It’s a warm summer night in Westwood and 35 entrepreneurs are mingling with a collection of the new SoCal silicon-set.
“StartEngine, the startup accelerator, which launched earlier this year with ten hopeful businesses, is now in the middle of its third and largest class to date. At a recent Mentor Mixer for the accelerator, held last Thursday, the group ran through pitches and mixed and mingled with mentors.
“I’m really excited for them,” said Howard Marks, StartEngine’s co-founder and patron saint. “They’re already having a lot of interaction with mentors, some of them have customers and traction, some of them even have investors already lined up.”
However, despite the good news, Marks and his entrepreneurs all agreed that their work is far from over. Besides meeting new mentors and exchanging business cards, the main focus of the night were the pitches. Five startups: Contur, Enplug, FitKit, Afterschool.me and Where My Dogs At practiced their demo pitches – a dry run in anticipation of the September 19th demo day…”