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Think Outside The States!

Expansion into international markets is a serious matter for Southern Californian companies with ambitions of rapid growth. Since the world has become interconnected and digitial, medium-sized businesses and small companies can operate in the global marketplace – an opportunity that was previously only conceivable for large companies with large budgets and dedicated resources. In fact, today’s startups are born global and "globality" is baked into their roots. At the same time, there is a clear shift in the global investment community as we see rising interest from international VCs and PE groups seeking to back promising young companies in the States to diversify their risks.



Mission: Global LAVA has been launched in 2011 by Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., an adviser, educator and an entrepreneur herself, as a strategic entry point for SoCal entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, as well as capital providers and executives interested in leveraging the global marketplace’s opportunities. The basic objective of highly interactive gatherings is to expose the participants to the opportunities and challenges that are presented by the global markets, while encouraging everyone to share information, knowledge and experience to help each other to develop new capacities for their businesses.


Constituencies: entrepreneurs looking for the global expansion, foreign companies looking for the strategic partners, angel investors and VCs  with the focus on the international markets, government officials, media, non-profits and anyone with a global mind-set and desire to make a difference.

Meetings: Global LAVA holds monthly meetings in the heart of the Century City area. These meetings focus on addressing specific topics related to the international marketplace and are highly interactive and dynamic so everyone can share their questions and insights and participate in the discussions. Each themed meeting involves several guest speakers with a track record of a notable success and expertise in that area to present a brief statement and then answer questions from the moderator and an audience. Networking is highly encouraged and anticipated.

Fees: These meetings are free to LAVA members and LAVA sponsors. Participating guests are charged a $35 fee. Refreshments are served. Seating is limited. No payments at the door please.

Registration: Both LAVA members and guests must register on the LAVA web-site; it's easy and quick.

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For more information or any valuable suggestions, please feel free to contact:

Chair of Global LAVA:

Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., LAVA Board Member
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Sandro Monetti, Managing Editor at Los Angeles Business Journal, CNN contributor

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Dianne Gubin, Partner, Amplify Professional Services and Capital InVentures

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We always welcome volunteers who are willing to contribute their time, skills and knowledge. 


Please feel free to suggest the topic you would like to be discussed at our future meetings or recommend a speaker. 



We look forward to seeing you at our events!




 Conscience Is In, Greed Is Out and Crowdfunding Is On (Huffington Post)

 LAVA Blast! (Century City News)


 Global LAVA First Anniversary Celebration At Santa Monica’s Tiato (Century City News)



"It was a wonderful group and we really appreciate all your super work hosting and moderating! Thank you again for a delightful evening". Margaret Conley,  Los Angeles World Affairs Council

"Thanks again for inviting me. I really enjoyed it". Jim Brandt, Member, Tech Coast Angels


 "Thank you for the invitation to speak. I loved the atmosphere and the opportunity to meet the great people of Global LAVA". Mathew Charnay, Managing Director of International Development Expansion Organization

"Global LAVA has become the forum in LA for international business issues for companies and individuals”. Nevin Sanli, President Sanli Pastore & Hill

"Global LAVA is one of the best spots in Los Angeles to meet globally connected business oriented individuals and organizations”. Michael Feinstein, Partner at Marcum LLP, Global LAVA sponsor

"Global LAVA has evolved into a preeminent forum of international business and investment for the entire greater Los Angeles area and beyond”. Jun Zhao, Principal & Co-Founder, JJ Wellesley Group, LLC

"I had great time and I was intrigued with quality conversations and the insights provided by the speakers. Thanks for the opportunity to participate. Look forward to attending more in the future”. Santhosh Devati, Entrepreneur

"I attended the event yesterday as a guest (of Global LAVA) and thought it was great. This was my first exposure to LAVA and I was impressed with the group and the presentations and will definitely attend future events”. Justin Bowen, Business Tax Attorney

 "I just started attending recently and I can say that I already benefited both in acquired knowledge from the notable speakers, and made very useful business connections”. Paolo Lorant, Century City News


"Thank you so much for (producing) “Great Britain: Open for Business” event and making it such a success!  UKTI couldn’t have done it without you!  The insight, experience, and knowledge, that you were able to share with the attendees about the UK was invaluable and exceptionally well received".  Darlene McGrath, Vice-Consul, The British Consulate General 


 "Excellent and highly relevant meeting today, enough subject matter for numerous follow-up discussions. Always nice to hear fellow Europeans, truly a global perspective. Look forward to attending future Global LAVA meetings". Gerrit Brand MD, BionCR Development Inc.



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