Startup Weekend Monterey Bay (Seaside)

    Friday, January 25 - 27, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Monterey Bay (Seaside)

Friday, January 25 - 27, 2019

Friday, January 25 - 27, 2019
Event starts at 4:00 pm

CSU Monterey Bay
4314 6th Avenue
University Center
Seaside, CA 93955

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday January 25th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas and start working!

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. Share contact information with each other.

11:00 pm
Building closes
Finish for the day. You can continue to work, just not here.

Saturday January 26th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Teams begin work for the day
Work on your plan for the day and who will do what.

9:00 am
Check-in and instructions for the day
Quick report from each team and instructions on how make the most of the day!

11:00 am
Coach Meetings 11am-1pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coaches Meetings (1-3pm)
Coaches help team one-on-one. They are here to help!

3:00 pm
Coaches Meetings (3-5pm)
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may continue to work just not here.

Sunday January 27th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Teams begin work for the day
There is lots to do to get your team ready to pitch this afternoon!

9:00 am
Quick report from each team and instructions on how to make the most of the day and get ready for team presentations.

10:00 am
Coaches Meetings (10am-noon)
Coaches available to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings (12-2pm)
Coaches help teams get ready for final presentations. Practice your presentations.

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

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards & Reception
Let's celebrate!

8:30 pm
Be sure to clean up your work area.

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

John Dicconson
CEO at Tech Care Now


Kelly O'Brien
Chief Operating Officer - Co-Owner, Sensortech Services LLC


Richard De Andrade
Founder & CEO, Solare Holdings, LLC


Shyam Kamath
Dean, College of Business, CSU Monterey Bay


Coaches and Mentors

Al Budris
Business Development Consultant at Alpha Sports Associates LLC


Ange Nariswari
Assistant Professor of Marketing, CSUMB


Brooks McChesney
Managing Director at SmartWare

I am passionate about coaching young companies in all aspects of their formation, growth strategies and capital requirements. 

Carrie Nikitrin
Chief Business Strategist


Calvin Carr
President, Calvin & Carr Associates

I am a lecturer of strategic management in the College of Business at California State University, Monterey Bay where I leverage my 30+ years of real world business experience every day within the classroom.

Dante Di Gregorio
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business, CSUMB


Elizabeth Fuller MacKellar
Product Strategy Consultant, UX, Market Research Manager, Design Facilitator


Eric Tao
Director, iiED, Computer Science instructor


Everett Carter
Founder, CEO, Taygeta Scientific Inc


Heiko Wieland
Assistant Professor of Marketing CSUMB


John Guenther
Professor of Design Studies, San Jose State University

 Business development advisor for start up entrepreneurs.

Lee Henderson
CEO at Vybion, Inc.


Nick Dahan
Associate Professor of International Business, CSUMB


Sarah Springer
I conceptualize and build new things


Shana Kropp
CFO, FSO at Taygeta Scientific, Inc.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Monterey Bay (Seaside) 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.

Signature Sponsors




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Monterey Bay is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Mary Jo
  • Brad
  • Dan
  • Harrison
  • Jennifer
  • Saad


Tara Gilboa
Design Director

Tara is the lead organizer for Startup Weekend Education Colorado 2019.

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