Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech New York

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech New York

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

119 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011

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Learn how to take ideas from concept to creation in a matter of days!

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago!"?  If you have, then that means you did not have a process for taking that idea and building it out into a prototype.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process for putting your ideas into action
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • beef up your resume
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of September 29th through October 1st! 

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries,
  • and learners from all around NYC and the surrounding area!

For the full-weekend ticket you get:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the local NYC startup community
  • Meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout NYC
  • All-star judges ready to listen to your final presentations and providing expert feedback
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni) #SWMafia
  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!

Why Latinx in Tech? 

The complex intersectionalities of the Latinx (La-teen-ex) population in the U.S. coupled with their increasing technology consumption make this ethnic group one of the most misunderstood, yet powerful communities of our time. By 2060, over a quarter of the entire U.S. population will be Latinx - that’s about 119MM people - representing over a trillion dollars of economic power.

As of 2013, Latinx Millennials and Gen-Z comprised 58% of the Latinx population. These groups are proving to be a game-changing consumer segment across markets because of the way they are influencing their communities across race, culture, politics, gender identity and language -- case in point, the term Latinx.

Imagine what could happen if we gathered 500 entrepreneurially-minded Latinxs and allies over 54 hours, in 5 different cities, to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community? What if we facilitated mentorship by some of the most talented technologists, business innovators, and prominent investors? 

This Startup Weekend event is part of a 5-city Latinx in Tech campaign going on throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.  Join us in this special edition of Startup Weekend NYC and help us prove that we can all learn, work, and create together in order to deliver better outcomes.

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Friday September 29th

6:30 pm
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

7:30 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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

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

Sunday October 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza
Venture Capital Investor, Kapor Capital

Carolina is a Principal at Kapor Capital, investing in social impact tech startups that seek to narrow gaps in opportunity and access for underrepresented communities and eliminate barriers to their full participation across the tech ecosystem.  A former M&A banker. Carolina left Wall Street to pursue opportunities at startups. Along the way, she built a commerce company that helped stay at home moms generate additional income while exposing their children to STEM education. Her proudest achievement is helping to build one of the top performing charter school networks in the country, now serving over 10,000 kids. 

Carolina has held operating roles in Sales, Partnerships/Business Development, and Sales Operations at multiple tech companies. 

Kanyi Maqubela
Angel Investor

Entrepreneur, working at the intersection of science and technology, based in New York, venture capital investor (and sometimes angel investor). This means, every day, sometimes twice a day, sometimes five times a day, meets with  women and men who have a vision for the world, spend an hour processing as much as I possibly can about their business, and then offer them as humble and objective a perspective as I can. It's hard, lonely, and a very easy way to be insecure. But it's fun. It's easy to get energized by falling in love with ideas, and with founders. Over the years during which I've done this (now over a decade across investing and building) I have learned more about how to listen for founders' strengths and weaknesses, to be available in their tough times, and to celebrate their good. I was honored to serve on a few great company boards as director, two wonderful companies as observer, and another as an adviser. 

Nathalie Molina Niño
CEO and Co-Founder, BRAVA Investments

Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, which targets high-growth, scalable businesses that can make a catalytic economic impact on women. A technologist and coder by training, she’s a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart, passionate about gender parity.Keith Ferrazzi called her a “super-connector” in his updated best-selling classic, Never Eat Alone. Nathalie is the “fuel core of a network that makes it easy for her to tap the resources to get stuff done, and done quickly.” In 2016, as interim CEO of SELF MADE, Nathalie led the development of the SELF MADE platform based on the book by Telemundo's former Entertainment president, Nely Galan, including the launch of a mobile app, video series, and web platform.
In 2015, Nathalie stepped in as interim Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech. Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20, she later graduated with a degree in playwriting at Columbia University. In 2012, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs, where she remains a founding advisor.

Damian Rivera
CEO | Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

Damian was most recently appointed CEO of Association of Latino Professionals for America, ALPFA, one of the largest and most established Latino professional organizations. 
Mr. Rivera was previously a Managing Director in Accenture’s Resources Utilities practice, where he led some of the firm’s largest utility clients in the Northeast. Mr. Rivera was also Accenture’s Managing Director responsible for the North American Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG), a role in which he led the strategic direction of internal career progression for all 16 ERGs across the U.S. 
Damian also serves on the National Board of Per Scholas, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing technology, education, access, training and job placement services for people in underserved communities.

Coaches and Mentors

Amy Quispe
Software Engineer, Facebook

Amy Quispe is a Queens native and software engineer at Facebook. Before Facebook, she worked at Medium and Google and did a variety of work in the education space. During the summer of 2012, she interned at tumblr and was a CODE2040 and hackNY fellow. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and is an alum of Stuyvesant High School.

Kat O'Brien
Senior Marketing Manager, Samsung Pay

Kat O'Brien currently works on marketing and partnerships in the mobile payments space. She’s previously worked extensively in sports media, both on the content creation and on the business development/sponsorship side. Kat is a multilingual Wharton MBA who is passionate about digital and social media, FinTech, sports and international business.

