Startup Weekend Los Angeles

    Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Los Angeles

Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015



Friday, September 25 - 27, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Los Angeles Southwest College
1600 W Imperial Hwy.
Lakin Health and Wellness Center
Los Angeles, CA 90047

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 25th


6:30 pm
Registration
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


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 26th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 27th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Melissa Hanna
Founder and CEO

Mahmee is a mobile health app that provides personalized, on-demand care and education to new mothers. Check us out at www.mahmee.com.


Raymond Soon
Director

Crazy about education! MindAsia, Director. Dip. Ed, B.Sc. Management, MBA  

Raymond worked 10 years with hi-tech MNCs based in both China and the USA – polishing his skills with involvement spanning the entire supply chain – from frontline business development to project management and backend operations.

Not appreciating the importance of education at a young age, he f%!#-ed up his studies and turned out to be academically the worst student ( he claims ) in high school. This very lesson served as a major turning point in life for great things to come. Given a second chance, he completed college a year earlier and received full scholarship for academic excellence achieving magna cum laude honours and was inducted into both Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta society.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship and education – both its underlying theory and its application, having witness the benefit and the impact it can bring to youth who are given the opportunity and most of all, a second chance. His company, MindAsia is based in Singapore.

The company primarily focuses on ed. tech and also has an e-commerce and investment arm. Raymond is a certified instructor with Mindful Schools, an organization based in San Francisco Bay Area, that teaches mindfulness to kids.

He is also Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) ACTA certified and had developed a number of curriculum.


Dr. Michele Turner
Executive Director

As Executive Director of the USC Black Alumni Association (USC BAA) since late 2007, Dr. Turner is responsible for maintaining the cultural identity of the Trojan Black community.  She strategically creates, plans and executes all programs and services in support of the mission of the organization, which is to strengthen the legacy of educational attainment and excellence of USC Black students. The USC BAA provides scholarship assistance, career mentoring and cultural advocacy through alumni volunteer involvement, philanthropy, and social enterprise. 

An entrepreneur for over 20 years, Dr. Turner is also CEO and General Manager of Metropolitan Radiology, Inc., a privately held corporation which provides radiologist consulting services for diagnostic outpatient imaging centers and hospitals throughout Southern California
 


Sugath Warnakulasuriya

Sugath Warnakulasuriya is passionate about transforming the way people live, work, and play by combining breakthrough technology with world-class design.

He is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor and investor currently working with Enterprises as well as startups across a broad range of industries. He previously built and served as the CEO of 10EQS ('Ten X'), and was co-founder and CTO of eLink Commerce.

As a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co and independently, he has helped Fortune 500 companies pursue new ventures, design and launch major products, and develop and execute high-profile market initiatives.

As a part of Sand Hill and Pasadena Angels, he currently invests in game-changing startup teams and concepts.

He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and MS/BS in Computer Science from USC.


Coaches and Mentors


Toni Alexis
Management Consultant | Coach

Toni Alexis is a management and project consultant and executive coach. She has operated her consulting practice, The Dreamweavers Group, since 2007.  She advises on and provides training and coaching in the strategic and operational aspects of management, change, marketing, selling, and client relationship management. Her belief is that solutions to organizational challenges are best constructed to match the unique DNA of the organization. Toni has dedicated her career to implementing pragmatic solutions based on the best research available. This means that Toni’s focus is on what the organization can accomplish given their situation, competency and desire.  Organizations that have created decision clarity have the ability to create outstanding results are great places to work. Throughout Toni's career, that covers financial consulting, development and manufacturing, branding and web design, social media marketing, business start-up, project management, and program management, Toni has worked with individuals and companies in the high-tech, fashion, construction, consumer goods, high volume manufacturing, software, healthcare and internet industries.

COMPANY BIO

THE DREAMWEAVERS GROUP is a concept showroom and consultancy agency. Our aim is to create a SPACE which will appeal to both brands and clients, as well as a UNIVERSE for our brands to grow in. Our services are tailored to each client's individual needs to ensure solid financial returns and consistent brand growth.

