Techstars Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Sports Academy
1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd
Newbury Park, CA 91320

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Calling all startup junkies, makers, inventors, coders, and sports enthusiast!

We are looking for the next big thing in Sports, Fitness, and Performance
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event, where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and launch companies/products. The event is very community focused and provides a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas.

Participants have 60 seconds pitch an idea of concept , the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors on Sunday for Demo Day.

Sports Academy is the only fully integrated, multi-disciplinary athletic training and integrated sports medicine facility designed to elevate the performance of athletes of all ages and ability levels.  Facilitated by premier coaches, certified trainers, and medical and recovery professionals, we provide the tools, inspiration, and guidance necessary for every athlete to excel.  Combined with state-of-the-art technology, a biomechanics lab, sports science, and the development of mental fitness and acuity, our sport-specific and athlete-specific programs are designed to guide athletes toward their optimal state of performance.

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Friday November 3rd

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

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 November 4th

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 November 5th

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!


Chad Faulkner
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Chad finished his football career as a Captain of Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder’s first team at Kansas State University in 1989. He was an All-Big 8 offensive linemen his senior year and was awarded the distinguished Keck Award based on a student-athlete’s performance on the field, in the classroom and as a citizen.After a short career consulting in the health care field, Chad and his childhood friends from Kansas started their first business together in 1993. From these entrepreneurial roots have grown many opportunities employing over 5,000 families throughout the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Most of all, Chad is proud to continue to journey purposefully with so many inspiring and long-time friends in pursuing growth with these companies.Chad serves on several non-profit Boards including the Special Forces Charitable Trust, Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows, Soaring with Eagles Foundation, and the Sports Academy Foundation. He is always looking for an opportunity to support true development and provide lasting solutions that improves the quality of life for all involved.

Event Judges

Ron Heller
Managing Partner

Mr. Heller co-founded Peritus Asset Management, Inc. in 1995 and is the firms CEO. As CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for portfolio management and the trading and execution activities for Peritus, ensuring that the firm’s strategy is properly implemented as well as running the day to day operations. Over the past 23 years, Mr. Heller has developed long standing relationships across Wall Street for both new issue and secondary trading in both the leveraged loan and high yield bond assets classes. As high yield bonds are not an “exchange-traded” asset class, the ability to find, negotiate and acquire bonds is a critical component of portfolio performance, particularly in the secondary market. Additionally, Mr. Heller has been responsible for the maintenance of all custody and investment dealer relationships and is a member of the investment committee.

Beginning in 1993, Mr. Heller spent two years at Smith Barney as a financial consultant. Prior to Mr. Heller’s investment career, he had a seven year career in professional football with the San Francisco 49ers, winning Super Bowl XXIII, then later with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, retiring in 1993.
Mr. Heller attended Oregon State University where he played football while majoring in Kinesiology and secondary education. He received his California State Coaching Certification through UCSB and also attended the University of San Francisco in his off-season with the San Francisco 49ers, studying business accounting and tax law.  Mr. Heller holds his Series 7 license.
Mr. Heller grew up in Clark Fork, Idaho a small town of 400 people in the northern rocky mountains where he still goes to archery hunt for elk and deer and gets on the water for some fishing any time he can.  He has resided in Santa Barbara since 1989, buying his first house with his Super Bowl XXIII check.  He has been married for 27 years to Connie Heller and has four children, three daughters Ali 26, Morgan 23, Brooke 20 and a son, Mitch 17.

Emily Lawrence, PhD
Director of Biomechanics

Dr. Emily Lawrence received BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. After graduation, she provided engineering support to the Neuroscience Motion Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center. She was involved in the development of an integrated set of functional and physiological tests to determine how microgravity-induced changes in sensorimotor processing, cardiovascular function, and muscle physiology impact functional performance. After that, she was under the guidance and mentorship of Professor Francisco Valero-Cuevas at the University of Southern California while both pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and managing the Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory. Her doctoral research focused on applying nonlinear dynamical analyses to quantify sensorimotor control during dexterous manipulation and to understand the effects of sex, age, and certain clinical conditions. Upon graduation in May of 2016, she transitioned to a position as Director of Biomechanics at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA where she conducts biomechanical analyses and develops training protocols to optimize performance and reduce injury risk.

Ashley Crowder

Ashley Crowder leverages her engineering background to guide VNTANA’s overall direction and technology development. She co-founded VNTANA in 2012 with the goal of allowing people to be in multiple venues at the same time. Since then VNTANA has created the first scalable and interactive hologram system, which has been used by major brands including Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz and Pepsi. Prior to co-founding VNTANA she graduated from USC with a bachelors and masters in engineering and gained valuable manufacturing experience at Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman and BP. She also gained experience in event production at MTV Networks in Los Angeles and INCA Productions in London, planning events to be executed in multiple countries. Ashley has been a speaker at TEDx Venice, the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies & Technology Pioneers event in San Francisco, CA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, The Montgomery Summit, Siemer Summit, Digital LA, and others. This Spring, Ashley will be featured as one of USC’s leading engineering CEOs of 2016. Ashley is a part of the Microsoft Early Developer Program along with the Microsoft Bizspark Plus program.

