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Los Angeles is truly a GREAT place to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to are not aware of the local resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Los Angeles Founder Institute now open, we are excited to release an updated version of the Los Angeles Startup Ecosystem Canvas, which is currently in v2 below! It was developed by the Los Angeles Founder Institute and Local Leader Jeanine Jacobson.

More input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update.

If you are looking to launch a startup in Los Angeles, then apply to the Los Angeles Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for searchability:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

  • Inspire
    • Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
      1. Built in LA
      2. Hub101
      3. LA Tech Digest
      4. Represent LA
      5. Silicon Beach LA
      6. socalTech
      7. Southern California Tech Central
      8. StartUp Beat
      9. Startup Digest LA
      10. Startups LA
      11. Tech Cocktail Los Angeles
      12. TechZulu
    • Inspirational Events: Open, inclusive, beginner startup events (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
      1. CoInvent
      2. Downtown LA Startups
      3. Entrepreneur Startup Support Community of LA
      4. LA Entrepreneurs & Startups
      5. LA Startup Community
      6. LA Startup Nights
      7. LA Tech
      8. LA Tech Happy Hour
      9. Latino Startups & Entrepreneurs
      10. Los Angeles Young Entrepreneur Meetup
      11. Startup Product LA
      12. Startup Socials
      13. Startup Weekend LA
      14. Startups and Stilettos
      15. TechBeer
  • Educate
    • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire, like Startup Founder 101, etc).
      1. DTLA Tech Morning Coffee Mixer
      2. iOS Developers & Entrepreneurs Meetup
      3. LA Launch
      4. NELA UX
      5. NEXT LA
      6. Santa Monica Creative Entrepreneurs & Startups Meetup
      7. Santa Monica Gamification
      8. Startup Founder 101 LA
      9. Startup Grind LA
      10. Startup Mind LA
      11. Startup Saturdays Los Angeles
      12. Startup Uncensored
      13. The Startup Toolbox
      14. Startup Workshops
    • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development. (Ex. bootcamps and comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute)
      1. Codeclub.la
      2. Coding Dojo
      3. Founder Institute
      4. General Assembly
      5. IPN Bootcamp
      6. Le Wagon
      7. Lean Startup Machine LA
      8. Local Food Lab
      9. MakerSquare LA
      10. Sabio.la
      11. Shoutleaf Web Bootcamp
      12. Startup Specialist Network
      13. Stubbs Alderton Preaccelerator
  • Validate
    • Team Formation: Resources for teaming up. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
      1. CoFounders LA
      2. CoFoundersLab
      3. The Entrepreneur Connection
      4. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization
      5. Founders Forum
      6. Founders Network
      7. FounderDating
      8. Founding Moms' Exchange LA
      9. Women Founders Network
    • Build First Product: Hackathons & resources to build. (i.e. hackathons and other builder-focused events and resources)
      1. AEC Hackathon 2.3 SoCal
      2. AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Los Angeles
      3. AngelHack Los Angeles 2015
      4. Causathon
      5. Code for the Kingdom LA 2015
      6. Code for Los Angeles
      7. CodeDay LA
      8. Comcast NBCUniversal Hackathon Los Angeles
      9. Hack for LA
      10. Hackathon by General Assembly
      11. Hollywood Hack Day
      12. Indie Dev Club Showcase & Hack Night
      13. LA Hacks 2015
      14. ProtoHack Los Angeles
      15. Sense360 iOS Hackathon
      16. Water Hackathon
      17. Women Who Code

