Innovation Matters 2015

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Innovation Matters Entrepreneur Expo & Tiger Tank Competition



Join Us!

Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Toyota Meeting Hall
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Torrance, CA

$30 per person in advance
$40 per person at the door
$15 for students and senior citizens (must present valid ID at door – no pre-sale tickets)
Lunch included

Sponsored by
BQE Software
South Bay Workforce Investment Board
Torrance Bakery
CSU, Dominguez Hills
City of Torrance

Hosted by
South Bay Entrepreneurial Center

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Why Attend

Meet Innovative South Bay Companies

  • Learn how their founders followed their dream
  • Learn what it takes to run an innovative company
  • Meet & network with successful entrepreneurs
  • Hear pitches from future entrepreneurs

Tiger Tank Competition

  • Includes four student presentations from South Bay Schools, CAMS and Colleges
  • Hear innovative pitches that showcase future businesses
  • Business presenters and sponsors will judge the competition
  • Prizes awarded to the winning entries


The event runs from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, including our panel discussion and our Tiger Tank Competition.

We will post the final agenda as soon as possible.


We have prepared an outstanding panel of South Bay leading entrepreneurs who will discuss how they followed their dream and are now running innovative companies.

Shafat Qazi
BQE Software, Inc.
Torrance, CA

Rich Marcello
Strand Brewing Company
Torrance, CA

Athena Perrakis
Sage Goddess
Torrance, CA

Mark Koesterer
Sports Studio
Torrance, CA

David Landon
Systems Technology Inc.
Hawthorne, CA


Here are our four innovative Generation Z and Millennial student teams who will compete in the Tiger Tank Pitch Competition.

Prosthe Kicks, CA Academy of Math & Science (CAMS) High School
Petscorts, Port of Los Angeles (POLA) High School

Fast Foodie (Hash Browns on Wheels) from CSU, Dominguez Hills
Prestige Business Consulting from CSU, Dominguez Hills


BQE Software

BillQuick – Time Billing, Project Management & Accounting

BillQuick is an intelligent time tracking, project management, billing and accounting solution, designed to help you increase efficiency, streamline processes and improve performance.

Time & Billing
Never let billable hours fall through the cracks. Easily track time and record expenses for accurate invoices that accelerate billing and meet payment schedules.

Project Management
Speed up productivity without sacrificing performance or profitability. Get key metrics on employee workload and project budget for efficient management of people and plans.

Designed with the insights of CPAs and service professionals, BillQuick simplifies accounting for firms. Now you can watch the books and run your business with ease.

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.

CSU Dominguez HillsCalifornia State University
Dominguez Hills

Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. Through strong and relevant academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and attractive campus and student amenities, CSUDH is committed to connecting students to an affordable, high-quality and transformative education while providing communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

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.

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.

Get Involved & Make an Impact!

Corporate sponsorships available. Contact Gary Polk, SBEC Director.