Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech LA

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Los Angeles, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech LA

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Indie Desk
333 S Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Buy Tickets

50 Latinx led ventures across 5 cities in 54 hours.... let's do this!

Did you know that the Latinx community is the second largest ethnic group in America, made up of 52 million people and by 2060, over a quarter of the entire U.S. population will be Latinx - that’s about 119MM people and over a trillion dollar market that remains untapped - until now. 

We're making this startup weekend the biggest in history. We’re launching 50 Latinx led ventures... in 54 hours... in 5 cities!!!
We’re bringing 500 Latinxs and allies together for 54 hours in Oakland, LA, Chicago, Miami and New York to ideate and design solutions to the problems affecting the Latinx community. 

Startup Weekend participants will be mentored by some of the brightest minds in tech, business, and development. Stay tuned for amazing judges, mentors, and community members. 

This is a 54-hour, weekend-long event where:
  • Participants pitch and the 10 best ideas formalize as teams (Day 1: Friday, September 29)
  • Teams develop products and craft business pitches (Day 2: Saturday, September 30)
  • Teams finalize products and pitch to judges panel where top 3 teams are recognized (Day 3 Sunday, October 1)
Along the way the way teams will receive mentorship from working professionals in technology and business. Winners will receive a suite of professional services and continued mentorship to support the further development of the winning product. 

Participants are encouraged to aim to solve problems directly affecting them and their communities or associated with current events. 

The intent behind this event is that 70% of participants and mentors, and 50% of judges be Latinx. Food and beverages will be provided during the weekend. Follow along with #SWLatinxtech and  #SWLatinxLA. 

See what it's all about

Learn More


Friday September 29th

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 September 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 October 1st

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!

Event Judges

Jomayra Herrera
Investment Analyst, Emerson Collective

Jomayra Herrera works on the venture investing team at Emerson Collective, a social change organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity for everyone. Jomayra specializes in the organization’s education technology, HR, and workforce investments. She spends most of her time identifying promising companies, driving the diligence process, and helping the team develop a point of view on particular parts of the market. Before joining Emerson Collective, she worked at an ed tech startup focused on transforming professional development opportunities for teachers. Jomayra was a 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 winner in education. She received her M.A. in Education Leadership and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Austin Clements

Austin Clements is an Associate with TenOneTen Ventures, a Los Angeles based early stage venture capital fund. He has held roles evaluating early stage tech investments at Creative Artists Agency, Digital Entertainment Ventures, and NY Angels. Prior to that he ran Pi Digital Media, a company that web and mobile designed and developed web and mobile applications for SMBs.
Austin is also committed to encouraging underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in tech and entrepreneurship. He is an active volunteer with various local youth entrepreneurship programs.

Suzy Ryoo
Venture Partner at Atom Factory & Cross Culture Ventures

Suzy is a Venture Partner, VP of technology & innovation at Atom Factory, including initiatives SMASHD Group & Cross Culture Ventures

Atom Factory portfolio companies: Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Spotify, Warby Parker, Misfit, MOAT, theSkimm, Enplug, TextNow, ATTN:, Ritual, Beautycon

SMASHD LABS accelerator: WeTransfer, SideStep, THRONE, Enrou, Trakfire

Coaches and Mentors

Yvette Montoya
CoFounder at Galchemist | Contributing Writer at mitú

Yvette is an artist, advocacy journalist and business consultant with a background in startups and a love for all things tech. She's a strategic thinker who is great at developing practical strategies for capturing the female millennial market, specifically female entrepreneurs and Women of Color. She's also on the board of advisers for Lets.Give a non-profit focusing on community work. Yvette is a guerrilla event producer and marketer specializing in women’s events. She's built two brands from the ground up organically through amazing experiential events and awesome content. She's a strategic thinker who is great at developing practical strategies for capturing the female millennial market, specifically female entrepreneurs and Women of Color. She's able to identify marketing solutions through research, data collection/analysis, and my knowledge of the customer base in order to find fresh and engaging ways to reach target audiences.

Monique Villa
Chief of Staff at Core Innovation Capital

Monique has 8 years of startup experience spanning operations, strategy, and venture capital. Her professional experience includes both close mentorship of low-income middle and high school-age entrepreneurs across Los Angeles and collaboration with global leaders. She has proven success generating big outcomes with a small team on a short timeline by strategically leveraging expansive networks and effectively managing time, human capital, and financial resources alike.  

