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SA&M Preccelerator Encourages You to Attend Startup World Cup Regional Finals

Startup World Cup Southern California Regional 2020


5:30 PM

Smothers Theatre Malibu, CA

Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition that brings together the top startups, VCs, entrepreneurs and world-class tech CEOs. The Startup World Cup is the largest pitch competition in the world with a grand prize of $1 million dollars.

The contestants for this year’s Startup Up World Cup regional championship are:

  • Coral Drowning Detection Systems, the Los Angeles developer of the Coral Manta, an A.I. powered device that gives an alert when it detects a person drowning in a residential pool.
  • HomeZada, a platform to help homeowners manage information such as finances or home improvements, based out of El Dorado Hills.
  • vRotors, a Los Angeles-based platform allowing users to fly real drones around the world using a computer or VR headset from home.
  • MyShoperoo, an Orange County-based A.I. powered platform allowing users to have errands run for them while they are at work.
  • Miso Robotics, a Pasadena developer of a “robotic kitchen assistant” called Flippy, capable of working grills and fryers, switching tools, and more.
  • Gifts for Good, the Los Angeles-based startup that helps companies curate ethical and sustainable corporate gifts.
  • Limbix, who assists with mental health treatment using VR.
  • OPKIX, a Costa Mesa maker of small cameras that can be attached to hats, sunglasses, necklaces, and other kinds of apparel.
  • LexSet, a platform that generates data optimized for retail, augmented reality, warehouses, supply chains, and more.
  • Saya Life, a Los Angeles-based platform designed to help property owners conserve and monitor water usage.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles client, AudioCardio, was among the finalists for last year’s top prize of $1 million dollars. The Startup World Cup grand finale will be held on May 22nd at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco.

To find out more about this year’s competition, visit here.

SA&M Preccelerator Company Auxxit Featured on Built in Colorado’s “50 Startups to Watch in 2020” List

SA&M Preccelerator company Auxxit, a next-generation group chat mobile app that connects like-minded members in close-knit online communities where they can participate in games, discussion and event style auctions of their favorite things, was featured on Built in Colorado’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020 list. Communities are rooted in building connections based on shared interests. That’s also the key to creating a successful social media platform. Auxxit is elevating these concepts by making it easy for social media users to buy and sell goods attached to their interests. Want to build out a comic book collection? Join the comic book group. Interested in auto repair? There’s a group for that, too. In 2019, Auxxit launched a beta version of its app and was selected to join the Preccelerator Program, an accelerator for early-stage startups based in Southern California.

To see the full list of 50 Startups to Watch on Built in Colorado and learn more about Auxxit, click here.

Applications are now open for the next class of the Preccelerator ® Program, an early-stage start-up accelerator focused on the technology and digital media space! Apply today.

Preccelerator Company Checkplis and Founder Abner Flores Featured on SoCal Tech

checkplisPreccelerator company Checkplis and founder Abner Flores were featured this past week on SoCal Tech’s new video interview series. Checkplis is an early, bootstrapped startup developing software for mobile payment and restaurant maintenance. Checkplis and founder Abner Flores are part of Class 10 of the Preccelerator.

To view Abner’s interview visit here. 

About Checkplis
Checkplis believes people should feel like they are visiting friends when they go out for a meal or drinks with their friends. It’s all about the experience. They are solving the last mile problem of the hospitality industry service. Whether a solo lunch, a brunch with girlfriends or a table with friends at a club, paying the check can ruin what otherwise would be a great experience after an amazing meal or drinks with friends. Checkplis is a mobile app integrated into POS systems so customers can pay, tip and split the check themselves, all from their phones. They are strategic partners and experience creators for restaurant, bar and nightclub industry leaders. Visit www.checkplis.com

Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree Wins “Best of LA 2017” Award

RentSpreeCongratulations to Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree on winning the “Best of LA 2017” Award for Best Real Estate Tech Startup. The Best of Los Angeles Awards celebrate, “the most buzz-worthy people, places, and things” across Los Angeles. RentSpree is a tool that automates and streamlines the process of applying to rental properties for both renters and real estate agents.

