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Business Investment Excellence Is Recognized at the 2020 LAVA Awards in Los Angeles

Moving tribute to Kobe Bryant, Hall of Fame inductee Kara Nortman, and industry leader appearances including Mayor Garcetti underscore the non-profit's commitment to the venture community

Published on December 20, 2020

LAVA’s 2020 Awards Show, a production of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) and sponsored by Verizon 5G, celebrates startup and investment success unique to the LA venture scene.

More than an awards ceremony, the 2020 LAVA Awards highlight unique aspects of LA’s venture ecosystem. Masterfully balancing inspirational perspectives with social awareness, the production addresses two major challenges the investment community has faced this year: the lack of diversity and the loss of a legend. Under new leadership in 2020, LAVA encourages action, highlighting the benefits of diverse founder investment. Commendably, the production presents an eloquent tribute to one of LA’s most influential investors, Kobe Bryant, sharing personal stories from investors and colleagues, including long-time friend Baron Davis.

Amplifying LAVA’s reemergence as a resource hub for investors, founders, and influencers in LA’s venture ecosystem, the 2020 Awards are available to stream.

Reflecting LAVA’s fresh perspective on the venture community, the Awards prioritize significant sector-specific investment activity over funding types, with LAVA communities selecting an incredibly diverse class of award winners. This years’ Awards include:

  • Clean Skies Award
  • Cannabis Game Changer Award
  • Smart Money Fintech Award
  • Bioscience Impact Award
  • Media Vision Award
  • Gaming Industry Influencer Award
  • Outstanding Angel Award

The show concludes with the prestigious LAVA Hall of Fame induction. Recognizing Upfront Venture’s Kara Nortman as its 16th inductee in the organization’s 35-year history, LAVA’s new Executive Director, Darren Eng, commented that “Kara is a perfect choice this year. As the first female Hall of Fame inductee, she’s a proven leader and a successful venture capitalist who exemplifies what the new LAVA is all about. She is, in her words, “hashtag long LA” (#longLA), a proud Angeleno, and an active evangelist of LA investment.”

Co-founder of the new majority women-owned professional sports team Angel City FC, Kara’s acceptance speech is filled with must-see industry insights and predictions.

Stream the 2020 LAVA Awards for a refreshingly optimistic, inspiring celebration of what makes business in Los Angeles worth the investment.

Business Editor