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We’ve collected some local resources for entrepreneurs:


Innovate Pasadena

The vision of Innovate Pasadena is to create a vibrant ecosystem of technology and design innovation in the greater Pasadena area that supports sustainable economic growth.


VC Preppers Meetup

If you met a billionaire venture capitalist, would you know what to say? What would you show that person? Luck is where preparation and opportunity meet. How well have you prepared? This group conducts activities which focus on preparing people to present their ideas or existing businesses to venture capitalists. The group is inspired by the TV show, “Shark Tank,” and Morgan Spurlock’s “Failure Club” on Yahoo.


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Los Angeles continues to be a hotbed of startups and new businesses in California. There’s no doubt that Silicon Beach has a vibrant community of startup resources — everything from coworking spaces to Venture Capitalists to meetups, events, and groups catered to helping Startups grow and thrive. There’s also a growing force of people on the eastside of Los Angeles that are hungry for these same resources but wanting it a little closer to home. The StartUp Toolbox is a set of tools and resources for the aspiring startup and made up of individuals that are eager to help others while they benefit from the resulting enthusiasm and energy.


NEXT LA Meetup

An exciting pre-accelerator program for early-stage startups, NEXT LA is founded on the principles of Steve Blank (“Four Steps to the Epiphany”) and Startup Weekend.


Startup Pitch Night Meetup

Los Angeles Startup Pitch Night focuses on providing monthly opportunities for you to practice, refine, and perfect your startup pitches. They also provide targeted networking and learning opportunities in the Los Angeles, California region to meet, form partnerships, and launch or formulate new start-ups.


LA Web Ventures Meetup

Network with and learn from people who have launched successful entrepreneurial web ventures. This group began organizing networking and discussion-focused meetups throughout Los Angeles beginning in 2008.


LA Startup Community

Interested in startups but don’t know where to start? Let them help you navigate the tech scene and introduce you to entrepreneurs attempting to change the world. Their free events include “Intro to the LA Startup Community” and “Fireside chats” with some of most well respected CEOs in LA, both of which are followed by drinks and networking.


LA Startup Weekend Meetup

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides networking, resources and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Get connected with local developers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.


CoFounders Wanted of Los Angeles

Maybe you are a serial entrepreneur, maybe you are a developer, and maybe corporate life is not for you. Have you been doing searches on CoFoundersLab.com? Tasted a startup, or want to startup your own business? Co-Founders Wanted of Los Angeles serves as an in-person matchmaking service for co-founders. Did you know VCs prefer co-founders over one-person startups? There are lots of benefits to starting a business with someone who complements you. We’ll try to bring together technical folks and business, marketing, sales professionals together. Hopefully you will find your co-founder and get your business off the ground.


LA Startup Nights

Are you a Startup? Freelancer? Entrepreneur? Coder? Tired of working alone through the night? They’ve got you covered. Twice a month, from 7pm – 12am, come to Coloft and work the night away in an inspiring, and creative atmosphere, around like-minded, ambitious people.

Angel Launch

Angel Launch is a group connecting startups, entrepreneurs to investors for early and mid stage startups. With the large number of startups in California, its difficult to raise funds and increase brand awareness to get the attention of potential funders. Many investors are looking for deal flow for early-stage startups including tech, digital media, mobile apps, social media, web enabled, devices, hardware, consumer electronics, life science, retail, eCommerce, media and entertainment. Their events let startups interact with investors. They also let startups pitch to a panel of investors for funds before each session. Enjoy networking, drinks, dinner, program and demo tables.

LA Tech Meetup

A monthly show-and-tell where FIVE people get FIVE minutes to wow the LA tech community. Nerds, creatives, entrepreneurs, and investors welcome!


Silicon Beach

Your personal tour guide and the home of the LA tech & startup community.


Startup Workshops

Startup Workshops are startup experts helping entrepreneurial leaders achieve long term success. They provide serial entrepreneurs, financiers, startup attorneys, marketing experts and others in the startup ecosystem to network and teach best practices to early stage startup founders and those who would like to join an early stage startup.


Ground Up Business Group

This group is for individuals who are considering starting a business and entrepreneurs. And for those who have two questions in mind “Is it for me?” and “How I can find out?”. And, for small business owners who are looking for ways to improve their businesses.



BLANKSPACES is a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and start-ups, where they provide flexible office plans available by the hour, day, and month.


Kleverdog Coworking

Kleverdog attracts start-ups and freelancers that thrive in an open environment. Members love their reasonable prices and Chinatown location, offering a variety of restaurant options within walking distance.


SATELLITE Santa Monica

Satellite Telework Centers is developing a network of comfortable, connected, professional office space for rent in community commercial districts — for everyone from telecommuters to home-based businesses to consultants and start ups.



Coloft is a member based community & work space for entrepreneurs, startups, and other independents.


Nextspace Los Angeles

This hip coworking space is in Downtown Culver City, the epicenter of the area’s great restaurants, bars and more. They offer one of the most impressive lists of amenities, including Zip Car membership and member happy hours. NextSpace welcomes members from a variety of industries, including software, design, legal, architecture and marketing.


Indie Desk

Indie Desk offers 2,000 square feet of coworking space just blocks from the Fashion District, Historic Core and Financial Districts. Members love the eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and residences located within walking distance.

The Design Accelerator

The Design Accelerator

The Design Accelerator focuses on early stage design and technology businesses with opportunities to use great design as a critical disruption point.


