Events

SBEC Pitch Night (August 2016)

SBEC Pitch Night was another fun, inspiring and interactive meeting of entrepreneurial minds. After a brief introduction from Executive Director Gary Polk and Lead Mentor Mike Manahan, the pitches began. All three companies showcased are currently working within the SBEC cohort program. First, Alina Ugas, co-founder of The Final Step, shared her vision for their program called The Needs Based Method. Next up, Annie Vonheim, the Chief Juicer at Smart Pressed Juice, dazzled the audience with the company’s plan for dominating the juice and cleanse market. And closing the evening was the charismatic Lonnie Wade, who explained how Eat Better Today can bring healthier, affordable meals to EBT cardholders.

Pitch Night is a friendly environment for companies wanting to improve their presentation skills and potentially raise capital (you never know who is sitting in the audience!). Those in attendance offer feedback on the presenters and presentation – and on this evening, the three pitches were outstanding.

SBEC Crowdfunding Trends in 2016 Breakfast Event Panel (Part 1 of 2)

The South Bay Entrepreneurial Center in Torrance, California presented “Crowdfunding Trends in 2016” on May 15, 2016 at the Toyota Auto Museum. Topics included new legislation around crowdfunding (JOBS Act), what entrepreneurs have learned from past campaigns and more about service providers in crowdfunding.

MODERATOR: Mark Hiraide
SBEC board member Mark Hiraide is a Corporate and Securities Partner with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. Mark represents companies listed on national stock exchanges and privately held businesses and defends individual officers and directors in corporate and securities law matters. During his 30-year career, Mark worked as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement and Division of Corporation Finance and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. In private practice he has handled both courtroom litigation and business transactions representing entrepreneurs, startups, publicly traded companies, directors and officers, broker-dealers, investment bankers, investment advisers, accountants and investors. He is an authority on the federal JOBS Act, having testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee evaluating the law designed to help startups raise money. He is the author of a book on crowdfunding just published by Thomson Reuters. And he is working with the California Legislature to pass a state crowdfunding law he drafted

PANELISTS

James Lin
James is a co-founder of SBEC cohort company ZenMount. Having been struck by an idea for a tablet holder, James sought out and worked with local product designer Matther Tarnay to transform the abstract idea into a working prototype, initially using Kickstarter funding. ZenMount designs and manufactures device mounting systems for tech gadgets such as tablet, smartphone, and e-readers. Their “Origin” product is the first tablet mount with Simul-LockTM , which makes it easy to use and infinitely adjustable.

Taylor McPartland
In 2010, Taylor, a Northern California native, co-founded CrowdfundX, a leading crowdfunding agency which has leveraged crowdfunding technology, as well as the implementation of the JOBS Act, to raise funds for innovative organizations ranging from automobiles (such as Elio Motors) to non-profits. Assuming an advisory role in the company in 2015, Taylor refocused his energy on evangelizing the benefits of crowdfunding and how its strategies can be applied at local, state, and federal levels. Most recently, Taylor founded the Lincoln Federation, an organization focused on bringing together Los Angeles entrepreneurs with elected officials to collectively create positive change for a sustainable future.

Allen Jebsen
Allen is the Director of Business Development at StartEngine, the premier equity crowdfunding platform, connecting Millennials and aspiring investors with tomorrow’s progressive companies. StartEngine aims to revolutionize the startup business model by helping individuals invest in private companies on a public platform for the first time in history, thereby helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

Dean Quiambao, CPA
Dean, a Partner at Armanino LLP helps numerous private companies, as well as private schools and social service, performing/fine arts and faith-based organizations address their tax, audit and outsourced accounting needs. Boards and finance and audit committees appreciate his laser focus on bringing to life the audit items that matter most, including his proven method of benchmarking data and key financial operating ratios.

