic development.

A private nonprofit, the EDC was founded in 1996 with funding from the County of Ventura, the 10 cities in the county and key private-sector companies to provide a pathway to business growth, economic prosperity and high quality of life for all.

In partnership with the Small Business Development Center, the EDC is regional asset for economic vitality in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties, giving businesses, community partners and civic leaders the resources they need to succeed.
By leveraging public and private funds, the EDC has become a key player in delivering business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives that support the regional economy.
To get support and learn more about our programs, please visit us at

*SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any products, service, or entity.


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.


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.

Québec Government Office

Québec (Canada) is a modern society offering a unique stimulating environment. Recognized for its quality of life, it’s a place where everyone feels safe and can find their place. Québec stands out for the warmth of its people, its job opportunities and its values based on tolerance and cultural diversity.

Over the next 10 years, Québec will have to fill more than 1.3 million jobs in several key sectors of its economy, of which more than 20% will be occupied by immigrants. This context is prompting growing numbers of employers to turn to international recruitment.

Québec Businesses welcome workers from around the world with their know-how, skills, language, culture and religion.

Québec offers services to newcomers to help them integrate and become active participants in Québec society.

We are interested in meeting people ready for international mobility that would enjoy a change of pace and all of what Québec has to offer.

We are especially interested in IT specialists. Come visit us on the expo floor to learn more.

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.

Alpha Biz Commerce

Small businesses are challenged at every stage. They have difficulty starting. They have difficulty finding the first few customers. They have difficulty growing. They struggle every week to make payroll, rent, and incoming invoices.

Search. Compare. Bid. Inspect. Negotiate. Finalize. Hire. Market. Open. Operate. Expand.

These are a few steps in purchasing and starting a new business. Alpha Biz Commerce supports the entrepreneur at every stage.


Coworking, Programs, and Community.

Supporting and advancing entrepreneurship,  innovation, and economic development.

Hub101 is startup culture and a welcoming place to connect with others that live that culture.


Papi Digital helps early-stage startups grow quickly. Finding fast and cost ways to return revenue from the internet.

At Papi Digital, we are a collective of artists, designers, and media buyers. Our creative and professional team came together in 2017, with the belief that collaboration breeds excellence.

We take our work seriously, but also know how to have fun with a project.

We are excited to meet potential new hires, e-commerce companies, podcasters, and others that could benefit greatly from digital marketing.


Apollo Robotics leverages technologies like machine learning, 3D digitization, drones, and sensing technologies including LiDAR, RGB cameras, and thermal cameras to automate the digital surveying of worksites.

World Financial Group

Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions to licensed professionals regarding retirement, debt, budgeting, college savings, insurances, will and trusts. Free complimentary “Dream Maps” offered to those wanting details on what their current financial situation is, how far it will get them and what gaps exists.
U.S. Department of Labor states need of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population ages and life expectancies rise, demand for financial planning services will continue to increase. Learn more about the financial industry, licensing and if a career in financial services might be a fit.
We will be raffling two gift cards to Starbucks for $20 each, and a $50 gift card to Target for those that enter the drawing.


We are really excited to meet retailers, restaurants, and investors to build relationships with! Come say hi!

Conejo Valley Pride

Conejo Valley Pride (CVP) is a grassroots organization working to empower, educate, and celebrate our inclusive LGBTQ+ community.
The 2019 Conejo Valley Pride Festival promises to build on the incredible success of last year’s inaugural event with more entertainment and activities for LGBTQ+ residents, families, and allies of the Conejo Valley and beyond.

This year’s theme of #CommunityPride seeks to promote visibility and to empower, educate, and celebrate our inclusive community.

We are excited to connect with the 805 community and we are currently seeking sponsors interested in supporting the mission of CVP for year’s to come.

Museum of Ventura County


PureSpectrum is a rapidly growing modern-day research automation platform based in Los Angeles, CA. The company was founded in 2015 by industry veterans who knew there was a better way to sample. We are committed to providing our clients with automated technology to maximize quality, ease of use and speed to insights.

We are actively seeking new hires. 

Please explore the many opportunities at the link below and feel free to come discuss them with us at the Fair.

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Founded in Newport Beach by four attorneys in 1975, Stradling has grown to more than 130 attorneys in ten offices across California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. Originally a corporate law boutique, Stradling now offers a wide range of legal services.

Our attorneys specialize in areas as diverse as corporate transactions, securities and complex business litigation, tax, intellectual property, employment, real estate, public law and municipal finance. This enables us to represent some of California’s leading companies and municipalities in a broad array of complex and sophisticated matters.

We are long time supporters of 805 Startups and the regional ecosystem. 

Please come say hi and let us know how we may be able to help you succeed.

-Only $25 For ADMISSION-

Who Comes to the fair?


Home Owners

Over 30 Years Old


Make Over $200k a Year

of Businesses are Seeking Talent

Bachelors or Higher Education

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