THE DREAMWEAVERS GROUP offers clients a diverse range of services within ALL INDUSTRIES to help brands develop on a commercial, communication, production and management level. Our philosophy is to develop brands through a holistic approach. This includes Strategic Sales Services, Branding & Web Design, Systems Integration, Manufacturing, & Financial Services – Anything Your Brands Need!


Benson Christalin

Benson has a brilliant engineering mind with the heart and passion to serve as an educator.

He has served as adjunct faculty for several universities including: Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, North Shore Community College and MIT where he taught engineering to high school students.

At General Electric, Benson served as an engineer.
He is currently completing his doctoral studies.


Austin Clements
Associate

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.


Skip Garrett
CEO

William “Skip” Garrett was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and was very active in
church, sports and the community growing up. He attended college at the University of Alabamawhere he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduating in 2010 he began working as a Systems Engineer for Boeing in Huntsville and then transitioned to a Operations Supervisor role with GE Aviation in Los Angeles in 2011. He also worked as an Operations Manager and Project Manager for Crane Co. before leaving Corporate America this August to pursue entrepreneurship full time.

He is now the CEO of FreshStax. FreshStax is a startup he founded that unites the community around solving the food desert problem in Los Angeles by delivering smoothies to people’s home, gym or office using a weekly subscription model and donating fresh produce to the underserved each time a delivery is made.

Skip also volunteers as a basketball coach and GED tutor at the Dream Center in Downtown Los Angeles and is also currently pursuing his MBA at Pepperdine University. He aspires to impact the world by developing and growing companies and organizations that disrupt traditional business models and make life better for billions of people.He attributes his strength and motivation to pursue success to his faith in God and support and guidance from his loving parents and family.

Phillipians 4:13 which states, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” is his mantra.


Matt Gethers

I grew up in Danbury, CT and moved out to LA in 2011 where I'm a grad student at the California Institute of Technology working on my PhD in Bioengineering. I study how things are patterned at the nanoscale. 


Brittany Jenkins
Founder/CEO

Brittany P. Jenkins is a budding entrepreneur who incorporated her start-up, TRT Music Productions, during her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California.

There she studied Business Administration, with a minor in Music Industry, and built TRT Music Productions to be a thriving live music production/promotions company that ventured into selectively managing projects for Independent Artists.

From working with numerous Independent Artists, she became curious to discover how TRT could innovate a solution for there problem of not being able to control the monetization of their content online; which inspired her to digitally scale the storytelling aspect of her company's concert productions to create the product XCLU.

XCLU is a multimedia music streaming app that monetizes a unique form of predictive analytics from Independent Artists strategically tagging and uploading their content onto the product's platform for royalties. After much pivoting and thoroughly carving out the market opportunity XCLU could add value to in the digital media advertising space, she is now reorganizing her company into a research-focused entity to refocus TRT's core content production competencies on effectively bringing their one-of-a-kind white label product to market.


Marcus L. Jones
Higher Education | Community Organizer

Marcus L. Jones is a higher education professional and community organizer. He believes that education is the new global currency. He currently supervises the graduation unit at California State University Dominguez Hills. 

Prior to his position at CSUDH, he was as a Student Advisor at University of Southern California. Marcus also serves as the Second Vice President for the Pasadena NAACP and the Assistant Treasurer for the Northern Los Angeles County Black Business Association.

In 2012, he co-founded Project Longevity, a nonprofit organization that provided health and nutritional awareness to families in Pasadena and Altadena, California. He has provided his time and knowledge to local political campaigns and is currently organizing an initiative to decrease the digital divide among Black and Latino youth in Pasadena.

Marcus received a graduate degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.


Janice McNair

Janice has more than 15 years of finance, business development and advisory experience working with Fortune 500 and startup companies.

In 2009, Janice launched an independent consulting firm, J Advisory Group, advising on corporate finance, strategy and business development issues for digital media start-ups and technology companies. Her consulting activities within gaming resulting in co-founding a partnership, Random Consulting, LLC in 2013.

