TECH COAST ANGELS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TECH COAST ANGELS OF ORANGE COUNTY
ANNOUNCES THE FINALISTS TO COMPETE IN THE FAST PITCH EVENT AT ITS INAUGURAL EVENT, “CELEBRATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP”
SLATED FOR MARCH 10 AT THE SEGERSTROM.

IRVINE, CA, March 3, 2016 – Tech Coast Angels of Orange County announced today the CEOs that will compete in the upcoming “Celebration of Entrepreneurship”. The event is slated for March 10, 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Segerstrom’s Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa, California. Finalists competed with over 100 other CEOs for the honor of presenting their company at this upcoming event. The CEO’s presenting will include the companies below.

Nick Barone, CEO of LegDay
Maxim Babooie, CEO of Stivii Corporation
Kelsey Fung, CEO of Au Solutions
Osei Gyamfi, CEO of ChillHound
Dr. Wayne B. Haynes, CEO of Cold Shoulder
Christopher Hovanessian, CEO of Whistle Messaging
Jose Montero, CEO of FollowMee
Evan Malter, CEO of ZipCap
Kevin Strom, CEO of GlobeChat
Bobbie Shah, CEO of Need It Now
Mandy Wang, CEO of Little Nexus
Steve Ward, CEO of Love Lab
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The evening will showcase an innovative new start up pitch model with audience participation in selecting a “Popular Choice Award” and will include power networking with the who’s who of Orange County’s Startup Ecosystem. The prizes include, Best Company Overall; $20,000 prize from Tech Coast Angels, Most Fundable; Intellectual property services from Nguyen & Tarbet Patent & Trademark Law, Best Presentation: Corporate legal services from Pivotal Law Firm, Audience Favorite; One year of free office space and parking from Real Office Centers in Newport Beach
Fast Pitch is a twist on the classic elevator speech created by Tech Coast Angels’ founder Luis Villalobos 15 years ago. Since its inception, Fast Pitch has been widely adapted but the message remains true: an entrepreneur needs to captivate a potential investor quickly in 60 seconds.
Steve Streit, CEO of Green Dot, will give the keynote address sharing his path from receiving Tech Coast Angels funding to taking Green Dot public. The former disc jockey and radio executive created the nation’s largest provider of prepaid debit cards, catering to credit-challenged people trying to make ends meet.
Grant Van Cleve, President of Tech Coast Angels was quoted, “We congratulate the CEO’s who will be competing for the prestigious Angel Award at our inaugural competition, “Celebration of Entrepreneurship.” He also stated, “It is Tech Coast Angels’ vision to establish a gold standard for our association and the investment ecosystem through this event and the many other initiatives we provide to entrepreneurs.”
Ora Zoe Villalobos, Chairperson for the event, Tech Coast Angeles states, “Congratulations to the finalist of the competition. Tech Coast Angels looks forward to a dynamic and innovative future as we celebrate and nurture inspiration, passion, entrepreneurship and excellence; all cornerstones of success. The best of luck to the CEOs as they compete on stage at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship on the 10th of March. “
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD OUT! To purchase tickets, go to TechCoastAngelsCelebration.com Complete Press Kit Here.

Tech Coast Angels was founded in 1997 by Luis Villalobos and is one of the largest angel investment organizations in the United States, supported by over 300 members in five networks across Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Central Coast, and the Inland Empire. Tech Coast Angels gives companies more than just capital; they provide counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of potential investors, customers, strategic partners, and management talent. Tech Coast Angels members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. The most recent Halo Report rated Tech Coast Angels as #2 nationally in number of funded deals, and a recent analysis by CB Insights ranked Tech Coast Angels #1 out of 370 angel groups on “Network Centrality” and #5 overall in “Investor Mosaic”.
To apply for membership, go to our website http://www.techcoastangels.com or contact Bridget Brennan to experience a screening session, bridget@techcoastangels.com
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