StartupStarter to Host Star-Studded, Culture-Driven Investment Festival

By Brianna Ruelas Brianna Ruelas has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on October 5, 2023

Baron Davis, Zion Clark, Peter Maxwell Slattery, Alex Grey, Boxabl, Techstars, and Hip Hop Hall of Fame are among the giants to headline the one-of-a-kind culture-driven investment festival taking over Los Angeles.

Taking over Los Angeles this October 18 – 22, Investment Week 23 by StartupStarter and in partnership with Re:imagine LA brings a star-studded lineup to a one-of-a-kind investment festival. The festival will celebrate the best in innovation, investments, technology, and culture, with off-site events starting on Wednesday, October 18. It begins with an investor and celebrity golf tournament co-hosted by Baron Davis, culminating with a three-day, multi-stage conference at Future Factory LA. Everything in store promises to bring a refreshing cross-cultural approach to technology conferences.

Daytime programming ranges from sessions covering subjects like AI, Web3, real estate, startups, and the public markets to panels with UFOlogist Peter Maxwell Slattery and a curated 5-course dinner with renowned psychedelic artist Alex Grey.

As the night falls, attendees can choose between off-site dinners, a fifth kind UFO viewing experience with Maxwell Slattery, or a full-scope three-stage party with live art at Future Factory featuring some of the best electronic music artists in the game.

Investors taking the stage include billionaire blockchain investor Michael Terpin and Marlon Nichols, the VC behind companies like Pipe, Blavity, and Macro, which was named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood.

The star-studded lineup also includes Davis and athlete Zion Clark in a Forbes Council panel moderated by Shaq’s agent Leonard Armato, Romeo Lacoste, the 30-year-old digital star who is the de facto tattooist to the world’s biggest YouTubers (as well as Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar), and executives from Disney, NBC Universal, and Toonstar, the Web3 animation studio that recently made news for partnering with Mila Kunis to launch a Solana-based series.


Other high-profile speakers and companies include NASA, Gemini, Techstars, and Snapchat’s former Chief Strategy Officer, Imran Khan, who led the company through its IPO and also led the IPO for Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba.

There will also be iconic companies such as the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, Aptera, the “TED meets Burning Man” conference Summit, and Boxabl, the company aiming to solve the affordable housing crisis armed with over $168 million in funding and famous for creating the tiny home Elon Musk lives in.

For investors looking for new ventures, the event features exhibiting companies such as a revolutionary RV startup capable of charging a Tesla while driving and a pitch competition, the StartupStarter Open, done in partnership with Tim Draper’s “Meet the Drapers” series.

Modeled after the iconic Burning Man festival, Investment Week 23 draws inspiration from its vibrant and diverse ethos, as emphasized by Jose Barrera, CEO of StartupStarter and long-time Burning Man veteran. “Investment Week 23 is a space where culture and innovation collide, sparking not just conversations but real, tangible progress. We believe in the power of bringing diverse minds together, and this event is a testament to that belief,” says Barrera.

Explore this extraordinary convergence of innovation, culture, and investment. For further information and details and ticket details information, visit the event website now.

By Brianna Ruelas Brianna Ruelas has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas-based account executive and news desk editor at Grit Daily. She is also a motivational speaker and singer, creative cultivator, and bestselling author. Reach her at

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