LA’s Startup Community

Silicon Beach Fest celebrates LA’s unique startup entertainment tech community with panels, pitches, and parties.

Wednesday August 24 thru Saturday August 27, 2016

Marina Del Rey Hotel, 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, USA

The Startup Showcase – Wednesday 4-6PM

With Guest Host Gray Bright

Upcoming startup founders from Silicon Beach and beyond will pitch before a panel of judges to compete for the Silicon Beach Fest – Startup Showcase Winner title. Pitches will include company product or service, revenue model, marketing / customer acquisition plan and team bios. Approximately 5-6 startups selected from the Semi-Finals 1 and 2 on Wednesday and the Semi-Finals 3 on Thursday will advance to the Finals on Friday 5-6p.

Startup Showcase grand prize package to be awarded Friday includes:

– $5K cash, presented by Media Temple
– Round trip flight on Surf Air to its California destinations
– Round trip flight on Air New Zealand on its LAX – London route
– Sheppard Mullin: 10 hours of transactional legal services

Startups will be announced.

– Gray Bright, Tomorrow Show, Host; IO LAB, Founder


– Chris Hill, Siemer & Associates, Principal
– Omkar Kulkarni, Cedars-Sinai Healthcare Accelerator, Director
– Noramay Cadena, Make in LA (hardware accelerator), Co-Founder and General Partner
– Paul Orlando, Incubator Director; USC Adjunct Professor
– Gabe Greenbaum, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Partner
– Brent Freeman, Crosscut Ventures, EIR

About The Event

Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s original festival celebrating LA tech, entertainment & startups with panels, keynotes, workshops, mixers, and more August 24-27, 2016 in LA. We are excited to celebrate our 5th year, adding an extra day of panels for three days of panels Aug 24-26. We are returning to the stunning Marina Del Rey Hotel, which had a $25M renovation, with gorgeous views of the marina, water and boats from every conference room. SBF 2016 Highlights include: keynotes with top tech leaders, panels, hands-on workshops, and more. Plus multiple networking parties and mixers, and a VIP yacht cruise. Attend pre-events to celebrate all week: Monday Aug 22 is Downtown Fashion Tech day, and Tuesday Aug 23 is Playa Vista Open House day.
Attendees include startup CEOs, accelerators, VCs, investors, Hollywood execs, agencies, content creators, social media gurus, developers, designers, virtual reality experts, and more from LA, Silicon Valley, OC, San Diego, New York, and international. Join us at the marina this summer to celebrate LA’s digital innovators in tech, startups, entertainment, marketing, and more!


This year’s fest is packed with panels and networking opps including…
Panels: Featuring LA’s top startups, CEOs, VCs, investors, and Hollywood execs, August 24, 25, 26
Parties: Networking parties every night to help you meet key players and friends including the Opening Party with Icon Direct Media on August 24, Thursday Night AT&T Reception Mixer on August 25, and Closing Party at CTRL Collective on August 26. Plus VIP-only parties and other networking events including…
VIP Yacht Cruise around Marina Del Rey August 26, 6-9p, open to paid VIP tickets, sponors and select speakers and guests
Startup Showcase:  Meet 20 up-and-coming Silicon Beach startups who’ll pitch for their chance to win the grand prize and SBF 2016 – Startup Showcase title and prize package including $5K cash provided by Media Temple, a Surf Air round trip ticket on Surf Air to its California destinations, a Air New Zealand round trip flight LAX to London. Semi-Finals on Wed Aug 24, 4-6p and Thur Aug 25, 4-5p; Finals Fri Aug 26, 5-6p.
VR Lounge: Try the latest in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, with vendors including AT&T Entertainment’s DIRECTV, 360Rize, Specular Theory and more, Thurs Aug 25 and Fri Aug 26.
Beach Games:  Surf, play basketball, beach volleyball or ride bikes at our beach games on Sat August 27.  We’re the only tech fest that includes beach games to network with friends you’ve made during the fest!
Sunday Funday Pool Party: Chill and lounge poolside on Sunday August 28 with your new friends from the fest!
Sponsor Tables: Promote your product at sponsor tables in the lounge (indoor) or on the lawn (outdoor) on August 24, 25 or 26.
– Monday August 22: Downtown Day: Opening with LA City Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
– Tuesday August 23: Playa Vista Day: Womens Luncheon @ CTRL Collective


LA City Opening: LA City Office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti discuss how LA City helps LA Tech, 5-7p @ Cross Campus Downtown LA, with fireside chat with Jason Nazar, CEO of Comparably.
Fashion Tech: Panel with fashion tech and other downtown tech

 Playa Vista Open House.  Playa Vista has been getting national attention with several large tech companies moving to the area.  Now it’s time for you to meet them. Visit several Playa Vista companies offering Open House receptions for Silicon Beach Fest attendees. If you’d like to host an open house for SBF attendees at your Playa Vista offices (you provide beverages and appetizers for 50-150 attendees for 2 hours within 10a-8p), email with SBF OPEN HOUSE as subject.
– Women’s Lunch: CTRL Collective hosts the Women’s Lunch (12-2p). Open to SBF passholders.

– Opening Keynote
– Panel tracks 11a-6p include: Startups, LA Tech
– Sponsor Lounge: Relax in the Indoor Sponsor Lounge
– Startup Village on the lawn features startups and sponsors
– Startup Showcase 1: See new Silicon Beach startups at the Startup Showcase Semi-Finals 4-6p, featuring more than 25 startups pitching, including winners of Digital LA and other local startup pitch competitions.
Opening Party. Head to the Marina Del Rey Hotel lawn for the Opening Party sponsored by Icon Media Direct, 6-9p
VIP Cocktail Party: paid VIPs and select guests invited to network poolside at the Marina del Rey pool

Panel tracks 10a-6p include: LA Tech, Advertising/Marketing, etc.
– VR Lounge. Try the latest VR demos from leading VR companies, 10a-6p
– Sponsor Lounge: Relax in the Indoor Sponsor Lounge, 10a-6p 
– Startup Village
 on the lawn features startups and sponsors, 10a-6p
– Startup Showcase 2:
See new Silicon Beach startups at the Startup Showcase Semi-Finals 4-5p, featuring more than 25 startups pitching, including winners of Digital LA and other local startup pitch competitions.
AT&T Reception Mixer at the Marina Del Rey Hotel lawn 6-8p
Thursday Night Party TBD

– Panel tracks 10a-6p include: LA Tech, VR, Developer presented by AT&T
– VR Lounge. Try the latest VR demos from leading VR companies, 10a-6p
– Sponsor Lounge: Relax in the Indoor Sponsor Lounge, 10a-6p
– Startup Village on the lawn features startups and sponsors, 10a-6p
Startup Showcase Finals are 5-6p. Finalists will pitch for the SBF 2016 title and prizes!
VIP Yacht Cruise: Paid VIP passes, select speakers and sponsors are invited to this three-hour FantaSea yacht cruise 6-9p, including one hour dock, and two hours sailing.
SBF Closing Party with pre-Burning Man theme at CTRL Collective in Playa Vista, 6p-11p

– Play beach volleyball, beach basketball, surfing lessons, and more with your fest friends. Details soon.

SUNDAY AUGUST 28: POOL PARTY. Continue networking LA style at our Sunday Funday pool party at the Marina del Rey Hotel, 12-4p