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Southern California

Riding the Next Wave of Innovation

You'll find Silicon Valley Bank wherever innovation and imagination intersect. That's why for two decades we have partnered with Southern California entrepreneurs and investors. Today, we have teams in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Orange County (Irvine) and San Diego.

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SVB By The Numbers


of firms represented by Forbes Midas List in 2017 are SVB clients


of U.S. VC-backed tech and life science companies are SVB clients


of SoCal startups expect business conditions to improve in 2017


of SoCal startups plan to hire in 2017

  • Jamie Siminoff

    Jamie Siminoff

    CEO and Chief Inventor, Ring

    "L.A.’s artistic, creative, it’s the movie industry. People are thinking way outside of the box."

  • Ian Siegel

    Ian Siegel

    CEO and Co-founder, ZipRecruiter

    "It is actually stunning to me how great SVB has been as a partner. I would encourage every entrepreneur to definitely consider SVB."

  • Jason Nazar

    Jason Nazar

    CEO and Co-founder, Comparably

    "In L.A., you have access to the best tech talent you’re going to find anywhere."

  • Leura Fine

    Leura Fine

    CEO and Co-founder, Laurel & Wolfe

    "The entire SVB team are real people who are very passionate about helping entrepreneurs build great businesses."

  • Damien Langere

    Damien Langere

    CEO and Co-founder, Domuso

    "Finding a team to accomplish a vision that is revolutionary is fundamentally the most important part of being an entrepreneur."


  1. On Deck


    SVB’s SoCal team curates several events throughout the year to help clients create a strong network to support business growth. Upcoming event information will be posted here. For more information, reach out to your banker.


    August 15, 2018  —  SVB LA State of the Markets Event

    August 21, 2018  —  SVB LA @ Startup Grind

    September 7-9, 2018  —  SVB Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle

    October 18, 2018  —  2nd Annual SVB LA Tech Gives Back - Register Now


    SVB’s Los Angeles & Santa Monica offices join forces with local clients & colleagues to lend a hand to the greater Los Angeles community for the inaugural LA Tech Gives Back 2017. #LATechGivesBack


    Tech companies move the world forward in remarkable ways – it’s a vital component of this sector’s DNA. That’s why Silicon Valley Bank is committed to Tech Gives Back—an annual volunteer service program SVB participates in each year across the country.


    LA Tech Gives Back is planning its 2nd annual event on Thursday, October 18! Last year's incredible efforts brought together more than 150 volunteers across Los Angeles for a memorable day of service, and this year we are coming back bigger and better than ever and want you to be a part of it! Mark your calendar to lend a hand, meet some fantastic people, and strengthen nonprofits across L.A. For more information about LA Tech Gives Back and SVB's involvement, please contact your local SVB team member. #LATechGivesBack 

  2. Recent Events

    Recent SVB SoCal Events

    SVB LA FX Santa Barbara Golf Event | Sandpiper Golf Course
    Fore! The SVB LA FX and Corporate Finance teams welcomed LA C-Level executives to an exciting day of golf and networking at Santa Barbara's beautiful, beachside Sandpiper Golf Course. After tee time, guests enjoyed a sunset patio reception with delicious bites and an opportunity to share their experience and expertise with SVBers and peers.

    SVB LA & Evolution Media E3 Esports Reception | SVB Santa Monica
    SVB LA, in partnership with Evolution Media, kicked off the 2018 E3 Gaming Expo with an exclusive reception tailored to bringing together leaders from some of the best Esports brands, teams, game publishers, media companies, and startups.

    SVB Overwatch eSports MatchSVB Overwatch eSports Match | SVB Santa Monica 
    SVB Santa Monica kicked off 2018 with an exciting, new eSports experience where 20 LA digital media executives and eSports influencers witnessed a digital fight to the finish match-up between elite global Overwatch League teams’ the Houston Outlaws and the Shanghai Dragons. Overwatch League is the first major global eSports league with city-based teams, providing gamers, viewers and influencers the opportunity to be a part of the most immersive, on-the- rise digital gaming ecosystem in today’s digital age. Our SVB SoCal team is excited to see where this developing digital sector is headed and plan to stay at the forefront of its emergence into the SoCal market.

