805 startups' impact summarized


Events since January 19, 2016


Mentors Activated


Speaking Seats Filled






Workshops Held


People Trained


Weekend Long Incubators


New Businesses Incubated


New Entrepreneurs and Intrepreneurs


Individual Participants*

Economic Development Impact


Received Support Growing Their Business*


Jobs Created*


Introductions to New Hire Candidates*


Received Support Choosing Where to Locate Their Business*


Received Support Fundraising*


Capital Raised


Accredited Investors*


Active Investors*


Deployable Investment Capital*


Discovered New Investment Deals*


Learned Something New About Investing in Their Community*

Workforce Development Impact


Received Support Growing Their Career*


Discovered a Job*


Received Support Learning How to Seek a New Job*


Received Support Connecting to a Mentor*


Received Support Making a Decision About Their Career*

Community Development Impact


Made New Friends*


Made More Than Five New Friends*


Discovered Something New About Their Community*


Received Support Deciding Where to Live*


Received Support Deciding What Car to Buy*


Received Support Deciding About Their Continued Education*


Decided to Help Support Their Community


New Donors in The Community*


New Civil Servants in The Community*


New Volunteers in The Community*


New Mentors in The Community*


Other Comunity Organizations Supported*

Additional Ways we supported our cities and counties

Business Expansion, Attraction, and Retention

We connected with a variety of business owners from every industry, market, and level of success to identify their needs and aspirations and act as a liaison between businesses, Cities and Counties, and other organizations to create strong relationships, retain existing businesses, and support their decision making process regarding their location and expansion.

Real Estate & Community Development

With extremely limited resources we established the foundation for a system to identify and provide listings of key opportunity sites and priority development areas, streamline development processes, and create relationships with commercial property owners and businesses to facilitate tenant recruitment. 

We conducted outreach to build strategic relationships with a diverse and balanced representation of stakeholders across our regional economy and acted as matchmakers between them in support of filling the overwhelming commercial real estate vacancies through attracting new businesses to the area and develop more home grown businesses.

Critical Infrastructure

We advocated for the improvement of infrastructure conditions that increase the speed and efficiency of utilities, and decrease travel time for workforce and business operations.  Additionally, we advocated to increase a City’s or County’s stock of affordable homes.

We brought in strategic speakers and mentors that could further inspire and educate both the community and our government leaders in order to help us all make more informed decisions about policy and strategy liked to our critical infrastructure to support the needs of our shared communities to drive successful workforce development, economic development, and community development.

Placemaking & Quality of Life

Through our Culture First approach, we promoted the Cities and Counties in our region as a destination that features a high quality of life, signature events, historic locations, and thriving developments that support dining, shopping, recreation, relaxation, and tourism opportunities.

Our events and programs are designed around showcasing the community and culture that their residents and businesses represent.

Our outreach focused on key themes that further promoted these Cities and Counties.


We marketed Cities and Counties as a desirable and supportive destination by highlighting the community and culture that the residents and businesses represent.

We created opportunities for the community and the governmental leaders to demonstrate these traits to others within their community and to outsiders visiting the area in order to participate in our events or programs.

These opportunities included utilizing key city owned venues; sharing promotional materials; and integrating the city, county, and their programs as exhibitors at our events.

We ran multiple advertising campaigns, in addition to our outreach, to market Cities and Counties both internally and externally built upon the above key themes.


Email Conversations Held


Phone Conversations Held


Meetings Held

We supported these additional objectives through untold hours spent conducting community outreach focused on understanding the needs of our shared communities and our critical infrastructure deficiencies. 

Then, we shared that information to our government leaders through our events and further outreach, and by serving as a conduit connecting the community to the appropriate government leaders.

We also focused a number of our efforts to promote innovation on exploring ways to modernize our cities and counties while strengthening the unique culture found in each area.

*Based on surveying 317 participants and extrapolating to account for an estimated 4,932 unique participants from a pool of 9,976 members across our 8 meetup groups within the region of LA County and Ventura County

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If you were impacted by our efforts to support your growth, click the link below to participate in our survey and share your story.

Want to Help Us Do More?

We are gearing up for a big expansion beginning in Q2 2020.

This will allow us to expand our efforts from San Luis Obispo to Orange County–12 cities each month, workshops, pitch competitions, weekend incubators and more.

More than that, we want to do this properly with a full team to deliver the best experience yet for you and the rest of the community. That means helpful printed programs/documentation at every event, special VIP experiences, more hands on support, food & drinks at our events, and a digital platform to support our matchmaking and outreach efforts.  All of which translates to more support for you.

We are looking to bring on new sponsors, contracts, paid members, and obtain grants.

If you are interested in playing a role in helping us do more to benefit you and the community, reach out to us!


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