Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

    Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Huddle Campus
31416 Agoura Rd
Suite 105
Westlake Village, CA 91361

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Startup Weekend is coming to The Conejo Valley!

Startup Weekend, the world’s largest entrepreneurial event organization that brought together 54,000 entrepreneurs in 160 cities around the globe in 2014 is coming to The Conejo Valley on May 1st-3rd 2015!  

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley will bring together local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts intent on learning what is like to share ideas, form teams, and practice launching a startup over 54 hours.

Attendees will pitch their ideas to the audience in 60 seconds or less. After teams form, the rest of the weekend will be spent implementing the most popular ideas – typically web apps, mobile apps, and hardware – with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas before a panel of judges who include Westlake Village Mayor Ned Davis, Rene Rock, winner of the 2014 MITx, Global Start-up Competition Bootcamp at MIT and Evan Forster Founder of Huddle Campus.

Winners will be awarded prizes, including 3 months of  co-working space at Huddle Campus located inside Cal Lutheran's Entrepreneurship center in Westlake Village. All participants will also get a free week of co-working space.

 A free Startup Weekend community Q&A is scheduled for  28th 2015 from 6:00 pm till 7:30 at Huddle Campus 31416 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA.

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Friday May 1st

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 May 2nd

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 May 3rd

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!


Khatera Sahibzada Ph.D.

Khatera Sahibzada is a talent management consultant and executive coach. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology and specializes in leadership development, talent assessment, and performance management. Over the course of her career, she has consulted with employees at all levels of the organization and has partnered with clients in the United States, European Union, Japan, South Korea and China. Her peer-reviewed articles have been published in academic journals in the field of industrial/organizational psychology and human resources. Additionally, Dr. Sahibzada is a contributor to and a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University. 

Event Judges

Ned Davis
Mayor of Westlake Village

Ned was selected to serve as Mayor November, 2014. He  is a business consultant with a focus on operations management, including workflow processes, human resource management and applied Internet Technologies His 30 year career in production has credits on many popular network programs. Ned’s directing team is a two time winner of the DGA Best Directing Award for work on the 1990’s CBS/Warner Bros. hit Murphy Brown. Ned received an Emmy nomination as a producer and a Humanitas Award on the long running series. Ned moved to Westlake Village in 1993. He served nine years on the board of the Westlake Trails HOA, six as President. Ned has served five years as Vice President on the board of the Las Virgenes Educational Foundation. Ned received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine.

Marcus Filipovich
Business Strategy Advisor, Member Pasadena Angels

Director Emeritus, Pasadena Angels, a 100 member group of accredited investors.
Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on digital entertainment.  He is an expert in Market Development, creating new markets and channels for revolutionary products; and, Global Business Development, building business relationships across cultural and political boundaries.  Marcus holds an MBA from the Carlson School (University of Minnesota) and an MSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Evan Forster
Founder, CEO Huddle Campus

Renee Rock
Co - Founder

Reneé Rock is a senior lecturer in entrepreneurship at California Lutheran University. 
An award-winning serial entrepreneur, she is the 2014 winner of the MITx Global Start-up Competition Bootcamp at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reneé​ has successfully launched two companies in the cosmetic and smart home technology industries, and is currently the co-founder of UpLook, an early-stage fashion technology start-up out of MITx.An accomplished innovation strategist, Reneé is well-known for her work in identifying new markets for growth-stage companies. As managing director of business development for Summit Venture Strategies from 2002 to 2007, she served as interim vice president of marketing and business development at several start-up companies.

Coaches and Mentors

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 :-) 

Marc Mathys

Ginger Zumaeta
Founder of MediaMark

John Dmohowski
Director Client Services, PortTech Los Angeles; Los Angeles Venture Association, Director

Elizabeth Ghaffari
Founder, Champion Boards

Alex Urmersbach
SVP Business Management, Bank of America

Brian Stuart
Executive in Residence, Huddle Campus

David Sarisky
Intellectual Property Attorney

David is counsel in the Intellectual Property practice group in the Los Angeles office of Arent Fox. He has extensive experience in the procurement and protection of intellectual property assets across various industries, including medical device, consumer electronics, semiconductor, telecommunications, and software.

Tony Sziklai
CTO of Clutter

Seasoned technologist with a proven track record delivering advanced, highly-scalable cloud solutions for logistics and engineering services companies. An energetic, hands-on CTO possessing diverse skills and interests, including building on-demand mobile solutions to disrupt old economy service models. 

Broad and deep experience in cloud/SaaS application development, e-commerce and technical marketing. Strong domain knowledge of direct-to-consumer order fulfillment, storage, shipping and customer service. Skilled in recruiting, developing and managing high-performance I.T. teams; Agile/Scrum/Kanban; object-oriented analysis and design; full-stack systems design, development and deployment; continuous integration/delivery; information security and PCI compliance. Well-versed in software patenting and IP protection with a background in large-scale metadata-based PaaS architectures.

Jennie Wong

Jennie Wong, Ph.D., is the CEO and co-founder of  Wong graduated from CSULA’s Early Entrance Program with her bachelor’s degree at 16 and received her doctorate in communication from USC’s Annenberg School at age 22.  She then spent a decade in the Fortune 500 doing human behavior change as a consultant, before becoming an entrepreneur.  Her CTO and co-founder is her husband Steve Krause, a 3-time startup CTO whose previous experience includes a startup eventually acquired by ESPN.  He is a full-stack ecommerce engineer with 20 years of experience.  Together, they are the owners of Limelight Web Development, and is the second company they have built together.

Harriet Cohen

Harriet L. Cohen is the founder of TRAINING SOLUTIONS, a consulting firm that provides expert resources for organizations and individuals to help them achieve their goals, improve customer satisfaction, develop staff on all levels, guide strategic/business planning, address legal and compliance regulations, and positively impact both retention and recruitment.For over 20 years Harriet has used her training and consulting skills in several arenas, both public and private; providing services for the U.S. Air Force, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, Office of Affirmative Action Compliance, and District Attorney, OCTA, Blue Cross, Robertshaw, Kaufman & Broad, Southern California Edison, Sony Pictures, Scherzer International, and Universal Studios to list a few. 

Her current projects address performance management, sexual harassment, discrimination, diversity, strategic planning, marketing, and customer driven quality. She has assisted clients develop managers, supervisors and leaders, created competency based programs, improved recruitment and retention programs, and refined performance evaluations. She is certified to use several assessments including 360º feedback, and career profiles to positively impact succession planning and retention. Harriet has provided career development programs to over 500 people.  As a Business Development Specialist in Thrive in5 for Women’s Economic Ventures ( WEV) she is able  to her expertise to enable businesses to grow and be sustainable.

Harriet received her BA from the University of Massachusetts and her M.Ed. fromBoston State College.  She is an instructor in Management, Training, and HumanResource Development at the University of California Los Angeles. 

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