MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast had the pleasure of having six startups present, demonstrate and discuss a bit about their work to a full room of community members and a panel of 5 judges.

Following the presentation, attendees were given a chance to vote for their favorite startup, for a chance to win the grand prize, sponsored by Stradling, WorkZones, and SoCal IP Law Group.

Congratulations to Oliver Thornton and his team for winning the Startup Showcase 2017, and the efforts put forth to make Coding Autism a service possible to the community and helping those realise what they may see impossible, possible!

We also want to congratulate all participants for their dedicated efforts with their startups, and wish them continued success in making a difference not only within their industries when thinking outside the box, but also making their dreams a reality.

Winning Prize includes:

Startup Support

  • Intellectual Property Consulting from SoCal IP Law Group
  • Legal Advising from Stradling
  • Office Space at WorkZones


Coding Autism is a full-service professional coaching and training company that trains adults on the autism spectrum in professional skills such as software engineering, quality assurance, and web development. We also assist our graduates in finding employment within the software and technology industries. We do so by providing services such as immersive programs and bootcamps, resume workshops, career counseling, interview preparation, and coaching/mentorship, all of which is designed around providing an environment where people on the spectrum can thrive

Elite Robotics mission is to bring Right Sized robots for assembly of small light weight part that anyone can setup and operate. 


EVmatch is a peer-to-peer network for sharing home electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. We are currently serving the greater Los Angeles area, and will soon expand across California.

Motoroso Inc. operates an online platform that connects automotive and power sports enthusiasts to content, community, and products. Its platform enables users to discover and browse images, videos, products, articles, and how-tos; upload and show off own builds and projects; add interactive markers to highlight the related products, videos, articles, and how-tos; follow favorite brands and users profiles; save content; and ask and answer questions. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Phanta Field is using its patented see-through display design to craft light-field-augmented reality glasses that enable a crystal-clear image with a 100-degree field of view. The display can seamlessly integrate with regular glass frames, making it comfortable to wear all day long.


Observables seeks to untangle the web of things by delivering a single unified platform through the most needed device in any home or business: the router.

The IOBOT Intelligent Signal Router with the AlwaysON platform software deliver customized solutions that allow both the dealer and their customers to uniquely connect, manage, monitor and control critical new and legacy infrastructure, including alarm systems, computer networks, access control, smart home, phones, and video surveillance, in a singular back-end dashboard and front-end mobile app.

Observables Inc. was founded in 2014 by security and AV integrator vets Abe Schryer and Ron Gans. After years troubleshooting AV and security systems in their custom installation business, the pair recognized there was a growing need for a security, smart home and IT solution that would simplify installation and mitigate technical support by unifying the growing list of disparate IoT devices into an all-in-one cross platform system.

Unlike any other solution on the market, patent-pending IOBOT with AlwaysON will revolutionize the security, AV, smart home and IT dealers’ business model. IOBOT is the industry’s first intelligent router with modular design for dealers to order with custom configurations for customers across vertical markets. IOBOT with AlwaysON provides dealers with simplified integration, backend diagnostics with self-healing, reduced truck rolls, minimized inventory, and new RMR opportunities along with back-office capabilities for managing their business. AlwaysON simultaneously offers end users a streamlined, easy-to-use mobile app for improved awareness about their home or business, increased safety and security alerts, and optional satellite back up for persistent monitoring for new or legacy security systems. Observables brings on-the-ground innovation to the industry, including the ability to add satellite to any alarm panel, unify disparate systems that previously were unable to be managed in a single UI, and the ability to make existing systems smart with single app integration.


Mark Goldstein, Partner, SoCal IP Law

Mark A. Goldstein is a partner with SoCal IP Law Group LLP. He has specialized in intellectual property law since 1999, after working as a civil litigation attorney for five years. In addition to a practice that includes patent preparation, trademark acquisition, intellectual property licensing and related counseling, Mark renders patent and trademark infringement opinions, participates in intellectual property due diligence in support of acquisitions by and of clients, implements corporate patent programs, and develops trademark portfolios. He gained experience in the computer software business at Codex Corporation/Motorola Information Systems Group and Xerox Corporation.

While obtaining his law degree, Mark earned an Exceptional Achievement Award for his performance in an Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software seminar. His technical experience includes computer software, networking software and devices, digital multimedia creation and broadcasting, electronic commerce, and computer architecture. Mark is a member of the International Trademark Association and the International Technology Law Association.

