Startup Weekend Ventura County: Healthcare & Agriculture

    Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Ventura County: Healthcare & Agriculture

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017



Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Rancho Campana High School
4235 Mar Vista Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

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Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs and Engineers to join forces and create innovative IoT and Big Data solutions for Healthcare and Agriculture

Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) is a joint effort between the public sector (Ventura County Government, City of Camarillo, Ventura County Healthcare Agency, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner and Ventura County Medical Center), the private sector (Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals, Semtech Corporation, Limoneira, Meissner Filtration Products, Bonipak, Z Power, Applied Wireless, Zebra technologies, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Advanced Motion Control and Camarillo Chamber of Commerce) and the local learning institutions (UCSB, CSUN, CSUCI, Cal Poly and Cal Lutheran).  Our mission is to create high paying jobs by encouraging, promoting and facilitating technology startups. The industries of focus are healthcare and agriculture.  

Our inaugural event (March 2016) attracted 70+ entrepreneurs. Out of the 34 ideas presented, 9 formed teams and over the weekend took these ideas to proof of concepts. The judge panel, consisting of CEOs of significant local companies awarded one team with $10,000 for use as seed money. Of the 9 teams, five are still actively pursuing their ideas.   For more details, see BLOGS.  

One thing we have learned from our first event is that subject matter expertise is crucial to staying on the right track in solution development. For this SWVC (April 2017), we have decided to create a union between intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs. We ask end user companies that they go to their rank and file and seek ideas for innovation and bring these ideas to SWVC. There, these intrapreneurs will get teamed up with entrepreneurs, engineers and business professionals. Collectively, they will work to create solutions and compete with the other teams.  

Dignity Health St. John Regional Medical Center, Dignity Health St. John Pleasant Valley Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center have agreed to participate as healthcare end user sponsors. Limoneira, Reiter Affiliated Companeis and Bonipak have agreed to participate as agriculture end user sponsors.   We believe this level of cooperation between intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs and engineers in tackling problems, inefficiencies and game changers is unprecedented and we look forward to some great outcomes. Come join us. To see the list of challenges posted by these leading companies, click here.

Judging will be done by a panel of distinguished CEOs chosen by the organizers of the event. Teams will be evaluated based on the entrepreneurialism of the team leader, strength in skill set of the team, value of the proposed product/service, understanding of the customers, size of market opportunity, competitiveness of proposed product/service, feasibility of proposed product/service and ease of market entry. To see the judging criteria, click here.

Each "Best in Class" winner, healthcare and agriculture, and the winner of "Peoples' Choice" will receive a in-kind award book valued at over $3,000. Each "Most Likely to Succeed" winner, healthcare and agriculture, will receive $10,000 in cash. This money carries no repayment or interest obligation but does require that the winning team establish a registered corporation in order to gain access to the $10,000 awarded. In addition, each Most Likely to Succeed winner is eligible to receive an additional $15,000 cash award from Semtech Corporation if Semtech judges that the proposed product/service is the best product based on LoRa Wireless RF Technology. Semtech may also connect the winning team, upon request and at Semtech's discretion, to angel investors, venture capitalists  and their 400+ members of LoRa Alliance Partners. Both the $10,000 Cash Award and the Semtech Corporation awards are subject to the discretion of the event organizers and Semtech Corporation respectively.

SWVC has compiled, with contributions from a number of attorneys fluent in startup speak, a series of videos covering topics such as intellectual property, advisory board, corporate formation, incentive stock option plan, board of directors and venture capital deal terms. These videos are available on YouTube in a playlist called “Learn to be an On the Grid Entrepreneur”. Take advantage of it. Learn all you can.

At SWVC 2017, you will meet a valuable group of advisors, mentors, subject matter experts and potential business partners. They have been assembled to help you take your idea to proof of concept. 
General George Patton Jr. said “Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.” Starting a business is the same. Yes, you will need an innovative idea but it takes a strong team to make your startup real.




