Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

    Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017

Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Joel & Dena Gambord Business & Information Technology Building
Cal State University Monterey Bay
3052 Divarty Street
Seaside, CA 93933

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Launch your business idea over the weekend!

At Startup Weekend Monterey Bay, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Aspiring entrepreneurs will work together to build startups in one chaotic weekend. The ultimate hands-on learning experience, SWMB allows innovators from all disciplines team up for an intensive experience in building businesses. 

Connect with people driven to build something new. Rich and diverse talent is a Startup Weekend staple. Are you ready to meet your next (cofounder) (friend) (mentor) (investor)?  

Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur's Journey. Find the resources available near you.Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success.

Learn what it really takes to start a company. No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know. The only way to learn is the experience of trying.

It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.

Cal State University Monterey Bay is proud to host Startup Weekend for the Monterey Bay region each January. This is the fifth year we have bought this global event to the Monterey Bay region.  Startup Weekend is part of the largest entrepreneurial community with over 193,00 past attendees a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs in over 150 countries who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

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Friday January 27th

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

4:30 pm
Overview of weekend
For first timers. Get some insight about how this weekend works and how to use your time to get the most out of it.

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce staff, 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.

11:00 pm
Building closes

Saturday January 28th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Check-in and instructions for day
Quick report from each team and instructions on how to make the most of the day!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings 1-3pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

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

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Coaches Meetings 7-9pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

11:00 pm
Building closes

Sunday January 29th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Check in and instructions
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
Coach Meetings 10am-noon
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings 12-2pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings 2-4pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

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 & Reception
Let's celebrate!

8:30 pm
Please clean-up your work spaces before you go. Return any supplies you used to Registration desk. Your workspaces should be set up the way you found them Fri pm.

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Bonnie Irwin
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Monterey Bay

Gordon Eubanks
Blue Crew, Consulting and board member

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


Shyam Kamath
Dean, College of Business, CSU Monterey Bay


Will Elkadi
CEO, eLab Communications

Coaches and Mentors

Al Budris
Business Development Consultant at Alpha Sports Associates LLC


Andy Van Valer
Entrepreneur for Entrepreneurs - Big or Small

Bob DeVincenzi
President and CEO of Redflex Holding Limited


Bob Maffei
Accounting and Business Instructor

Brad Barbeau
Executive Director, iiED, Enterpreneurship Instructor


Bruce Barrie
Business Instructor and Financial Professional:

Calvin Carr
President, Calvin & Carr Associates


Carlos Lopez

Cassandra Humphrey
Graphic Designer

Cindy Merzon
Business Leadership & Management Coach

Dante Di Gregorio
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business, CSUMB


David Chuck
Senior Software Engineer

David Seagal
App Developer, Game Design instructor, CSUMB


Elijah Woolery
Director of Design Education at InVisionApp Inc

Elizabeth Powers
Intellectual Property Attorney

Jenny Lin
Marketing instructor

Jeremy Connally
District Manager at Farmers Insurance Group of Companies

John Derrick

John Dicconson
CEO at Tech Care Now


Kevin Cahill
Associate Professor of Design, CSUMB


Lee Henderson
CEO at Vybion, Inc.


Nick Dahan
Associate Professor of International Business, CSUMB


Paul Alexander
Co-founder @ Lexigram

Steve Belcher

Sue Higgins
Deputy Director, Cebrowski Institute at Naval Postgraduate School

Ted Cocheu
Instructor and internet entrepreneur

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.




Organizing Team

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

  • Brad
  • Eric
  • Mary Jo


Julian Miller

Event Staff

Neil Vidal
Marketing assistant

Lynnette Vong
Event management assistant

Anjika Grinager
Founder & Design Guru at Ascend Business Design and Development


Mary Jo Zenk
Program Manager, iiED


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