Lisa Riolo, Co-founder, workzones

Lisa co-founded workzones because of a real need she faced herself: that of working from home. “workzones” is a co-working club that provides a shared office facility for independent professionals. Offering flexible, affordable choices (from on-demand meeting rooms and private offices to café style seating) workzones is an ideal workspace for an energetic community of freelancers, telecommuters, entrepreneurs and small business owners. Lisa focuses on creating collaboration in the community and to provide mentorship and support.

Jason Spievak, Chief Commercial Officer, Apeel Sciences

Jason is the Chief Commercial Officer and a member of Apeel Sciences board of directors. Prior to Apeel, Jason was the co-founder and CEO of Invoca, the world’s leading mobile analytics software company. Previously, Jason was CFO at CallWave, where he led the company to multiple years of growth and profitability and a successful IPO. Prior to CallWave, Jason was Vice President of Technology M&A in Broadview’s Silicon Valley office, where he was the execution lead on more than $1 billion in successful mergers and acquisitions. Jason has also held product roles with Nextel Communications and with Netopia, where he helped the company complete its successful IPO.

Jason is a co-founding venture partner of Persistence Partners, a venture fund with investments in information technology and life sciences, and a member of the board of directors of iFluidics, WorldViz, and Jornaya as well as Apeel Sciences. An active angel investor, Jason has invested in 20+ early-stage technology companies. He holds several patents in internet advertising, telecommunications, and microscale fluidics.

Jason earned his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of the teaching faculty at UCSB’s Technology Management Program. When he’s not extending the life of fresh produce, Jason loves to travel the world’s beaches, hit the links, hit the trail, and root for some of the best water polo players in the country. Jason lives in Santa Barbara with his college sweetheart, three awesome kids, and a puppy.

Kathy O’dell, Vice Chair, Women’s Economic Ventures, and President, Waxing Poetic

Kathy Odell is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of leadership experience in high growth enterprises. She is currently President/COO of Pagliei Collections, Inc. (dba Waxing Poetic) an artisanal jewelry company with over 600 distributors in the US and Europe. She is also serving as Vice Chair at Women’s Economic Ventures, a leadership training, consulting and support organization for women entrepreneurs. Prior to Waxing Poetic, Kathy served as Managing Director of Annovium Products LLC, a fitness equipment company from 2011 to 2013; founding CEO of Inogen, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced oxygen therapy devices for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) from 2002-2008. Kathy began her entrepreneurial career in 1985 as co-founder Medical Concepts, Inc., which over a five-year period became the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of video systems for minimally invasive surgery, resulting in its acquisition by Karl Storz Endoscopy GmbH in 1990.

Kathy is actively involved in entrepreneurial activities in the Santa Barbara area as a mentor and advisor to young entrepreneurs and plays an active role in University of California Santa Barbara programs promoting technology and entrepreneurial education. Kathy’s awards and recognition include the 2013 Rock Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles area; the 2005 Venky Award for entrepreneurial leadership presented by UCSB; the Women’s Economic Ventures 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year and the 1998 South Coast Business and Technology Award as Executive of the Year. Kathy is a graduate of Stanford University.

Stephen White, Attorney, Stradling

Stephen White is an attorney at Stradling, where he represents companies and investors in various corporate matters, including entity formation, financing transactions, intellectual property and data privacy issues, and acquisitions.  He has practiced Corporate and Health Law in Boston and Los Angeles at a large international law firm and Corporate Law in Santa Barbara. Stephen graduated from Columbia College and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He received the Barratt-Brown Memorial Prize for Excellence in Critical Writing. After his graduation, he studied English Literature at Trinity College, Oxford.

Prior to practicing law, Stephen was a software developer and architect for several startups based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also founded his own company, which developed software workflow systems for print advertisers.

Stephen has technical experience in cryptography and computer security. He has worked with clients ranging from software companies to healthcare providers to assist them in complying with international, federal, and state data security and privacy laws and regulations in a wide variety of commercial contexts. He has also drafted whitepapers, technical policies, and contracts addressing such topics as the Massachusetts Data Security Regulations, the Payment Card Industry data security standard, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the CAN-SPAM Act.


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