Select LA investment summit 2019

The Intercontinental Los ANgeles Downtown Hotel



Morning plenary


Mega-Events in Los Angeles: The Next Decade and Beyond

The Super Bowl and the Olympics provides one of the largest platforms for a City’s exposure globally. Playing host to thousands of guests poses unique challenges and opportunities for the local region. Then add the MLB All-Star Game, the World Cup, the U.S. Open Championship, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, among others, and it’s clear that LA is the center of the sport and entertainment universe for the next decade. From issues related to crowd management and security, to ticketless access to public transportation and on-site purchasing, these events and venues must seek new technologies to make sure LA is ready. International companies like Panasonic are eyeing these lucrative opportunities to engage stadiums and fans across sports. This panel of experts and futurists will share what these events need for a seamless and positive guest experience for the next ten years, and beyond.


Concurrent Breakout Sessions #1

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Esports and the New Entertainment Frontier - LA’s expertise in content, communication and commerce is propelling this

industry to new heights

Over the past few years, LA has significantly increased its capacity to host events as seen by the ongoing construction of both large and small venues. No industry is moving to take advantage of developments more than Esports. Moguls from the traditional sports world are purchasing franchise license for tens of millions of dollars, while international players like Tencent are making multibillion dollar investments to grow the sport locally and worldwide through events and marketing. A January 2018 CBRE report found that Los Angeles leads the United States with 331 gaming companies operating in the metropolitan area. Last year, LA’s top gaming movers, shakers and investors in Esports, including Gamevice, Tencent, Evolution Media, and Next Generation Esports discussed the massive opportunity in this industry at the 2018 Select LA Investment Summit. This year, we are expanding on that conversation to delve deeper into the fast-growing world of Esports.

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Building LA’s Future Transportation Network - How the Olympics, e-scooters and record breaking investment in public

transportation projects are creating an attractive environment for new mobility opportunities

As Los Angeles continues to expand, so do the opportunities for mobility and access to alternate means of transportation. Across Los Angeles County’s vast and sprawling 4,751 square miles, more than 4.5 million commuters walk, bike, drive, rideshare or take public transit to get to their jobs. Yet, 73% of Angelenos drive alone to work, and only 6.8% use public transit. Despite these statistics — or perhaps because of them — voters in L.A. County
have approved historic tax increases to radically expand the existing public transit system. In addition, the County of Los Angeles has approved a robust project completion named “28 by 2028,” meaning 28 large scale transportation projects will be completed by the time the Olympics start in Los Angeles. This environment coupled with the booming demand for personal mobility devices such as bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters is creating a local mobility revolution. Come here first-hand about these exciting projects and the opportunities for international businesses to get involved.



Keynote Address: Mayor Eric Garcetti

Presentation of Select LA’s Annual Foreign Direct Investment Award

Lunch Presentation: Business Leader TBA




What’s Next for Digital Transformation? - Artificial Intelligence, data visualization and analysis have changed the way

people do business across industries - what’s next?

Artificial intelligence is possible through deep learning - a category of algorithms works by using statistics to find patterns in data that has proved immensely powerful in mimicking human skills. This engineered knowledge is changing the way people farm, explore the oceans, and even play games. Businesses are just starting to scratch the surface on using data visualization and analysis to improve their products in services. Hear from industry experts on how they are using, and planning to further develop, these digital technologies that traverse the entertainment, financial, health care, and aerospace industries that positively change consumer experiences and business practices.

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A Greater Return on Investment - How local venture capital firms are expanding their role in LA’s tech scene and creating a

more inclusive community alongside successful investments

As one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in the country, Los Angeles is harnessing innovative technologies in ways that have the capacity to transform the city itself. Venture funding in LA in 2018 topped $6.4B, the highest year on record since 2000, while the 100 largest tech companies in L.A. and Orange County reported a 24 percent increase in employment in 2017. Born from this environment was a City of Los Angeles led program called PledgeLA, a first-of-its-kind partnership to promote civic engagement, diversity, and inclusion across L.A.’s booming and dynamic tech sector. Venture Capital and tech leaders are making a commitment to track civic participation and diversity data each year and make that data publicly available, as well as expand their engagement with local nonprofits that support diverse talent and reflect the civic spirit of Los Angeles. Come hear from Venture Capital executives and learn how your business can take advantage of this investing activity.




The International Data Download: WTCLA’s 2019 Foreign Direct Investment Report and LAEDC’s Growing

Together with Canada Report

The exclusive release and presentation of WTCLA’s fourth annual report on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Southern California region will provide a unique look into the 10,000 foreign companies located in all six counties of Southern California (Los Angeles,Orange, Riverside,San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura), and explore the future for these international firms in the region and those who are planning to enter the LA market. This session will also unveil a new “Growing Together” report the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation’s Institute for Applied Economics created in conjunction with the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles. This report will go into greater detail surrounding the trade and investment relationship between the USA’s second largest trading partner.

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LA on the International Stage: A Dialogue with the Consular Corps - Members of the third largest grouping

of consulates anywhere in the world will discuss their experiences navigating the region and how they view LA’s enhanced

international presence

More than 103 countries have either full-time consulates or honorary representatives throughout Los Angeles. As one of the most diverse cities in the history of mankind, these diplomatic missions are essential to bridge the business and cultural ties that create and drive new economic value to the region. With the current uncertainty in US foreign and trade policy, Los Angeles is stepping into the spotlight to make sure individuals from each of these countries understand they are welcome. International diplomats leading their countries’ mission locally will relay their experience of navigating LA and how local nonprofit and government actors come together to assist international businesses expanding to the region.