Idea Lab

Idealab in 1996 to create and operate pioneering technology companies.



Amplify is a hands-on startup accelerator and multi-faceted entrepreneurial campus in Los Angeles.


Science Accelerators

Science acquires, advises and transforms like-minded companies that share in our defining ambition — to offer accessible solutions to real life problems.


Launchpad LA

Launchpad LA was founded as a mentorship organization that helps talented local entrepreneurs build relationships, get funded, and grow while remaining in Southern California.


L.A. Cleantech Incubator

Los Angeles has launched its cleantech business incubator to accelerate development of cleantech start-ups by offering flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a growing network of experts and capital.


Mucker Lab

MuckerLab aims to accelerate the growth of the overall technology ecosystem in Los Angeles by filling a critical gap currently in the market for start-ups at the earliest stages %mdash; resources, infrastructure, capital and guidance.


Start Engine

Start Engine is a rapid accelerator focused on helping Los Angeles-based technology startups build a solid foundation for success in 90 days.


Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon helps standout entrepreneurs build innovative companies to create and commercialize disruptive change.


Upfront Ventures

Upfront Ventures, previously GRP Partners, is an LA based Venture Capital firm that focuses on early stage investments (mostly Seed & Series A)


Greycroft Partners

Greycroft Partners is a venture capital partnership, formed to invest in promising digital media companies. We serve the founders and investors who have chosen us as their partners, and help them to build large, successful businesses.


DFJ Frontier

At DFJ Frontier their philosophy is to provide support to help you turn your idea or technology into a self-sustaining business with real value.


Rincon Venture Partners

Rincon Venture Partners seeks to partner with extraordinary entrepreneurs and support them as they build world-class businesses.


Lowercase Capital

Lowercase Capital provides capital and advisory services to start-ups and late-stage companies alike.


Crosscut Ventures

Crosscut wants to be THE funding source that supports and drives this region and its continued innovation.


MK Capital

MK Capital is a $250 million venture capital fund with headquarters in Chicago and offices in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor. MK Capital offers multi-stage growth equity and venture capital to companies in the following sectors:
* Digital Media
* Data Center Automation
* Software
* Education Technology


Plus Capital

Plus Capital is an early stage capital firm based in Santa Monica, California that invests in both personal and social capital.


New World Ventures

New World aims help entrepreneurs and management teams build market-leading, world class information technology companies.


Anthem Venture Partners

Anthem Venture Partners provides the necessary resources to enhance the development of emerging technology companies by providing financial investment, operational and management advice, and access to our network of professional relationships.


NALA Investments

NALA Investments was founded as a holding company to identify and manage investments for the Diez Barroso Azcarraga family.


Atom Factory

Atom Factory is a multi-dimensional entertainment and artist management company based in Los Angeles, CA.


Baroda Ventures

Baroda Ventures is  focused on early stage venture investments (Seed and Series A) in the consumer internet, SaaS, and digital media industries.


Siemer Ventures

Siemer Ventures is a boutique venture capital firm that invests in early stage tech-related businesses that, we believe, are positioned for long-term sustainable growth.


Karlin Ventures

Karlin Ventures is a group of value-add partners helping entrepreneurs who take contrarian approaches to create impactful solutions to big, interesting problems.


Double M Capital

Double M Partners invests in Internet, Media and Communications (“IMC”) companies primarily in Southern California.


A-Grade Investments, LLC.

A-Grade Investments is a venture capital fund founded by long-time friends Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle to opportunistically invest in technology start-up companies.


CAA Ventures

Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is raising up to $20 million for a new venture capital fund.


Clearstone Venture Partners

Clearstone Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that manages over $650 million of committed capital in the technology sector, and has helped finance early-stage rounds in numerous successful companies.


Vicente Capital Partners

Vicente Capital Partners is a Los Angeles-based investment firm providing capital to privately held growth companies across North America.


Miramar Venture Partners

Miramar Venture Partners, launched in 2001, is focused on early and expansion stage venture capital investing in information technology companies, primarily in Southern California.

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L.A. php.org

Los Angeles PHP Developers Group (LAPHP) is a vibrant community of like-minded web developers who are working with or interested in PHP and related technologies.


L.A. Ruby

The Los Angeles Ruby/Rails Meetup Group is for anyone interested in learning or sharing coding experiences.



This group gathers web designers, developers, and other people interested in working on the web.


So Cal Node

Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Diego meetup focused on Server Side Javascript, and in particular, Node.js. Goals for the group are to spread ideas about Server Side Javascript, Node.js in particular, socialize projects, and discuss the technology and best practices.



This group is an networking and professional development organization for everyone and anything UX in Southern California.



A monthly javascript meetup in Los Angeles.


Android LA

This is an open community for anyone interested in the development and/or distribution of Android apps. We discuss techniques and methods, strategies, and general tips and tricks. Meetings have industry-recognized speakers and are meant to be informative as well as fun. Bring your apps for show and tell!



San Gabriel Valley Tech People (SGVTech) is an umbrella group encompassing the San Gabriel Valley Linux User’s Group (SGVLUG), San Gabriel Valley HAK (SGVHAK), Pasadena Ubuntu Hour and SGV Drupal groups. We are a community of people interested in topics such as, but not limited to: Linux, open source software, hardware hacking, microcontrollers, Drupal and Ubuntu.