VC Engagement

Connecting venture investors to the innovation ecosystem

Venture Capital Engagement Program

We bring together the key investors and stakeholders in the region to help them navigate SoCal’s diverse innovation communities by enabling discovery and connectivity with the people and organizations who help drive their investment strategy. In essence, we provide the connective tissue that facilitates access to our region’s wealth of opportunities.

In SoCal, we’ve got more. And we are where industries and ideas converge.

SoCal is the most well-diversified across industries among the country’s top three innovation hubs: software/tech (21%), health (19%) followed by media (18%).

Over the last 20 years, the SoCal VC community has blossomed from a few handfuls of investors to well over one hundred established funds. And for the first time in almost a decade, SoCal surpassed metro New York in VC funding (over $19Bn which is ~10x larger than in 2000). We also have seen the proliferation of local mega-funds like B Capital, March, Fifth Wall, Sinai, Westlake Bio, Greycroft and Upfront all with over $1Bn in AUM.

With so much opportunity distributed across a promising, yet expansive 40k sq miles it can be hard to know where to start. That’s where the Alliance VC Engagement program comes in...see below for how we can help investors navigate and connect to this massive and growing ecosystem.


VC Engagement Program Details

The VC Engagement Program includes opportunities for brand promotion, thought leadership, and highly curated networking.

Strengthen SoCal Relationships, Brand & Engage in SoCal Ecosystem
  • Promotion in Alliance publications (newsletters, programs, events, website)
  • Receive internal Alliance monthly board updates and copies of quarterly presentations
  • Invitations to Alliance marquis events & programs
  • Monthly Alliance newsletters

Promotion & Thought Leadership
  • Elevate your brand to SoCal startups, other VCs, and corporations
  • Position your VC as a thought leader via video showcases on successful SoCal investments, speaking opportunities and panels, guest blogging, podcast appearances, and hosting high profile events

Join our VC Executive Advisory Council for exclusive benefits

Chaired by Kara Nortman, Co-Managing Partner, Upfront Ventures
  • Meet regularly with top SoCal & NorCal VC leaders
  • Annual social event with top VC leaders and SoCal corporate executives
  • Invitation to participate in curated dialogues with venture & corporate elites through our Leadership Engagement and Discussion (LEAD) roundtable series
  • Advisory role and access to reporting of SoCal Venture Pipeline venture matching program
  • Select members (max of 20) representing a cross-section of top SoCal firms

Access to the SoCal Venture Pipeline (SVP) brought to you by Silicon Valley Bank
  • Opportunity to serve on the SVP advisory board that provides program oversight and receives quarterly updates on the performance of the program providing curated investment opportunities targeting SoCal startups seeking their first round of institutional funding of at least $4 million
  • Preferred access to present at SVP events and opportunities to advise as a subject matter expert

Invitations to attend sessions of our Strategic University Research Expo (SURE)
  • Invitations to monthly virtual events that showcase leading research from SoCal’s top universities and institutions curated to match corporate technology and life science interests

How you can get involved

We have scaled the “recommended” support contribution to the Alliance (a not-for-profit organization) to match the size and budget of the VC firm (starting at $5k/year).

Please contact Eric Eide to learn more.

  

Alliance VC Advisory Council

Get connected

The Alliance is connecting venture investors to key stakeholders and leaders within the SoCal innovation ecosystem. Contact us to learn more about our VC Engagement program.

Venture Capital Engagement program brought to you by:

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Kara Nortman Chair

VC Advisory Council

Co-Managing Partner
Location: Santa Monica

AUM: $1.9B

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B, C

Typical Check Size: $10-20M

Notable Investments: Apeel Sciences, Bird, dotLA, Fab Fit Fun, GOAT, HelloTech, Ring

Industry: Consumer

Investment Thesis: Some VCs have great networks. Some have great megaphones. Some VCs offer great counsel. We value all of those but most strongly believe in rolling up our sleeves and doing the hard work alongside you in your moments of need. When your company goes immediately up-and-to-the-right, everybody is your friend. When your company hits a bump in the road we’re there - even if that means telling you the tough messages others may not.

