Past Meetup

Pitch to Investor Panel

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College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd · San Mateo, CA

How to find us

Go to Building 10 - College Center.

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The deadline to register and pay online is:

2 pm W 5/18

1) Park in lots 8, 9, or 9A to 9D, or Edison 7. Parking is okay in these lots and free for this event.

2) Go to College Center - Building 10, Bayview Dining Room (2nd floor).

3) Please review the campus map in advance so you can find the meeting space and parking seamlessly.


There is a cover charge to attend this event.

A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation.

In order to attend, you must register and pay here:

Take advantage of online advance registration and early responder pricing.

Slots are limited! First come, first served!

First Responders $7 plus Eventbrite fees

Second Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees

Third Responders $17 plus Eventbrite fees

Please bring your printed ticket to the event.

Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door.

Our investor panel will discuss the latest trends in startup funding. Pre-selected entrepreneurs will then pitch to our investor panel, followed by questions and feedback from the panel.

Audience members (even those who are not pitching) will benefit from the insights offered by the investor panelists and will learn more about the Silicon Valley startup investment ecosystem. All attendees will have an opportunity to interact with investor panelists during the networking portions of the event before and after the formal program.

If you would like to pitch to the investor panel in the official pitch line up, send an email to:


Put this in the subject header:

W 5/18 Pitch Event - Pitch Applicant

The pitch format is:

Two minutes, no slides, followed by four minutes of Q & A / feedback.

Additionally, there will be startup demo tables and tables for startup service providers.

If you would like space on a startup demo table, or if you are a startup service provider and would like a sponsor table, please send an email to:


Put this in the subject header:

W 5/18 Pitch Event - Tabler


6:00 PM to 7:00 pm Food, Networking, Demo Showcase Tables

7:00 pm to 8:45 pm Program

8:45 pm to 9:00 pm Networking

Investor Panel

Ed Fernandez is a seasoned mobile industry veteran with more than two decades of experience combined. Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non for profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45.

He is Partner & Co-founder of, a venture capital boutique in Palo Alto, focusing on technology based start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for M&A and IPO in alternative markets.

As a VC practitioner he started in 2012 as investor and venture partner in a $10MM Start Up venture fund with 12 companies in portfolio. He is board observer & advisor to some of them.

Ed's first computer was a Commodore 64 back in the 80s, a 64Kb RAM machine running on a 1 MHz CPU. Avid assembler programmer he became an amateur hacker at that time.

Ed lives in Palo Alto with his family. He is mission driven, and a parallel multitasker with nerd traits: curious, ENTP, self-made, resilient, highly functional and finisher of Madrid's marathon (all an euphemism for modern ADHD).

Gwen Edwards is a Managing Director with Golden Seeds, an angel investment network. She manages a personal portfolio of 16 early stage investments, with board service on three. She most recently joined the Board of the Angel Resource Institute.

Gwen brings over 30 years of experience building products, services, and profitable business units in high technology sectors.

From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, to venture capital backed technology start up CEO and advisor, she unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation. Since 2001, Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture-backed companies, assisting with capital formation, key milestone achievement to enhance value, developing target market strategies, cultivating customer input, and assisting in the execution of key deliverables.

She holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA degree in Communications from California State University, and a BA from the University of California (National Scholastic Award Scholarship).

Ho Nam is a General Partner of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of software, mobile, and internet technologies. He currently serves as a director of Accolo, DigitalPath, Lohika, Trilibis Mobile, TVU Networks, and WhiteHat Security. Ho led the firm’s prior investments in Axis Systems (Cadence), Enwisen (Infor), Evolve (Oracle), Immunet (Sourcefire), (Real Networks), Nishan Systems (Brocade), Pixo (Sun) and SayNow (Google).

Ho began his VC career at Trinity Ventures and began his professional career at Bain & Company where he advised clients in technology and consumer products industries. Before co-founding Altos Ventures, Ho worked at Silicon Graphics and Octel Communications.

Ho received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Prashant Shah is Managing Director of TiE LaunchPad ( (, an accelerator for enterprise startups. He is also an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley ( (, Co-Chair of TiE Angels ( (, and a recent member of its Board of Directors.

Prashant has been an early stage venture investor since 2001. Previously, he was with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, an early stage VC focused on enterprise and infrastructure software. Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T.

Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Grace Wang is the Managing Director of Orenda Tech Venture, focusing on investments in arrtificial intelligence, IoT, robotics and health tech. Grace is an operations partner of ZGC Innovation Center at Silicon Valley, an epicenter for cross-border entrepreneurial activities between United States and China. Grace has mentored and invested in startups ranging from AI chatbots to self-driving vehicles to space tech.

Grace graduated from Stanford University and studied entrepreneurship and venture capital at Draper University of Heroes.

John Guenther is a member of the Keiretsu Forum and helps entrepreneurs launch their startups both with capital and guidance. He is active in helping early stage ventures prepare funding pitches and organize their product strategies, and he participates in due diligence analysis projects of potential investments.

Formerly design director at Hewlett Packard (retired 9/12), John led the design functions of hardware and software design in nine geographies with five principal international and national design studios comprised of 160+ employees world-wide. John has also held design director positions leading design organizations at Compaq Computers and Tandem Computers.

John formed and has led design consultancies providing design consulting services for companies such as AT&T, Olivetti and Sony and has been recognized with numerous patents and top design awards world-wide.

John is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Industrial Design. John teaches graduate design studies at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is an instructor at San Jose State.

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