Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

    Friday, January 23 - 25, 2015

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Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

Friday, January 23 - 25, 2015

Friday, January 23 - 25, 2015
Event starts at 4:00 pm

University Center
California State University, Monterey Bay
6th Avenue and B Street
Seaside, CA 93955

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Hey Monterey Bay - Startup Weekend is back!

Startup Weekend returns to the Monterey Bay area January 23, 24 & 25 , 2015.  
Ever want to know what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and success?  In just 54 hours, local entrepreneurs, leaders, community members and students will converge to create businesses. It’ll be chaotic, fast paced and incredibly rewarding.  See you there!

Previous teams from Startup Weekend Monterey Bay went on to compete and become finalists in the region's new venture business competition Startup Challenge.   

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday January 23rd

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

5:00 pm
Startup Weekend Orientation

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start & Voting
Optionally line up to give your pitch. Attendees will then vote for the top pitches.

9:00 pm
Form Teams & Discuss Ideas
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Teams formalize 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.

11:00 pm
Building Closes

Saturday January 24th

8:00 am
Breakfast & Begin Work
Arrive, simple breakfast with coffee. Teams formed and setting up work space for the weekend.

9:00 am
Check In
Teams check in, call for help if needed.

11:00 am
Mini Workshop
Optional mini workshop on customer validation.

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coaches Arrive
Coaches arrive for orientation.

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

4:00 pm
Mini Workshop
Optional mini workshop: Interpreting results from customer validation.

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
Check In
Mid weekend check-in, status reports, and calls for help if needed.

9:00 pm
Teams pitch to coaches.

11:00 pm
Building Closes

Sunday January 25th

8:00 am
Breakfast & Begin Work
Arrive, simple breakfast with coffee. Teams formed and setting up work space for the weekend.

9:00 am
Check In
Teams check in, call for help if needed.

10:00 am
Mini Workshop
Optional mini workshop: Finance and pitch deck.

11:30 am
Coaches Arrive
Coaches arrive for orientation.

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches are available for pitch practice.

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
Team Photos

8:00 pm
Awards & Celebration

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jeremy Neuner
Head of Launchpad San Francisco at Google

Founder and chairman of the board of NextSpace

Brooks McChesney
Managing Director at SmartWare

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

Andrew Van Valer

Lets revitalize entrepreneurship and local economies! 

So many small businesses are so busy in the day to day they don't have time to see the forest thru the tree especially when it comes to technology and marketing. 

30+ Years of Experience in business being focus to help small businesses accelerate their growth. High passion for social enterprises and local businesses supporting a community. Co-founded early-stage business in the wellness industry, technology, hardware and devices.

Startup team member, leadership role and key contributor to several highly-successful, high-growth Silicon Valley startups. All of which have either been taken went public on the London stock exchange and NASDAQ or have been sold to large corporations for $200m or more.

Board Member and founder of several non-profits; fostering and revitalizing entrepreneurship and local economies

Personally mentored, grown and coached over 100 entrepreneurs and startups. Taught them how to find the right business and how to subsequently build it into a financially sustainable enterprise.

Advised and showed hundreds of start-up entrepreneurs how to use direct sales businesses as highly- effective business incubators with ethics and integrity. In the process researched over 4,000 different MLM and Direct Sales opportunities. 

Leadership role for numerous worldwide technology releases, which included: computer software, internet services, digital photography, and cell phones.

Setup International operations for several market-leading corporations in Germany, Italy, France and Ireland and also acted as an advisor/liaison for International Government Agencies in some of these countries.

Developed valuable expertise in International Operations and cultural differences, awareness and best practice.

• Business Development and Mentoring
• Health and Wellness Business Consulting
• Social Media Marketing
• Hard To Find Business Tools
• Venture-backed Business

Karen Hargrove

Before her retirement from Microsoft Corporation, Ms. Karen Hargrove worked in research and advanced development for the company's digital office systems. From a leadership role, she guided and helped implement Microsoft's vision for integrating personal computers with other office technologies. Ms. Hargrove employed her business and technical background in creating new businesses worldwide and overseeing the growth of Microsoft product technology.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Hargrove worked on software development for ATL and on advanced hardware design and software development for Digital Equipment Corporation. Her broad oversight and experience include government security and encryption, Intel chip design, 3D graphics, digital books, font technology, and natural language.

