4 Local CEOs plus General Partner of Hermosa-Based LvlUp Ventures Brandon Maier

March 16, 2023 at 11:30 PM UTC – March 17, 2023 at 1:00 AM UTC

StartupGrind MB's 4th meetup of our monthly 2023 series hosts Brandon Maier, General Partner of Lvlup.vc - previously a Co-founder of Quake Capital, a venture capital fund and accelerator, Brandon has invested in 250+ companies with 9 portfolio exits and just launched his latest fund here in the South Bay. This month we host 4 more local CEOs sharing their newest ventures!

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Uniquely to StartupGrind-Manhattan Beach, our 2023 series of events focuses on our seasoned local professionals here in the South Bay and host multiple new CEOs sharing their new ventures:

Our event will start with a short roundtable of these 4 local CEOs sharing their latest launches:

*Just added*  adaptbrands.com - Richard Harrington shares the launch of the first NSF-certified hemp sports drink launched from Hermosa Beach

joinfud.com - Arthur Wang shares the world's first social hustling community launched from the South Bay

wedfun.com - Marc Conneely shares his SaaS platform - an Online Wedding Planning App & WedFun TV Streaming Channel Uniquely Combined in the Same App

getcharta.com - Zach Bohlender shares his legaltech platform that lets two parties exchange initial offers, negotiate terms, and sign custom contracts for IP transactions in the music industry and beyond--all in plain English.

We will wrap up the event with a short fireside chat with Brandon Maier - General Partner of the newest seed fund to launch in the South Bay:  Lvlup.ventures

Have an opportunity to connect with local LPs in Lvlup and discuss the nuances of seed investing and how we can support our local entrepreneurs.

Brandon previously cofounded Quake Ventures and over the last 10 years:

- Established a venture fund and accelerator program from scratch, resulting in over 250 investments

•Recruited and managed sponsors and partnerships that resulted in the raise of two Venture Capital funds ($25 million)

•Named Top 10 Seed Fund by Forbes, #2 Female Seed Investors and #3 International Seed Investors By Crunchbase

•Manged University Relations, Due Diligence, and recruiting of over 6,000 applicants per year

>>>> 9 portfolio exits to-date


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  • Brandon Maier

    Lvlup Ventures

    General Partner



March 16 – 17, 2023
11:30 PM – 1:00 AM UTC

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11:30 PMNetworking, beer and wine
12:00 AMNetworking with 3 local CEOs and their launches!
12:30 AMFireside chat with Brandon Maier
1:00 AMPost-event Networking


  • Craig Kaplan

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach


  • Jason Manasse

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach



  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: Lvlup.vc and NextGenVP.com


  • Jason Manasse


  • brandon maier


  • Justyn Williams


    Community Builder

  • Kari Sarkar

    Director Partner