Angel Investor Bootcamp

Coming in 2018.


Angel Investor Bootcamp

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • 10:00am  5:30pm


Maybe you’ve thought about angel investing for awhile now, but you still haven’t taken the leap.

That’s where we come in.

Our bootcamp will introduce investors to the startup landscape through workshops on topics like competitive analysis, startup law, measuring impact, founder-investor relationship, and more. The workshops are led by experts, including seasoned entrepreneurs, VCs, and angel investors.

We’ve carefully crafted an incredible lineup of presenters who are prepared to arm you with new strategies, insights and know-how to take your investment knowledge to the next level.

The best part yet, we're offering this free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our partners. 


10am - 10:15am
Justin Wolske – Founder, CaseWorx and Co-Founder, GRID110

10:15 – 10:45 AM
Startup Landscape: What are strong investments? 
Craig Wilson – Principal Advisor, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Bixel Exchange Accelerator

10:45 – 11:15 AM
Startup Law
Eric Ideta – Senior Associate, Nixon Peabody
Sean Kim – Associate, Nixon Peabody

11:15 – 11:30 AM
Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00 PM
Startup Presentation: Nailsnaps
Angel Anderson – CEO and Co-Founder, Nailsnaps

 12:00 – 12:30 PM
Analyzing the Competitive Landscape
Justin Wolske – Founder, CaseWorx and Co-Founder, GRID110

12:30 – 1:00 PM
Marketing, PR, and Social Media
Nina Ojeda – CEO and Founder, PRÊTE and  Founder, The Avenue West

1:00 – 1:45 PM

1:45 – 2:15 PM
Startup Presentation: Discotech
Ian Chen – CEO and Co-Founder, Discotech

2:15 – 2:45 PM
Founder-Investor Relationship
Jason D'Mello, PhD – Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship, Loyola Marymount University

2:45pm - 3:45pm
Investor Roundtable
Shan Aggarwal – Associate, Greycroft Partners
Mark Kapczynski – Advisor, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Bixel Exchange Accelerator
Francis Pollara – Venure Associate, Luma Pictures
Prashant Samant – Founder, Akido Labs and Alum, Y Combinator
Chang Xu – Associate, Upfront Ventures

 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Closing Remarks
Justin Wolske – Founder, CaseWorx and Co-Founder, GRID110
Stephen Kane – Founder, FairClaims and Founder, GRID110

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Networking Social
PacGate Law Group


Shan Aggarwal, Associate, Greycroft Partners

Shan’s responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, sourcing new deals, and working with existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining Greycroft, Shan worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company. While at Bain, Shan advised clients in Media, Consumer Goods, Technology, and Healthcare, as well as spending time within the Private Equity Group.Shan holds a B.S. in Neuroscience, summa cum laude with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Chang Xu, Associate, Upfront Ventures

Chang joined Upfront as an Associate in 2016. Most recently, she was the first Product Manager at the Minerva Project, a venture-backed, tech-enabled university for the 21st century — rethinking everything in order to offer a better education at a lower cost. She also co-founded and was the COO of an ed-tech startup in China, which is still going strong in Beijing. Previously, she was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group, where she advised clients across technology, retail, and healthcare sectors as well as private equity investors. Chang has also spent time at Microsoft and Jane Street Capital.

Chang received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, with a minor in Computer Science.

Mark Kapczynski, Advisor, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Bixel Exchange Accelerator

Mark Kapczynski has a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur, chief executive and advertising industry expert. He founded LocationX, a physical location ad network leveraging beacon technology. Kapczynski also serves as an executive director of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, helping to foster innovation connected to the university. He last served as VP of corporate development and strategy for Experian's consumer businesses, which include leading consumer brands Experian,, and ProtectMyID.  Kapczynski graduated from UCLA's film school and continues to be active in multiple industry associations that span media, mobile telecom, technology and consumer internet. He has eight patents to his name and an additional pending 45 patent. In his free time, Kapczynski enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as car racing and playing the drums.

Francis Pollara, Venture Associate, Luma Pictures

Francis Pollara is the Venture Associate of Luma Launch, a multi-million dollar seed to series-a fund and hybrid accelerator program aimed at surfacing the most notable startups and entrepreneurial minds. We’re focused on the convergence of evolving technology and content markets, capitalizing on internal and external resources to create amazing products. Launch is the venture arm of Luma, one of the largest, independently owned visual effects studios in the world.

Pollara, a serial entrepreneur and startup advisor, launched Luma’s fund in early 2015 and is tasked with identifying, vetting and pursing high impact ventures. He has a track record of recognizing unique opportunities and providing the expertise and intimate knowledge across various industries to facilitate growing startups. Pollara brings unique foresight to lead investments in technology and ideas of the future.

Prashant Samant, Founder, Akido Labs and Alum, Y Combinator

 Prashant is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is a Co-Founder of Akido Labs and a Director of University of Southern California's D-HEALTH. Previously, he Co-Founded Qrew Software (acquired by Tripos) and the non-profit GiveChange. His two favorite topics of conversation are: 1) Surfing, and 2) Disrupting "old" industries.