James Passantino

A longitime entrepreneur and founder and former part owner of the Amgen Tour of California, James has worked in many facets of real estate over the last 25 years. H?e developed a micro brewery and restaurant which was successful and sold.

Coaches and Mentors

Mark Goldstein
Partner, SoCal IP Law Group

Mark A. Goldstein is a partner of SoCal IP Law Group LLP. He has specialized in intellectual property law since 1999 after working as a civil litigation attorney. In addition to a practice that includes patent preparation, trademark acquisition, intellectual property licensing and related counseling, Mark renders patent and trademark infringement opinions, prepares intellectual property agreements, implements corporate patent programs, and develops trademark portfolios. He gained experience in the computer software business at Codex Corporation/Motorola Information Systems Group and Xerox Corporation.

While obtaining his law degree, Mark earned an Exceptional Achievement Award for his performance in an Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software seminar. His technical experience includes applications software, networking software and devices, digital multimedia creation and broadcasting, and electronic commerce. Mark is a member of the International Trademark Association and the International Technology Law Association. Mark has presented talks on intellectual property at UCSB, Cal. Poly San Luis Obispo, California State Univ. Channel Islands, and Startup Weekend Santa Barbara.

Mark is a member of the California bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Conrad Diaz
Engineering Consultant

UCLA-degreed, licensed Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of experience. Conrad specializes in automated system and commercial product design, including high-speed assembly machinery, as well as FDA class II and class III medical devices.

Alon Goren
Founding Partner of Goren Holm Ventures

Founding Partner at GHV, Co-Founder of Crypto Invest Summit, LA Blockchain Week, 805 Startups & Investedin. 

Specialties: Blockchain, Securities, Crypto, Crowdfunding, Punk Rock :-) 

Molly Strawn
Editor in Chief at Pivot Magazine, a Hub101 Publication

Molly Strawn is a journalist turned entrepreneur who has learned to use her skills to aid startups in content creation. Molly has worked for years with startups and coworking spaces helping to create marketing campaigns and design company branding. She has also participated in an won numerous startup events around the community in addition to working on her own business.

Rayaan Arif

Debt & Equity Funding Marketplace Platform for Commercial Real Estate Companies seeking Funding Solutions.

Gary Livingston
Vice President, Director of Products and Experience at 805 Startups

I am on a mission to accelerate the growth of the startup ecosystems in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.

My goal is to give every person and every type of business a reason to play their role in that ecosystem. From student to professor, small business to corporation, resident to politician, grade school to university, startup to investor...they are all vital to the success of the other.

Success only leads to more success. 805 Startups is my vehicle to driving the success of the entire region.

If you want to help me do this, connect and send me a message. Let's grab some coffee and talk about economic development and how we can work towards something bigger together. 

Brent Reinke, Esq.

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. ( 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.

Kerby Lecka

Partner in a group of marketing, design and pr professionals called Group A2Z. I believe several other partners may be interested in volunteering as mentors. A2Z has synthesized its collective High Tech Startup experience at: 

Joe Cibere
Creative Director

Patrick Fagan
Owner - Process Improvement Specialist

Patrick has 20 years business experience in creating value for customers and stakeholders in  municipal government (civic) technology and executive leadership, business strategy, employee engagement, employee development, financial management, startup management, entrepreneurial and growth strategies and execution.  Patrick has participated in two startup accelerators and works with local startups in the Ventura area.

Marc Honorof
Director, Strategic Accounts, Supporting Strategies

Sunny Trinh
VP Demand Creation

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Conejo Valley - Sports team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Greg
  • Mike
  • Erik
  • Soan
  • Ashley
  • Doug


Tyrone Howard
MIH man

A 15 year active duty US Navy veteran that worked for Naval Intelligence as a Chinese Linguist and Training Mgr. After getting out he went back to college, but not for long as while there he came up with, tested and developed an algorithm that matches cool people with other cool people. Then after a two years of testing started Get Social - The new old-fashioned way to meet people, as the Founder and CEO. Tyrone is a steering committee member of TechSparks: a social forum for Entrepreneurs, in Pasadena. A co-organizer or the Innovate Pasadena Friday Morning Coffee meetup. A Startup Weekend (SW) Facilitator and lead organizer of multiple events including the first ever SW geared toward underserved students. Most recently Tyrone partnered with the Pasadena NAACP and Innovate Pasadena to help empower and teach underserved kids in the area about the opportunities available in the vibrant Pasadena tech and startup world.

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