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 21st


6:30 pm
Registration
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


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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

Saturday April 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday April 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Dr. Robert Lum
Owner

Dr. Robert Lum and Renewed Hope Radiation Oncology, Inc. hosts a staff of professionals with well over 30 years of experience in the field of radiation therapy


Rennee Dehesa, Esq.
Legal- Schuck, Becker & Dehesa, LLP

Topic: Corporate Formation and Articles of Incorporation

Rennee Dehesa is a long-time board member of the Ventura County Bar Association’s Barristers and is the Chair of the Barristers Mentorship Program. She is also a board member of the Ventura County Bar Association. Ms. Dehesa is Vice President of Education Foundation of the VC MABA, Inc. She serves as Board Member on the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Board and is Chair of its CSUCI Connection Committee. She is also a member of the Ventura County Women’s Lawyers and a regular volunteer with Girls, Inc.  Additionally, Ms. Dehesa has served as an Attorney Coach for the Simi Valley High School Mock Trial Team and as a volunteer with the Ventura County Family Law Self-Help Center and Casa Pacifica. Ms. Dehesa attended California Western School of Law and completed her law degree in two years (August 2006). She was on the Dean’s list.


Ryan Hong, Esq.

Topic: Stock option plans and how to use them to raise money and motivate employees.

A member of Michelman and Robinson LLP’s Corporate & Securities Department, Ryan Hong has extensive experience handling a wide range of sophisticated corporate transactions. Mr. Hong specializes in mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, initial and follow-on public offerings, securities compliance and corporate governance matters. He has worked with private and public companies. He has represented both issuers and investors in equity financings and both buyers and sellers in business sale transactions.

Mr. Hong has also counseled and advised companies of all sizes on matters ranging from spin-off and other divesture transactions, Exchange Act filings, strategic alliances, and investment fund formations.
Additionally, Mr. Hong has expertise in establishing complex joint ventures and partnerships, as well as technology, distribution, manufacturing and licensing arrangements, and other intellectual property-related transactions.

Mr. Hong earned his J.D., from Columbia Law School, in 1994, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his B.A., in Political Science, and his B.S., in Information and Computer Science, from the University of California, Irvine, in 1991.



Brent Reinke, Esq.
Partner

Topic: Venture capital deal terms and negotiation tips

Brent Reinke is a corporate/business partner in the Westlake Village office of Musick, Peeler & Garrett. His practice emphasizes the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, advising emerging growth companies, corporate securities and finance, strategic alliances and licensing. He represents numerous technology and "brick and mortar" companies who are in various stages of development, ranging from start-ups and venture backed companies to corporations with multi-national operations. His clients are involved in a broad array of industries, including, high-tech, biotech/life science, telecommunication, software, venture capital, real estate and manufacturing.

Mr. Reinke is an entrepreneur himself, having Co-Founded Vapur, Inc. (www.vapur.us). Since its founding in 2009, Brent has actively advised Vapur in all aspects of its business operations, sales and marketing strategies and product development initiatives to help Vapur become a well recognized consumer brand both National and Internationally.  

He was named by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2016 to the “Valley 200” as one of the 200 most influential business leaders in the region as well as being recently featured on the cover of special edition of SFVBJ entitled “Valley Visionaries”.  Los Angeles Magazine also named Mr. Reinke as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” for his work in the mergers and acquisition area.




Laura MaAvoy, Esq.
Partner

Topic: Board Formation and Governance

Laura K. McAvoy is a partner in Musick, Peeler & Garrett’s Westlake Village office with specialized focus in the areas of purchases and sales of businesses, securities compliance and general business law, corporate and partnership counsel, oil and gas, agricultural cooperatives, real estate.  She also practices in estate planning, long range legal family management planning and trust administration, nonprofit formation and function. 
 
She has served as general counsel for a variety of private and public companies and families with enterprises in a number of different business fields.  She has been recognized as a Trusted Advisor by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, a Top 5 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times and she has received numerous other awards for her leadership roles in philanthropy.  She is a Martindale-Hubbell ® highest “AV” ® rated attorney. 
 
With offices in six major commercial centers across the state, Musick Peeler attorneys know California.  Founded in 1954, Musick Peeler has kept pace with California’s growth and with more than 100 attorneys, has the resources and expertise to offer the highest quality representation in a wide variety of legal matters.  Musick’s service has not gone unnoticed.  Many of Musick’s attorneys are recognized as leaders in their field earning selections as Super Lawyers, rankings in Chambers USA and Martindale Hubbell’s ® highest “AV” rating for technical skill and ethics. 


Steve Sereboff, Esq.
Intellectual Property Strategist

Topic: Ideas, intellectual property and patents

Steve Sereboff is recognized as a premiere intellectual property strategist. Clients rely on Steve not only for great patents, they also depend on his economic and business acumen to guide their decisions on what to patent and where. Steve’s clients rely on him for pragmatic advice on managing corporate risks arising from IP. He regularly advises clients on how to leverage their IP rights, and how to avoid claims of infringing others’ IP rights.

