Startup Weekend Monterey Bay

    Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016

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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 29 - 31, 2016

Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016
Event starts at 4:00 pm

University Center
California State University Monterey Bay
4314 Sixth Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955

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Startup Weekend is back in the Monterey Bay region! Be an entrepreneur for a weekend!

Ever want to know what it takes to be an entrepreneur? In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. 

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.
Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.

  • 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.
  • Start.  Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.   This is the ideal environment for you to be successful and learn as much as possible in just 54 hours.

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Friday January 29th

4:00 pm
Registration & Orientation
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Get an overview of the weekend and start networking.

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

6:30 pm
Welcome & Introduction
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches, sponsors, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Vote and Form Teams
Vote for your Favorite ideas and teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 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

11:00 pm
Building closes
Finished for the day. You cannot stay.

Saturday January 30th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Coaches: Idea Marketing Development
Coaches help teams one-on-one. Please sign up. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

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

1:00 pm
Coaches: Creative/Tech & Business Model
Coaches help teams one-on-one. Please sign up. They are here to help!

5:00 pm
Coaches: Presentation
Coaches help teams one-on-one. Please sign up. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

8:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 pm
Building closes
Finished for the day. You cannot stay.

Sunday January 31st

8:00 am
Breakfast & Start Working
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee. Team work.

10:00 am
Check-In & Coaches arrive
Coaches arrive. Teams sign up for help. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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
Team Photos
Take photos of your team on stage.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards & Reception
There will be a final reception to celebrate all of your hard work!

8:30 pm
Clean up
Please help us clean up and pack up.

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Joel Gambord
CEO, Real Estate

Bob Kasavan

Brooks McChesney
Managing Director at SmartWare

Marylou Shockley
Chair, College of Business, CSU Monterey Bay

Ralph Widmar
CEO at Network Intelligence

Coaches and Mentors

Brad Barbeau
Executive Director, iiED, Enterpreneurship Instructor


Al Budris
Business Development Consultant at Alpha Sports Associates LLC


Kevin Cahill
Associate Professor of Design, CSUMB


David Chuck
Senior Software Engineer

Ted Cocheu
Instructor and internet entrepreneur

Nick Dahan
Associate Professor of International Business, CSUMB


Bob DeVincenzi
President and CEO of Redflex Holding Limited


John Dicconson
CEO at Tech Care Now

Susan Duggan

Gene Giromini

Matt Herman

Jason Henderson

Keith Holtaway
Strategic Business Design

Jeff Kise

Jenny Lin
Marketing instructor

Bobbi Long

Carlos Lopez

Bob Maffei
Accounting and Business Instructor

Angie Nariswari

Lou Panetta

Krysztof Pietroskzek

John Skardon

Jonathan Shu

Eric Tao
Director, iiED, Computer Science instructor

Andy Van Valer

Elijah Woolery
Director of Design Education at InVisionApp Inc

Christina Zhang
Assistant Professor of Finance, CSUMB


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.

Signature Sponsors

Premier Sponsorship



Organizing Team

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

  • Mary Jo
  • Brad
  • Eric
  • Neil
  • Chris
  • Kyle


Bill Kenney
CEO at Test My Pitch

Bill Kenney has founded 6 companies and currently leads two growing ventures. One is a business promotion company and the other is a self-promotion company. MEET ( specializes in helping growth healthcare, energy, and technology companies exhibit at trade shows. MEET develops and implements client event participation strategy. His second company, Test My Pitch ( is an online platform helps students, entrepreneurs, and professionals develop their communication skills in a safe and collegial environment. Think of Test My Pitch like a batting cage for communication skill development. Test My Pitch is currently embedded in the curriculum of universities, accelerators, incubators and corporations from Saudi Arabia to San Francisco.

Bill also leads four community building efforts in Connecticut. The first has developed a statewide entrepreneurial event calendar where more than 30 organizations events are now aggregating and the second is a statewide entrepreneurial mentor cooperative where more than 20 organizations are sharing mentorship best practices and resources. The third is a statewide entrepreneur awards event. And the fourth is a statewide entrepreneur summit.

Bill is also part of the leadership team at Startup Champions Network (formerly Startup America) and he emcees and speaks frequently on a variety of networking, business, mentorship, entrepreneurship and community building topics.

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