The RentSpree team consists of three Graziadio alumni who graduated last year from the full-time MBA program. The company was founded in March 2016 and is part of the Stubbs Alderton and Markiles Preccelerator Program. Their vision is for renters to be able to seamlessly apply and be accepted to any property all from the comfort of their own homes. This is an apartment listing website that allows renters to submit multiple applications and non-damaging Transunion credit reports. 

Check out RentSpree below:




For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to apply,  contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@

Preccelerator Program Now Accepting Applications for Class 7 -Deadline June 1st!

Preccelerator Program

Applications are now open for the Preccelerator ® Program, an early-stage start-up accelerator focused on the technology and digital media space! Deadline for applications is June 1st, 2017.

Benefits include:

  • Potential investment in select companies up to $50,000
  • 24/7 access to co-working space and a collaborative environment in our Santa Monica co-working space
  • A robust strategic perks program worth over $250,000 to early-stage Preccelerator companies and $450,000 for Preccelerator-funded companies
  •  50+ strategic mentors that provide regular office hours and are dedicated to each company’s success. Check out our mentor list here.
  • Over 50+ educational and networking events per year. Check out our upcoming events here. 
  • Potential introductions to funding sources
  • With an emphasis on community and collaboration, the Preccelerator alumni continue to participate, give back and help foster the success of current and future Program participants.
  • Access to the top Southern California business law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP for legal services and their extensive network and relationships
  • Access to the business advisement and business development services and network of CREATV Media

For more information about the Preccelerator and its offerings, contact Heidi Hubbeling at hhubbeling@ or (310) 746-9803.


Preccelerator® Program Featured on Built in LA

Built in LA SAM Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, was featured on Built in LA‘s Tech Roundup last week announcing its newest class of companies. The companies include Swoppit, CA$Het, Tapp That App, RentSpree, and Animate Objects.

To read the full article and learn more about the companies click here.

To learn more about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@



Preccelerator® Program Announces Its Sixth Class of Companies

SAM accelerator program for early stage companies, The Preccelerator Program, announces its new class of five digital media & tech startups

Preccelerator Program

The Preccelerator Program, a Santa Monica, CA-based accelerator program for early-stage startup companies in the digital media and technology space, announced today that it has added its sixth class of companies featuring five innovative startups.

In 2012 Stubbs Alderton & Markiles launched the first-of-its-kind Preccelerator Program to provide select start-ups with co-working space, mentorship, sophisticated legal services, and access to a strategic perks portfolio with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to a funded company. Over the past five years, 22 companies have graduated the Program, of which 16 have received funding totaling over $8M.

Preccelerator Program Class 6 companies include:

Animate Objects – Animate Objects (AO), an augmented reality and virtual reality development company,  is excited to announce the launch of ARGO, the gamified Augmented Reality (AR) location platform. ARGO adds AR enhanced infotainment, commerce, and analytics that drive engagement and commerce at “Destination Venues” like theme parks, resort, shopping malls, as well as in-the-wild. Guests are engaged and incentivized while site operators use ARGO’s real-time dashboard to manage, monitor and analyze their properties and visitors.

RentSpree – Most apartment searches involve numerous resources, multiple applications, and too many added fees. Rather than spending massive amounts of time and money applying for individual Los Angeles apartment rentals with separate companies, they’ve created a streamlined system. Simply fill out one application, pay an inexpensive application fee, and receive a soft credit check, sparing you unnecessary damage to your budget and credit score. Best of all, their one-stop application allows you to spend more time exploring your favorite listings, and gives our renters a distinct advantage in a competitive market.

Tapp That App –  At Tapp That App they’re passionate about finding great apps, but they know it can be difficult. They’ve set out to solve the problem of mobile app discovery by combining social networks with app marketplaces. By doing so, they allow users to satisfy their curiosity and developers to take part in one of the most powerful purchase motivators around: seeing the apps their friends and influencers are using.

