Who Are We?
LvlUp Ventures is a Pre-Seed to Series A Industry Agnostic Venture Capital firm, located in Southern California, that offers personalized hands-on attention to each portfolio client. We help aspiring entrepreneurs become established with brands and investors through our three arms: Coaching Services, Founder’s Shop/VC Scholar Education, and LA VentureConnect Events.
Our Coaching Services help companies with Executive Coaching, Business Development, Startup Growth/Strategy, Marketing, and Fundraising Prep. Founder’s Shop focuses on building education around the startup process, while through VC Scholar, students learn about early stage investing and source companies for a digital pitch competition called SQLABLE. LA VentureConnect is LvlUp’s event arm that hosts a bi-monthly event series for a plethora of different events ranging from a startup job & internship fair, to VC Panels and Business Exchanges.
Brandon Maier - Founding Partner
Brandon Maier is the founder of LvlUp Ventures and has extensive experience building financial and marketing strategies for startup companies. Prior to launching LvlUp, Brandon was a Founder and Managing Partner of Quake Capital, an industry-leading accelerator and investment firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin. Under Brandon’s tenure and leadership at Quake, their portfolio companies raised over $100 million, including $25 million raised directly from Quake’s fund. Quake was named one of Forbes’ Top-Ten VCs and highlighted by CrunchBase for making the second-most investments in female-led startups (2018).
Brandon is also passionate about giving back to both the local and University entrepreneurship community, from University lectures on entrepreneurship and capital raising-related topics as well as providing office hours to student start-ups from his alma mater NYU, to Penn State, USC, Brown and Veteran Entrepreneurs through Bunker Labs & Veterati. He has also served as a judge for several pitch competitions including Princeton’s Tiger Launch, Global Entrepreneurship Week, and Next Gen, has mentored at Columbia’s AlmaWorks Accelerator, and is part of Invent Penn State’s Selection Committee. Brandon also serves as an advisor for several early stage startups in both NYC & LA.
In addition to his experience as an investor and mentor, Brandon has also been a part of two capital-backed startup teams, including the Winklevoss-backed pioneer in cryptocurrency, BitInstant - at its peak, it was the leader in all Bitcoin exchanges.
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Joshua Schlisserman - Principal
Joshua Schlisserman is a Principal at LvlUp Ventures. Josh first discovered his passion for entrepreneurship at a tender age while working at a startup company focused on strength and conditioning. With an Economics Degree at Occidental College and further experiences at Vicarious Inc., a seed-stage VR startup, and JUMP Investors, an industry agnostic Venture Capital Firm, Josh developed abilities in the areas of fundraising, pitching, marketing, executive coaching, and leadership development.
Josh has also served as a judge for several pitch competitions including the FundingPost in San Diego, Next Gen Summit in New York, Startup Battle 145 in Los Angeles, and M Accelerator’s Demo Day. Currently, he serves as a mentor to Braid Theory - a deep science accelerator located in San Pedro, California. In addition, he recently became an advisor to OnePoste- a social network that pays users for every view they receive on their posts.
Megan McCashland - Senior Associate
Megan’s favorite question is “why”? She is a curious person who loves to question assumptions, think innovatively, and challenge herself everyday. She has received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Notre Dame and is a candidate for a Master in Finance at the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked at Berkeley Research Group in Economic and Litigation Consulting. Megan also has entrepreneurial experience in the sports industry, leading the development and analysis of proprietary research on an adult recreational sports company.