Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

31416 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

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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? Don’t have an idea but want to learn what it’s like to launch a startup?

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley returns on March 29, 30 & 31, 2019.

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley will take place at Hub101 in Westlake Village, CA. The event starts on Friday. Attendees with startup ideas will have 60 seconds each to pitch them. The idea should be new, with no prior work done. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, technological, environmental, or other issues.

Participants then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams.

Over the course of the weekend, the team, with the help of mentors and seasoned entrepreneurs, will be challenged to create a prototype that fits the needs of its target customer. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present the work done on their ideas before a panel of judges.


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Friday March 29th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 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 30th

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 31st

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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

Event Judges

Payal Kamdar

Payal Kamdar founded VSolvit (pronounced: "We Solve it") in 2006 as a technology consulting services company focused on the Federal Government. VSolvit is dedicated to service to our nation, and our community by bringing innovation to their customers. They are a company by technologists for technologists in government.

Alexis Schomer
Co-Founder & Simply Branded & Expy Health

Alexis Schomer is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for solving problems through innovation. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she graduated from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, where she co-founded her first tech start-up. Alexis has been recognized for her passion and hard work as a business owner by the City of Santa Barbara, the Camarillo City Council, the California State Legislature, and the US Congress; and was awarded the Emerging Business Award by the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation. She is a frequent speaker at educational and motivational events, publishes articles across various disciplines, and is a consultant for marketing and business practices in addition to running her current startup.
I love helping people achieve their professional and personal goals which is why I consult for small businesses. In addition I have a passion for public speaking and event planning. I have experience planning corporate and large-scale events as well as private parties. 

Nathalie Gosset

Recipient of several prestigious awards: the 2015 IEEE Regional Leadership Award, the 2009 IEEE Engineer of the Year and the 2007 Career Service Award from the Engineering in Medicine Biology Society for creating 50 chapters worldwide to stimulate innovation between doctors and engineers for the development of humanitarian solutions. Project Management Institute Business Analysis Certification. Co-author of the book "Crowdfunding for Life Science Projects." 

Jennifer Buzza
Online Growth Specialist

here’s passion and meaning in all of our work and as business and nonprofit leaders/founders, we can affect daily positive change. Through WebClio, we put this notion into practice and guide entrepreneurs to launch powerful businesses. We’re in the dawn of a freed market of entrepreneurs and enterprises that will define the meaning of work. Anyone can participate. WebClio can inspire and help.

Emily Barany

Emily Barany has an insatiable need to solve problems, create efficient systems and empower people. In 2011 she launched VISIONALITY with a mission to help organizations dream big and a commitment to transform their dreams into reality. 

Coaches and Mentors

Ashish Shah

 A technology services provider that specializes in geographic information systems (GIS), business intelligence (BI) systems, and more.

Robert Kyler

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. 

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.

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.

Mark Sewell
SaaS startups/early stage ventures

results-oriented thinker, leader, and manager with a combination of international and local US market experience. He is dynamic and self-motivated with a proven track record of success. He combines world-class analytical and strategic thinking skills with a wide breadth and depth of experience across multiple disciplines and industries with a focus on sales, marketing, and technology.

David Boyagian
VP. Product

Driving innovation through automation

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Conejo Valley 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.
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  • Erik
  • Greg
  • Mike
  • Bryan
  • Doug


Greg Monterrosa
Community Manager

My passions lie in two distinct areas: tacos and startups. 

I am the Community Manager and one of the founders of Hub101, a startup incubator and coworking space located in Westlake Village, California with a mission of encouraging businesses to “create, launch, grow.” 

As a Startup Weekend global mentor and organizer, I was able to interact with and learn from the innovative minds behind startups worldwide. 

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