11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson Grand Salon
Impact Investing: The New Face of Venture Capital
The percentage of VC funding going to underrepresented founders remains stubbornly and depressingly low. These panelists are here to change that. This event highlighted VC investors in Los Angeles using capital as a vehicle to make the startup ecosystem more inclusive and innovative.
Laurel Mintz, Founder and General Partner, Fabric VC
Austin Clements, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Slauson & Co.
Alicia Hanf, Founder and Managing Partner, Dear Mama Ventures
Ahmed Mirza ('19) Investment Manager, Techstars (Moderator)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Panel
Location: BioscienceLA, Culver City, CA
Food Tech and Sustainability: Building Circular Food Systems
Agriculture is one of the most carbon-intensive industries, and new technologies are arising to reduce waste and improve agricultural practices. The panel discussed how it is imperative to move beyond the idea of “waste” and focus on building circular food systems while elevating food ingredients’ highest use potential.
Dr. Lara Ramdin, Chief Innovation Officer, Upcycled Foods, Inc.; Former Chief Innovation Officer, Dole Sunshine Company
Kaitlin Mogentale, Founder and CEO, Pulp Pantry & Co.
Erik Haug, Founder and Chief Vision Officer, LIGHT CoCreative
Joy Nemerson, Marketing Manager, Programs and Events, Upcycled Food Association (Moderator)