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April 12th

StartEngine Founder's Summit

Helping companies to raise the capital they need.

The StartEngine Founder's Summit is a one-day event that features panels, speakers, and workshops to help companies raise the capital they need to grow their business.

Why Apply?

Event Details


Santa Monica, CA


April 12th


Fairmont Hotel


7:30am - 7:00pm


FREE for admitted applicants.

How to Attend

In order to attend the StartEngine Founder's Summit, we require that you submit an application. To get started, apply below.

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Raising on:

Dawn Dickson

Founder & CEO, PopCom

Dawn is an inventor and a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years in business development. She's launched 4 successful cashflow positive companies since 2002. Her most recent ventures include Flat Out of Heels, a women's footwear product, and PopCom, a software company for self-service retail.

Raising on:

Matthew Mills

COO & President, Med-X 

Since the founding of Med-X, Matthew has been the company visionary. He utilizes and implements his experience and knowledge in product development, operations, business development, and more to guide the company to long-term growth. Med-X is the first company in the cannabis industry to raise capital through Regulation A+.

Raised on:

Mark Hanchett

Founder & CEO, Atlis Motors

Mark has over ten years of product development experience with 16 successful electromechanical and software product launches. Prior to founding Atlis, Mark was a director at Axon Enterprise Inc, leading teams in the development of innovative hardware and software products for law enforcement.

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Ron Wilson

Co Founder & CEO, Hylete

Ron founded 180s, Kelysus, and Jaco Clothing. He grew 180s to over $50 million in sales and achieved a ranking of number 9 on Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies. He is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year National Finalist and an SFIA “Top 25 Leaders in Sporting Goods”, Ron has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry.

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Andrew Yakub

CEO, Rayton Solar

Named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2016, Andrew is a two­-time clean technology entrepreneur, and his previous solar startup is currently valued at $15 million. Andrew's experience spans from UCLA’s Particle Beam Physics Lab to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and he has managed over 6MW of commercial solar projects.

Jeff Marks

Managing Partner, Alliance Legal Partners

Jeff’s practice focuses on outsourced general and corporate counsel services, with an emphasis on crowdfunding transactions (Regulation CF and Regulation A+). Jeff has represented a wide variety of companies, ranging from start-ups to middle market companies in a variety of industries.

Kristen Howell

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLC

Kristen has more than two decades of experience guiding businesses in their financing strategies. Her current practice centers on advising innovative companies on the full range of corporate and securities matters, including securities offerings, fund formation and capital raising, as well as broker-dealer, investment adviser and alternative trading system regulations.

Jason Fishman

SVP Digital Strategy, Digital Niche Agency (DNA)

Growth Marketing expert with over 10 years of experience leading Marketing Agency, Ad Network, and in-house Brand Marketing Teams. Jason is an expert in digital channels including Search Engines, Social Media Platforms, Programmatic Ad Exchanges, Influencer Networks, Email Automation, Content Marketing, and Partnerships. Over the past 4 years Jason has worked with over 250 brands, with more then 100 focused on Investor Acquisition initiatives. His unique knowledge of Reg A, CF, D, & S marketing have been showcased in Panel and Individual presentations at a high volume of Tech and Marketing conferences.

Afshin Hakim

Founder, O & A PC Venture Law

Afshin has extensive experience serving as counsel to both investors and companies in equity and debt financing transactions. These deals range from small seed capital investments (in the form of common or preferred equity financings and convertible debt) to traditional venture capital preferred stock transactions to both minority and control investments made by private equity funds.

Summit Agenda

Breakfast & Networking

Keynote from Howard Marks, CEO of StartEngine

How I Raised $1M on StartEngine

Hear from companies who raised over $1,000,000 on StartEngine and find out how they did it.

The Legal Aspects of Equity Crowdfunding

Listen to leading lawyers and StartEngine's Director of Compliance and Due Diligence on what it takes to prepare and launch an equity crowdfunding offering.

Breakout Tracks

Track 1: Using the different regulations of equity crowdfunding to your advantage
Track 2: Meet StartEngine's fundraising team (StartEngine customers only)

Breakout Tracks

Track 1: A deeper dive into the legal and financial requirements to launch your raise
Track 2: Meet StartEngine's onboarding teams (StartEngine customers only)

Lunch & Networking

Network with career investors, lawyers, CPAs and the StartEngine team to get one-on-one advice on how to raise capital for your business.

Keynote Presentation from a StartEngine Alum

Listen to PopCom's founder & CEO Dawn Dickson.

Breakout Tracks

Track 1: How to market your raise
Track 2: Q&A with StartEngine's CEO Howard Marks (StartEngine Customers Only)

Panel: Breaking the Million Dollar Barrier via Digital Marketing

Hear from talented digital marketing experts and learn about the tactics they use to help companies maximize their fundraising campaigns.

Fireside Chat: Creating Liquidity for Investors in Secondary Markets

StartEngine's Content Marketing Manager sits down with Howard Marks to discuss how investor liquidity will revolutionize the way private companies and startups receive funding.

Panel: How to Free Yourself From VCs

Listen to founders that have raised on StartEngine discuss why they chose equity crowdfunding and what's in their future.

5PM - 7PM
Cocktails & Networking

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This event is a free event and StartEngine reserves the right to determine who can and who cannot attend based on their application. If accepted to the StartEngine Founder’s Summit, it does not guarantee that you will or can launch on StartEngine.com.