Ca$het –  CA$Het is a multi-services platform (MSP) that allows users to identify, curate, and monetize products in movies and TV shows.  We believe that the entertainment industry creates tremendous value by associating characters and products on screen.  The emotional impact created when actors and products interact has been impossible to monetize due to a lack of a suitable mechanism and marketplace.  We aim to change that through our platform. CA$Het provides a mechanism to quickly and accurately identify on screen products while simultaneously creating the marketplace where they can be purchased. (Coming Soon!)

Swoppit – With recycled fashion now “white hot”, Swoppit offers Generation Z women 15-24 the perfect social marketplace. Here, they swap fashion with friends. Swoppit provides Gen-Zers a terrific way to both expand their community and gain access to a far wider selection of style. It’s an easy, fun experience that doesn’t pollute the market. For Gen-Zers, looks count, opinions matter and Swoppit offers them the chance to refresh their closet whenever they like.  Swoppit has been founded by a 16-year-old Gen-Zer that understands the market and is driven to make it a success. (Coming Soon!)

For more information about the Preccelerator® Program, visit www.preccelerator.com

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a Southern California based business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent a broad range of industries with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. The firm’s mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of the firm. For more information, visit https://preccelerator.com.

About the Preccelerator® Program

The Preccelerator is a novel platform offered to select start-up companies out of the Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Santa Monica office that provides interim office space, sophisticated legal services, education, networking, mentorship and $250,000 in usable perks from Google Cloud for Startups, Amazon Web Services, and HubSpot among others, with the objective of helping grow a founder’s idea from business concept to funded startup. The program also retains more than 50 active strategic mentors providing free office hours and discounted services, and provides over 50+ educational workshops and networking events each year. The Program expanded in 2017 to accept a greater number of companies in more formalized classes, depending upon where the companies are in their evolutionary growth, expand benefits to accepted companies, and will look to make strategic investments backed by strategic angel investors. To apply to the Preccelerator, visit www.preccelerator.com/application.

Heidi Hubbeling
Chief Operating Officer, Preccelerator® Program

Preccelerator® Program Alumni Company Rally Networks Featured in Virgin Media Business Blog

Rally NetworksPreccelerator® Program alumni company Rally Networks was featured on the Virgin Media Business Blog catching up with co-founder Cory Azzalino and discussing how far the company has come in the six months since they have left the Virgin Media Business Accelerator, including a partnership with black cab hailing app GETT. Congratulations Rally on all your progress!

About Rally Networks
Mobile apps are the best way to keep connected to customers, but the biggest problem for businesses is how do you actually get your customers to discover and download your app? Rally solves this problem by reaching and rewarding customers for their engagement when they are in relevant locations, leading to incredible activation rates. Rally is a marketing technology company helping businesses make lasting connections with their customers. Rally helps transition customers onto mobile platforms and drives higher sales through increased customer loyalty, satisfaction, foot traffic and dwell time. Rally collects data and engages customers with custom content served at the most opportune time. www.rallycharge.com

To read the full article visit the Virgin Media Business Blog here. 

For more about the Preccelerator® Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at
(310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@


Preccelerator® Program Company Ballerz World Featured in Black Enterprise

Ballerz WorldCongratulations to Preccelerator Program company Ballerz World for their feature in Black Enterprise this week, discussing how the desire to pursue their passions—basketball and art—led them to technology and entrepreneurship.  Founded by Navy veterans Kyle E. Cox and Nicholas Damuth, Ballerz World is the single largest marketplace that is dedicated to all things basketball.

They help their worldwide users find basketball courts, as well as connect and play basketball with one another using their geo-location technology and over 12,000 pre-loaded basketball courts in every country, all while providing their users an opportunity to view and share content, in addition to buying discounted basketball gear via the in-app store portal. Download the Ballerz World app here. 

To read the full article click here. 

For more information about the Preccelerator Program, contact Heidi Hubbeling at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@