SBEC “Innovation Matters” Event Showcases Thriving South Bay Business Environment during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Torrance, CA (November 20, 2015) — On Thursday, November 19, the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center presented “Innovation Matters Entrepreneur Expo and Tiger Tank Competition” at the Toyota Meeting Hall in Torrance. The event, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrated in over 140 countries, showcased successful local businesses, as well as future high school and college entrepreneurs.

The event started with a warm introduction from Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey, who was accompanied by City Councilmembers Tim Goodrich, Mike Griffiths, and Kurt Weideman. Keynote speaker Shafat Qazi, CEO of BQE Software, explained how he built his company using his passion to solve a problem he was experiencing himself. A panel of leaders from South Bay companies shared how they built their companies with innovation, passion and determination. Presenters included Mr. Qazi from BQE, Rich Marcello from Strand Brewing Co., David Meizlik from Sage Goddess, Mark Koesterer from Sports Studio and David Landon from Systems Technology Inc.

“We are pleased that Mayor Furey and the council members could join us to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said Gary Polk, Executive Director of the SBEC. “The companies that participated all contribute to the growth of the South Bay’s economy and create jobs. Their passion motivates us all to work hard to build and grow even more.”

In the second half of the program, the “Tiger Tank Competition”, high school and college teams pitched their businesses to the panelists. Petscorts, presented by Port of Los Angeles (POLA) High School students, offered a local pet rental service that saved pets from shelters. Prosthe Kicks, from CA Academy of Math & Science (CAMS) High School, offered a motivational dance & fitness program for the disabled. Two teams from CSU, Dominguez Hills faced off in the college division. Prestige Business Consulting pitched their services to help support and grow immigrant and women-owned businesses. Fast Foodie showcased their food truck concept for breakfast foods served late night, in the morning or on game days near college campuses around Los Angeles. Taking the win in the high school division was Prosthekicks and in the college division was Fast Foodie. Each wins a scholarship to SBEC’s incubator program, valued at over $2500 each.

About SBEC
http://thesbec.org
The South Bay Entrepreneurial Center was formed as a public-benefit 501 (c) (3) corporation in 2011 by a group of civic and business leaders in the South Bay. The SBEC’s purpose is to assist startups and emerging growth companies by providing education, resources, networking, coaching, mentoring, funding avenues and a supportive collaborative environment – to nurture and grow ideas into reality. A seasoned mentor team of professionals, first-class physical facilities and diversified training & advising programs give the entrepreneurs a strong foundation to grow their organizations and feel confident that they will have an excellent opportunity to be successful. For more information please contact the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center located at 1215 Via El Prado, Torrance, CA (562) 688-2709.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
http://wearegen.co/gew
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Student Entrepreneurs to Compete in SBEC Tiger Tank

Last week, four teams of high school entrepreneurs, two from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) in Carson and two from the Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro competed along with four college teams from California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to have their chance to step into the Tiger Tank and pitch their future business ideas to a panel of successful local entrepreneur judges. Two teams from the high school competition and two teams from the college level competition were chosen by a panel of judges from the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center to move on to the upcoming final round at the Innovation Matters Entrepreneur Expo and Tiger Tank Competition on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Toyota Meeting Hall near the Torrance Civic Center in Torrance. This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) happening in over 140 countries the week of November 16-22, 2015.

BQE Software in Torrance hosted the teams for the semi-finals. From CAMS competing was Jock Sporting Goods and Prosthe Kicks. From the Port of Los Angeles High School there was Fun Foam and Petscort. The winning teams were Prosthe Kicks and Petscort. The CSUDH teams competing in the semi-final competition were Fast Foodie, Prestige Business Consultants, Sensor This and On the Go. The two college teams advancing to the Tiger Tank competition are Fast Foodie and Prestige Business Consultants.

Come hear this next generation of entrepreneurs in the South Bay make their pitch and compete for two slots in the SBEC incubator (each a $4000 value.) Prizes will be awarded to the top high school team and the top college team pitching their business.