Random is a firm focused on advising casinos, regulators and startups in online gaming (including free-play, social gaming and real money gaming) specifically within North America.

Random’s engagements include tribal gaming entities, state governments as well as other online gaming clients.  

Prior to J Advisory Group, Janice was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, where she worked on dozens of financing, merger and strategic transactions for technology, entertainment, media and telecommunications companies. Janice worked for a number of years at JP Morgan, including LabMorgan a venture fund and incubator that targeted digital media platforms for use in the financial services industry.Janice has served as a member of the Screening Committee – Digital Media for Harvard Business School Angels of Southern California since the organization's launch in 2011. She is also a founding member of the Council of Urban Professionals Los Angeles Chapter.

Janice has a B.S. from Boston College in Finance and Economics magna cum laude and holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. 


Jam Narte
Co-founder

Bezalel, Inc.​is an American hardware company headquartered at the Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey, California, that designs wireless charging devices for smartphones and smartwatches.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign in January 2014, Bezalel was incorporated the following month and released its first product, the Prelude, in June 2014.

In 2014, the company was accepted into the Viterbi Startup Garage at the University of Southern California, where the company received $50,000 in seed money.

Bezalel has sold more than 4,000 Prelude chargers have been sold since July 2014.


Kelli Newman
Attorney

In Kelli's own words, captured from LinkedIn:

I play matchmaker between attorneys and law firms, helping both find lasting professional happiness! If you or someone you know is interested in seeing what opportunities might be out there.

My empathy and knack for helping attorneys lateral into new opportunities comes from my own experience working as a corporate associate at Jones Day and then making a lateral move to Fenwick & West.

My work helping make law firms and tech companies more inclusive landed me a spot on the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 list.


Raymond Soon
Director

Crazy about education! MindAsia, Director. Dip. Ed, B.Sc. Management, MBA  

Raymond worked 10 years with hi-tech MNCs based in both China and the USA – polishing his skills with involvement spanning the entire supply chain – from frontline business development to project management and backend operations.

Not appreciating the importance of education at a young age, he f%!#-ed up his studies and turned out to be academically the worst student ( he claims ) in high school. This very lesson served as a major turning point in life for great things to come. Given a second chance, he completed college a year earlier and received full scholarship for academic excellence achieving magna cum laude honours and was inducted into both Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta society.

He is passionate about entrepreneurship and education – both its underlying theory and its application, having witness the benefit and the impact it can bring to youth who are given the opportunity and most of all, a second chance. His company, MindAsia is based in Singapore.

The company primarily focuses on ed. tech and also has an e-commerce and investment arm. Raymond is a certified instructor with Mindful Schools, an organization based in San Francisco Bay Area, that teaches mindfulness to kids.

He is also Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) ACTA certified and had developed a number of curriculum.


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.  


Mike Tringe
Co-founder

Mike Tringe is the co-founder of CreatorUp, the education platform for creative professionals to master new creative skills.

He earned his MFA in Film from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and has worked in Film Finance and Sales at Creative Artists Agency, in Creative Development at Vuguru, and on the Content Partnerships team at Blip Networks. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Los Angeles 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

  • Stephanie
    Ardrey
  • Tyrone
    Howard
  • Daniel
    Tabor
  • Paul
    Hiles
  • Robert
    D. Bush
  • Ron
    Carter
  • Jazmine
    Chase
  • Shelon
    Douglas
  • Ron
    Lowe
  • Derek
    Smith

Facilitators


Shavonnah Tièra Collins
Managing Director, RedFlint

Shavonnah has a diverse background including being part of the initial organizing team of Startup Weekend Las Vegas and teaching Starting Entrepreneurial Ventures at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business school. She has a background in startup ventures and is heavily involved in the entrepreneur community. As a second-generation Las Vegan, Shavonnah is committed to helping companies start and grow in her hometown.


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