Startup Weekend Chico

    Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Chico

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm
STE 100, 402 Otterson Drive
Chico, CA 95928

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Create a startup in 54 hours and join the startup community in Chico!

We are so excited to invite you to our Startup Weekend in Chico CA.  This is your chance to learn how to build a startup from scratch in the most hands-on way possible by actually doing it over one weekend.
Everyone is invited to pitch their ideas on Friday night.  All participants join teams around the ideas that are chosen.  An esteemed group of mentors will be on hand to help the teams throughout the weekend as they develop their startups.  Only ideas for which no previous work has been completed will be accepted.  Just getting to meet these mentors is worth attending!  Learn more!

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Friday March 24th

5:30 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

7:30 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

Saturday March 25th

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

Sunday March 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dr. Judith Hennessey
Dean of the College of Business CSU Chico

Dr. Judith Hennessey has begun her first semester at CSU, Chico as Dean of the College of Business. Formerly serving as Interim Dean of the College of Business and Economics at CSU, Northridge, Dean Hennessey has established a strong track record in fostering student success, supporting faculty research, developing strategic plans, and expanding industry and community partnerships. Her extensive leadership experience and commitment to student success is already helping to advance the mission of the College of Business as well as the University.

Mark Pullyblank
Co-Founder/CEO at Theia Interactive

Andy Keller
Founder, Chicobag

Ann Schwab
Council Member at City of Chico

Coaches and Mentors

Roy Cook
Entrepreneur & Mentor

Peter Straus

Steven Carlson
B2B Saas Copywriter, Content Marketer

Andrew March

Patrick Carroll
Entrepreneur and founder at Compini

Geoff Lawson
Front-End Software Architect at

Declann Dunn
The Growth Generator | Growth Marketing & Hacking | Content Marketing & Email | Digital Education driven by stories.

Colleen Robb
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at California State University, Chico

Miles Rampel
Founder Party Pic

Jason Ugie
Product leader and UX researcher

Jason Donnell
IT Analyst at California State University, Chico

Richard Butterfield

Patrick Donnelly

Alex Grieco

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Chico team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Wendy
  • Lisa
  • Brett
  • Joshua
  • Eder
  • Henrique
  • Lorenzo


Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson is the founder of Mindbox Studios. He and his team have helped launch over 100 startups, raise millions of dollars in seed capital, and develop innovative technologies in multiple industries. Joshua attended his first Startup Weekend in 2009 and has been the same since. He is also one of the few who has had the privilege of serving as participant, mentor, judge, and facilitator in over 10 events. 
Before moving to Redding in August, Joshua served on the board of the GCVA (Greater Cincinnati Venture Association), and regularly mentored at local accelerators, OCEAN and UpTech

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