Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech LA

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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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

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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. 

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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

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 the cofounder of Galchemism - that provides woke women of color the empowerment, encouragement, and support that they need. They are expanding conversations around topics that matter to us, as well as curating intersectional events and an e-commerce platform to create and share multifaceted representations of ourselves.

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
EVP Public Policy/Chief Strategy Officer at Tesla Foundation

Keith Coleman is a 20+ year experienced economic development, public affairs and governmental relations executive. Specialization areas include economic research, infrastructure, land use, transportation, advanced manufacturing, and public-private partnerships. 

Economic research and public affairs strategy have been successfully applied to manufacturers, land owners, developers, public agencies, and municipal clients. He's successfully managed public relations’ campaigns for controversial projects. Client representation is a partnering relationship, where he provides valuable resources solving client problems, driving successful outcomes. 

Keith has served in leadership roles as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Mayor, Community Redevelopment Agency, Departments of Public Works & Planning, Building & Safety for the City of Los Angeles. He has established credibility in cities and counties throughout California and the nation.

Ruby Guillen
Fatal & Severe Child Abuse/Family Violence Technologist, Researcher, Data Analyst: @ ICAN Associates/Dr. Michael Durfee.

Ruby has evaluated 6000+ children for abuse while continuing to engage in learning opportunities in computer systems and related technological protocols in order to be a Subject-Matter/Domain Expert in government information system requirements intended for human/public services, safety, health and child welfare. 

Rick Gibson
Software Engineer at CoreLogic & General Assembly

Lawrence Cisneros

Lawrence is the current co-founder and COO of InSpirit Drink Co, a venture-backed, alcohol company bringing to market an innovative ready to drink cocktail with cold-pressed juice. The business is in a highly regulated space with legal complexity in all facets. He started this his last year at USC Law, after failing (becoming experienced) in two other businesses, as well as doing business development for a tech startup in Mexico. Before law school he started an English tutoring company in Mexico, worked in a bunch of random jobs, and helped the family business.

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)

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.
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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.

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