Demo Day 2018



[ 10:30AM – 4:00PM ]


Meet incredible USC student and alumni entrepreneurs and network with key investors.


Get an exclusive look at the cutting edge of USC’s startup ecosystem.


Explore entrepreneurial horizons and discover the talent behind tomorrow’s industry reformers.


Welcome back

Once again, USC is bringing the LA tech scene together to showcase some of the best startups from the Trojan Family. USC Demo Day is the epicenter of Trojan entrepreneurship and will feature over 40 current student and alumni companies.

We welcome everyone to come attend, get involved, make meaningful connections, network with other interested innovators, and demo the latest Trojan tech. Gather at Troy to witness the future success of our family.

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Doors Open & Check In

11:00 – 11:15

Kick Off & Welcome

11:15 – 11:35

Keynote Ft. Anna Barber, Director of Techstars LA

11:45 – 12:30

Investor Panel Ft. Experts and Industry Professionals
Carmen Palafox / Make In LA
Yipeng Zhao / Embark Ventures
Alon Goren / Wavemaker Partners
Maureen Klewicki / Techstars

Moderated by Kyle Funn / WSGR Los Angeles

12:30 – 3:15
Startup Exhibition

3:15 – 4:00

The Pitch Event!
4 Startups take on 4 VCs
Laurent Grill / Luma Launch
Josh Porter / Reimagined Ventures
Dustin Rosen / Wonder Ventures
Justine Moore / CRV

Thank You & Wrap Up


Meet the latest wave of Trojan entrepreneurs.

Our Proud Partners

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has more than five decades of experience counseling the world’s most innovative companies such as Google, Netflix, Salesforce and Twitter. We understand start-ups’ need to run lean in the face of unique challenges and circumstances. We leverage our entrepreneurial mindset, industry expertise, practice area depth and our extended network to support startups at every stage of growth.


Gust Launch is the world’s first Company-as-a-Service™: one platform to easily incorporate, start, and run a company like a seasoned entrepreneur, designed by experienced startup founders, investors, and lawyers to help from launch to exit. Starting with incorporation, Gust Launch takes founders through the process of setting up their company, then provides legal help from leading startup law firms on an ongoing basis and offers add-on packages to solve problems like bookkeeping and more as the company’s needs grow. To use Gust Launch, visit


Applications for Quake Capital’s DTLA Summer ’18 Accelerator Now Open. Quake is an industry agnostic seed capital fund and accelerator program. We provide each company accepted into our 12-week program with $150,000 investment, mentorship, and many other amazing perks. We are excited to announce our new LA office just 7 minutes away from the USC campus. The program kicks off this summer 6/4, and early decision applications are due by 3/11, with final applications due by 4/2. More details:

Contrary Capital is a decentralized, university-focused venture fund, with a laser focus on empowering and investing in the brightest university entrepreneurs – students, faculty, and recent graduates. Contrary has ~100 student Venture Partners on the ground at dozens of universities and are backed by the best in the world (80% of the fund Limited Partners have founded $1B+ tech companies over the past decade, including Tesla, Twitch, SoFi, and MuleSoft). Contrary is industry agnostic and focus on businesses powered by some sort of technology. Learn more:

Venture Firms

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