Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum
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entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California

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AI, Machine Learning and AI Toolboxes: New Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Business analytics, Big Data, expert systems, machine learning, deep learning and now AI/cognitive technologies are being implemented with automation.  Combined with open source AI services and AI toolboxes, which are now available for low cost in the cloud, are enabling new breakthroughs in industry and general business analysis and decision-making.

In this program we will explore this evolution and where entrepreneurial innovation could have impact and opportunity.  A Keynote Speaker will be followed by a panel discussion and audience questions.


Keynote Speaker: 


Karina Edmonds

University Relations League

Google Cloud, AI and Machine Learning

Google Inc.



Executive Director Corporate Partnerships & JPL Tech Transfer

California Institute of Technology

Tech Transfer Coordinator

US Dept. of Energy (DOE)




Professor George Djorgovski

Professor of Astronomy
Executive Officer (Dept. Chair) for Astronomy, Director, Center for Data-Driven Discovery, and Founding President, International Astroinformatics Association

California Institute of Technology


Josh Neland

Associate Director, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Engineering

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)


Edward Mehr

Co-Founder & CEO

Machina Labs


Seyed Sajjadi

President & CEO

Nflux, Inc




Stan Tomsic

Managing Director

Magna Point Group


Ken J. Chalmers

Strategy & Transformation Advisor

Ernst & Young LLP



Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Networking with refreshments from 8:00 – 9:00 AM / Program: 9:00 – 11:30 AM


Anatomy of a Venture Capital Deal

Anatomy of a Venture Capital Deal: How to improve your odds of a successful fundraise


Venture capital investment in Southern California is at an all-time high; but record level funding has driven up demand and increased competition among SoCal startups, so it’s more important than ever that entrepreneurs understand the process before embarking on a fundraising effort.

In this program we will hear how one local company successfully raised Series A funding, as well as what compelled its lead investor to write a check. Our entrepreneur keynote speaker will recreate his funding pitch for a group of professional investors who will evaluate the request and, in panel discussion format, provide insightful advice for companies seeking funding and their advisors. And we’ll allocate plenty of time for audience questions.


Keynote Speaker: 


Armen Adjemian

Co-Founder and CEO





Nate Redmond

Managing Partner

Alpha Edison


Michael Carney


Upfront Ventures


Minnie Ingersoll


TenOneTen Ventures





Randy Churchill

SVP, Southwest Regional Manager, Avidbank


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Networking with refreshments from 8:00 – 9:00 AM / Program: 9:00 – 11:30 AM


Join us for the rest of the 2019-2020 series

Join us for upcoming events in the 2019-2020 season:


April 18th: Alternative Aircraft

May 9th: New Space


Formed in 1984, the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is an entrepreneurship resource of Caltech’s Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships.

The mission of the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum is to encourage the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern California.

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