Techstars Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

    Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

31416 Agoura Rd
Suite 105
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? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday October 4th

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 October 5th

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 October 6th

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!

Coaches and Mentors

Erick Went
CTO at Matter Labs

Erick Went is the CTO and Director of Matter Labs, a California based think tank, startup studio, and consulting firm specializing in emerging technologies, making a difference in the world through innovation. Prior, he was a board member of Green Nova-- coalition of business, government, and organization leaders dedicated to making a global impact on the environment, and the VP of Marketing at GlobalGreen Energy. He was also the director of IntelTech and WebEvents Global.  He is a UCSB alumni and graduated with a degree in Physics. 

Bryan Went

California based think tank, incubator, accelerator specializing in emerging technologies. Making a difference in the world innovation.

Sabith Khan
Assistant Professor

Prof. Khan studies the application of new technologies in the philanthropy and non-profit sectors.

He serves as a Board Member of The Community Impact Fund, a Washington DC based community foundation and is an active member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the American Society for Public Administration(ASPA).

He has a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech, Masters degree in Public administration and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. I bring a strong set of skills in leadership, pedagogy, team building, research and policy analysis.

You can read some of his academic papers at :

Mike Sobolewski
President, CEO, COO: Global Business Vision & Strategy, Operations, Sales, Product Development, Supply Chain

Michael Sobolewski is an accomplished Senior Executive and Board
Member with more than 25 years of success across the aerospace &
defense, medical device, industrial and consumer electronics industries.
Leveraging extensive experience transforming and managing operations
for organizations with a global scope, he is a valuable asset for companies
looking to expand or enter a new market. His broad areas of expertise
include sales and marketing, business development, product development,
global operations management, M&A, turnaround leadership, supply chain
management, and strategic planning. Known for his systematic approach
and laser focus on performance metrics, he is particularly strong in driving
rapid and sustainable results for manufacturers that achieve double digit
improvements in revenue and EBITDA.

Throughout his executive career, Michael has held leadership positions at
companies including Sparton Corporation, CTS Corporation, Conelec, Be
Green Packaging and WET Design. He has been responsible for
overseeing the turnaround of a struggling manufacturing company,
including improving EBITDA by 300%+, operating efficiencies by 25%,
new customer revenue by 50%+, and reducing product returns and scrap
by 250%; maintaining business continuity following two disasters for a
manufacturing organization while improving worldwide gross margins by
5% and increasing new customer acquisition by 12%; and restructuring
and overseeing a global specialty packaging solutions company, including
increasing the sales opportunity pipeline by 50% and developing and
executing a strategic plan to grow the company to $100M by 2020.
Michael holds a BS In Aerospace Engineering and a BS in Mechanical
Engineering from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and an
MBA from the University of Central Florida. He has held Board positions
with Be Green and Conelec.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Greg
  • Mike
  • Soan
  • Kristin

Event Staff

Hannah Brock

Hannah is a Doer at Hub101 and a student at Cal Lutheran.

Mia Severance
Art Director

Mia is a Doer at Hub101 and a student at Cal Lutheran.

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