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November 17, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The transportation gurus at WestStart/CALSTART are looking for 20 entrepreneurs to strut their stuff at the group's first-ever venture forum Feb. 1. While the Pasadena-based nonprofit specializes in helping high-tech companies develop products for the advanced transportation industry, the forum is open to entrepreneurs seeking funding for any kind of start-up. More than 350 business owners and investors are expected to attend, according to WestStart/CALSTART spokesman Bob Velker.
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January 11, 2001
The California Venture Forum on Wednesday launched its semiannual campaign, inviting regional business owners and entrepreneurs to submit business plans for the 14th semiannual Investor Forum, to be held on May 9 at Cal State Fullerton. The deadline for submitting business plans is Feb. 9. The forum creates a way for start-up and emerging companies to showcase their products before an audience of potential investors.
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BUSINESS
March 8, 1997 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gene Russell, owner of an Irvine cellular phone firm, wrapped up his pitch for $5 million and waited for criticism from a panel of experts. It came fast. "I have a problem with what is the product," complained one. "Who's participating with you, and who is competitive?" asked another. "I don't understand the economic model of the business. What's your payback?" said yet another. The rapid-fire critique session was a dress rehearsal for the third Los Angeles Technology Venture Forum on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2000 | Marla Dickerson
Female entrepreneurs looking to take their tech businesses to the next level still have a few days left to sign up for Springboard 2001, the venture forum for women-owned businesses. A follow-up to January's groundbreaking Springboard 2000 event, the Feb. 1, 2001, forum in Northern California's Redwood Shores will give 30 female tech entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business plans in front of several hundred potential investors.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2000 | Marla Dickerson
Female entrepreneurs looking to take their tech businesses to the next level still have a few days left to sign up for Springboard 2001, the venture forum for women-owned businesses. A follow-up to January's groundbreaking Springboard 2000 event, the Feb. 1, 2001, forum in Northern California's Redwood Shores will give 30 female tech entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business plans in front of several hundred potential investors.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since the nation's founders included patent laws in the Constitution, small inventors have played a large role in the development of American industry. They have tinkered and toyed in garages and workshops, coming up with products as diverse as the electric light bulb, the telegraph and the automobile. But tough economic times and a trend toward corporate or think-tank invention have made it difficult for small inventors to bring their products to market.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2001
The California Venture Forum on Wednesday launched its semiannual campaign, inviting regional business owners and entrepreneurs to submit business plans for the 14th semiannual Investor Forum, to be held on May 9 at Cal State Fullerton. The deadline for submitting business plans is Feb. 9. The forum creates a way for start-up and emerging companies to showcase their products before an audience of potential investors.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2000 | DENISE GELLENE and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
L.A.'s flourishing technology scene has spawned a slew of venture forums, those all-day dog-and-pony shows where entrepreneurs perform for prospective investors. Trouble is, all those hors d'oeuvres and PowerPoint presentations start to look alike after a while. How do you stand out from the crowd and attract the big sponsors and investors that are key to any successful forum? Organizers of the Diamond Venture Forum are hoping to score by stealing a page from Regis Philbin's playbook.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2000 | MARC BALLON, Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at marc.ballon@latimes.com
The California Venture Forum, where fledgling firms strut their stuff before an audience of investors, has for the first time designated Orange County as the site of its conference. Chapman University in Orange will host the forum May 3 and may sponsor future events.
BUSINESS
April 12, 1999 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bassil Dahiyat is trying to pitch his Pasadena biotech company like a polished salesman, but the 28-year-old PhD isn't quite there. "Slow down," said one of the 10 venture capitalists who gathered last week to critique Dahiyat's presentation at a "financial boot camp" for chief executives, held in preparation for the Southern California Technology Venture Forum on April 22. "Maybe I don't have enough brain cells to understand what your protein models do. . . .
BUSINESS
April 19, 2000 | DENISE GELLENE and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
L.A.'s flourishing technology scene has spawned a slew of venture forums, those all-day dog-and-pony shows where entrepreneurs perform for prospective investors. Trouble is, all those hors d'oeuvres and PowerPoint presentations start to look alike after a while. How do you stand out from the crowd and attract the big sponsors and investors that are key to any successful forum? Organizers of the Diamond Venture Forum are hoping to score by stealing a page from Regis Philbin's playbook.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2000 | MARC BALLON, Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at marc.ballon@latimes.com
The California Venture Forum, where fledgling firms strut their stuff before an audience of investors, has for the first time designated Orange County as the site of its conference. Chapman University in Orange will host the forum May 3 and may sponsor future events.
BUSINESS
November 17, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The transportation gurus at WestStart/CALSTART are looking for 20 entrepreneurs to strut their stuff at the group's first-ever venture forum Feb. 1. While the Pasadena-based nonprofit specializes in helping high-tech companies develop products for the advanced transportation industry, the forum is open to entrepreneurs seeking funding for any kind of start-up. More than 350 business owners and investors are expected to attend, according to WestStart/CALSTART spokesman Bob Velker.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Female entrepreneurs looking for capital still have a few days to sign up for a chance to court investors at the nation's first venture capital forum for women-owned businesses. Springboard 2000, scheduled for January in Redwood City, Calif., will give 25 to 30 West Coast women-owned firms an opportunity to pitch their business plans to more than 300 angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate investors. Why a forum exclusively for female entrepreneurs?
BUSINESS
April 12, 1999 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bassil Dahiyat is trying to pitch his Pasadena biotech company like a polished salesman, but the 28-year-old PhD isn't quite there. "Slow down," said one of the 10 venture capitalists who gathered last week to critique Dahiyat's presentation at a "financial boot camp" for chief executives, held in preparation for the Southern California Technology Venture Forum on April 22. "Maybe I don't have enough brain cells to understand what your protein models do. . . .
BUSINESS
March 8, 1997 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gene Russell, owner of an Irvine cellular phone firm, wrapped up his pitch for $5 million and waited for criticism from a panel of experts. It came fast. "I have a problem with what is the product," complained one. "Who's participating with you, and who is competitive?" asked another. "I don't understand the economic model of the business. What's your payback?" said yet another. The rapid-fire critique session was a dress rehearsal for the third Los Angeles Technology Venture Forum on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Female entrepreneurs looking for capital still have a few days to sign up for a chance to court investors at the nation's first venture capital forum for women-owned businesses. Springboard 2000, scheduled for January in Redwood City, Calif., will give 25 to 30 West Coast women-owned firms an opportunity to pitch their business plans to more than 300 angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate investors. Why a forum exclusively for female entrepreneurs?
BUSINESS
August 15, 1985 | HEIDI EVANS, Times Staff Writer
Like nervous debutantes eyeing a crowd of prospective beaus, the heads of 60 new companies are coming out in Irvine next week, hoping to meet the financiers of their dreams. These entrepreneurs have products ranging from a wristwatch that can zap open a locked door with a beam of light to computers that can handicap a horse race in seconds.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since the nation's founders included patent laws in the Constitution, small inventors have played a large role in the development of American industry. They have tinkered and toyed in garages and workshops, coming up with products as diverse as the electric light bulb, the telegraph and the automobile. But tough economic times and a trend toward corporate or think-tank invention have made it difficult for small inventors to bring their products to market.
BUSINESS
January 13, 1987 | KEN CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
About 40 entrepreneurs seeking investment funds are scheduled to show off their products to prospective financiers, including groups from Japan and Sweden, during the third annual California Venture Capital Forum and Pacific Rim Financial Symposium to be held Jan. 29 to 31 at Chapman College in Orange. Symposium executive director William J.
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