February SG-MB event - 5 Local Execs: 2 Kellers, Foxworthy, Kim and Mohajerin

Feb 16, 12:15 – 2:00 AM

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

StartupGrind MB's 2nd meetup of our monthly 2024 series continues to spotlight South Bay CxOs and their latest ventures in ventures from all industries launched and led by our neighbors. Please get in touch to be included in our next event.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Unique to StartupGrind-Manhattan Beach, our 2024 series of events focuses on our seasoned local professionals here in the South Bay and hosts multiple new executives sharing their latest ventures:

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

www.climatecandy.com - Amy Keller - CEO

Climate Candy rescues perfectly imperfect fruits and vegetables from farms and gives them new life as FAVES fruit snacks. We help the food industry and planet by reducing food waste and stopping produce and plastic from going to landfill. We are building a circular future from farm to market. The 1M pieces of produce we rescue per year have saved over 1M sq ft of crops and 50M liters of water.

- HQ in Hermosa Beach, CA


 www.smartscience.online - Ed Keller - CEO

Smart Science provides schools with a high quality online science lab experience when they cannot do hands-on labs in their science courses. For over 20 years teachers have been loving our interactive video based technology and how it engages their students and teaches them to be scientists.

Ed's father went to Mira Costa High School, the first graduate from there to go to Caltech, and later I was a science teacher there when Ed returned to the South Bay after graduating with a physics degree from Brown University. Ed has lived on 16th street in Hermosa for almost 25 years now and plays beach volleyball with most of the South Bay legendary players in town.

 https://gids.co - John Thomas Foxworthy Founder

Gids empowers enterprises to become AI-ready, providing immersive training programs for technical and non-technical teams to develop real-world AI applications tailored to business priorities. Our Veteran Data Scientists distill decades of experience to our global network members as our Beachhead strategy. We aim to create a premier set of AI credentials and a global network of real data scientists for conferences and improve racial and gender equity in the artificial intelligence industry.

John is a local Manhattan Beach resident since 1986. 

 www.redro.ai incubated by www.lvlon.com - Elijah Kim - Founder

AI powered powered stylist that helps people stay up to date with fashion trends using advanced algorithms to identify individual preferences

- Eliminate the guesswork from fashion/style choices

- Access/buy products that work best for you (budget, style, texture, quality, etc)

Elijah spent over 5 years the BCG Digital Ventures building corporated-backed ventures in the south bay across multiple industries (consumer, media, finance, healthcare, energy, etc) 

StartupGrind-MB has developed a tradition of having local leaders share their latest Brand Launches -  if you would like to share your Beverage or Food brand this week, please get in touch with Kap, Sanjeev, or Manasse!

This week:  

https://www.drinkintelligent.com - Francis Mohajerin - Founder

Body iQ is a new South Bay beverage brand rapidly growing to over 2,000 stores with powerful national distribution, a line of everyday drinks proven to calm you and boost your immunity.

Francis Mohajerin, founder is a 25+ year Manhattan Beach resident.

No fireside chat guest at this event!

Come meet your neighbors doing incredible work!


Photo  Get this image on: Flickr 

Creator: Pedro Szekely 

Check out what happened



Friday, February 16, 2024
12:15 AM – 2:00 AM UTC


Networking, drinks
Networking with local CxOs and their launches!
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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Unita Manhattan Beach

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