Free Event Introduces Investors, Los Angeles Startup Founders

Robin Rowe hosts startups pitchfest and venture experts panel on Thursday, November 15th, 2018, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

By Robin Rowe

New Tech Pitchfest (From last month, Oct. 2018)

New Tech Pitchfest (From last month, Oct. 2018)


LOS ANGELES, CA (Venture Hollywood) 2018/10/25 – Each month I present an opportunity to participate in Q&A with VCs. I invite investor friends and venture experts to join our celebrity panel to share investor and startup insights. After a short break, six selected startup founders present pitches in front front of our savvy venture audience. Founders who want to pitch apply beforehand.

Free! Limited space! RSVP now…


Celebrity Experts Panel

Gap Capital Partners Gabrielle Pantera (contracts expert)

Gap Capital Partners Gabrielle Pantera (contracts expert)

London and Partners Biz Dev VP James Cummings

London and Partners Biz Dev VP James Cummings (London startups expert)


Venture Hollywood Director Robin Rowe

Venture Hollywood Director Robin Rowe (innovation expert)


Each expert on our panel is asked how he or she got started in the business, investment strategy and thoughts on the current market. Then it’s open Q&A with the audience. Bring your best startups question! If there’s a venture expert you would like to see on a future panel, let me know.

Speaker change: Joseph Lambert, Cannabis VC and eQcho Capital Chief Investment Officer, is called away by business and can’t make it.


Phase Two
5877 Rodeo Road (near La Cienega)
Los Angeles, California  90016

Parking: From La Cienega and Jefferson, head north on La Cienega half a block. Take alley west into parking lots and keep going west. Turn south into the alley that leads to the back of Phase Two. (If you reach the Spin Master lot you’ve gone too far.) There are also a few spots in front of Phase Two on Rodeo.

Agenda November 15th

  • 6:30pm Check-in
  • 7-7:50pm Celebrity Experts Panel (Intro then audience Q&A)
  • 8-9pm Startup Pitches (6 x 10 minutes each)
  • 9pm+ Networking

Founders Pitching

  1. Zumby: Find Income Properties – Jeb Carty
  2. : Live Streaming for Music Performances – David Sanville
    View Juqebox Pitch Deck
  3. Driven by Safety: Remote breathalyzer – Rodney Stearns
  4. Cyberfollio: Crypto trader game – Ralf Rainer von Albedyhll
  5. Hotbox: Marijuana Safe Spaces – Eric Caldwell
  6. Pibox – Ivan Talaychuk

Free event. A big thank you to my sponsors: Phase TwoPanera and Oracle.

To participate as audience, RSVP. To be a presenter, see Secret to Becoming a Pitchfest Presenter. I also lead a weekly Open Coffee for venture enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome. Female and minority entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to join us.

Statistically speaking, it takes 50+ pitches before a CEO succeeds in raising funds for his or her startup. While investors come to our events, some incognito, the point of pitching is not to immediately land an investor. Nobody writes a check on the first meeting. It’s to hone pitches and start building brand awareness.  If you’re a presenter, the good news is only 49 pitches to go! For the rest of us, there’s plenty to be learned by watching others pitch.

Want to reach me, Robin Rowe? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Contact me there about becoming a presenter or speaker at my events.

FYI, a Name Change

I’ve been running pitchfest events for a year as a volunteer organizer for Santa Monica New Tech, then as the only pitchfest organizer the last several months while their founder was away in Europe. She has returned and says she wants to move the venue back to Santa Monica. I want to keep the success going at Phase Two. Will continue event in December without New Tech.

Speaker Change

Joseph Lambert, cannabis capital expert and eQcho Capital Chief Investment Officer, called away by business and unable to be a speaker this time.

Special Thanks

Phase Two

Phase Two

Oracle Scaleup

Oracle Scaleup