Steve Sereboff has specialized in intellectual property law since 1991. His practice includes licensing and contracts, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. While at Boston University, Mr. Sereboff founded Boston University’s Technology, Science and Law Association, and was employed by MIT to negotiate and manage software licenses. His technical expertise includes many aspects of computers (both software and hardware) and myriad electronic and electrical devices, their operation and manufacture.

Event Judges


Darren Lee, Esq.
President & CEO

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center, together with its sister hospital St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, comprise the largest acute health care organization in Ventura County. This private, not-for-profit health care system was founded more than 100 years ago, and treats more than 187,000 patients annually.


Chris Meissner
Founder, President & CEO

Meissner develops, manufactures, supplies and services advanced microfiltration products and single-use systems worldwide. Meissner stands as a leader in microfiltration by providing high performance products and technical support services for critical applications.


Michael Powers, Esq.
County Executive Officer

Ventura County is located on California's Pacific coast about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Established in 1873, it has a population of over 823,000 people and covers 1,845 square miles.


Alex Teague
Senior Vice President & COO

The Limoneira Company was founded in Ventura County, California in 1893. With nearly 11,000 acres of agricultural production, Limoneira is one of the largest providers of lemons and avocados in the United States. In addition to agricultural investments, Limoneira has a long history of community building, and new live-walk-work neighborhoods are close to shovel ready. Commercial and residential income producing and for-sale properties round out our portfolio.


Kim Milstien
President & CEO

Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) is a fully-integrated, comprehensive system of hospital, clinic and specialty services. The system provides access to high quality, compassionate health care to residents throughout Ventura County. While VCMC provides access to health care to all residents of our county, special emphasis is placed on providing access to care for the underserved and those facing barriers to access. Referred to as the “safety net” population, these individuals comprise over three quarters of the care provided by VCMC.


Alain Pincot
Managing Partner, Operations

Bonipak grows, harvests, cools, processes and ships millions of cartons of fresh vegetables to retailers, wholesalers and food service customers all over the world. What sets us apart is our seed to sales approach. We control the entire process, ensuring consistent high quality produce year round. We are proud of the relationships we have fostered with our customers over the past 75 years.


Dave Nichols
Founder, President & CEO

Applied Wireless has been designing and manufacturing wireless products for unlicensed use for the past decade. Since 1999, we have worked to develop highly effective long range wireless devices that are easy to use and incorporate.


Mohan Maheswaran
President & CEO

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. We are dedicated to providing proprietary platforms, differentiated by innovation, size, efficiency, performance and reach. Our solutions are used in some of the most innovative systems and products in the fastest growing markets today.


Hugh Gagnier
Senior Vice President

A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an organization's assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater business value.  The company's extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including RFID and real-time location solutions, illuminates mission-critical information to help customers take smarter business actions.


Ross Dueber, Ph.D.
President & CEO

For almost 30 years ADVANCED Motion Controls has proudly supplied high performance servo drives designed and built in the USA. Over 1.5 million servo drives accounting for over 2.5 million axes of motion control have been delivered to date.


Daniel Schoenewald
Founder, Executive Vice President

For almost 30 years ADVANCED Motion Controls has proudly supplied high performance servo drives designed and built in the USA. Over 1.5 million servo drives accounting for over 2.5 million axes of motion control have been delivered to date.Our company was founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1988 with the idea of designing and manufacturing lower cost / high power density servo drives. The company's focus remains to create and deliver the best motion control drives for any motor, any controller, any feedback, any industry and any application.


Garland Reiter

With a family legacy of farming, Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) is proud to be the largest fresh, multi-berry producer in the world and the leading supplier of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in all of North America. The Reiter family began farming in the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and by the turn of the century had migrated south into Watsonville and the Santa Clara Valley where Joseph “Ed” Reiter and R.O “Dick” Driscoll began growing their own Sweetbriar strawberries variety. After World War II, they farmed under their respective companies of Reiter and Driscoll’s and began marketing strawberries under the Driscoll Strawberry Associates label with other family and associated suppliers.


