Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

    Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 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

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 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

9:15 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

11:30 am
Mentor Meetings
Mentor help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

6:30 pm

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

Sunday October 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:30 am
Mentor Check-In
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

John Buccola
Chief Technology Officer

John Buccola serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Profit Enhancement Systems (PES) in Westlake Village. PES the most tenured and respected technology expense management firm in the United States. Prior to PES, Buccola was CIO for WASH, North America's premier provider of multifamily housing services, where he was recognized by MIT and Microsoft for his work in machine learning.  John also held CIO and IT leadership roles at Panavision and Alliance Healthcare and serves as a Board Member of Camarillo-based Sensor Industries, the Society for Information Management, BikeVentura and the Channel Islands YMCA. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business from the University of La Verne and lives in Ventura with his wife Heidi and two teenage sons.

John Ikudaisi
CEO at Expy Health

Londoner living in California.

Currently helping healthcare providers reduce readmissions and the cost of care delivery by improving patient outcomes in value-based care.

Sushma Vasudevan
VP - Analytics & Data Science at PureSpectrum

Sushma  has 13 years of Marketing Research, Quantitative Analysis and Strategy Consulting experience in the Information Technology industry.  Her professional background is a unique blend of, expertise in Marketing processes, Data Sciences and Business Economics. She currently works as VP - Analytics and Data Science, with PureSpectrum, building a data centric culture  for the company, incorporating machine learning technologies and data driven decision making into products. Highlights of her career include working as a Market Development Advisor to the integration teams for three major acquisitions and co-leading a pilot project integrating IBM AI system, Watson, for content and search optimization. She is also a soft skills trainer, training marketers around the world in Storyboarding and Presentation skills, moderated Executive decision making workshops based on Design Thinking concepts, and conducted interviews with C-level audience for market and impact studies. Her interests include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Quantitative Analysis and Buyer behavior.

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.

Ray Caldwell
Principal @ Caldwell Consulting

Ray strives to bring growth and value to all he does by being a creative catalyst! His company, Caldwell Consulting, is known for helping startup founders refine their elevator pitches, Improve their pitch decks, and clarify their customer focus! His unique background of having a systems engineering degree along with a passion for people powers his clear communication and engaging style of marketing.

Jonathan Pearce
Intellectual Property Attorney at SoCal IP Law Group

Mr. Pearce counsels clients on intellectual property matters related to interactive entertainment, virtual reality, mobile gaming, social networking, digital video systems, satellite systems, multi-function printing devices and consumer products ranging from hand-held spray bottles to mobile phone cases. Mr. Pearce has counseled industry-leading interactive entertainment and virtual reality companies in addition to industry-disrupting startups in fields as diverse as Internet marketing and cosmetics. His experience includes litigation, patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, licensing, technology transactions and adversarial proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Sam Saxena
Research Scientist & Entrepreneur

Dr. Samveg Saxena has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley with an emphasis in vehicle powertrain systems. He is a subject-matter expert in energy and mobility verticals and has extensive experience in government and enterprise sales, fundraising, and running technology teams for complex cloud and cyber-physical systems. He is an entrepreneur with deep technical roots. He served as a Scientist and Principal Investigator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he led teams that developed technology, and spun out a startup venture, Green Light Labs. He has dedicated his career to transitioning society to cleaner transportation.

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. 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.

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.

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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  • Greg
  • Mike
  • Soan
  • kristin


Greg Monterrosa
Founder @ Hub101

Supporting and advancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. My passions lie in two distinct areas: tacos and startups. I am the Community Manager and one of the founders of Hub101, a startup center located in Westlake Village, California with a mission of encouraging businesses to “create, launch, grow.”

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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