4 South Bay Leaders, a guest host, and a new local Rum brand Copalli

Nov 17, 2023, 12:15 – 2:00 AM

Manhattan Beach

Unita Manhattan Beach, 516 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach, 90266

StartupGrind MB's 8th meetup of our monthly 2023 series continues to spotlight South Bay CxOs and their latest ventures in Tech, CPG and Nonprofits. This month we wrap up the event with a fireside chat with Ben Padnos, interviewed by guest host, Sanjeev Rao.

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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  local CxOs sharing their latest launches:

http://playersonly.network Tuan Ma serves as the Co-Founder and CEO of PlayersOnly Network, a secure and inclusive sports social network that utilizes AI to unite individuals globally through their mutual love for sports. Committed to cultivating a worldwide community, PlayersOnly seamlessly connects people through shared athletic experiences.

http://growth.moneymade.io   Rich McBeath shares his latest venture providing Marketing Engagement tools that optimize your content for conversion, tells you what's popular and creates more of it - without lifting a finger.

www.thehiddensea.com Richie Vandenberg - Cofounder and CEO gives an update on his wine brand launch in the US and latest crowdfunding initiative.

We've developed a tradition of having local leaders share their latest Brand Launches and we are excited to have 

>> copallirum.com  Copalli Rum is a fresh take on a craft spirit and unlike any rum you have ever tasted. It is the product of our social and environmental mission. Our purpose is to preserve the rainforest by providing the people of Southern Belize with rewarding work and a way for them to support their families without relying on the logging industry. An industry that was destroying the region’s rainforest and disrupting the biodiversity of the fragile ecosystem.

Fireside chat featured guest:  Ben Padnos

StartupGrind-MB guest host,  Sanjeev Rao, will connect with Ben on how Thinkfish assists start-ups and early-stage companies, VCs, and real estate and private equity fund managers raise capital. His dedicated team of fundraising specialists applies decades of industry experience to help connect their clients with qualified investors.


Come meet your neighbors doing incredible work!

Photo  Get this image on: Flickr 

Creator: Pedro Szekely 

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Friday, November 17, 2023
12:15 AM – 2:00 AM UTC


Networking, drinks
Networking with local CxOs and their launches!
Fireside chat
Post-event Networking


  • Craig Kaplan

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach


  • Jason Manasse

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach



  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: Lvlup.vc and NextGenVP.com


  • Jason Manasse


  • Sanjeev Rao

    Co Director

  • Kiana Nicio


  • Grace OConnell

    Event Coordinator

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Dell Technologies


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LvlUp Ventures


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