Startup Weekend Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

    Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019

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Startup Weekend Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019

Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

1450 2nd St
Santa Monica , CA 90401

Startup Weekend Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

Are you a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who likes to come up with big ideas, invent things, work with others, and learn skills that will help you with school, college, and a future job? Then Startup Weekend is for you!

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.

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.   

 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.  

 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.   

 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.


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Friday July 26th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:45 pm
Teamwork & Innovation Activity
Do a fun activity and learn about how to take risks and make mistakes

7:15 pm
How to Pitch
Get excited about pitching on Saturday!

8:00 pm
Go home!
Get excited about pitching on Saturday!

Saturday July 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

10:15 am
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:30 am
Form Teams and Intro Workshop
Teams assigned and girls learn about weekend deliverable tools

11:30 am
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

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

4:30 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

5:00 pm
Finished for the day

Sunday July 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm
Celebration Dinner

6:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home

Coaches and Mentors

Danielle Willard

As an eager 7-year-old, Danielle Willard quickly recognized an opportunity when her uncle's failed baseball card business resulted in a surplus of bumper stickers. Danielle took this opportunity to sell the stickers door-to-door, eventually profiting hundreds of dollars. At age 10, when she received a bracelet-making kit for Christmas, she created one of the first AOL teen chat rooms where she featured photographs of bracelets she hand made and collected e-mail addresses for direct email marketing purposes. Danielle soon began receiving cash payments in the mail from all over the United States. By the age of 10, she had experience with direct marketing, sales, and a keen entrepreneurial ability to recognize targets of opportunity and adapt accordingly. Danielle credits this mindset to skills she learned as a Girl Scout. These skills helped shape her future career and educational decisions. Danielle has held titles such as Career Planner, New Business Consultant and Director of Sales all while maintaining her small catering/event planning business on the side. With a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentration in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Business Administration soon to be completed, Danielle is excited to share her knowledge and experiences as a young female entrepreneur during Startup Weekend 2018.

Callie Tepper
Product Designer, Disney Technology & Digital

Callie is currently a Product Designer at The Walt Disney Company. She has the daily challenge of creating visually stunning and user-friendly experiences across a multitude of interfaces including native apps and web. She is passionate about new technology and understanding the behavior of digital users.

Deborah Allison
Product Designer, Disney Technology & Digital

Deborah is an Product Designer that specializes in creating innovative digital experiences for native apps, mobile and web. She currently works for Disney’s Parks and Resorts Digital team, connecting guests with tools that enhance their vacation. 

Organizing Team

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