Techstars Startup Weekend Guam

    Thursday, November 7 - 9, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Guam

Thursday, November 7 - 9, 2019

Thursday, November 7 - 9, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

University of Guam Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building in the Bank of Hawaii Center for Entrepreneurship Room

Mangilao , Guam 96929

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Thursday November 7th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Friday November 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Begin working on company logos and financials.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Sustainability Presentation
Encouragement and awareness of sustainable practices will be provided through a video.

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Matthew "Matt" Sgro
Former Events Manager at Google Inc.

I started my career as a bagger with my family business at Payless Supermarkets. Today, I’m back in the family business helping on the wholesale side, but had quite a journey in between. From 2012-2014, I had the opportunity to create and manage some of the largest events in Guam (i.e Electric Island Festival, Pacific Xtreme Combat, Guam Live, Parade of Lights, Heineken Rugby Sevens, and more). After graduating with a PMBA from the University of Guam, I decided to pack my bags and move to the bay area where I worked from being a server at a restaurant to managing events for Google around the world. It’s been a fun ride, but I’m excited to be back home and share the experiences I’ve learned in the mainland.

Event Judges

Christine Baleto
Chief Financial Officer of DOCOMO Pacific

Christine Baleto is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Docomo Pacific and is proud to be the first local hire for the company in the position as well as the first woman to join the Chief Executive Team.  Prior to Docomo Pacific, she was the CFO for Mid-Pacific (MidPac) Distributors where she oversaw all finance, human resources, and procurement functions for not just the company but also the sister companies of Island Wines and Spirits, Island Beverage Distributors, Tropical Productions, Pacific Trading Company Saipan, and Palau Trading Company. Before her tenure at MidPac, she served as the Director of the Department of Administration for the Government of Guam.  In her career, Christine has also led two Calvo companies: General Manager of Market Wholesale Distributors and Assistant General Manager/CFO of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.  She also served as Executive Director of Sanctuary, Inc. for 6 years prior to moving to the private sector.  In addition to her employment in the respective companies, Christine secured the rights to be the Master Franchise/Franchise Owner of Pacific Froots, LLC, DBA FROOTS and has opened 2 stores on Guam.  FROOTS has been operating for over 10 years on Guam and continues to be a favorite choice for healthy delicious menu options. 

Christine has always been actively involved in local community and professional organizations. She is currently the Vice Chairman of the Guam Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Guam; of the Salvation Army Guam Chapter; was a founding member as well as board treasurer of Inetnon Gef Pago; and has either volunteered or provided financial support to many community events. Her scholastic achievements include a BS Magna Cum Laude from Chaminade in Honolulu, and an MBA from the University of Guam.

Arminda Flores-Tuazon
Finance Manager at Galaide Professional Services, Inc.

Arminda Flores-Tuazon is the Finance Manager at Galaide Professional Services, Inc., dba: GPSI Guam, a professional technical consulting services company that supports, local government and businesses,  US Federal and Military clients.

In September of 2018, Arminda joined GPSI Guam as Finance Manager, but also serves as the corporate compliance manager. She is an accomplished finance professional with over 15 years of experience in various professional service industries that consistently ensures the long-term viability of multi-million-dollar companies. Arminda considers herself analytical, a developer of simplifying accounting and financial procedures and finds innovative solutions to corporate finance challenges. Arminda is a person who provides recommendations and feedback to the top-ranking personal of a business; whose opinion is highly sought after; and whose judgment is respected and trusted in the Federal contracting industry and local businesses.

Arminda earned her undergraduate degree in International Business from San Diego State University, an Associate degree in Accounting from Balin College, attended an MBA program from Regis University, School for Professional Studies. She has a mini MBA in Profit Mastery and received certifications in Government Accounting and Cost Accounting Standards from Federal Publications Seminars (FPA). A nationally recognized provider of federal government contracting training.

Pika Fejeran
Co-Founder of Pika's Cafe, Kadu, and Kitchen Lingo

Pika Fejeran is a commissioner of the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and a board member of the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce. Both are active with Hurao Academy, with Lenny Fejeran serving as a board member and the couple planning to teach new parenting classes this year. 

