United States

Los Angeles #6

Attraction Phase

We built a rock hard community, and seeing LA now, as one of the top startup cities in the world, is a testament to the power of community.

Cam Kashani
Cofounder and CEO at COACCEL: The Human Accelerator

Sub-sector Strengths

Adtech

Regional companies’ ad spending stood at $9.1 billion in 2018, representing 48% of California’s total. Discounts coupon platform Honey Science was acquired by Paypal holdings for $4 billion in 2020. System1, a digital marketing platform raised $270 million in funding in 2017.

Gaming

Major global gaming companies are headquartered in Los Angeles, including Scopely, Activision Blizzard, and ESL Gaming (North America). In 2017, Respawn Entertainment, an independent video game development studio, was acquired by Electronic Arts for $455 million. In March 2020, mobile gaming company, Scopely raised $400 million.

Life Sciences

Life Sciences companies from the Los Angeles ecosystem employ 122,000 people. The ecosystem also houses Amgen, the world’s largest biotech company, and more than 10 Life Sciences-focused incubators. Radiology Partners, a healthcare service company, raised $234 million in venture capital funding in 2018.

Why you should invest in Los Angeles

TOTAL EARLY STAGE FUNDING
$3.6 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$431 m
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$120 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$10.5 bn
#4 Global Ecosystem
Funding
Top 10 Global Ecosystem
Talent
5
Exit Growth
INDEX
10
Investor Activity
INDEX
6
Funding Growth
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Reasons to move your startup to Los Angeles

MEDIAN SEED ROUND
$560 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$494 k
MEDIAN SERIES A ROUND
$5 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$2.7 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$92 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$42.1 k

World-Class Universities

Southern California has 11 research universities including Caltech, UCLA, and USC. According to a 2017 Milken Institute study, 5 Southern California universities rank among the top 20 U.S. universities in terms of producing patents.

Pool of Success

With recent successes such as Snap, Tinder, Bird, and Dollar Shave Club, the region offers a deep pool of experienced founders, employees, and investors.

COVID-19 Policy

The city of Los Angeles established a Small Business Emergency Microloan Program to support local small businesses with microloans of upto $20,000. Loans with repayment terms of six months to one year carry an interest rate of 0% and five-year loans have interest rates of 3% to 5%.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Partners

Bixel
Bixel Exchange
Cross Campus
Mucker Capital
WeWork
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