Jorge M. Torres
Venture Capital Investor

Jorge M. Torres is a service professional with a background in venture capital and law practice. Most recently, he’s provided capital to entrepreneurs as a venture partner at SILAS Capital, a New York firm that Jorge helped build into a trusted partner for entrepreneurs starting and scaling high-growth consumer businesses. Currently, He’s teaching the Business of Venture Capital at Yale, which is an introductory seminar on venture capital and innovation investing for undergraduates.

William Ilarraza
UI/UX Developer at WorkMarket

William is a visual designer who's made a career in making conception into effective products with a proven track record of developing visual design elements required for an enhanced experience. Currently, he’s a UI/UX Developer for WorkMarket, the world's largest professional transaction network backed by Accenture, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Fritz Charles
Senior Product Marketing Manager, IAC

Fritz Charles is currently the Senior Product Marketing Manager at IAC focused on Mobile Subscription Growth. Previously, he worked at the National Basketball Association as Senior Manager for the NBA LEAGUE PASS digital subscription product. Prior to that, Charles built a mobile app portfolio of over 500 mobile apps on the iOS, Google Play, and Amazon app stores accumulating over 5,000,000 downloads.

Mina Salib
Program Manager, NYU Tandon Future Labs

Mina is currently the program manager at the NYU Tandon Future Labs. He oversees all-external activities that the Future Labs has a stake in. Tasks that fall under his domain include partnerships, deal sourcing, program logistics & strategy, investor relations, and event production. He also personally consults and mentors many of the companies both inside and outside of the Future Labs. As a former founder and current investor himself, he has become a prolific connector in the NYC Startup space.

Dimitris Kouvaros
Co-Founder and COO, Live! From Tomorrow

Dimitris Kouvaros is the co-creator of Live! From Tomorrow, a variety show featured on Mashable. Previously, he was a VC at Newark Venture Partners, a venture fund backed by Audible, where he ran their accelerator and invested in early stage startups. Prior to that, he was at Startup NEXT co-running their NYC accelerator.

Kara Gomez
Special Projects & Network, Techstars

Kara Gomez has managed the Techstars Cloud and Techstars Music programs in San Antonio and Los Angeles, and has a background in small business accounting & finance, operations, and customer development. She now lives in New York City and is focused on alumni and network programs for Techstars. If you love cats or The Clash, do let her know.

Lisa Cuesta
Principal, NextGen Venture Partners

Lisa is a Principal on the investment team at NextGen Venture Partners. Before joining NextGen, Lisa worked at Google in strategy and product roles and the ecommerce team at Pepsico. Lisa earned a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Carlos Hoyos
Senior Technology Staff Member, IBM Corporate Strategy

Carlos Hoyos is a Venture Capital Investor in technical corporate strategy at IBM, bringing the best new technology to our most important clients to help them succeed. Carlos is also a mathematician, musician, and inventor with multiple patents under his belt. He is a co-founder of Encantos Media, where he combines his tech and music background to create immersive and whimsical digital experiences for kids.

Ramphis Castro
Managing Director, ScienceVest

Ramphis is co-founder and GP of ScienceVest, investing in companies that can impact 1MM+ lives. As a Kauffman Fellow, Ramphis has extensively researched the funding gaps for transformational science companies, a key element of ScienceVest's investment thesis. He is also a Founding Board Member of the New York City Innovation Collective - a nonprofit alliance of NYC's top technology organizations comprised of 90+ accelerators, incubators and other platforms of innovation working together to support and grow the amazing NYC community and share those lessons across ecosystems globally.

Gaby Peña
Product Manager, Squarespace

Gaby Peña (@gpena) is a product manager at Squarespace. Prior to joining Squarespace, she spent close to six years at Twitter, both at their HQ in San Francisco and their offices in NYC, working on the Growth and Consumer product teams. Before Twitter, Gaby completed an MFA in Design and worked at Facebook as an international analyst. Originally from Peru, Gaby graduated with a degree in Government from Harvard College in 2008

Cami Tellez
Student Partner, Rough Draft Ventures

A junior at Columbia, Cami Tellez has involved herself in many of New York’s strongest tech communities: Her freshman summer, she worked as a Business Associate at Techstars Fintech NYC where she helped strengthen their relationship with universities across New York. After Techstars, she ended up joining Techstars-backed mortgage startup Morty as employee #1. This past summer, she worked as a product manager at The Wirecutter, the New York Times’ site for technology reviews. She is now a student partner at Rough Draft Ventures, where she invests in awesome students across the US.

Oscar G. Torres
Creative & Experience Director, VirtualHealth

Oscar is a technologist, entrepreneur, artist and innovative thinker. He builds scalable products with the user and brand experience in mind. He holds a Masters from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY Purchase College. You can find his work at

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech New York 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 New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Linda
  • Jose
  • Jessica
  • AJ
  • david
  • Tatiana
  • Gaby


Alejandra Jimenez
Program Manager

Global Facilitator @startupweekend | Interpreter, translator and editor | Program Manager @StartupBoost NY | Latinx

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