    SVB & SheWorx TechWeek LA Breakfast Roundtable SVB & SheWorx TechWeek LA Breakfast Roundtable | SVB Santa Monica
    SVB Santa Monica welcomed 30+ female entrepreneurs and local professionals for a SheWorx Breakfast Roundtable in conjunction with TechWeek LA 2017. SheWorx is the leading global platform and event series supporting 20,000 female entrepreneurs in 7 global cities, providing women with actionable business strategies and democratizing access to top mentors and investors. Guests had the opportunity to listen to local VC’s and investors share their perspective on the current entrepreneurial climate of LA, then partake in a rooftop patio breakfast networking reception full of lively conversation and delicious bites and coffee.

    OC Investor Roundtable Series Kickoff Dinner OC Investor Roundtable Series Kickoff Dinner | SVB Irvine
    The SVB Irvine Tech team kicked off their new quarterly OC Investor Roundtable Series by welcoming 17 high-level investment partners to participate in a curated reception & private dinner discussion on real-time OC Market opportunities. Valuable insight about the future of this space was shared, including how SVB as a leading bank in the industry is effectively fostering the growth of opportunities for investors and angels to tap into OC’s new and pursuable talent. A great start to a highly-anticipated event series, we look forward to our next event come early 2018!

    SVB co-hosts Rooftop Summer Solstice Happy Hour SVB Wine Wednesday Series | SVB Santa Monica
    SVB’s Santa Monica office kicked off the first of their four-part Wine Wednesday summer event series by welcoming 50+ guests to enjoy delicious small bites and refreshing wine. Our inaugural event featured wines of the biodynamic Pinot Pioneer Robert Sinskey Vineyards of Napa Valley – who happens to be one of SVB’s Premium Wine Group clients. #SVBWineWednesday

    CSE CEO Forum SVB & UC San Diego CSE CEO Forum | SVB San Diego
    SVB San Diego, in partnership with UC San Diego Computer Science & Engineering Department, hosted an exclusive Tech Forum featuring eight of San Diego’s top innovative companies & CEOs in an effort to showcase San Diego’s emerging tech ecosystem. More than 70 emerging UCSD students attended, seeking out professional opportunities within this new frontier of tech and innovation. Thanks to participating companies – including Certona, Cloudbeds, eSUB, HouseCall Pro, ID Analytics, Seismic, Sensemetrics and Verimatrix.

    SVB OC March Madness 4th Annual SVB OC March Madness | SVB Irvine
    The SVB Orange County Tech team hosted their signature 4th annual March Madness event at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, where over 75 influential founders, executives and market influencers convened for a signature game day experience. Held to coincide with the kick off of the 2017 March Madness NCAA Basketball Tournament, guests enjoyed an afternoon of networking, multiple game coverage and the opportunity to test their game day match-ups with our own exciting SVB Bracket Challenge.


Featured News


State of the Markets - Q2 2018  

Despite market turbulence, money continues to flow into the innovation economy, finds SVB's latest State of the Markets report. See what trends are shaping the global innovation sector and what shifts in politics and competition could ultimately slow the party down.

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After an unpredictable 2017, most startups say they plan to hire in 2018, expect M&A activity to stay strong and say venture capital remains their go-to source for startup capital.
SVB’s third quarter report covers how a robust market for IPOs have bolstered M&A activity, and, in light of recent global events, explores the next stage of Chinese innovation.
In our mid-year update on healthcare investing, we analyzed the fundraising, investment, M&A and IPO activity of venture-backed biopharma, medical device and diagnostic/tools companies.
The SVB Asset Management Economic Report is a quarterly review and outlook on economic and market factors that impact global markets and business health. Our Q3 edition discusses central bank policies shaping the yield curve and economic growth potentials. Additionally, we look into the U.S. and global economies as the synchronized growth story shows signs of fatigue.
In this 17th annual State of the Wine Industry report, Rob McMillan writes that successful wineries 10 years from now will be those that adapted to a different consumer with different values — a customer who interacts with retailers in digital ways, has less discretionary income than their generational predecessors yet understands and consumes premium wine.
In the third quarter edition, SVB experts describe how private equity’s role in the innovation economy is evolving and share insights on venture debt and what’s driving investor interest in the commercialization of space.