Startup Weekend Girl Scouts Greater LA
Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018
Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm
BLANKSPACES Santa Monica
1450 2nd St
Your idea in 54 hours
During this exciting event, you will take an idea from nothing to something, pitch to product. Girls will pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, research their customers, and work intensely as teams to build a prototype that demonstrates the potential of their business. The event culminates in a “SHARK TANK” style pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of judges, including the former CEO of Hot Topic, Inc. and the Managing Director of TechstarsLA!
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 and network with the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.
NO TECHNOLOGY SKILLS REQUIRED Any Girl Scout interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register. Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, and determination! External experts with business and technical experience will help mentor teams, however, girls will be challenged to push the limits of their comfort zone and learn new skills.
NO TALK, ALL ACTION! We will have some interactive workshops throughout the weekend, but mostly the program is about working with your teams and mentors! While teams will be paired with an adult support coach, every team will be expected to manage itself to optimize time.
ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch revolutionary ideas. It is the largest community of entrepreneurs in the world and has hosted 2000+ events in 200+ countries since 2007. Global sponsors of Startup Weekend include Coca-Cola, 3M, Sprint, Intuit, Chase Bank, .CO, and The Case Foundation.
THIS IS NOT AN OVERNIGHT EVENT.
Friday April 6th
Saturday April 7th
Sunday April 8th
Betsy joined Hot Topic in 1993 when the company was in its start up stage and had 15 stores. She became President in 1998 and was named CEO in 2000. During Betsy’s tenure as CEO, the Company was included on the Forbes list of “200 Hot Companies”, Fortune’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies”, Business Week’s “Hot Growth Companies”, and Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for”. Betsy was selected by Investors Business Daily as one of the “Top 5 Business Leaders of 2003” and "Top 10 CEOs with Vision", by Ad Age as one of the “Marketing 50”, and in 2005, was named by Institutional Investor as one of the “Best CEOs in America”. In 2010, Hot Topic was #1 on Forbes’ list of “Most Trustworthy Retailers” and named by Fast Company as one of the “Most Innovative Companies”.
Betsy has a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, is a member of the Board of Advisors and Executive Committee of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a director of 5.11, Bark, Dolls Kill, Everlane, The Lazy Dog Café, Veggie Grill and PetSmart Charities. Betsy previously served as a director of Kriser’s All Natural Pet from 2012 to 2017, Pinkberry from 2012 thru 2016, Noodles & Co from 2003 thru 2010, and on the brand advisory board of Silver Oak winery from 2011 thru 2013.
In 2006 she sat next to a woman on an airplane who became her business partner in her next startup, Scribble Press. Anna was most recently GM and VP Partnerships at Fingerprint Digital, after selling Scribble Press to Fingerprint. During the past decade she has served as an advisor, strategy consultant and coach to many other entrepreneurs, with a focus on commercialization, business development and financing. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles with her two sons. When she’s not helping entrepreneurs, she likes to ski, hike, scuba dive and let her kids try to beat her at tennis.
Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Coaches and Mentors
Digital Designer, Walt Disney Company
Melissa Soto Flores
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Girl Scouts Greater 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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