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First Look SoCal 2023

June 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2023

Presented by: Alliance for SoCal Innovation


Sponsored by: Wilson Sonsini, KPPB LLP; JPL NASA

See 24 of the best early stage teams commercializing breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions. 


Wednesday June 14 @ Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles + Free Live Stream

9:30a Pre-event Workshop: Protecting and Commercializing Intellectual Property (in-person only)

1:30p Opening remarks and Keynotes by JPL’s VITALS Team and Dr. Scott Fraser of USC’s Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

3:00p Startup Pitch Presentations

7:00p Networking Cocktail Reception


Why You Should Attend: 

  • Get a first look at emerging technology with high potential for market disruption and impact
  • Discover companies seeking early stage funding to commercialize big ideas with massive potential
  • See 24 emerging startups quick pitches w/Q&A led by specialized investors with deep domain expertise
  • Unparalleled in-person networking opportunities


Event Description

The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase on June 14th is an annual celebration of the best early-stage teams commercializing deep tech and life science breakthroughs from the top research institutions in Southern California. This is the premiere platform for research-based spinouts to connect with top-tier investors and successful serial entrepreneurs with expertise to help them leap from the lab to market. 


The day’s program will feature an opening keynote by two JPL NASA engineers who helped develop an FDA-approved ventilator in 37 days during the pandemic, followed by a keynote from Dr. Scott Fraser at USC’s Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience followed by a full program of 24 quick-pitch presentations with investor-led Q&A. Stay for the networking reception to (re)connect with the community. Limited seats available for a special pre-event founder workshop on Protecting and Commercializing Intellectual Property led by an attorney from Wilson Sonsini and a former USC licensing officer. 


To Register and Find Program Details: 






June 14, 2023
10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Alliance for SoCal Innovation


Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049 United States
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