Event Details

First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2024


May 21, 2024    
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049, United States, 90049
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About this event

The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase is an annual conference celebrating the best very early-stage startups commercializing deep tech and life science breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions (see list below). The primary goal is to connect founders with investors, mentors, and corporate executives with invaluable subject matter expertise to provide credible guidance and pre-seed/seed stage funding crucial to making the often-perilous journey from lab to market.

Lead Sponsor: Wilson Sonsini

Tech Track Sponsor: KPPB

Transportation Sponsor: Yuyu Pharma


Connect with investors, peers, and mentors

Unparalleled opportunities to connect with investors, mentors and other support resources crucial for early stage startups. Past years attracted over 300 attendees including over 130 investors.

Startup Presentations

Two concurrent tracks: Life Science and Technology. Each track will have 12 company presentations (24 total) doing 3 minutes quick pitch presentations followed by 9 minutes of moderated Q&A led by a panel of industry professionals such as VCs, corporates leaders, and subject matter experts.


Keynotes from leading innovators. Previous speakers include Bill Gross (Idealab), Dr. Gary K Michelson (inventor, surgeon, philanthropist), and a team of JPL engineers who built an FDA-approved respirator in weeks during the pandemic.

The largest showcase of university-based deep tech and life science startups

This is SoCal’s premiere gathering of the best startups emerging from the region’s top research institutions so it attracts the region’s community in a rare concentrated program that celebrates the entrepreneur’s journey from lab to market.

Workshops for founders (limited seats available)

Learn directly from legal experts, investors, and licensing professionals about best practices for protecting and monetizing intellectual property as well as early stage startup commercialization of deep tech and life science innovations. Featuring experts from Wilson Sonsini and Intel.

Networking Reception

Enjoy cocktails and small bites for attendees and speakers to network and reconnect in person.


13:30 – 13:45  Welcome

13:45 – 14:15  Keynote

14:30 – 15:30 Startup Presentations: Life Science Track – Session 1

14:30 – 15:30 Startup Presentations: Tech Track – Session 1

15:30 – 15:50 Networking Break

16:00 – 17:00 Startup Presentations: Life Science Track – Session 2

16:00 – 17:00 Startup Presentations: Tech Track – Session 2

17:00 – 17:20 Networking Break

17:30 – 18:30 Startup Presentations: Life Science Track – Session 3

17:30 – 18:30 Startup Presentations: Tech Track – Session 3