LMU Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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LMU Startup Weekend

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

LMU Hilton Building - Center for Business
1 LMU Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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The Biggest Event for Entrepreneurs in November

Student entrepreneurs, software developers, and industry professionals from LMU, USC, UCLA, Caltech, Illinois, UC Berkeley, Woodbury, and SMCC will converge at Loyola Marymount University on Nov. 21, 2014 to create the next BIG STARTUP. In addition to that: startups, investors, CEOs, and large companies will join the action to promote the rapidly-growing entrepreneurial community in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles. This will all take place during Startup Weekend Global Battle 2014- an international weekend for entrepreneurs to compete for large cash prizes and investments in their companies. 

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Friday November 21st

5:00 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:00 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 November 22nd

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 23rd

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!


Rob Roy
Former U.S. Navy SEAL, CEO SOT-G

Rob Roy is an award winning 26‐year veteran of the US Navy, with 20 years as an active member and leader in the Navy SEALs. In 2005, Rob founded SOT‐G, Corp., one of the world’s leading companies for military consultants, trainers and executive/force protection. As founder and President, his mission is to provide effective and efficient solutions that enable clients to operate safely in challenging territories around the globe, as well as to develop their leadership potential far beyond what they have imagined. Services include Leadership and Team Building, Personal Growth, Military Consulting, Risk Management, Special Operations Training and Entertainment Advising. Solutions that enable clients to operate safely in challenging territories around the globe, as well as to develop their leadership potential far beyond what they have imagined. Services include Leadership and Team Building, Personal Growth, Military Consulting, Risk Management, and Advising.

John Bates
Founder & CEO Executive Speaking Success, TED & TEDx Speaker

John Bates is the man that many top TEDx organizers from around the world call in for their events. He has trained 100’s of TEDx speakers and is considered one of the best communication trainers working today. If you want your presentations TED-worthy, you’ll get there with John. And, John walks his talk. He isn’t simply a coach and trainer, he is a highly sought after keynote speaker, as well. His keynotes offer the most effective, fun, inspirational and motivating communications, leadership and sales training you can receive. No, that’s not hype. That is documented by consistent 10 star evaluations and ecstatic feedback. Invite John to speak and your audience will leave with a powerful vision of themselves that increases confidence and delivers successful action.

Michael Preston

Michael's Coaching & Consulting Practice is built off a lifetime of sales and marketing experience. He is an award-winning sales expert who specializes in growing businesses. He holds certifications as both a Business Coach and a Sales Trainer. 
With over 20 years of corporate and small business experience, he has played key roles in growing hundreds of businesses. He has won many dozens of sales awards, including from companies Comcast, SBC, BellSouth, Cingular, and AT&T just to name a few. 
Michael has mastered the art of Sales through intense study and experience, and holds certifications from Brian Tracy, Sandler Sales, Tom Hopkins, SPIN Selling, and many others. Michael's approach to business growth combines Sales and Business Coaching. 

Coaches and Mentors

Lewis Jaffe

All businesses are the same; they exist for the sole purpose of “gaining and retailing customers, profitably in order to create real value.” In the course of his 30+ year career, Lewis Jaffe following that simple mantra, has led the growth, successful turnarounds of more than 20 underperforming companies, public and private as their chief executive or outside advisor in a variety of industries, creating over $500MM in shareholder value. Lew’s greatest strengths include leadership, vision and building plan that teams can execute with great success. He is a customer-focused leader who understands complex market dynamics, the intricacies of distribution channels and maximizing corporate assets including human capital and leveraging a balance sheet. Lew’s focus is on business to business companies but also has experience with business to consumer. Much of his concentration has been in telecommunications, manufacturing, media/content delivery, and distribution of B2B and B2C products, disposables through capital goods. He also has significant experience with M&A activity and post transaction integration.

Mike Miller
Investor / Co-Founder at Wild Horse Labs

Wild Horse Labs is a World-Class Industry Leader with diverse backgrounds and have extensive experience in running start-ups. With our global network of resources, we help Customize Success Plans for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in the US and Around the Globe. Created by Southern California-based Maverick Angels, we help entrepreneurs attract funding and receive essential resources beyond capital. From individuals starting out with a brilliant idea to fast-paced early-stage entrepreneurs seeking funding from angel investors, Wild Horse Labs offers a powerhouse of connections, education and mentorship to entrepreneurs who are open to learning new and innovate ways to build something bigger & better.

Ilya Pozin
Founder of Pluto.TV, Open Me, and Ciplex, Writer for Forbes and Inc.

Ilya Pozin is an entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the founder of Pluto.TV, Open Me, and Ciplex. He is a columnist for Forbes, Inc., LinkedIn and TheNextWeb. 

In 2012, Inc. Magazine recognized Ilya as a '30 Under 30' Entrepreneur. In 2013, LinkedIn selected Ilya as one of 100 Top Influencers, along with the likes of Richard Branson, Barack Obama, Tony Robbins and Mark Cuban.

An early immigrant from Russia, Ilya founded his first company Ciplex when he was 17-years-old. Ciplex has been behind the build and marketing of thousands of websites and applications. Utilizing his experience in scaling businesses for clients, Ilya launched Open Me, a consumer-focused greeting card and gifting company, and Pluto.TV a digital video entertainment platform. 

