First Look SoCal Showcase 2019

June 19, 2019

The Pasadena Conference Center

300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

The premier annual conference celebrating the best early stage teams commercializing deep tech and life science breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions. The program will feature quick-pitch presentations from the 30 teams split into three concurrent domain tracks. Each presentation is followed by audience Q&A. There will also be a private meet and greet space for investors and teams to connect during the event. An investor panel discussion and networking cocktail reception to follow presentations.

You’ll see…

A showcase of the 30 best early stage startups emerging from SoCal’s top research institutions

Inventors who represent the region’s diversity of STEM talent and ideas

Why You Should Attend

Unparalleled opportunities for SoCal startup teams to connect with investors, mentors and other support resources crucial at the early seed stage

Discover a source of plentiful investment opportunities with companies on track to raise series A funding

Network with SoCal’s professional community focused on commercializing deep tech


Check-in 12:30 p | Welcome + Keynote 1:30 p | Team Presentations 2:30 p | Investor Panel + Cocktails 6:30 p

See full schedule here

The First Look Showcase is presented by the Alliance for Southern California Innovation and the Los Angeles Venture Association (“LAVA”)

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Keynote Speakers

VC Panel

Meet The Teams

Life Science – Therapeutics Track

Life Science – Diagnostics Track

Technology Track


How can I contact the organizer about Sponsorship or for exhibiting my organization at the event?
Please contact Steve Gilison at about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities for this event.

How can I contact the organizer about speaking?
We would love to hear your suggestions and nominations for speakers. Know that we cannot accommodate all requests. Please contact Steve Gilison (

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, we offer group rates for 3 or more attendees. Please contact Vicki at about group rates.

What’s the refund policy?
Plans change, we get it. If you can’t attend, please try to transfer your ticket to a colleague who’d enjoy it (see instructions below). If all else fails, you can get a full refund (minus any fees) up to the day before the event. Please review the refund policy here.

What is the parking situation?
Two Entrances: Marengo Avenue to the west and Euclid Avenue to the east between Green Street and Cordova.

Parking Cost: $15 a day for up to 16 hours

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need. Proceed to the check-in desk and give us your name and company and/or show us your ticket on your mobile phone.

Is my registration or ticket transferable?
If you wish to transfer your ticket, please notify Vicki at no later than 5:00pm PST on June 14th. Please supply the first name, last name, email, company, title and cell phone number of the person you are transferring the ticket to.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available?
Yes. Please contact Vicki at if you would like to volunteer for the event.

Participating Institutions