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Face to Face with Investors #IrvineTechWeek

Hosted by Irvine Tech Week, Scott Fox, & Ray Chan
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TCA Venture Group invites you to Face-to-Face with Investors!

Event Focus: Strategies for Startup Value Creation

Discover how to create value for your startup company at this exclusive event by navigating "Product-Market Fit." Join industry experts and fellow entrepreneurs as we delve into different strategies. 

(Join us for our signature round table signature "Face to Face" sessions, where you'll get to engage closely with dozens of local investors, diving deep into discussions and Q&As that are designed to enlighten and inspire you, the driving force of entrepreneurship)

@ Quail Hill Community Center 39 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Check-in and Food

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm: Opening Remarks

6:10 pm - 6:20 pm: How To Create Value and Present It?

Investors focus on product-market fit proofs and metrics because they signal a product's strong market demand and potential for scalability, crucial indicators of a venture's likelihood for success and profitability. Find out how?

Robin Pimentel,  K5 Ventures

6:20 pm - 6:35 pm: "Our Growth Story" Fireside Chat with Stijn Vanorbeek, CEO of Simply Bread Co.

Simply Bread Co. has the vision to help at-home entrepreneurs start small-scale food businesses. The company grew from no revenue to high six figures a month in 15 months. Join us to find out his product-market fit strategies!

6:35 pm - 7:20 pm: 'Valuation Price Is Right' Pitch Program

Pitch the panel of expert startup investors how your groundbreaking startup has the potential to contribute to a better world. Be ready to share your company's valuation with the judges for feedback, following the engaging 'Price is Right' format*. Win to gain entry to the esteemed 'Breakfast with Tech Coast Angels' and secure a private funding discussion with the investors. Pitching startups will get free expert feedback, publicity, fun, and prizes for the winners, too. Founders: apply to Pitch Here Now.

Moderator: Scott Fox - Orange County Startup Council, CEO


(Submit a one-minute video pitch HERE to qualify to pitch)

Pitch competition audience voting Powered by Startup Steroid's Demo Day App.

7:20 pm - 8:30 pm: In-person Breakout rooms for “Face to Face with Investors”

  • Casual roundtable discussions let you share your startup vision and get advice from the investors to grow your startup to the next level. Each entrepreneur has 2 minutes. * Please note that this is not a pitch session.

  • Entrepreneurs will benefit from the advice and discussion from their fellow entrepreneurs. 

Investors include: Ali Abaye, Amir Banifatemi, Andy Shama, Cary Dickson, David Friedman, Glenn Rogers, Hans Imhof, Jay Goth, JC Ruffalo, Jeff Bocan, Jeff Curie, JJ Richa, Kal Kalimada, Lisa Walker, Mallory Shickora, Med Armani, Pat Hwang, Quan Nguyen, Ray Chan, Robin Pimentel, Ryan Lank, Scott Fox, Sima Ghafari, Thomas Lee, TJ Rossi, Volker Huther, and many more!

Hosted by TCA Venture Group

* Note: Investors often have a different perspective from entrepreneurs on what is a reasonable valuation for an early-stage startup. The Price Is Right segment of Face-to-Face with Investors is only intended to further educational discussion of valuations and the factors that investors take into account.

*** FOUNDERS: To apply to pitch your startup to the expert investor panel during the "Valuation Price Is Right" game, please submit a 1 minute video here. Pitch winners will get special invitation to the TCA investor screening for funding, plus prizes from and ITW sponsors!

This event is a part of Irvine Tech Week #IrvineTechWeek - an exciting annual week-long event series that showcases Irvine's thriving innovation ecosystem. Presented by Orange County investors, accelerators, startups, and the City of Irvine. See the full events calendar for more events at! For sponsorship opportunities, please contact

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