Next Gen Santa Monica: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Next Gen Santa Monica: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting Up

Written and Curated by Eric Z. Yang

Important information:

  • Next Gen @Santa Monica Slack Channel here


Next Gen Santa Monica Office hours: Thursday 7am - 10am (PST)



Entrepreneurial Community for Aspiring & Established Entrepreneurs



Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 chapters. They nurture startup ecosystems in 125 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Startups. Founded in Silicon Valley, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs build their businesses, connect with strategic partners, and secure funding.


The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 13,000+ influential business owners with 181 chapters in 57 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.


Their chapter in Los Angeles is one of the most active in the world. It is a great community to learn from established entrepreneurs & world leaders.



The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents business’ interests and issues facing the community. They provide the environment to help our members prosper and succeed through a proactive working partnership with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a healthy local economy and quality of life.


A great place for business curious individuals wanting to meet local entrepreneurs and industry experts.



Co-working Spaces:



  • Kindred Quarters *Invite Only*


Kindred Quarters is an entrepreneur house designed for 6-7 figure entrepreneurs living in Los Angeles. There are mastermind scheduled for its residents but also invitation-only event for leaders and business owners living in Los Angeles. For more information about the structure of an entrepreneur house, you can read this article here


For more information, contact Eric Z. Yang directly here



Work Evolution is Downtown Long Beach's first coworking community: an inspiring environment designed for innovators and influencers. They are home base for a variety of start-ups, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Members enjoy scalable work spaces and amenities such as high-speed internet, coffee, and a live social network of dynamic professionals.

  • $25 Day Pass

  • $150 Communal Membership

  • $250 Dedicated Desk



Industry tools and workrooms for creatives to focus, produce, and excel. They rent their space by the hour and by the day & also take special requests depending on your creative needs - offering rooms such as:

  • Green Screen & Photo Studio

  • Podcast Sound Studio

  • Textile Studio

  • Coworking Space


Monthly price starts at $150/month



Major Media in Los Angeles:



Mainstream local business press. (i.e. major local or regional publications that frequently champion local businesses) if you want to get your business featured on local news:

  • ABC Los Angeles

  • CBS Los Angeles

  • Fox Los Angeles

  • Investor’s Business Daily

  • KTLA Los Angeles

  • Business Journal Los Angeles

  • Daily News Los Angeles

  • Downtown News Los Angeles

  • Times NBC Los Angeles




List of successful local founders


Entrepreneurs who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor new entrepreneurs. (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc). All living in Los Angeles / Santa Monica Area.


  1. Ben Carlton

  2. Dae Bogan

  3. Dean Sawyer

  4. Ed Rigsbee

  5. Eli Calderón-Morin

  6. Fabian Geyrhalter

  7. George Prince

  8. Grant Stevenson

  9. Howard Leonhardt

  10. James Chmielinski

  11. Jason Lawrence Nazar

  12. Jeanine Jacobson

  13. Jessa Avila

  14. John Bates

  15. Leon Isaac Kennedy

  16. Lucas Swift

  17. Maricel S. Camacho

  18. Mark Henderson

  19. Mark Peay

  20. Mike Tankel

  21. Paul Velusamy

  22. Ryan Sherstobitoff

  23. Sandeep Ingale

  24. Stevie Wilson

  25. Timothy Strimple



List of Local Business Universities in Los Angeles Area


Universities with prominent technical or business programs to network and meet entrepreneur between the age of 18-25. Most of their networking & events are open to the public.

  1. Antioch University Los Angeles

  2. Azusa Pacific University

  3. Caltech

  4. Cal Poly Pomona

  5. California State University, Dominguez Hills

  6. California State University, Long Beach

  7. California State University, Los Angeles

  8. California State University, Northridge

  9. Claremont Graduate University

  10. Loyola Marymount University

  11. Occidental College

  12. Pepperdine University

  13. UCLA

  14. USC

  15. Whittier College



Internship Opportunities in Los Angeles / Santa Monica


List of successful local companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity with an office in Los Angeles with high in internship opportunities.


  1. Adly

  2. Bia

  3. Bottlenose

  4. Boxc

  5. CapLinked

  6. ChowNow

  7. Chromatik

  8. Clutter

  9. DogVacay

  10. Dollar Shave Club

  11. Dreamhost

  12. Flipagram

  13. GoCoin

  14. Honey

  15. Intenta

  16. InvestedIn

  17. Mobile Roadie

  18. Moonfrye

  19. NationBuilder

  20. Nimble

  21. Ouya

  22. Pogoseat

  23. Realty Mogul

  24. Retention Science

  25. Slated

  26. Snapchat

  27. Social Rewards

  28. Soothe

  29. StackCommerce

  30. Streamup

  31. Surf Air

  32. Talenthouse

  33. Tinder

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