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Dear Friends,

Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful sunny, SoCal weather. The sunshine is one of many reasons why I love living in SoCal, but the main reason I love it here is our supportive innovation ecosystem. 

Getting to meet so many amazing entrepreneurs and learn about the companies they are building is by far the most fulfilling aspect of my role as Venture Outreach Manager. I am continually inspired by the work they do.

Building SoCal Community

If you haven’t yet, please join us at our monthly Founder Focused Friday series, which builds community amongst SoCal-based founders. This past month we were delighted to host Jon Shieber, Venture Partner at Footprint Coalition and former Senior Editor at TechCrunch, who shared best practices on pitching your startup to the media. We are also eager to bring this group together in-person this summer. Please get in touch if you are interested in attending Founder Focused Fridays or have suggestions on topics, guests or venues for future gatherings.

SoCal Venture Pipeline Updates

To date, we have accepted 26 companies into the pipeline (see full list of companies below) and have made over 20 VC intros within the past month. To be sure, there is much more work to do. 

Our mission is to ensure founders of all backgrounds have access to capital by alleviating the pain point of warm investor introductions. National investment data shows that female founders secured only 2% of venture capital in the U.S. in 2021, the smallest share since 2016, according to Pitchbook. We are encouraged with our initial efforts to find and identify promising women and BIPOC founders, with over 40% of applicants identifying as women. 

Here are our June 2022 accepted companies:

  1. Visionaize - Building the first Industrial Metaverse including VR, AR, Blockchain and AI.

  2. Trials.AI - A web-based Smart Protocol technology to get medical treatments to patients faster.

  3. Syntr Health Technologies - Medical Device company focused on aesthetic rejuvenation and body contouring. 

  4. Arch Platform Technologies - Providing creative infrastructure-as-a service to instantly move collaborative teams in M&E the cloud.

To see the full list of accepted companies, please visit our website or view the list below. If you know any SoCal based founders raising institutional capital, please have them apply

Now that things are opening up, hope to see you IRL soon! 

All the best,

 

Raychel

SoCal Venture Pipeline is generously sponsored by:
 

SoCal Venture Pipeline Accepted Companies:

 

AfriBlocks

AfriBlocks is a fast-growing on-demand, two-sided marketplace that connects you with skilled, qualified, and talented African Professionals.

Agtools Inc

AgTools is a worldwide SaaS platform gathering real-time government and institutional data of over 500 specialty crops and commodities for farmers, buyers, and everyone on the supply chain.

Arch Platform Technologies

Providing creative infrastructure-as-a service to instantly move collaborative teams in M&E the cloud.

RDY

The digital market for independent coffee shops, RDY puts the favorite part of your routine on autopilot. Order Ahead. Skip the Line. Enjoy Perfectly Timed Coffee!

Clickvoyant

Clickvoyant is an AI-Analyst as Service that automates statistical research from raw data

Comrad

Comrad is a lifestyle apparel brand focused on the confluence of compression, comfort, and versatility.

DERMALA

DERMALA develops the next generation of personalized, microbiome-powered treatments and skincare products for chronic skin conditions and skin wellness that work better, faster, and without side effects.

Ejudicate, Inc

Ejudicate’s multi-sided asynchronous platform makes arbitration accessible to all companies

Ettitude Holdings

ettitude has invented the most sustainable and softest fabric on the market today, and is disrupting several soft goods industries with it (bedding, bath essentials, sleepwear and soon loungewear).

Fanimal Inc

Our mission is to enable extraordinary experiences, beginning with ticketed live events. We found existing solutions too expensive, and they make group planning difficult. We set out to fix both of these problems.

Headgum

Headgum is a premium comedy podcast network and tech-enabled ad marketplace focused on scaling the host-read podcast ad.

IV.AI

Make data-driven decisions proven by any unstructured knowledge base including the internet. Tap into human-readable insights or searchable AI to learn what's important, automate processes, and improve outcomes.

Lorals

Lorals are silky latex undies for comfort, pleasure, and protection during oral and foreplay.

Matchbook AI

"Matchbook AI is the only just-in-time data smart solution for a new age of business intelligence. We Connect Enterprises to External Data Sources for Real-Time Decisions"

Nomadica

Nomadica is a collection of sommelier curated wines in sustainable packaging. All of our wines are sourced from vineyards with responsible farming practices, and winemakers who engage in low intervention wine making with no chemical manipulation.

PatientPartner

PatientPartner is a platform dedicated to redefining the healthcare journey

Polycarbin

Polycarbin has scaled the only circular economy for biomedical plastics to provide the life science industry with a pathway towards supply chain decarbonization.

Shine Bathroom Technologies

Shine is a product that automates cleaning & maintenance

StarNews Mobile

StarNews is a mobile media platform that allows video content producers to distribute and monetize their content to mobile consumers in Africa, the world’s fastest-growing mobile market.

Syntr Health Technologies, Inc.

Medical Device company focused on aesthetic rejuvenation and body contouring.

Trials.ai

A web-based Smart Protocol technology to get medical treatments to patients faster.

UNOMi

Unomi developed a suite of software that enables you to create a fully-realized persona. Easily automate lip-syncing, capture motion tracking, and design a virtual avatar without any specialized equipment or training.

Visionaize

Building the first Industrial Metaverse including VR, AR, Blockchain and AI.

VNTANA

VNTANA is a SaaS platform that makes 3D eCommerce fast and easy at scale which has proven to double conversion rate and increase cart size by 60%

YUR

YUR makes fitness a game.

Great Resources For Founders

Mastering the 5 M's for Startup Investing & Funding Success

45 Ultimate Grants and Other Opportunities for Black and Minority Women in 2022

List of Founder Resources

Upcoming Events

June 14: Female Founders: Cap Table Basics

June 23: Recurring Revenue Conference


June 30: What to Raise: Navigating the Fundraising Landscape

 

Thank you for being a part of our community and if you have any ideas on how to collaborate, please feel free to reach out.

Warm regards,



Raychel Espiritu
Venture Outreach Manager
The Alliance for SoCal Innovation 
e: raychel@alliancesocal.org 
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