Green technology, particularly geothermal, solar, green building materials and processes, and alternative vehicles (not gasoline or ethanol-based), are counted among Hargrove's current interests. She continues to maintain an active involvement with high technology.

Ms. Hargrove is married to Rick Hargrove, whom she met in a Computer Science class at the University of Kansas, where she completed degrees in Business, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. Ms. Hargrove and her husband reside in Carmel Valley, California.

Niki Manby

Niki Manby is a innovation leader with broad new business management experience in eCommerce, mobile, chip, and other technologies supporting financial services in emerging and developed markets.  She was most recently with Visa Inc., as Head of Emerging Products & Innovation for the Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (APCEMEA) region.  Prior to living in Singapore, Manby was Head of Global Corporate Strategy for Visa Inc., where she managed the Strategy teams as well as a range of business groups including Research Services, Strategic Intelligence, Pricing, Business Innovation, and Enterprise Strategic Planning.  Previously, Manby played a leadership role in preparing for the Visa Inc. initial public offering, and served as Senior Vice President of Product Innovation where her focus was on Visa’s long-term growth initiatives--defining new revenue opportunities for Visa products and technologies, and launching several new business models for the company.  She holds a B.A. in English and Business from UCLA, and a M.B.A. from Yale University.  She is a former Director of the UCLA Alumni Association Board, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for in San Francisco, where she is now based.

Coaches and Mentors

Chuck Erickson
Principal of CECO Innovation, LLC


Ted Cocheu
Instructor and internet entrepreneur

Lou Panetta

Al Budris
Business Development Consultant at Alpha Sports Associates LLC


G Stearns

Matt Coombs

"Matt is the VP of Information and Technology Resources at Hartnell College and is leading a state-of-the-art Virtualization and Virtual Desktop Integration initiative at Hartnell that will result in optimizing and increasing access to technology to thousands of Hartnell students throughout the Monterey, CA Peninsula.
Matt also consults with organizations that anticipate a need for enterprise integration, enterprise business intelligence or enterprise system deployment. He is active in multiple open source projects, such as Kuali, Drupal and Sakai. Prior to Hartnell, Matthew led San Joaquin Delta College to contribute and become active as one of 9 Kuali Founding Partner. He has Matt has played an active role in the development and introduction and management of multiple key Kuali and SunGard products including the largest market share portal in higher education. Early in his career, Matthew co-founded iShopper Inc., one of the first e-commerce experiments of the web; As an experienced team builder and technology evangelist Matthew is excited to be part of this incredible 2 and half day entrepreneurial experience. "

Heiko Wieland
Assistant Professor of Marketing CSUMB


Elizabeth Powers

Doug Erickson
Founder and Host, Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp & VP Growth, Nanigans

Eric Mendelson

Financial services professional with substantial achievements in corporate financial management. Broad experience as well with structuring, negotiating and underwriting commercial credit for working capital, commercial real estate, and business buyouts.

Ken Rosen

Ken is a local entrepreneur. He is the founder of and is currently working on 

Jenny Hardy

Jenny Hardy applies the principles of neuro-psychology and international law, to assist in the conscious growth of business individuals, as well as groups. Diplomatically co-coordinating mutually beneficial collaborations, between blue-chip private corporations, multi-stage developing governmental bodies, as well as small to large charitable organizations, is key. Provision of all necessary support, from cradle to cradle (origination, design, production, promotion, implementation, consumption, regeneration, evolution, etc).

Paul Fuller

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Monterey Bay 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Brad
  • Mary Jo
  • Eric
  • Rachel


Chris Chang
Program Manager, Techstars Adelaide

Chris is the Project Manager for Pilot Programs at Techstars, guiding new products through the introductory phases of the product's lifecycle. This role works closely with cross-functional teams across the business to create and deliver on detailed project plans, driving on-time strategic objectives and pilot execution.

Previously, Chris was the Program Manager for Techstars Adelaide, the first Techstars accelerator in the APAC-region, focusing on startups advancing innovative applications in IoT, big data, sensors and robotics.

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