Coaches and Mentors


Donald Skinner
Eltron/Zebra Technologies

Mr. Donald Skinner is a successful, experienced business leader. He has been the Chairman / CEO of Skinner Development, which specializes in Real Estate investment and development. He founded Eltron International, Inc. and led it from zero sales to over $130 million in eight years. Eltron received several awards, including a No. 5 ranking on Forbes magazine’s “200 Best Small Companies in America”. Eltron went public on NASDAQ in 1994 and was rated as the number one IPO in the country in terms of revenue, income and stock growth. Mr. Skinner then initiated a highly successful merger between Eltron and Zebra Technologies. He assumed the position of vice chairman of Zebra Technologies. He founded the Skinner Electronics Literacy Project at CSU Northridge, which places computer and software technology into first and second grade classrooms. He was deemed the 1994 Los Angeles Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and given a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pepperdine University. He earned his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Coast University.


Dr. Kelvin Loh

Dr. Kelvin Loh is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Thousand Oaks, California and is affiliated with St. John's Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and has been in practice for 49 years. He is one of 5 doctors at St. John's Regional Medical Center who specialize in Otolaryngology.


Dr. Lee Wan

Ophthalmologist in private practice, Oxnard CA. Previous experience as President of Medical Staff, St John's Hospitals; President, Ventura County Medical Association; Executive Director, Ventura County Ophthalmology Society; multiple leadership positions in various other physician and medical organizations; Clinical Instructor, Keck School of Medicine; Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award, St John's Healthcare Foundation; Annually listed in "Best Doctors"


Richard Montmeny, PhD, PT
Vice President, Professional and Support Services

Clinical training as a physical therapist co-founded Mystic Physical Therapy/Centers for Physical Therapy in Connecticut, a highly successful outpatient and sports medicine practices. From there, Rich was appointed to assistant professor of physical therapy and director of faculty clinics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he led strategic planning, clinic growth and the integration of education and research in the school of medicine. Since 2009, Rich served as Assistant Vice President Musculoskeletal Services in the Wentworth-Douglas Health System—with 178 beds, it is the largest not for profit community hospital in the area. He was also one of the key executives responsible for population health management and bundled payment innovations with CMS. Rich received his clinical training at Chapman University and holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. Most recently he completed a post-graduate general management program at Harvard Business School.


Sean Walters, Ph.D.

Originally from California, attended Cal Poly SLO, and Iowa State with a focus on crop breeding.  Worked for DeKalb Genetics for 10 years as a Corn Breeder, then for Monsanto in various Research and Development roles in Seed Production in the US and Europe.  Currently lead a global R&D team focused on reliable, sustainable and high quality seed production and innovative seed processing.


Minos Athanassiadis

Minos is the founder and Managing Director of Fresh Link Group, an agriculture and technology advisory firm.  Fresh Link works with a broad spectrum of clients from Fortune 500 firms such as Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, John Deere and Walmart, to privately held companies and startups to help define, build and launch new products and services.  He has held a series of food industry positions including Sales and Marketing lead at Dole Fresh Vegetables and President of Underwood Ranches.  At Foodlink, he managed a software sales and implementation team which delivered a SaaS application to over 2,000 companies providing food products to retail grocers, including, Safeway, Wegmans and Ahold USA.  He is currently working with Agrian, a company which provides Advanced Agronomy and Compliance tools for more than 100,000 farmers, crop consultants and food companies in the US and Canada. Athanassiadis earned an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA in economics from the University of California at Davis.


Dr. Lynn Jeffers

Dr. Lynn Jeffers is a respected, board-certified plastic surgeon in Southern California, who has dedicated many years to helping patients achieve the look they desire in breast enhancement, body contouring, facial rejuvenation, and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. At her previous appointment as a teaching faculty at City of Hope and her current private practice, Dr. Jeffers has focused on the art of personal attention, while never losing sight of the importance of integrity and ethics. At the same time, she is highly involved in the Plastic Surgery community at the local, state, and national levels. Her activities and continuing education has kept her on top of recent techniques and technology in plastic surgery to achieve the best results for her patients.


Peter Barry, Ph.D.
Partner

Successful Venture Capitalist and experienced executive with unparalleled knowledge of the mobile ecosystem – strategy, operations, services, applications, and technology. Proven venture capital record leading the investment in a profitable portfolio of 25 companies. Demonstrated ability to identify key mobile and internet industry trends and the start-ups that will create the next billion dollar industries.


Steve Sereboff, Esq.
Intellectual Property Strategist

Topic: Ideas, intellectual property and patents

Steve Sereboff is recognized as a premiere intellectual property strategist. Clients rely on Steve not only for great patents, they also depend on his economic and business acumen to guide their decisions on what to patent and where. Steve’s clients rely on him for pragmatic advice on managing corporate risks arising from IP. He regularly advises clients on how to leverage their IP rights, and how to avoid claims of infringing others’ IP rights.