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

  • Start
    • Establish: Law firms & banks for startups
      1. Bank of America
      2. Bank of the West
      3. Bottom Line Law Group
      4. Buchalter Nemer
      5. California Business Bank
      6. CHASE Bank
      7. Citizens Business Bank
      8. City National Bank
      9. Comerica Bank
      10. Cooley LLP
      11. DLA Piper Global Law Firm
      12. First Bank
      13. First Republic Bank
      14. Gibson Dunn
      15. Grandpoint Bank
      16. Hevener Law
      17. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
      18. Pacific Western Bank
      19. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
      20. Silicon Valley Bank
      21. Square 1 Bank
      22. Strategic Law Partners, LLP
      23. Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
      24. Union Bank
      25. Wells Fargo Bank
    • Workspace: Co-working and flexible workspaces (note: “official” office space goes in 3.1.a. Infrastructure)
      1. Blankspaces
      2. Boxaplex
      3. Coloft
      4. CraveLab
      5. Cross Campus
      6. Droplabs
      7. Hatch Studios
      8. Indie Desk
      9. Kicks on 66
      10. Kleverdog Coworking
      11. LAX Coworking
      12. Limited Ink Studios
      13. Maker City LA
      14. NextSpace Coworking
      15. Nuwork
      16. OfficeSlice Coworking
      17. Opodz
      18. Procolo.co
      19. RealOfficeCenters
      20. The Unique Space
      21. Village Workspaces
      22. We Labs
      23. WeWork
      24. WORK.
  • Develop
    • Formalize: Accounting, development and HR for early-stage startups.
      1. ABM Financial Management
      2. Accuretta Inc.
      3. Azran Financial APC
      4. Boatman Accounting
      5. BridgeGate
      6. citrusbyte
      7. Cory Franklin & Associates, Inc.
      8. Creative27
      9. Dogtown Media
      10. Dream Warrior
      11. Fetch Recruiting
      12. Fishermen Labs
      13. Jess S. Morgan & Company, Inc.
      14. Lalea & Black
      15. Lawrence S. Rachmel, C.P.A.
      16. Lounge Lizard
      17. Los Angeles Accountants
      18. Neohire
      19. Neon Roots
      20. Philosophie
      21. Prime Accounting Solutions
      22. RBZ LLP
      23. Rhynes Tax & Bookkeeping Service
      24. Safire Partners
      25. SideBench
      26. Thunderbolt Studios
      27. Weez Labs
    • Prepare for Seed: Incubators and advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
      1. Be Great
      2. IdeaLab
      3. Impact Hub
      4. Incubatrix
      5. Incuvation Lab
      6. Innovation Village
      7. Kick Incubator
      8. Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
      9. Mucker Capital
      10. Originate
      11. PortTech LA
      12. Science Inc.
      13. South Bay Entrepreneurial Center
      14. Startup Next LA
      15. USC Incubator
      16. Viterbi Startup Garage
  • Launch
    • Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
      1. Amplify
      2. C21 Accelerator
      3. Cal-X Stars
      4. Curious Minds
      5. The Design Accelerator
      6. Disney Accelerator
      7. Dodgers Accelerator
      8. Fastlane Accelerator
      9. LDR Ventures
      10. Launchpad LA
      11. Media Camp
      12. Starburst Accelerator
      13. StartEngine
      14. Startup UCLA
      15. Tylt Lab
    • Pitch & Demo: Show local startups for investment (i.e. demo days for companies seeking seed investment)
      1. CoInvent LA Social Demo Hours
      2. LA Drink & Demo Nights
      3. Proof of Concept Innovation Fair
      4. Recess 2015 Field Trip
      5. Santa Monica New Tech
      6. Silicon Beach Startups App Demo Day
      7. South Bay Pitch Night
      8. Startup Pitch Night LA
      9. SwitchPitch LA
      10. TechSparks: Pitchfest & Entrepreneur Mixer
      11. TechStars Demo Day Los Angeles
      12. Techweek Launch
      13. USC Viterbi Startup Garage Demo Day
      14. WE Labs Pitch Labs

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

  • Recognition
    • Investor Networking:  Connect professional investors with founders. (i.e. events or groups that facilitate connections with professional investors)
      1. Angel Launch
      2. CAIA Los Angeles
      3. CEO Space LA
      4. Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum
      5. Investors + Entrepreneurs
      6. Keiretsu Forum
      7. LA Web Ventures
      8. Larta Institute
      9. Los Angeles Investors Network
      10. Los Angeles Venture Association
      11. Pasadena Angels
      12. Schmoozd
      13. Social Venture Partners
      14. Southern California Investment Forum
      15. Space Angels Network
      16. Startup Angels LA
      17. Women's Investment Network
    • Major Media: Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses)
      1. ABC Los Angeles
      2. CBS Los Angeles
      3. Fox Los Angeles
      4. Investor’s Business Daily
      5. KTLA
      6. Los Angeles Business Journal
      7. Los Angeles Daily News
      8. Los Angeles Downtown News
      9. Los Angeles Times
      10. NBC Los Angeles
  • Funding
    • Angels / Micro-VCs: Seed-stage investors
      1. Aaron Hirschhorn
      2. Anthony Saleh
      3. Ashton Kutcher
      4. Bill Gross
      5. Brock Pierce
      6. Chris Hollod
      7. Chris Sacca
      8. Christine Tsai
      9. Clark Landry
      10. David Carter
      11. David Chie
      12. David Cohen
      13. David Lee
      14. Diego Berdakin
      15. Eric Manlunas
      16. Farhad Mohit
      17. Fred Rosenberg
      18. Fred Wilson
      19. Gil Elbaz
      20. Jim Brandt
      21. Kelly Perdew
      22. Mark Mullen
      23. Mark Suster
      24. Matt Coffin
      25. Matt Mazzeo
      26. Michael Jones
      27. Michael McCartney
      28. Michael Parekh
      29. Paige Craig
      30. Richard Wolpert
      31. Robin Chan
      32. Sam Teller
      33. Shawn Gruver
      34. Steve Taylor
      35. Talmadge O'Neill
      36. Tianxiang Zhuo
      37. Tom McInerney
      38. Tom Ryan
      39. Troy Carter
      40. William Edward Quigley
    • Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
      1. Anthem Venture Partners
      2. Arcturus Capital
      3. Baroda Ventures
      4. Brentwood Associates Private Equity
      5. CAA Ventures
      6. California Technology Ventures
      7. Caltius Capital Management
      8. Canyon Creek Capital
      9. Clearstone Venture Partners
      10. Crosscut Ventures
      11. DFJ Frontier
      12. Double M Partners
      13. Greycroft Partners
      14. Karlin Ventures
      15. MK Capital
      16. Palomar Ventures
      17. Redpoint Ventures
      18. Rustic Canyon Partners
      19. St. Cloud Capital
      20. Steamboat Ventures
      21. Tech Coast Angels
      22. TenOneTen Ventures
      23. Upfront Ventures
      24. Vicente Capital Partners
      25. Wavemaker Partners
      26. Wedbush Capital Partners
  • Growth
    • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. 42 Floors
      2. Bolton & Company
      3. CPEhr
      4. CityFeet
      5. Clay Burnett Group
      6. DTLA Real Estate
      7. De Forest Search Partners
      8. Heffernan Insurance Brokers
      9. Hiscox
      10. J. Morey Company
      11. Liberty Company
      12. LoopNet
      13. Oodle
      14. Rofo
      15. Regus
      16. Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers
      17. Workbridge Associates
    • Expansion: Growth accelerators/consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
      1. Alix Partners
      2. Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC
      3. Arryve Consulting
      4. Avant Advisory Group
      5. Bain & Company
      6. Boston Consulting Group
      7. Cayenne Consulting
      8. FINIEN
      9. Gnarus Advisors LLC
      10. Goldhill Group
      11. Holden Wright Consulting
      12. KPMG
      13. Mark Lewis Firm
      14. PwC
      15. Towers Watson
      16. ZS Associates

4. Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. Adly
  2. Bia
  3. Bottlenose
  4. Boxc
  5. CapLinked
  6. ChowNow
  7. Chromatik
  8. Clutter
  9. DogVacay
  10. Dollar Shave Club
  11. Dreamhost
  12. Flipagram
  13. GoCoin
  14. Honey
  15. Intenta
  16. InvestedIn
  17. MD Insider
  18. maniaTV
  19. MeUndies
  20. Mobile Roadie
  21. Moonfrye
  22. NationBuilder
  23. Nimble
  24. Ouya
  25. Pogoseat
  26. Realty Mogul
  27. Retention Science
  28. Slated
  29. Snapchat
  30. Social Rewards
  31. Soothe
  32. StackCommerce
  33. Streamup
  34. Surf Air
  35. Talenthouse
  36. Tinder
  37. Trace
  38. Tradesy
  39. Trippy
  40. Twenty20
  41. ZEFR

Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Evangelists

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.  (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc)

  1. Ben Carlton
  2. Dae Bogan
  3. Dean Sawyer
  4. Ed Rigsbee
  5. Eli Calderón-Morin
  6. Fabian Geyrhalter
  7. George Prince
  8. Grant Stevenson
  9. Howard Lleonhardt
  10. James Chmielinski
  11. Jason Lawrence Nazar
  12. Jeanine Jacobson
  13. Jessa Avila
  14. John Bates
  15. Leon Isaac Kennedy
  16. Lucas Swift
  17. Maricel S. Camacho
  18. Mark Henderson
  19. Mark Peay
  20. Mike Tankel
  21. Paul Velusamy
  22. Ryan Sherstobitoff
  23. Sandeep Ingale
  24. Stevie Wilson
  25. Timothy Strimple

2. Government

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development 

  1. America's SBDC Los Angeles Network
  2. Bixel Exchange
  3. Center for Cultural Innovation
  4. Center for Innovation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  5. Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles County
  6. Civic Innovation Lab
  7. CleanTech Los Angeles iHub
  8. Innovate LA (inLA)
  9. Innovation Fund Los Angeles
  10. Innovation Node Los Angeles
  11. Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  12. Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
  13. Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
  14. Los Angeles Works
  15. Southern California Biomedical Council
  16. Southern California-Israel Chamber of Commerce
  17. StartUpCalifornia StartUpLA
  18. West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Antioch University Los Angeles
    2. Azusa Pacific University
    3. Caltech
    4. Cal Poly Pomona
    5. California State University, Dominguez Hills
    6. California State University, Long Beach
    7. California State University, Los Angeles
    8. California State University, Northridge
    9. Claremont Graduate University
    10. Loyola Marymount University
    11. Occidental College
    12. Pepperdine University
    13. UCLA
    14. USC
    15. Whittier College
  • Local Employers (Major technical employers, like Microsoft or Google or large local companies, with large local offices)
    1. Apple
    2. Boingo
    3. Bose
    4. Cisco Systems
    5. Dell
    6. Edmunds
    7. Electronic Arts
    8. Facebook
    9. GE Aviation
    10. Gartner
    11. Google
    12. Konami
    13. Lynda
    14. Microsoft
    15. Samsung
    16. Sony Network Entertainment
    17. Stryker
    18. Time Warner Cable
    19. Verizon
    20. Wlicon
    21. Zillow

Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Los Angeles Canvas on this collaborative Google document, or on Twitter using the hashtag #ecosystemcanvas.

If you are looking to launch a startup in Los Angeles, then apply to the Los Angeles Founder Institute today!

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