Keith Coleman
CEO & Founder at Faudmarc

Keith is the CEO & founder of Fraudmarc, a cyber security service to stop phishing and protect corporate identity. Fraudmarc is a Techstars ATL 2017 company. He previously led a High-Availability web hosting company for 10 years. There he developed a passion for solving large-scale Internet infrastructure challenges and combating cyber attacks.
Fraudmarc supports the Techstars Foundation in their mission is to develop and support underrepresented entrepreneurs by providing non-profit organizations with grants and access to the Techstars Network. Talk to anyone from Fraudmarc to learn more about the #GiveFrist philosophy and how to bake giving into the culture of your Startup Weekend creation.
Keith earned a Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech and learned to program on an Apple IIe. He and his friend Bill designed, built and programmed one of the first low-cost UAVs in 2005 before they were called drones. Now that drone racing is a sport, they enjoy building and racing but can’t pilot half as well as the younger enthusiasts they follow on YouTube. Keith served two terms on the Georgia Tech Young Alumni Council.
Along with fellow Techstars alum, GT alum and Startup Weekend judge, Shauvik Roy Choudhary, Keith is working hard to accelerate the growth of Techstars Chapters in ATL to better connect you with your local Techstars network. 

Ruby Guillen
Fatal & Severe Child Abuse/Violence Technologist

Ruby Guillen MSW, CIS, is a family/child advocate for the reduction of fatal child abuse and family violence. Ruby responds to severe and fatal child abuse calls derived from hospitals, police, fire/EMT and private residences in L.A. County. Her extensive experience includes the investigative “teaming” processes with several thousand personnel from hospitals, mental health, and police officers, with over three thousand child abuse cases. She has broadened her child advocacy efforts by incorporating technological protocols to bolster the prevention and intervention response. She assists organizations seeking solutions to strengthen their data-driven social service systems, produce positive statistical outcomes, and increase emergency-based social services for field agents. The co-chair of the National Association of Social Workers-CA Technology Council, Ruby holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Calif. State University, Long Beach. 

Rick Gibson
Software Engineer at CoreLogic & General Assembly

Lawrence Cisneros

Lawrence Cisneros is the co-founder and CEO of DRNXMYTH (@drnxmyth on Instagram), a venture-backed alcohol technology company that bottles, fresh craft cocktails with their patent-pending technology.  He received his J.D. from USC, and B.A. from SDSU.  

Camilo Giraldo
Founder & CEO of LOTUS | Elevated Engineering & Design

Camilo graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Florida with a B.S in Chemical Engineering. He currently works at the Advance Prototyping Center (APC) with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator where he aligns the available resources with entrepreneurs, start-up companies, scientist, artist and engineers who want to develop new technologies. His work experience includes the implementation of sustainable processes and technologies to eliminate landfill waste, develop renewables and to decrease pollution while reduce the dependence on our natural resources. At the age of 20, Camilo successfully co-founded Unlimiteck, a star-up that repairs smartphones and recycles parts to reduce waste and prolong hardware use. When he is not at La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC) you can find him enjoying the outdoors, running marathons, or competing in crossfit and mountainbiking events.

Bracy Fuentes
Lead Program Associate at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Bracy Fuentes has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sector. She currently works at Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) where she supports in developing and implementing NFTE’s youth entrepreneurship programs at over 30 schools and community-based organizations in underserved communities within Los Angeles. She earned a B.S in Business Administration from California State University of Los Angeles and her M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship at USC’s Marshall School of Business.  

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech LA 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.

Signature Sponsors

National Sponsor

Visit Website



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Juan
  • Esteban
  • Lili
  • Heidy
  • Andrea
  • Nicole
  • Luis
  • Kat
  • Eric
  • Andy


Julian Bryant
iOS Developer

For the past six years Julian has been an organizer in San Diego's startup community. He is a passionate community builder leading the first Startup Weekend event in the city and has helped lead a team of volunteers to create 15 other events over the past few years as well as organize for Startup Week and Geek Girl Tech Con. 

Julian Bryant received is law degree from Georgetown and a BA in Japanese, Computer Applications, and Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the senior mobile developer at FreshForm Interactive and advises several startups on mobile development.

Event Blog

See Full Blog

We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!