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#LATechWeek at Techstars LA: From Idea to Series B & Beyond - How to Build Successful Startups in Difficult Industries

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Join us to hear from some of the leading healthcare and aerospace startups and institutions in Southern California including U.S. Space Force, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Cedars Sinai, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and more!

Hosted by Matt Kozlov, Managing Director of Techstars LA. Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase.

Space panelists include but not limited to:
Melanie Stricklan, CEO & Cofounder of Slingshot Aerospace
Daniel Faber, CEO of Orbit Fab
Awais Ahmed, CEO & Founder of Pixxel
Tyler Bernstein, CEO & Co-Founder at Zeno Power
⊛ Ginny Weinert, 1st Lt, USSF, Collider & Accelerator Officer at SpaceWerx (innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force)
Richard French, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Space Systems at Rocket Lab
Tom Cwik, Manager, Space Technology Program at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Healthcare panelists include:
Guillaume de Zwirek, CEO of Well Health Inc. (raised $45M)
Josh Sackman, President & Co-Founder of Applied VR (raised $70M)
Kent Wakeford, COO & Co-Founder of Colossal Biosciences (raised $75M)
Kathryne Cooper, Partner, Jumpstart Nova
Nirdesh Gupta, PhD, Managing Director, Cedars-Sinai Technology Ventures
Margeaux Akazawa, Digital Transformation Lead - Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Trey Lauderdale, CEO and Founder of Voalte (acquired by Hillrom for $180M)
Monica Jain, Assistant Prof. Of Surgery, Surgical Innovation Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Venture Partner, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health


Tentative schedule:
1:00-2:00pm - Coffee & Networking
2:00-3:00pm - Space Fireside Chat
3:00-4:00pm - Healthcare Fireside Chat
4:00-5:00pm - Happy Hour

​Space is limited. If you are approved to attend, we'll send more details on location and logistics. Can't wait to see you!


About Techstars:

Techstars is an operational investor supporting founders on their entrepreneurial journey from idea to building the most successful business possible. Each year, we choose over 500 early-stage companies to join one of our 3-month, mentorship-driven accelerators, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars network for life.


This event is a part of #LATechWeek - a week of events hosted by VCs and startups to celebrate the growing LA ecosystem!