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Minnie Ingersoll

Vice Chair, VC Advisory Council

Partner
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $100M

Stage of Investment: Pre-Seed, Seed

Typical Check Size: $1M

Notable Investments: Ordermark, FlockFreight, Well Health

Industry: Technology

Investment Thesis: As founders, we know startups. As technologists, we know data. And as investors, we support the entrepreneurs who shape the future.

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Anna Barber

Vice Chair, VC Advisory Council

Partner
Location: Santa Monica

AUM: $467.5M

Stage of Investment: A

Typical Check Size: $8-10M

Notable Investments: The Honest Company, Snap, Suja Life

Industry: Consumer 

Investor Thesis: Our venture arm helps world-shaping companies keep focus on the big ideas by providing smart capital and the resources they need to accelerate growth.

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Brian Mesic

Managing Director
Location: Newport Beach

AUM: $66M

Stage of Investment: A, B, C, D

Typical Check Size: $5-10M

Notable Investments: GoSite, VideoAmp

Industry: Technology 

Investor Thesis: We invest $5 to $10M into early growth-stage B2B software companies generating $5 to $15M in recurring revenues.

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Jim Andelman

Co-Founder & Managing Director
Location: Santa Monica

AUM: $190M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B

Typical Check Size: $3-5M

Notable Investments: ChowNow, Figment, Openpath, mPulse Mobile, Thankful

Industry: Technology 

Investor Thesis: We lead Seed rounds for business software founders transforming the industries they target.

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Jason Schoettler

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Location: Pasadena

AUM: $80M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B, C

Typical Check Size: $10-15M

Notable Investments: Soft Robotics, Health Tensor, Parallel Domain

Industry: Technology 

Investor Thesis: Calibrate Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in early-revenue automation and AI companies. We partner with visionary founders bringing automation to diverse industries including education, healthcare, logistics, agriculture, financial services and beyond.

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Peter Andes

SVP - Corporate Development & Ventures
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $83B

Stage of Investment: A, B

Industry: Fintech, Entertainment

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Ben Savage

Partner
Location: Santa Monica

AUM: $95M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B, C, D

Typical Check Size: $10-40M

Notable Investments: Cardless, Wagmo, Resolve, Daylight

Industry: Technology 

Investor Thesis: We partner with phenomenal entrepreneurs who have the vision and drive to reinvent financial services, investing from the earliest seeds of startup life to businesses scaling for growth. We support leading companies across all sectors of financial services, including lending, credit & banking, payments, insurance, capital markets & investments, personal finance, enterprise financial stack and real estate finance. Our distinctive approach to fintech venture capital is crafted around a curated network of global macroeconomic thinkers and investors.

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Michael Blank

Head of Consumer Investments
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $100M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A

Typical Check Size: $2-10M

Notable Investments: Harper Wilde, Spire Animation Studios, Blacktag, Unless Collective, Fightcamp, Opensea, Candy Digital

Industry: Consumer

Investor Thesis: We partner with phenomenal entrepreneurs who have the vision and drive to reinvent financial services, investing from the earliest seeds of startup life to businesses scaling for growth. We support leading companies across all sectors of financial services, including lending, credit & banking, payments, insurance, capital markets & investments, personal finance, enterprise financial stack and real estate finance. Our distinctive approach to fintech venture capital is crafted around a curated network of global macroeconomic thinkers and investors.

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James Demetriades

CEO & Founder
Location: Beverly Hills

AUM: $366.2M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B, C, D

Typical Check Size: $3-20M

Notable Investments: Axial Biotherapeutics, Foldax, PteroDynamics

Industry: Life Science

Investor Thesis: We invest in, support and nourish the world’s leading scientific discoveries and commercialize them into viable businesses as quickly as possible.

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Jamie Montgomery

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Location: Santa Monica

AUM: $1.2B

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B, C, D

Typical Check Size: $30-10M

Notable Investments: Dropfake, Morty, Nifty Games, Dot LA, Spark Cognition

Industry: Technology 

Investor Thesis:

March is a venture-growth firm that dares to go all-in by combining intense sector focus, patience, access to a global leadership network, and high-impact portfolio engagement to inspire & to accelerate extraordinary companies. Because transformative change starts with conviction.