Ilya resides in Los Angeles where he works, writes, invests, mentors and on occasion, attempts to golf. 

Justin Yoshimura

Justin is founder and CEO of 500friends, a provider of SaaS loyalty marketing solutions backed by $12M+ from leading investors such as Crosslink Capital, Intel Capital, Silicon Valley Bank and YCombinator. The company enables retailers to turn shoppers into loyal customers through a white-label social loyalty platform that includes rewarding customers for purchases but also for referring friends, writing reviews, sharing and recommending products and uploading content.Justin’s passion for entrepreneurship and business began at age 14, when he opened an eBay account and quickly became a top PowerSeller for the e-commerce giant. Since then, he has founded two profitable e-commerce companies, both of which were acquired. He is also an investor in more than 20 ventures including Zencoder, ifeelgoods, Hipmunk, Homejoy, OwnLocal, Torbit, Userfox, Firebase and First Opinion.A native of Los Angeles, Justin was recently named to Forbes' prestigious 30 Under 30 list for the Social & Mobile category. Other than entrepreneurship, he is passionate about animals, especially dogs, Persian/exotic cats, dolphins, whales, capybaras, platypus, manatees and sea turtles.

Bryson Ishii
Principal @ Growth Factor Ventures

Bryson Ishii is a Principal at Growth Factor Ventures, a Los Angeles based investment firm specializing in healthcare and consumer products opportunities. Through his time with Growth Factor Ventures, Bryson has assisted companies through a variety of developmental phases, ranging from small start-up investments to larger “going-public” transactions.

Ron Rishagen
Entrepreneur in Residence

Ronald Rishagen, earned an athletic scholarship for hockey to Colorado College. After graduating with a degree in economics he continued a professional ice-hockey officiating career for seven years. After retiring from sports, he discovered a travel niche not being fulfilled resulting in his first entrepreneurial pursuit. Economic market changes five years later caused Ronald to sell the company. He then started his second venture in the travel industry. After 13 years an offer to sell was too good to refuse, so he began his second retirement. Ron desired to enter the world of education and he has been teaching economics and business courses at St. Bernard High School for 12 years. In his last year of teaching, he implemented an entrepreneurship class. To provide additional expertise and resources, a partnership with LMU Entrepreneurship Program was established whereby six senior LMU entrepreneurship students guided the SBHS entrepreneurship class. Ron now lives in Playa Del Rey volunteering as a Docent on the USS Battleship Iowa berthed in San Pedro, Advising the Entrepreneurship Society at LMU and Instructing Financial Literacy at Homeboy Industries.

Andre Bueno
VP of Sales

While attending Loyola Marymount University, André managed his parents real estate portfolio prior to joining Goldman Sachs after graduation. He spent a year at Goldman before returning to Los Angeles to join a Latin American focused Real Estate Private Equity fund. Starting a business was always the long-term goal, though certain skills needed to be acquired, hence the decision to return to the sell side by joining Morgan Stanley as a Listed Derivatives salesperson. André is now based in Los Angeles and has since started a Real Estate Private Equity fund focused on the multifamily segment.

Phil Thomas
Electrical and Computer Engineer

Phil Thomas is currently employed with Rockwell Collins as a Software Engineer responsible for the software development of Inflight Entertainment Systems for private and commercial Business Jets. Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production, and support of innovative solutions in the aerospace and defense industry. Phil is a recent LMU graduate, Class of 2014, with a degree in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Computer Engineering.  Throughout his academic career at LMU he served as the LMU chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a member of IEEE, and an active member of the Entrepreneurship Society.  Phil is enthusiastic with regards to giving back to the LMU organizations and communities which benefited him during his college education and looks forward to continuing to serve professionally as a conduit in achieving their various missions.  Phil is also extremely focused and passionate about startups and his goal is to be a major contributor of the future growth of the startup communities in his hometown of Southern California. Phil is the founder of an early stage technology startup and understands the roller coaster environment encountered by startups everyday. He is excited to share his experiences.

Wahaj Siraj
CEO & co-founder Naya Tel

Aaron is a senior at USC studying Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.  Wahaj us Siraj is CEO and co-founder of Naya Tel (Pvt) Ltd., which has installed Pakistan's first fiber to the home (FTTH) project in Islamabad in 2006-07 to provide voice, video and high speed Internet access to business and home users. Before Nayatel’s launch, Wahaj co-founded Micronet Broadband (Pvt) Ltd., the first one to launch broadband Digital Subscribers Line (DSL) services in Pakistan in 2002. Wahaj has vast experience in Internet and telecom industry and also worked with the Government of Pakistan at policy making level.
Wahaj is a founder member of ISPAK (Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan) and has been a strong activist for reforms in Pakistani IT and Telecom industry.
He started his first business in high school fixing computers, and has now honed his skills to improve human travel, sustainable energy, and the internet of things through several hackathons and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • David
  • Christopher
  • Kalynn
  • Lauren
  • Tonya
  • Bryson
  • Angel
  • Alok


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