Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech NYC 2019

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech NYC 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

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117 Barrow St
Manhattan, NY 10014

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Latinx In Tech Startup Weekend NYC

Brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community. We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation.

We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community.

Our main focus is on tech solutions, but we welcome all ideas that will help to create a future fueled by Latinx leadership and experiences.

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.

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Friday September 20th

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 21st

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 September 22nd

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

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, and advisor to and Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon.

Jorge Torres
Venture Capital Investor and Educator

Jorge M. Torres is an investor and educator based in New York.

Jorge teaches venture capital to university students and experienced investors through his affiliations with Yale University, HBCUvc, Kauffman Fellows, and other organizations committed to developing talent. He has taught courses that introduce undergraduates to investing fundamentals as well as continuing education programs that help seasoned investors raise their practice to the next level.

Jorge serves as a Special Advisor to HBCUvc, a non-profit whose mission is to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in venture capital. While on the HBCUvc team, he designed, prototyped, and implemented a venture capital training program that is currently being scaled across hundreds of historically Black colleges and universities in the US.

Jorge started in the venture capital business at Silas Capital, where he served as an original member of the investment team and invested in early-stage consumer brands such as Casper, Ringly, Tracksmith and others.

Jorge mentors entrepreneurs through his affiliations with Techstars, Founder Institute, and Endeavor. His mentoring relationships focus on helping companies with product, fundraising, marketing (esp. consumer brands), and legal.

Jorge was engaged in the full-time practice of law for a decade prior to venture capital, and he maintains an active status as a US patent attorney (Reg. No. 57,447). He received a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also completed the Kauffman Fellows Program while at Silas Capital. Jorge was born in the Bronx, raised in Queens, and has roots in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Coaches and Mentors

Jonathan Diaz
Data Analytics + Venture

I always imagined I'd be a city planner promoting sustainable community development and performing poetry at open mics. Nevertheless, along the way, I found joy in the challenges of turning data into insights and action for clients. Consulting has given me exposure to a variety of industries and applications, but more importantly, it has taught me the essence of collaboration throughout an analytics journey.

I have learned to put stakeholders at the center of all that I do, the value of sound strategy, and the power of mentorship. As I have moved across the East Coast (Boston > DC > NYC), I've engaged with several startup ecosystems, acquiring an interest in the venture capital space. Particularly in building capacity and investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Outside of those realms, I am hunting for the best indoor cycling class, hanging out with family and friends, and exploring NYC one coffee shop at a time.

Javier Dutan

Javier has over 10 years of experience in the restaurant service, restaurant software & payments industry, including opening his first restaurant at the age of 16 and starting a restaurant point of sale (POS) startup that had over 10,000 restaurants using the platform daily. From his experience in the restaurant industry and technology, Javier established Novaux, Inc which is a MBE Certified business that does high tech & scale projects for Fortune 500 clients and government agencies. Javier is also one of the founders of the Restaurant Tech Meetup that invites other restaurant owners and tech entrepreneurs to talk about their projects and showcase them on a panel. He has both a unique insider view to the restaurant industries’ slow transformation to technology, and the proven ability to successfully implement and
run new innovative tech solutions in his restaurants.

Yai Vargas
Career & Diversity Strategist

Multicultural Marketing Expert | LinkedIn Networking Ninja | Founder: The Latinista | Author & Speaker

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.

Frank Denbow
Startup Advocate at Microsoft, Founder of INFLECTION

Frank Denbow is a computer scientist and entrepreneur from New Jersey. He is currently a Startup Advocate at Microsoft, helping support the startup community in NYC. He is the founder of INK’A (, a platform for producing top quality custom apparel for companies and influencers. Frank has bootstrapped INK’A into millions in revenue and enjoys supporting other entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem. Frank has held leadership positions in community organizations such as Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, & Coalition for Queens, helping connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need. Out of this desire, he created INFLECTION, a community for profitable companies.

Ivan Alo
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of New Age Capital

Ivan is the co-founder and Managing Partner of New Age Capital, a seed stage venture capital firm investing in tech and tech-enabled startups founded and led by Black and Latino entrepreneurs solving real world problems. A strong advocate for the democratization of entrepreneurship and innovation, he is passionate about the use of technology to make the world more accessible and beneficial for all.

Alongside New Age Capital, Ivan is the co-founder of real estate technology company CNERGY which is a fully collaborative, end-to-end transaction management platform for commercial real estate investment and finance professionals.

Mia Manantan
Community Lead for Samsung NEXT NY

Mia is a community aficionado and currently serves as the Community Lead for Samsung NEXT NY. She focuses on building and maintaining relationships with key players in the NY tech ecosystem, planning and executing community events and programming, and helping source for and run Samsung NEXT’s founder-focused programs and initiatives. She is passionate about building relationships/communities in and out of tech and believes in communicating/connecting authentically to do so.

Keianna Dixon
Co-founder, Soshel

Keianna Dixon is an entrepreneur, builder, and strategist. She has founded and led startups and community organizations in tech, healthcare, and education. Her work as an entrepreneur focuses on mental health and social determinants of health - the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work, and age that influence differences in health status. Alongside this work, she leads startup initiatives in New York City and performs startup due diligence at venture capital firms. Prior to her work in startups and venture capital, she was a strategy consultant.

Catalina Pena
Executive Career Coach

Catalina is the founder of Catalyst Creation, which focuses on creating tools to build change makers to enable them to embrace their truth and #livetheirbestlife. She has 7 years of Tech Recruiting and Sales experience working for companies like Asana, Johnson & Johnson, Facebook, and Andreessen Horowitz. She is also an Afro-Colombiana who moved to the US at 9, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and lived in the Bay Area for 6 years before settling in NYC.

Organizing Team

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

  • carolina
  • david
  • AJ
  • Tatiana
  • Joy
  • Chloe
  • Andrew
  • Aimara


david silva
Señor Developer | Facilitator Latinx in Tech Philadelphia

David is a Software developer at a medical company, that is working to address the lack of easy access to medical care. Very passionate about startups, and helping others be a part of the startup world.

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