We actively explore opportunities that span the innovation economy. We have deep domain expertise in ENTERPRISE AI, CYBER, FINTECH, CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE, INDUSTRIAL TECH, and GAMING.


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Luke Pappas

Principal
Location: Menlo Park

AUM: $18.4B

Stage of Investment: A, B, C, D

Typical Check Size: $50-200M

Notable Investments: MasterClass, Plaid, Pateron

Industry: Technology

Investor Thesis: We are a global venture capital firm with a mission to make the world better by helping founders build great companies that improve the way we live, work and play.

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Eric Garland

Founder & Managing Partner
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $600M+

Stage of Investment: Series B and beyond

Typical Check Size: $30M

Notable Investments: DraftKings, Epic Games

Industry: Consumer 

Investor Thesis:

Smash Ventures is a later-stage investment firm focused on consumer internet and technology companies. We add value to our portfolio through media strategy. We met leading venture investments for The Walt Disney Company.


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Molly Kang

Investor

Switch Ventures
Location: San Francisco & Los Angeles

AUM: $75M

Stage of Investment: Pre-Seed, Seed, A

Typical Check Size: $500K - $2M

Notable Investments: PolicyGenius, The Athletic, Luxury Presence

Industry: All (tech generalist): including Enterprise Software, Consumer, Marketplace, Healthcare, Media, Fintech

Investor Thesis: We invest in people first, using data to identify extraordinary founders

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Julia Herringer

Vice President
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $700M

Stage of Investment: A, B, C, D

Typical Check Size: $20-100M

Notable Investments: Headspace, Rooster Teeth, Hello Sunshine, Twitter, Pandora, Fullscreen

Industry: Consumer

Investor Thesis: TCG is a multi-stage investment firm dedicated to building consumer businesses. As a group of operators, creatives, and investors, we help founders bring authentic ideas to life.


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Matt Kozlov

Managing Director
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $179.8M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B

Typical Check Size: $120K - $5M

Notable Investments: Digital Ocean, SendGrid, Socedo, Two Bit Circus

Industry: Technology

Investor Thesis: Techstars Ventures is a venture capital firm that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to the market.

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Andy Slavitt

General Partner
Location: New York

AUM: $375M

Stage of Investment: Seed, A, B, C

Typical Check Size: $30-60M

Notable Investments: Bright Health Care, Landmark, Cohort, Plume, VillageMD

Industry:  Life Science, Technology, Consumer

Investor Thesis: Supporting visionary teams passionate about solving health care’s biggest needs. 

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Marcos C. Gonzalez

Managing Partner
Location: Los Angeles

AUM: $50M

Stage of Investment:
Seed

Typical Check Size: $1-3M

Notable Investments: Botco.ai, Stix, Repeat

Industry: Technology

Investor Thesis: VamosVentures is a venture capital fund focused on Latinx and diverse founders leading early-stage tech-enabled companies

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Jay Goss

General Partner
Location: Pasadena

Stage of Investment: Seed

Typical Check Size: $250K - $500K

Notable Investments: Alertive Health, Ciitizen, Evid Science, Med Pilot

Industry: Healthcare, Med-Tech, Health-Tech, Telehealth, & Digital Health

Investor Thesis: We are SEEDING HEALTHCARE'S TOMORROW.  We invest in healthcare disruptors and entrepreneurs that see how the industry is transforming itself and want to make a big difference.

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Petra Griffith

Founder & Managing Director
Location: Santa Monica

AUM: $5.5M

Stage of Investment:
Seed

Typical Check Size: $100k-$300k

Notable Investments: Cheese Financial, Repeat, Vested Finance

Industry: Generalist tech with a focus on FinTech, E-commerce Enablement, Future of Work. 

Investor Thesis: Wedbush Ventures is a seed stage fund focusing on founders with strong founder/market fit looking to redefine or create a new market. We bring deep product/operations experience and a broad network to help our companies grow.

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