Steve Sereboff has specialized in intellectual property law since 1991. His practice includes licensing and contracts, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. While at Boston University, Mr. Sereboff founded Boston University’s Technology, Science and Law Association, and was employed by MIT to negotiate and manage software licenses. His technical expertise includes many aspects of computers (both software and hardware) and myriad electronic and electrical devices, their operation and manufacture.


Steven Ow
Vistage Chair

Steve co-founded his first company, which designed and manufactured GPS antennas to Magellan, Trimble Navigation, and Garmin eventually leading to the GM contract for ONSTAR.  The company developed a maquiladora in Mexico for high volume manufacturing and China for lower cost piece parts.  The organization peaked at almost 150 employees and was sold in 2000.  

After the sale, Steve came on board Andrew Corporation as Global Operations Director.  He was responsible for over 2,000 employees shipping over a $1 billion in revenue and managing 5 plants across the globe having saved over $52 million (in expenses) during his first year.
 

He founded his second company, which developed a satellite system for power grid management and control.  Eventually most of the Western half of the United States power grid was controlled by this system and the company sold in 2008.
 

Smiths (a $4 billion company) tapped him to develop a commercial division to overcome a drop in military revenue.  Taking the opportunity to lead a team of 56 engineers, the group developed the system powering the satellite broadband internet for SouthWest airlines, Mango, and Norwegian Air Shuttle.


Kevin Bromber
Hi-tech Executive, Entrepreneur and Investor

Kevin is an entrepreneur, investor and proven leader with a track record developing, acquiring or selling innovative hi-tech businesses. He has held a number of executive positions in both private and public technology companies. Kevin served as Co-Founder and CEO of 3DGreetings.com, an electronic greeting card company sold to NASDAQ: MAT; Co-Founder and CEO of NowMedia Corporation, an interactive, live broadcasting platform; General Manager of Arvixe, a web hosting company sold to NASDAQ: EIGI; Head of global business and corporate development for Avanquest, the 5th largest consumer software company in the world; and currently is CEO of myDevices, a connected device, IoT platform company.


Dr. Duke Bahn

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the study and treatment of prostate cancer, Dr. Duke K. Bahn is currently the Director of the Prostate Institute of America at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura California. Certified by the American Board of Radiology, his special areas of interest are the early detection and staging of prostate cancer using color-Doppler ultrasound with tissue harmonics. He is also a pioneer in using cryotherapy, as both a primary and salvage treatment for prostate cancer. His published data was the impetus for obtaining Medicare approval for cryotherapy as a viable treatment for prostate cancer. 

Lately, he brought a concept of “Male Lumpectomy” in the prostate cancer treatment and standardizes the focal cryoablation technique that is freezing the cancerous portion of the prostate only as an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure. His latest task of cryoimmunotherapy clinical trial has FDA approval and being studied.  

Dr. Bahn has held many academic and professional appointments including clinical professor of urology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He actively promotes prostate cancer education and patient empowerment through his extensive speaking appearances with both patient support groups and medical communities throughout the world. 


Martin Shum
Board Member, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce

Martin Shum sits on the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce board of directors as a representative of Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. He is a former member and past chair of the Community Board for Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo (2007 – 2014). In 1987, Martin founded ACT Networks, Inc., an integrated voice/data wide area networking company. As the chairman, president, and CEO, he took ACT public on NASDAQ (ANET) in 1995. He was also the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Aprisa Inc. (1998 – 2003), an internet application software company, which he sold to Pioneer Standard Electronics. Martin received his B. Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1971 and M. Sc. Digital Communication in 1972, both from Loughborough University, England; he was named Greater Los Angeles Area Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996; and he was awarded IEEE Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Engineer of the Year in 2009.


Chris Sullivan
Global Healthcare Practice Lead

Chris Sullivan is the Global Healthcare Practice Lead for Zebra Technologies and is responsible for the strategy and marketing functions for the Healthcare vertical business.   Chris began his career with Cardinal Health in 1993 and spent 16 years in sales, marketing, operations, and strategy leadership positions with Cardinal Health.  In 2008, Chris joined W.W. Grainger to lead the strategy formation and creation of their Healthcare business.  While at W.W. Grainger he created an industry first business model, designed around the Environment of Care regulatory standards, and distinguished by its innovation, marketplace differentiation, and commercial success.   Chris is a Board of Directors member and quality control committee chairperson for Chicago based Swedish Covenant Hospital. He also has served as a Board of Director member for the Healthcare Supply Chain Research Consortium, and the 10,000 Villages organization.   


stuart long
Engineering Consultant

Stuart Long is the owner and principal engineer of S2Engineering and Consulting. S2Engineering provides product design and development services from concept through manufacturing, including all aspects of prototyping. A lot of S2Engineering’s new product designs are medical and military related. They have also designed consumer products. More recently, Stuart has been involved with quit a few startups and various entrepreneur opportunities.