Peggy Denney
Owner & Founder of I*Recycle

Peggy Denny is a Program Administrator at I*Recycle and Consultant at Denney Environmental Consulting.

Mike Naholowaa
Vice President & Credit Officer at Bank of Guam

Mike Naholowaa has been working at the Bank of Guam for over a decade. 

Coaches and Mentors

Jed Espino
Owner & Chief Photographer of FPS Photography

With an extensive background in photography, from creating fine art to shooting weddings, Jed brings along professionalism with his experience. Jed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and is the owner of FPS Photography doing freelance professional work. Jed’s work is a representation of his passion for the art of photography. Jed also has great experience the in Food & Beverage industry and truly understands the value of establishing connections with people. Aside from making people smile in front of the camera, Jed also enjoys working on his car & creating memories with his son, Jase.

Ariana Andres
Owner & Designer at Seas + Sidewalks

Ariana Andres is a local designer, born and raised on Guam. Growing up, she was inspired and interested in the fashion industry so she double majored in apparel design and fashion merchandising as well as minored in business administration at Seattle Pacific University in Washington. One of her dreams in life was to own a surf boutique because of her love for the island life. Her parents, Alex and Christine, and brother, Leif Eric helped her in launching her business. Last year, that dream came true. Seas + Sidewalks is now open and is located on the second floor of the Micronesia Mall.

Mal Cruz
Owner & Founder of MC Creative

Mal Cruz is the founder of MC Creative, an all around branding and marketing firm that helps businesses and other organizations craft the message their customers want to hear -- and one they can deliver on. 

Before devoting her innovative work to MCC, Mal has been in the marketing bizz for over 8+ years. She’s helped corporate companies revamp their brand messaging, worked Communications for the Office of the Governor of Guam, served as the Interim Program Administrator for the Guam Department of Labor’s Business Services Unit, and is currently overseeing outreach and public relations for the department.

When Mal is not doing all things marketing and business development, she enjoys a good outdoor run and trains to compete in different marathons around the world.

Mal has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Guam as well as an Associate’s degree in Marketing from the Guam Community College.

Charlie Onedera

Charlie Onedera’s business acumen is built on his 20 years of combined experience in the private sector, public service, non-profit organization, and his own entrepreneurial ventures in various industries. His latest venture CO-PYWRITE lends Charlie’s wordsmithing and organizational skills to the government, private business, and nonprofits looking to evoke the psychology of words in their marketing and messaging strategies. When it comes to delivering a compelling and convincing “elevator pitch,” Charlie is the ideal coach for SWG Participants.

Charlie is a Fall 2018 honors graduate from the University of Guam with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Human Resources Management. As a former member and officer of E-Society, he was part of the core teams that coordinated the fifth installment of Startup Weekend Guam in 2016 and the inaugural Startup Weekend Guam Women’s Edition in March 2017. Charlie is currently a licensed insurance agent with Calvo’s SelectCare working full-time, selling and servicing group medical insurance to Guam’s commercial entities. 

When he’s not working, you can find Charlie creating opportunities... or BBQing.

Jullian Briosos
Freelance Graphic Designer

Jullian is a current student at the University of Guam in the Master of Public Administration program. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Jullian is a freelance graphic designer and has designed for many companies on Guam and Saipan, his home island. He plans to continue and explore the field of marketing and visual communications as he continues to provide services in the form of graphic design, social media guidance, and marketing.

Mike Mafnas
Media Sales Manager at Glimpses of Guam

Mike Mafnas is the media sales manager at Glimpses of Guam which is a company who owns multiple restaurant franchises such as Chile's and Subway. 

Raymond Barcinas
President & Co-Founder of New Waves Studios

Writing, singing, performing, and producing music for thirteen years, and involved in filmography for nine years, Raymond John Barcinas is a talented, prolific  up-and-coming entrepreneur with the hands-on experience that gives him an edge in Guam’s creative industry: Barcinas broke out with the hit song “Never Again” in 2011, followed up with 2 more singles, and a full length album; with over 50k music streams and over 200k video views, he has written and directed 4 short films, and executively produced some of Guam's biggest hits on the radio today. He studied film and music at the Academy of Art University for 2 years before moving on to pursue his passions without the shackles of traditional education. 

