Latino Startup Alliance Plans December ‘Innovator Summit’

The Latino Startup Alliance (LSA) is planning its first in what is hoped to be an annual two-day “Innovator Summit” on Dec. 5-6 in San Francisco, CA.

On slate for the event is a series of workshops, presentations and ample opportunity to network with other Latino entrepreneurs and business people from all over the country, with a special focus on the tech industry.

The mission of the LSA is “to encourage the inspiration and cultivation of U.S. Latino led technology startup ventures by providing a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and mentors.”

According to the group’s Web site, the LSA Innovator Summit “will focus on three principals: Access, Acceleration, and Awareness. This summit will be the catalyst in providing a platform for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and partners to connect and take action.”

There are 60 speakers and/or mentors lined up for the event, which will begin on Dec. 5 at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. The attendees will be welcomed by LSA founder Jesse Martinez at 8:30 a.m. and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has been invited to address the event at this time as well.

Reminiscent of the television show “Shark Tank,” the event will feature five rounds of “Startup Pitches” on the first day of the two-day schedule. The pitch sessions are divided between cultural, commerce, social and EdTech, mobile and Latina.

On the second day, the event will feature a series of “fireside chats,” “Lightning Talks,” and expert panels. Panels are slated for Global Latino Entrepreneurs, Latina, Non-Techie and Crowdfunding. There is also a White House talk planned to be given by Brian Forde, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Tech Inclusion.

Prior to a closing reception, there will be an awards ceremony for the top pitches made during the first day of the event.

Originally published at Latin Post.