Stephen Kane, Founder, ArbiClaims and Founder, GRID110

Stephen Kane is a small business and startup attorney who frequently presents essentials of startup law and other legal workshops at General Assembly, LA Chamber Bixel Exchange and the LA Law Library. He has legal and business experience ranging from corporate to small business to startup. As a business owner and entrepreneur, he has confronted many of the same challenges encountered by startups, and provides practical legal advice from the perspective of a lawyer who “gets” business. He is a former associate at the national firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University. He's also founder and Chair of GRID110, and founder of ArbiClaims, an online dispute resolution platform.

Craig Wilson, Principal Advisor, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce - Bixel Exchange Accelerator

Craig is Principal Advisor and fractional Chief Product Officer for entrepreneurs and CEOs of Pre A Series startups. Craig currently serves Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for the Bixel Exchange Accelerator SBDC focused on startups in Los Angeles County. In addition, Craig drives advocacy for Technology and Innovation Policy with the State of California and congressional leaders in Washington DC for technology transfer, STEM, immigration, data management, and digital privacy. He is also a member of the Innovation and Emerging Technology Council for Los Angeles. Craig graduated from City University of Seattle in Business Administration with Finance and Marketing, and UCLA Anderson School of Management in Executive Management.

Eric Ideta, Senior Associate, Nixon Peabody

Eric Ideta is a senior associate attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Private Equity & Investment Funds practice and resides in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. He represents public and private companies and private equity funds in mergers and acquisitions, early-stage debt and equity financing transactions, private placements, joint ventures, commercial transactions and general corporate matters. Eric previously worked as a corporate associate in the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Davis Wright Tremaine, and he earned his A.B. at Princeton University and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Sean Kim, Associate, Nixon Peabody

Sean is an attorney at the Los Angeles office of Nixon Peabody LLP where he focuses in the areas of Intellectual Property (IP) procurement and counseling, technology transactions, and corporate counseling for emerging companies. He has experience representing clients in the technology, life sciences, and entertainment industries, with a focus on clients for whom IP is a key asset. Sean is an active member of the startup community and serves on the board of Korean Startups and Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization with more than 1,000 members. Sean graduated with a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; with an M.P.H. from Columbia University; and with a B.S. in Chemistry from Stony Brook University. Sean is licensed to practice law in New York and also admitted to United States Patent and Trademark Office. Sean currently practices in California under supervision of lawyers admitted in the state. 

Justin Wolske, Founder, CaseWorx and Co-Founder, GRID110

Justin Wolske's work is focused on the intersection of education and media. A film and new media producer for over ten years, his edtech startup Caseworx transforms case-based learning in business and corporate education into video-based, interactive learning platforms. At the same time, he co-founded GRID110, an economic development organization that is building the startup ecosystem in Downtown Los Angeles. His first company was The Royal Institute for Picture Quality, a media production consultancy that held MTV, Reebok, AOL, UCLA and Crunchroll among its client list. Justin also continues to teach at the Dept. of Television, Film & Media at California State University, Los Angeles. He holds a BA from Indiana University and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Nina Ojeda, CEO and Founder, PRÊTE and Founder, The Avenue West

Nina Ojeda is a multi-time entrepreneur and founder of PRÊTE (, the members only club to access the best blowouts and mani's in the city. Before launching PRÊTE, Nina founded go-to-market agency, The Avenue West ( where she works with some of the hottest startups in the industry including Saucey, Laurel & Wolf, Tipsy Elves and is responsible for some of the most noteworthy marketing stunts in the industry.

Jason D'Mello, Assistant Professor, LMU Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship

Jason D'Mello, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Loyola Marymount University. He teaches entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial marketing at the undergraduate and graduate school level. His research interests involve new venture teams and the inner-dynamics of cofounders. He also has researched pay what you want pricing models, governance boards, and post-traumatic growth as it relates to entrepreneurship. He has founded multiple technology and educational startups and serves on the board for The Incubator School (LA), Health Digital (NYC) and is the subject matter expert for Caseworx.

Angel Anderson, CEO and Co-Founder, NailSnaps

Angel Anderson is the CEO and Co-Founder of NailSnaps - a platform that lets people transform images into custom nail art. Anderson's background is in User Experience Design. She previously lead strategy and design for clients like Old Navy, Domino's, American Express as the VP of UX at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Anderson’s vision and product design expertise has helped NailSnaps win coveted design awards and be heralded by Star Beauty, Good Housekeeping, The Today Show, and top beauty influencer Michelle Phan as must-have beauty/fashion tech. NailSnaps is poised to disrupt the 8.5 billion dollar nail industry with the world’s best way to create, share, and wear custom nail art. Next-level personalization, literally at your fingertips.

Ian Chen, CEO and Founder, Discotech

Ian is the founder of Discotech, where he is disrupting the antiquated nightlife market and bringing transparency and efficiency to the space. Prior to this, Ian worked in private equity, starting off at Bain, where he spent half his time working on corporate strategy cases for large Fortune 500 Tech companies, and the other half working in Bain’s Private Equity Group.  In 2010, Ian moved down to Los Angeles to join The Gores Group, and while there he looked at over 100 different business opportunities across a wide sector of industries. After performing due diligence for a year and a half, Gores deployed him to work as an Operator at two of the Fund’s most struggling portfolio companies. Ian has earned degrees in Business and Industrial Engineering.


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