Today, Raymond John Barcinas is the president and co-founder of New Waves Studios, a growing business providing quality space and equipment for the endeavors of the creative mind, including but not limited to: photography, videography, audio recording, and design.

Jose "Jojo" B. Guevara III
Financial Affairs Controller at the Port of Authority Guam

Jojo Guevara works for the Port Authority of Guam as the Financial Affairs Controller.  He previously worked for Galaide Professional Services Inc. (GPSI) Guam as their Finance Manager.  In 2019, he was an adjunct professor for the University of Guam (UOG). He taught Project Management in UOG’s Professional Masters of Business Administration program.

He is a member and an officer of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Guam Chapter and served as Regional Vice President for the Pacific Rim Region and Guam Chapter President. Jojo earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Guam (2017) and bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Philippines.  He also has several certifications, namely Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). He has three children: Raymond, Leanna and Jose Andre.

Tito Castro
Enterprise Sales Operations Manager at DOCOMO Pacific

Driven by a passion to provide customer delight in various aspects, Tito previously led the direct marketing efforts for the consumer customer base of DOCOMO Pacific. In his current role, Tito is responsible for optimizing the end-to-end enterprise customer experience from the selling process to all customer support-related touchpoints. Tito is adept at developing strategic vision coupled with strong operational execution and always strives for continuous improvement. Tito holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Professional Master of Business Administration degree.

Away from the office, Tito stays inspired by motivating students as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Guam. When he’s not at the office or in the classroom, you can find Tito traveling the world and learning about a multitude of cultures.

Albert "Al" Valentine
Co-Founder of BOSA-Thayaan Aircraft Service Company

Al Valentine, BS-Ed, MA-HRM, MS-NSA, Ph.D.-OD, is a retired U.S. government diplomat and commissioned field grade officer who has transitioned into a successful entrepreneur. After retiring from government service, Dr. Valentine has been involved in various start-ups and numerous entrepreneurial endeavors, ranging from a successful organization development/national security consulting/coaching program to his latest venture. He is the co-founder of BOSA-Thayaan Aircraft Service Company Limited (BTAS Thailand). BTAS is the first organically approved aviation MRO business to operate under the Royal Thai Government’s “Thailand 4.0, S-Curve” initiative in the Easter Economic Corridor.  

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Guam is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Cheery Fe
  • Denise
  • Flloyd
  • Rjay
  • Adrianne


Faye Sapigao

Secretary of Entrepreneur Society

Ed Suarez
Media Coordinator

Media Coordinator at the University of Guam Endowment Foundation

Event Staff

Gabrielle Quenga
Student at the University of Guam

Gabrielle Quenga is a student who is currently the secretary for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at the University of Guam.

Michelle Mafnas
Student at the University of Guam

Michelle Mafnas is a senior at the University of Guam majoring in Criminal Justice and E-Society's P.I.O. When the opportunity to become E-Society's P.I.O was offered, she did not hesitate to take the position. Currently working at DFS T Galleria, the 22 year-old student aspires to attend law school and return to Guam to practice law as an attorney.

Carl Pacheco
Radio Host at Power98

Hi, my name is Carl Pacheco. I am a graduating student from the University of Guam pursuing a degree in business in Entrepreneurship. I am currently the marketing officer of E-Society.

Jaran Aguon
Freelance Creative

Jaran is a freelance creative, born and raised on Guam.

He graduated with his Associate of Science in Visual Communications at GCC (2010), Bachelor in Business Administration (2015), and is currently a graduate student pursuing his Master in Public Administration at the University of Guam. He is currently an Academic Advisor & Assessment Coordinator at the UOG School of Business and Public Administration and an adjunct instructor at GCC, teaching Graphic Design Principles and Elements.

He enjoys taking initiative to learning new things, traveling with friends, sketching logos on his iPad Pro, and more than anything, raising his handsome son named after Christmas—Gabriel Noel.

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