Pasadena Angels Workshop

Pitch Workshop with Pasadena Angels

Pasadena Angels is devoted to helping forward-thinking innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs with the mentorship and funding that fuels success. Come learn how to pitch your idea to seasoned investors! This is a great opportunity for you to practice pitching your startup concept and network with startups from other campuses. Spots are limited, so please register now!


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Danielle Cocanougher

Danielle Cocanougher is the CEO of myLAB Box, a startup company funded by the Pasadena Angels. She is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at myLAB Box, an at-home lab testing service company. The LA-based startup has raised $2.1M in funding from Angel groups, including Pasadena Angels, Sandhill Angels, Pipeline Angels, and Morgan Stanley. Cocanougher has spent the last five years working and pitching for startups. Prior to that she had a career in live television and media. Cocanougher was a TV News Producer at FOX and NBC in Dallas, TX and earned a degree in Journalism from New York University.

Michael Krebs

Mike Krebs is a member of the Pasadena Angels. Prior to startup investing, Mike worked for 25 years in the auto industry, primarily in senior product development positions at Honda and Mitsubishi. Through the Pasadena Angels, Mike has invested in four seed stage companies directly and has investment exposure to another 14 startups through his investment in the Pasadena Angels Fund. On a personal note, Mike volunteers twice a week at Meals on Wheels of downtown Long Beach.

Janice Orlando

JJanice Orlando is a board member with the Pasadena Angels. She has invested in over 30 seed and series A companies and is co-founder of VentureTwelve, empowering entrepreneurs with innovative tools for transition, funding, and scale. Janice is an experienced founder with a background in aerospace manufacturing and commercial real estate and has scaled and successfully exited numerous companies. Janice is serving as Board Chair of Zuventurez at Azusa Pacific University. One personal venture of passion includes Acres of Love, a nonprofit committed to the rescue of orphaned and abandoned children in South Africa. Acres serves Forever family homes in Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Kiem Tjong

Kiem Tjong is a Pasadena Angels member and advisor with the iLab at Cal Poly Pomona. She is currently mentoring Cal Poly Pomona students who have progressed beyond the idea stage and are launching their products to market. She has extensive experience with new product companies at the corporate, university and startup level and was co-founder of a successful information technology company. She is a long time reviewer of funding proposals to the U.S. government by young technology startup companies and is an active supporter of enrolling more girls in science and technology programs.

Jay Sherer

Jay Sherer serves as the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Azusa Pacific University (APU) and leads the development of their startup competition, Zuventurez PITCH. In 2016, he co-founded the Reclamation Society, a nonprofit startup that produced the fan film, Star Wars: Rivals (now playing on YouTube), and regularly releases The Story Geeks podcast (which Jay co-hosts). His prior experience includes co-founding a tech startup, consulting with nonprofit and tech startups, helping launch Wayfare Labs (a social good and nonprofit startup incubator), and working as a Director of Marketing. He graduated from APU in 2003 with a B.S. in Marketing, and in 2007 with an MBA. For more information on Jay's projects, please visit and

Kenneth Lamb

Kenneth Lamb is the director of the Student Innovation Idea Lab and an associate professor of civil engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. His background is in water systems of all varieties and has experience in both private consulting and academia.

Jesus Bermudez

Jesus Bermudez serves as the Operations Manager for the Student Innovation Idea at Cal Poly Pomona. He serves an important role for the success of the iLab and is currently studying Small Business & Entrepreneurship at Cal Poly Pomona. While in school, Jesus has launched two business, one in which was sold and the other in the process to launch this year. Jesus is also one of the founders of the Bronco Makers Club, which was created to provide all students at Cal Poly Pomona the necessary resources to build and design prototypes, create companies, and engage in any other activities that encompasses the “learn by doing” philosophy. He is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation and is always looking for opportunities to make an impact on the community.

Thursday, April 11 th, 2019

University Library, Cal Poly Pomona
Workshop begins 6:00pm

Opening Remarks
Anatomy of a Great Pitch
Example Pitch
Pitch Fest: 90-second pitches!