Join local innovative South Bay companies BQE, Inc., The Strand Brewery, Sage Goddess, The Sports Studio and Systems Technology, Inc. as they share how they founded their companies and followed their dreams. The Innovation Matters Expo will take place from noon until 4pm on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the Toyota Meeting Hall at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance, California.

The success of each of these new companies contributes to the growth of the South Bay’s economy, creating jobs and strengthening infrastructure for economic development. Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

The cost to attend is $30 per person in advance and $40 at the door. Lunch is included. The price for students with Student ID or Senior Citizens with valid driver’s license or state ID is $15 at the door (no pre-sale tickets.)

This event is supported by BQE Software and the City of Torrance. Additional sponsors for the event are CSUDH, and the South Bay Workforce Development Board.

Upcoming Events (June 2015)

Friends of the SBEC Luncheon
Tuesday, June 9 11:30am to 1:30pm
Buffalo Fire Department
1261 Cabrillo Ave #100, Torrance
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SBEC Pitch Night
Tuesday, June 16 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Buffalo Fire Department
1261 Cabrillo Ave #100, Torrance
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CSUDH Toro Tank Pitch Competition and Boot Camp
Sponsored by SBEC
Thursday, June 18, 2015  7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E Victoria St, Carson
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FREE Connecting Women To Power Business Conference
Thursday, June 18, 2015  7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E Victoria St, Carson, CA
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Breakfast with the Angels
Thursday, July 16  7:30 am to 9:30 am.
Toyota Auto Museum

Upcoming Events (May 2015)

SBEC Pitch Night

Tuesday, May 19, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Buffalo Fire Department
1261 Cabrillo Ave #100, Torrance
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Torrance State of Education

May 28, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton
21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance
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PortTech Pitch: Meet the Angels

Boardwalk Cafe, Ports O’Call Waterfront
Berth 77, Nagoya Way, San Pedro
May 20, 2015, 4:30pm to 7:30pm
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National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles

Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon
Friday, June 5, 2015, 11:00am to 4:00pm
JW Marriott LA Live
900 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles
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Friends of the SBEC Luncheon

Tuesday, June 9 11:30am to 1:30pm
Buffalo Fire Department
1261 Cabrillo Ave #100, Torrance
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SBEC Pitch Night: May 19, 2015

Join SBEC and exciting startup companies on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The event will be held at the offices of SBEC (1215 El Prado Ave, Torrance, CA). Please note the change of venue.

Watch exciting Los Angeles and South Bay startups pitch their companies to Venture Capitalists and angel investors.

If you are interested in pitching your company, please contact SBEC as soon as possible.

SPACE IS LIMITED AND NO WALK-INS WILL BE ACCEPTED. DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

Incubators & Accelerators welcome to attend!

 

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Growth Capital Expo 2015

GROWTH CAPITAL EXPO 2015

Sunday-Tuesday, April 12-14, 2015
Caesars Palace Resort | Las Vegas, Nevada

The Growth Capital Expo brings together the best ideas, the most promising companies and the top deal makers in emerging growth finance for three days of education, networking and deal making in the nation’s premier destination for meetings and entertainment.

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Expert Panel on “Sustainability 3.0”

Vans Shoes, SONY, FoodlogiQ, and Clean Energy Fuels — Expert Panel on “Sustainability 3.0”
Thursday, April 9
2:40-5:30 PM
Toyota Automobile Museum in Torrance, CA

Experts from SONY, VANS Shoes, Clean Energy Fuels, & FoodLogiQ on Sustainability, Thursday April 9 at Toyota Automobile Museum–and folks will be there to answer questions about the history behind the cars.

Five leaders from leading edge companies will explain what they are doing to build a more sustainable and resilient supply chain and answer your questions. Toyota is also sponsoring a first class networking reception including great appetizers, wine, beer and other beverages. All at the renowned Toyota Automobile Museum in Torrance, CA. A guide will lead you around the museum and explain how Toyota overcame many challenges to grow from a near-bankrupt small company in the early 1950s to the number 1 and most respected auto maker on the planet.

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