Startup Grind Summer Series featuring Ryan Costello

Aug 13, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30 AM

Check out our Summer Series, hosted virtually in VirBELA. Take a break from your usual conference call and hear interesting business stories to help you get through these times from startups who are making a difference.

Virtual event

About this event


Join us for a Startup Grind event in the VirBELA virtual platform, a joint promotion by all SoCal chapters!

We will be hosting this series all summer long in VirBELA's Open Campus, highlighting interesting business stories to help get us through these times from startups who are making a difference.

Mark your calendar for our next event, which will feature Ryan Costello, Co-Founder of Event Farm. Moderated by Craig Kaplan, head of Manhattan Beach Startup Grind and SVP of Sales for VirBELA.

Events From Zero to Virtual in 60 days

Join us as we explore the story of Event Farm, including how Ryan pivoted his company to virtual in the wake of Covid-19.

Featured Speaker: Ryan Costello

At a time when there were virtually no platforms that could handle cloud-based event check-in, Ryan Costello set out to build a private tool to solve the challenges he faced with his own events in Washington, D.C. Since then, under his leadership, Event Farm has built a robust event and experiential marketing platform used by hundreds of organizations including dozens of fortune 500 companies. Along the way, Costello has become one of the industry's leading innovators. Most recently he led the product development effort for Event Farm's Experiential platform (EFx) that creates the most engaging interactive event experiences available on the market. He is a self proclaimed design fanatic and his obsession with user experience has become a distinct competitive advantage of the company's offerings. He is a seasoned entrepreneur. Prior to Event Farm, he started and grew three different startups including one that sold in 2007. Costello graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Computer Science and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.


This event will take place in VirBELA's Open Campus, a 3D virtual environment. Please allow a few minutes to get VirBELA set up and customize your avatar prior to the event.

1. Download VirBELA.

2. Launch the application and customize your avatar.

3. If you have any trouble, consult the User Guide.

4. Once you enter the campus, click "GO TO" and select "Conference Hall."

If you have any trouble accessing the venue, reach out to

Important note: VirBELA must be installed on a desktop or laptop computer. Attendees will not be able to access the event from a mobile device.

Check out what happened


  • Ryan Costello

    Event Farm



  • Craig Kaplan

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach




Thursday, August 13, 2020
12:00 AM – 1:30 AM UTC


Fireside Chat
Q & A


  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: and


  • Jason Manasse


  • Sanjeev Rao

    Co Director

  • Kiana Nicio


  • Grace OConnell

    Event Coordinator

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