Startup Weekend Berkeley
Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
2560 Bancroft Way
Food, ideas, network, building... Entrepreneruship!
Are you a designer, business person or a technical person? Becoming an entrepreneur requires risk. Quitting school or emptying your 401k to start a business is scary (and inadvisable) for most. But you, friend, have an incredible opportunity to test drive entrepreneurship risk-free over a weekend of building, networking and 7 meals.
1. The desire to become an entrepreneur—is it more than just a dream?
2. The idea—can you build it into a viable business?
3. The startup lifestyle—can you handle a high growth, low structured environment?
Nobody leaves a Startup Weekend empty handed, even if you don’t win. You’ll come away with new skills, new connections to motivated people like yourself, and perhaps, a startup business!
Ready? Here are the details.
What is Startup Weekend?Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of ambitious entrepreneurial minds of various skill sets who are looking to practice and learn the basics of founding and launching a startup venture successfully. It is a unique opportunity to get your startup off the ground, risk free.
How does it work?All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
- Pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote).
- Then, it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
- The last part of the weekend is the most intense—teams present their ideas to a panel of judges and after a palm sweating Q & A, the judges pick the top 3 startups (did we mention, the winners get prizes to help launch their startup?).
Who should participate?We welcome anyone and everyone who has a passion for.. well.. anything! This event is open to anyone who wants to hone their skills in business planning, developing, marketing and design.
Your Ticket gets You:
- Access to the event
- Plenty of food fuel to keep you energized for 54 intense hours
- Mentorship from amazing entrepreneurs and business professionals in the Sacramento region
- Amazing high-profile speakers and judges
- Networking with awesome Sacramento entrepreneurs
- Work with awesome professionals
- Free .co website domain
- Membership @ Startup Weekend Community (200K alumni) #SWSac
- 100 new awesome Facebook friends and thousands of tweets
Do I need to come with an idea?If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. We do ask, however, that you don’t have a fully-formed business already, e.g. a complete business plan, a website, etc. If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest—you will be surprised how much value you can add to the idea and team. The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.
Get your ticket for Startup Weekend Berkeley!
Still aren’t sure if Startup Weekend is for you? Ask us anything at firstname.lastname@example.org
This Event is brought to you by Venture Strategy Solutions, a student-run consulting group at UC Berkeley for high-growth startups. For more information please visit: www.berkeleyvss.com
Friday November 11th
Saturday November 12th
Sunday November 13th
Coaches and Mentors
He obtained his MBA from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and PhD in Business Model Innovation from University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. Then he did his post-doctoral research at Stanford and became a Head of Business Design Research where he began coaching executives from Fortune 500.
Amir has hands-on experience in startups with Stanford Garage.
His specialty: Business Development, Market Research, Strategy and Growth, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
With his prior background in scientific research and innovation in the field of human-systems interactions for a large corporation, Vadim was able to connect the dots between various aspects of entrEpreneurship and intrApreneurship in order to come up with key parts of the StartupMonthly methodology. Vadim brought his passion and professionalism to lead operations of a young organization (StartupMonthly) and help young entrepreneurs do the same. Vadim has been consulting startups since 1999.
With academic background in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science, Vadim is an entrepreneur with experience leading research programs for the US government. Vadim also has experience in incubating ideas, pursuing funding, and leading innovation teams.
Specialties: Software Engineering (since '99) : Java, C, C++, C#, Promela, VB, SQL, Visual Studio.NET, XML, XSLT, Modeling/UML, Database Systems, Spring Framework, Eclipse RCP, GWT, Flex, Web Services, Knowledge Base Architecture, GUI Design & Implementation, OpenGL, Matlab, Virtual Reality systems, Scientific Visualization, Modeling and Simulation, Semantic Technologies, Probabilistic Reasoning, Wireless Networking, Formal Analysis, Business development & Capture Management.
Deep understanding of supply chains; specifically container shipping. Have a long positive relationship interacting with major technology/software and hardware providers such as Cisco Systems, HP, and Salesforce. Well versed in telecommunications including wireless and fiber optics.
Mobile industry veteran, two decades of experience combined. Co-founded Naiss.io, a venture capital boutique in Palo Alto, focusing on technology start ups and early stage companies, preparing them for IPO in alternate markets, devoting majority of my time to it. I'm also a mentor at Singularity University.
- Founder and CEO of Prezera™ - leader in live online presentations and webinars
- Founder and CEO of Armada Aero™ - next generation drone system
- President of Science Fiction Society of Silicon Valley - science and tech talks at Stanford
- Technical Lead for Walmart.com pricing system and item photo system
- Technical Lead for Yahoo data center management system
- Masters degree in Computer Science. UC Berkeley (with honors). Santa Clara University.
Source Control: svn, cvs, source depot
Operating Systems: Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac
IDE: IntelliJ, Visual Studio
Defect Control System: TFS, Remedy, Bugzilla, Siebel.
Skills: Project lead. Product lead. Architecture. Design. Development. Crossteam. Agile. Waterfall.
Born in Ukraine, Liana grew up in Belarus and as a Soros scholar went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Bulgaria. She had a successful career in marketing in Austria and continued her education at INSEAD in France and Singapore. After moving around the globe for various job assignments, Liana fell in love with San Francisco and opened a marketing and event planning agency, Trendy Lime. Liana speaks six languages and creatively integrates her understanding of cultural sensitivities with her passion for marketing strategy and brand development on global businesses.
In 2016, Liana was recognized as the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” by the prestigious Stevie Awards in the category “Business Services”.
Liana’s areas of expertise include brand development, strategic partnerships, event planning, global operations, and leadership. Liana is passionate about connecting people, exploring the world, mindfulness, and supporting other women in business.
He is currently the President & COO of SV3, a consumer products company based in Phoenix, Arizona. SV3 designs, manufactures and distributes premium vaporizer products around the globe as well as owning multiple retail stores & e-commerce sites. Under his leadership, the company has grown 445% to be ranked 901 on the INC5000.
Prior to joining SV, Geoff was the Founder & CEO of ForzaStone®, an innovative building materials company that developed and patented high-tech processes to fuse technology with natural stone. ForzaStone® became known for its high profile commercial & residential projects around the globe. He sold the company in 2013.
In 2008, he founded 360s, a consulting company that mentored, advised and partnered with inventors to develop marketing & sales strategies to get their consumer products to market and then sold to major retails such as Walmart, Home Depot, QVC, Lowe’s and Target.
Geoff previously spent 14 years in escalating leadership roles with multinational corporations where he led divisions of up to several hundred employees. Most
recently he held the role of GM of a division of TTI where he led marketing, engineering and manufacturing across North America and Asia. He also held
senior leadership positions with TTI (Hoover, Dirt Devil, Milwaukee Tool) and Newell Rubbermaid (Rubbermaid, Graco, Sharpie).
Geoff has mentored 100s of people in the areas of sales, team development, global expansion, and managing outsourced manufacturing in Asia. Geoff earned a B.S.E from Duke University in Civil Engineering. He is passionate about developing new business ideas and traveling around the world to get the inspiration.
Her focus areas are: product market fit, growth and scaling, pitching and presentation practice.
A high-integrity energetic leader with proven success in large, global, multinational, world leading corporations and start-ups. Extensive experience in wireless networking, telecommunications, storage peripherals, computers and multimedia markets. Well versed at creating a cohesive work environment. Excels in strategic planning, executing short and long term business plans and close customer interactions ensuring successful revenue growth.
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