Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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Startup Weekend Conejo Valley

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 4:30 pm

31416 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

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Learn, Network, Startup

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. 

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Friday November 11th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 12th

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 13th

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!


Kelly Bennett
Cheif Marketing Officer of Netflix

Kelly Bennett became Netflix Chief Marketing Officer in 2012 after nearly a decade at Warner Bros. where he was most recently Vice President Interactive, World Wide Marketing with the pictures group, leading international online campaigns for Warner Bros. movies. Before that Kelly ran digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and worked in promotion and business development at the company. He previously held executive positions at Dow Jones International and Ignition Media as well as being a partner in online marketing agency Cimex Media. The Canada-born Bennett is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

Dan Peate
Founder of @driavinsurance, @joinhixme, @peateventures.

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Dan Peate is Founder and General Partner of Peate ventures. He is also the Founder of Driav and was Founder and CEO of Hixme. Dan has previously held senior executive roles at Arthur J. Gallagher and Aon. He sits on the boards of Driav, CardiacDirect and Boom Studios. Dan and his wife Coco sit on several nonprofit and charitable boards. He and his wife currently reside in Thousand Oaks with their 6 children. Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was a Reagan intern.

Event Judges

Jill Lederer
CEO of The Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce

Rick Lemmo
Senior Vice President of Caruso Affiliated

As Senior Vice President, Development-Community Relations, Rick is the liaison for the Caruso Affiliated Development team with key community members, government officials & city staffs. In this crucial role, Mr. Lemmo and the Development team work diligently to shape projects that respect each community’s unique character and the spirit of its residents.In order to better understand each area he serves, Mr. Lemmo becomes involved in numerous local organizations. He is a member of the Board of Regents for California Lutheran University, Chair of the Los Robles Hospital Regional Medical Center and Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital Board of Directors, past President of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, past Chair of the Greater Conejo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, President of the Downtown Glendale Association Community Benefit District, past President of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Association and member of the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement District. He is also a board Member of the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Palisades Business Improvement District and Pacific Palisades Community Council. Rick enjoys being involved with of a wide variety of other charitable, arts and community service focused organizations. Being an active member of all of these entities builds and strengthens relationships that are important in monitoring the pulse of, and encouraging input from the communities with which Caruso Affiliated works. With his insight, Caruso Affiliated can better respond to each neighborhood’s needs while also allowing him the opportunity to provide and enjoy public service both regionally and locally.Prior to joining Caruso Affiliated over 17 years ago, Rick Lemmo spent 27 years in the broadcast industry. It is this entertainment-based experience that has thoroughly prepared him for working with a developer that delivers such unique properties. Destinations that are more than just places to shop, dine and be entertained, but places that become the center of a community where one can gather with family and friends.Throughout his career, Mr. Lemmo has received numerous awards of achievement in business and community service, including “Business Person of the Year”-1999(Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce), Corporate Partner of the Year-2011/2012 (Glendale Chamber of Commerce), Rotarian of the Year-1999 (Thousand Oaks Rotary Club), Man of the Year-2006/2007 (Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce) and Man of the Year-2012/2013 (Glendale Chamber of Commerce)Rick and his wife Lou Ann have three sons, Nicholas, Richard and Zachary, two lovely daughters-in-law, Colette & Maren and three precious Granddaughters, Ella, Emilia and Malia.

Casey Patterson
Pro Beach Volleyball Player

 is a professional American beach volleyball player based out of Huntington Beach, CA. He is currently teammates with Jake Gibb and they were named the USAV Team of the Year as well as AVP Team of the Year for 2013.[1] Casey himself was named AVP Best Offensive Player for 2013. He has had a total of fifteen 1st-place finishes during his professional career. This year Casey, represented team USA at the RIO Olympics.

Coaches and Mentors

Laura Wallendal
Founder, LWallendal Growth Strategies

With a background in sales and as a graduate of three Accelerator programs (MassChallenge, Techstars and Betaspring), I have learned exactly what investors need to see from entrepreneurs in order to determine growth and potential.  As the Founder of LWallendal Growth Strategies, I dissect Founders' sales operations down to their customer conversations so that I can provide calculated but amplified benchmarks and growth goals and make appropriate recommendations that elevate their sales volume.

My approach is twofold: to understand my client’s ideal customer and then evaluate and improve their existing marketing and sales funnels while offering strategy and leadership advice. Passionate traveler and language learner with a background in founding and leading companies in the travel, museums, edtech and agriculture space.

Jim Cathcart
Speaker/Author, The Motivation Expert

Sales Guru & The Motivation Expert, Author, Speaker, Professional Singer & Guitarist

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.

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. 

Eric Went
Director @ Matter Labs

With decades of experience as an entrepreneur all over the world, Erick has a unique and interesting perspective on the past, present, and future of startups and the ever changing startup ecosphere.

Matter Labs is a California based think tank, startup studio, and consulting firm specializing in emerging technologies, making a difference in the world through innovation.

Mark A.Goldstein, Esq.
SoCal IP Law Group LLP

Mark A. Goldstein is a partner with SoCal IP Law Group LLP. He has specialized in intellectual property law.

Marc Honorof
Director, Strategic Accounts, Supporting Strategies

Bryan Went

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

Naomi Finkel

Namoi Finkel is an award-winning Content Specialist, Public Relations, and Marketing Consultant.Since 1982,she has helped hundreds of clients in retail, service, and manufacturing industries increase their leads, sales and profits with targeted strategies and a personalized branding image that tells who you are, what you do, and how your product or service benefits your consumer.
Many are start-up companies that need guidance and encouragement. She also has worked with Waste Management,The Costco Connection, Disney Educational Media, Prentice Hall Publications, and Real Estate Developer Eli Broad. Please visit my website at to see client projects, case studies, and testimonials.

Neil Palache
Financial Coach

Neil has been a member of the financial services community since 1983. Following college, he was a securities representative and licensed insurance agent and sold insurance and investment products for fifteen years specializing in estate and business planning.

As his practice grew, it became clear that he was attracting divorced and widowed women more than 50% of my market share.

In 2005 he formed The Wealth Creator Company, Inc. and renamed to The Wealth Creator Company for Women, Inc. in 2009.
They focus on money coaching and financial education for divorced and widowed women using our uniquely created money coaching systems, tools and processes.

Danielle Sylos
UI / UX Designer

Hello there! My name is Danielle Sylos and I am a UX (user experience) and UI (user interface) designer. I have my degree in Merchandising and Marketing from CSUN and have worked as a Trainer at Apple for 7 years.   Most recently I was living in the bay area working as a UX/UI designer for Apple on their Global Retail Marketing team. I am passionate about design, art, nature, food, and adventure. Fun fact about me is that I studied art history in Florence, Italy. 

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