Start Peninsula is a weekend-long event to stimulate entrepreneurial growth in the local community by connecting early stage businesses to validation, opportunities and resources. Start Peninsula combines a pitch competition with business education and a celebration of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Dozens of entrepreneurs connect with business leaders and mentors during this exciting event that showcases early stage businesses. Jason Calacanis will be the keynote speaker for the event. Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster and writer. He released a best-selling book Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups: Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 in July 2017. Calacanis has invested in 150 early-stage startups including six that have already achieved billion-dollar valuations. His investments include Uber and Thumbtack. Calacanis will be at Start Peninsula on Friday, Nov. 2, attendees and participants will hear from him about his experiences in Silicon Valley, as an angel investor and entrepreneur. Calacanis owns several entrepreneurial-centric ventures including a podcast called “This Week in Startups” and LAUNCH incubator. Tickets must be purchased to hear Calacanis. Thirty businesses will be invited to pitch on Friday, Nov. 2 and three winners will be selected on Sunday, Nov. 3. Winners will receive $5,000 to fuel their business growth and free access to local resources. Business can apply to pitch on the Start Peninsula website. Start Peninsula is also seeking mentors.