Stuart holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from CSULB and AA in plastics and composites from Cerritos College.  Prior to forming S2Engineering, Stuart was a staff engineer and supervisor in Hot Wheels, Boys toys at Mattel.

Stuart also enjoys being on Ventura County Search and Rescue Fillmore Mountain team 1 and has been on this team for 4 plus years.


Chris Gardner
CEO, Vitesse Semiconductors

Chris is an experienced board-level executive with a strong track record of building committed, motivated teams in dynamic and challenging business environments. Chris has over 25 years of management experience in communications and semiconductors culminating as President, CEO and board member of publicly traded Vitesse Semiconductor in Camarillo, Ca. Prior to Vitesse, Chris was a member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, a world-renowned research institution. He received his BSEE from Cornell University and MSEE from the University California, Berkeley


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The Startup Weekend Ventura County: Healthcare & Agriculture team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Martin
    Shum
  • Gary
    Cushing
  • Rennee
    Dehesa, Esq.
  • Emma
    Mosher
  • Minos
    Athanassiadis

Facilitators


Luke Bayard
President of Cal Poly Entrepreneurs

Luke grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. His dad is a private lawyer and his mother owned a floral shop. Seeing his parents’ work sparked a passion inside of Luke. For him, entrepreneurship, the idea that “this is something I created and it means something to me,” captivated him at a young age. And like many entrepreneurs, the idea of choosing your own agenda and defining your own rules only further solidified his path. Today he runs the multi-media brand Cult Of Startup, to help inspire entrepreneurs, startup founders and anyone who is looking to go into business for themselves.

On Cult of Startup, Luke Bayard, invites special guests to recall the early days of starting there business before reaching their success. Listen as they share stories and advice based on their horrible, embarrassing or awesome experiences. In each episode, Luke takes a nothing-off-limits approach to discovering why entrepreneurs found success. This hour will feel like you’re hanging with your startup buddies. The format is informative, loose and most of all entertaining.

Event Staff


Mike Panesis
Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, California Lutheran University

Executive Director of the Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship. He comes to Cal Lutheran from Technology Management Program (TMP) in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering, where he ran UC Santa Barbara’s highly successful New Venture Competition (NVC) and played a key role in creating the new start-up incubator for the Goleta Entrepreneurial Magnet.

Mike is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest accredited angel investor group in the country. He heads TCA’s Central Coast Investor Network.

Mike’s career spans a diverse range of industries and roles, including executive management, tech start-ups, information technology management and management consulting for companies like Semtech, Whitestone Research, DealerTrack, Church & Dwight, Deloitte & Touche and AT&T.

Mike has an MBA Marketing from Rutgers University and a BS in Computer Science for Business from the DeVry Institute of Technology. He lives in Camarillo with his wife and two children. He is on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum Central Coast Chapter and Steering Committee of the Ventura County Greek Festival.


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Founder

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Director

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Steven Ow
Vistage Chair

Steve co-founded his first company, which designed and manufactured GPS antennas to Magellan, Trimble Navigation, and Garmin eventually leading to the GM contract for ONSTAR.  The company developed a maquiladora in Mexico for high volume manufacturing and China for lower cost piece parts.  The organization peaked at almost 150 employees and was sold in 2000.  

After the sale, Steve came on board Andrew Corporation as Global Operations Director.  He was responsible for over 2,000 employees shipping over a $1 billion in revenue and managing 5 plants across the globe having saved over $52 million (in expenses) during his first year.
 

He founded his second company, which developed a satellite system for power grid management and control.  Eventually most of the Western half of the United States power grid was controlled by this system and the company sold in 2008.
 

Smiths (a $4 billion company) tapped him to develop a commercial division to overcome a drop in military revenue.  Taking the opportunity to lead a team of 56 engineers, the group developed the system powering the satellite broadband internet for SouthWest airlines, Mango, and Norwegian Air Shuttle.


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