“Los Angeles was recently recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as the most entrepreneurial city in the nation.  The startup energy here is high with dozens of business incubators thriving.  Los Angeles is developing a strong reputation for being the emerging leader of “doing well by doing good”.  The companies here symbolize the emergence of social good entrepreneurship and impact investing.  People want to not only have meaning and purpose in their work, but investors are now looking for the same in their investments and consumers in their purchases.”  stated Howard J. Leonhardt a StartupCalifornia state co-leader and StartupLA co-chair  “We optimistically believe here that newly passed crowdfunding laws are about to herald in an unprecedented era of innnovation and economic growth.”









Howard J. Leonhardt


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 Startup LA Champion/Region Leader – Carrie Norton

Carrie Norton, Founder and President, Green Business BASE CAMP
Carrie’s professional mission is to prove the business case for sustainability, and she has spent over a decade accumulating expertise in sustainable business and entrepreneurship in a broad range of companies, including Garage Technology Ventures and Idealab.  Today, Carrie serves as the Founder and President of Green Business BASE CAMP, a global acceleration and on-line education platform for green entrepreneurs.  Immediately prior to founding GBBC, she held a succession of Senior Management roles in Market and Project Development in the commercial solar power industry, serving early-adopting clients such as Google, Sony, British Telecom, Dow Corning and Toyota. Carrie’s community leadership includes work with Grid Alternatives, the Clean Economy Network, Net Impact, the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (an organization she co-founded in 2005), and as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Graziadio School of Management at Pepperdine University. She is a member of the 2010 class of Catto Fellows of the Aspen Institute.  Carrie earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from Trinity University.


Jessica Beavers is the VP of the Health and Human Services Group at Global Private Funding, Inc. She manages the Health and Human Services’ business incubation portfolio and works to build, fund, strategically position and expand companies from infancy to international growth. Her passion is reaching those who think entrepreneurism is a pipe dream and breaking down the mental barriers to success.

Jessica Beavers, Vice President | Health & Human Services Group
Global Private Funding, Inc. |


Howard J. Leonhardt

Howard Leonhardt is an inventor and serial entrepreneur.  He has 20 patents for products for treating cardiovascular and heart disease.  These include;  cardiovascular balloon catheters, stent grafts for aneurysm repair, percutaneous heart valves, heart pacemakers with stem cell recruiting capabilities, electrical stimulation devices for promoting blood flow, electrical stimulation device for converting stem cells to heart muscle, stem cell compositions for heart repair, stem cell delivery systems, biological pacemakers and artificial lung catheter.  His TALENT stent graft developed in the early 1990’s holds a leading world market share for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery.  In early 1999 Leonhardt founded Bioheart, Inc. a leader in applying adult muscle stem cells to treat heart failure.  Bioheart has raised over $105 million in paid in capital and additionally $40 million in loans and grants. Bioheart MyoCell is in Phase II/III clinical trials at 33 leading centers in the USA (The MARVEL Study).  MARVEL Phase II/IIIa results were published in the American Heart Journal October of 2011 and demonstrated Bioheart MyoCell patients improved 95.7 meters in exercise capacity over placebo patients receiving optimal CHF drugs, whom declined minus 4 meters.  Leonhardt has founded 20 companies to date, most them majority funded by his venture firm Leonhardt Ventures and their associated angel network  These include:  The California Stock Exchange, Lionheart Adventures, MyoStim Pacers, Leonhardt Vineyards, Leonhardt’s Launchpads, Kindheart Lionheart Media Co. and Wine Country Baseball