Innovation Matters 2016

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Join Us!

Second Annual Innovation Matters Entrepreneur Expo & Fast Pitch Competition
Thursday, November 17, 2016
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Toyota Meeting Hall
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Torrance, CA

$30 General Admission
$20 Veteran/Student Admission (must present valid ID at door – no pre-sale tickets)
Lunch included

Hosted by
South Bay Entrepreneurial Center

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Why You Should Attend

  • Learn how disruptive technology can be produced by entrepreneurs
  • Learn how it can create a new market and overtake an existing market
  • Network with veterans, mentors, investors and next generation of South Bay entrepreneurs
  • Vote for your favorite pitch

Event Highlights

  • Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on their experience with disruptive innovation
  • Listen to pitches from veterans and emerging innovative companies
  • First 50 to RSVP are eligible for an opportunity to have lunch with the VIPs and panelist


The event runs from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, including our panel discussion and our BQE Innovation Pitch Challenge.

Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on their experiences with disruptive innovation:

Dane Collins – Alpine Electronics Research of America
Jim Cragg – Special Operations Technologies
Doug Kato – Qmania
Rolando Nichols – Hollywood Riviera Studios
Jonathan Porter – Smog City Brewing Company

Listen to pitches from veterans and emerging innovative companies:

Alex Bayer – Genius Juice
Larry Herman – Molosser Apparel
James Lin – Zen Mount
Michael Oden – The Final Step
Reuben Vollmer – DewGood
Juan Young – J&B Popcorn


Our Valued Event Sponsors

BQE Software

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City of TorranceCity of Torrance

The business mixture in the City of Torrance reflects the diversity of its residents. From financial, retail and high-tech, Torrance has become the center for business development fueled by its attractive location, aggressive Economic Development Office and one of the largest pool of skilled and professional workers.

Servatius, O'Brien and Fong CPAsServatius, O’Brien and Fong CPAs

Servatius, O’Brien & Fong, LLP is a full service CPA firm, providing audit, accounting and tax services for individuals and business owners. We help our business clients consider the tax implications of their next business move, report their annual financial results, and analyze how they can keep more revenue for their business health and growth.

South Bay Workforce Investment BoardSouth Bay Workforce Investment Board

The vision of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board for meeting workforce development challenges within the 11 cities that comprise our local workforce investment area is one that embraces comprehensive strategies to meet the needs of business for a skilled workforce, while at the same time creating opportunities for workers to prepare for and enter into well-paid careers.

Torrance BakeryTorrance Bakery

Torrance Bakery, a family owned and operated business, serves the South Bay from two locations, including a separate Wedding Cake Showroom and a Sandwich Shop. Torrance Bakery continues to deliver quality goods and excellent service to the South Bay community, while always giving back to the community.

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