The investor panel discusses the current investment climate at a recent meeting of the Growth Capital Conference.

By Jeff Hall

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Five entrepreneurs will pitch their deals to a blue-ribbon panel of investors at Growth Capital Conference this Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Olympic Collection in West LA.

  • One company, a biotech firm, manufactures an anti-opioid drug and should become profitable in 2019. Rapid expansion is forecasted.
  • A cryptocurrency trading platform has a $1 million contract in place – and multiple users in the pipeline.
  • A virtual prep academy for high school students improves college graduation rate and cuts student loans. Multiple high schools are under contract.
  • A SaaS (software as a service) hospital management company that recently achieved a $40 million loss recovery.
  • A news aggregator that makes it easy for companies to keep up with the news – and publish their own “thought leadership” articles. The company is in talks with a federal agency and several private companies.
An entrepreneur, having finished his pitch, listens to feedback from the investor panel.

Capital sources panel members represent over 500 Investors.

  • Alan B. Spatz, Panel Chair & Conference Sponsor
    •  Managing Partner, TroyGould PC
    • Past President, Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA).
  • Greg Cullen, Managing Director, Harvard Investment Group.
    • HIG invests $50K to several million $ in startups and real estate ventures.
  • Marc Deschenaux, International Financier.
    • Managed 169 Initial Public Offerings and 240 private offerings.
  • Michael Donahue, President, Columbia Capital Securities.
    • Investment Banker raises $5 million to $100 million for growing firms.
  • Don Kasle, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels Network.
    • TCA is the largest angel network in the US with 400 members. TCA has invested over $218 million in 388 companies, with over $1.8 billion in venture capital follow-on funding.
  • Gene Massey, CEO. MediaShares and QwikShares.
    • Manages Reg A & Reg D stock offerings & crowdfunding solutions.
  • Janice Orlando, Portfolio Management Chair, Pasadena Angels.
    • With over 100 Members. PA has invested over $75 million in over 195 companies with over $500MM in venture capital follow-on funding.
Attendees are given ample breaks for networking purposes

The event starts a 7 a.m. on the third floor of the Olympic Collection, at Sawtelle and Olympic. A hearty breakfast will be served, followed by presentations which begin at 7:30 a.m.

In addition to the pitches from entrepreneurs, capital panel members will give their assessment of the current “lay of the land.” The event will wrap up at 10 a.m.

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