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Q2 Investor Festival — Powered by the Los Angeles Venture Association —
If you would like to watch our week long celebration of startups pitching to investors then this is the place to do it. You have been working hard building the foundation for a great business. Now its time to watch startups meeting strategic investors and be a part of the excitement Without a doubt we have over 80 of the highest caliber investors attending and can cater for seed, series A and series B funding. We have something for every great startup.
If you want to participate. Not only can you get to pitch your business at this Festival but you also get access to one of our investor search or user growth programs at no additional cost. All you have to do to be a part of the Investor Festival is to be a part of an Expert DOJO approved program — There are no other fees to pay and we will take an active part in helping you achieve your funding and business objectives. After you join Expert DOJO you are automatically booked into this Investor Pitch event. Everything we do at Expert DOJO is to help you achieve success in investment, user growth and company value.
Breakdown of the five days
Day 1 — Pitching training for seed stage entrepreneurship
We we first started Expert DOJO all those years ago some startups come into the event with a pitch and prayer. This time we have really got you ready. Not only have you had the 9 week pre accelerator to get you in practice but you are also going to have a day of training from our experts. The day will be kicked off at 11am with pitching practice for what every entrepreneur should know and we will continue until 3.30pm. Our mentors will be on site to help you on your way. This day has no investors and is just to get you feeling good about Wednesday.
Day 2 — Investment For Female founders
We want to focus on our female entrepreneurs all day with one on one coaching by the most important female institutional investors around to prepare you for greatness in entrepreneurship. We will have specialists on hand to work with you on every single stage of the process including communication, value proposition, presentation skills and scaling opportunities.
Day 3 — Early stage pitching to Investors
Last year we had 30 Investors judge your early stage pitches. All are looking for early stage investments and all will give you feedback and help along the way. At every Investor Festival we have had companies invested in and we want this to be the same. Bring your best pitch between 10am and 12pm or 3pm to 5pm. Both sessions are below. Just choose the one with the investors you like best:
Day 3 — Evening Startup Party
After 16 weeks of classes and intense investor pitching we want everyone to be able to let your hair down. Come and join us for drinks and networking with the best startups and investors in LA. We work and code all day so lets take a moment to enjoy all we have achieved. From 6pm to 9pm lets meet new people and expand our network.
Day 4 — Later stage pitching (Expert DOJO Approved only — Series A plus)
At the last Festival we flew in Goldman Sachs, Samsung Ventures and so many more mid to late stage investors and this time will be much more of the same. This day is all about taking those of you who are on the way to creating a 100 million dollar company (beyond seed) and giving your traction a nudge with the right contacts for you. Each pitch will be 3 minutes with presentations. We will have one session from 11am to 2pm with our 15 later stage companies and our later stage venture companies. Our intention is to find the best match between Investors and Startups so you can go on to do great things together.
Day 4 — Investor Only whiskey tasting
This is our way to thank our investors and institutional partners. We appreciate all you do for the startup community and would like to share a drink with you to thank you for being a part of our community. This will be a time to not only network with other investors but also discus openly how we can improve the investment eco-system in LA for everyones benefit.
Day 5 — One On One Meetings With Investors
At our last Investor Festival, we had over 350 one-on-one appointments. Expect even more this time. We have an additional mentor day just for you at Expert DOJO where startups will have the opportunity to meet with leaders in the institutional investment community, one on one and get direction for your specific business models. We will have the cream of the crop, the most respected leaders in the investment sector on hand to provide the advice and help that startups need to be successful.
Each startup will be able to choose a series of mentors to meet, and we will arrange 7 minute meetings with each one. That gives you three to four possible meetings, as each group will be on site for two hours. The meeting times are 10am to 12pm and then 12.30pm to 2.30pm and then 3pm to 5pm, We will list all investors on the Sunday before the Investor Festival and you should apply to meet 3 investors each. We will then allocate appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. The one-on-one meetings and the Investor Festival will wrap up at 5pm.
Expert DOJO started these pay-it-forward events years ago to help our member startups everywhere, and although our focus is business growth, our record of getting our clients into incubators, accelerators and into the pockets of funding sources speaks for itself. These days, we are a full-service academy for entrepreneurship success. Come and let us help you succeed!
OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
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Your Office Agent — Office Space Solutions
Dont you want a brokerage who care about startup success rather than wait until you are big enough for them. Your Office Agent are that broker and Hank will be at Expert DOJO all week to help you with any office space needs you have from 100 sq. feet to 50,000 sq. feet.