Startup Weekend Orange County

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Orange County

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

1691 Kettering st.
Irvine, CA 92614

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 November 14th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in... Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:50 pm
Welcome & Intro
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce 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 November 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Session 1 Coaches arrival
Session 1 Coaches help teams one-on-one. 10am-12pm

12:00 pm

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

4:30 pm
Session 2 Coaches Arrival
Session 2 Coaches come to help teams 1 on 1 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Fireside Chat with Erik Rannala

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

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

Sunday November 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Session 3 Coaches arrival
Pitch Session - Coaches arrive… 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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Erik Rannala
Co-Founder Mucker Capital

Event Judges

Henri Duong
Director of Orange County Chapter, Founder's Institute

Daniel Lee (이재원)

Daniel is on visiting faculty at Gachon University. His specialty is in venture finance, and tech based entrepreneurship. Daniel is an ACM professional and IBM Global Entrepreneur.  He started his career as a quant jock computer hacker before joining IBM, PeopleSoft,  Oracle, and AppliedERP as a developer, chief architect, corporate VC, global director and President/CEO.  In addition to his passion for tech, he received USC MBA in accounting and finance.  He  was a Dean's International Fellow at Seoul National University, and research associate at USC.   He is a recipient of the US Congressional Special Recognition for community service, and currently serves on Boards of numerous non-profits and tech companies. 

Christian Mack
Managing Director, Lotus Innovations Fund

Michael Sawitz
Founder & CEO,

David Ochi
Executive Director UC Irvine ANTrepreneur Center

Coaches and Mentors

Joe Burke
Former Goodwill and Disney Executive

Scott Sebelius
Director of Engineering, Originate

Andy Keil
Head of Product, Visage

Rey Pasinli
Executive Director

Angie Hayden
Experience Innovator, Originate

Shelon Douglas
Managing Partner, Founder and CEO to BizTechIQ™

Dan Jenkins
President Channel Tactix

Ben McCann
Co-Founder of Connectifier

Vladimir Drndarski
Chief Operating Officer, Thotspots

James Williams
VP Advanced Technology, Joyent

Goran Matijasevic
Senior Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni and Constituent Relations

Garrett Mehrguth
President and CEO, Directive Consulting

Andrew Bermudez
Co-Founder & CEO at Digsy

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Orange County 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.




Bronze Sponsorship

Organizing Team

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

  • Ha
  • Ounie
  • Melinda
  • Umar


Skyler Kidd
Regions Coordinator

Core team member at Techstars. One of the only native members of the PNW on the organizing team, Skyler is currently a student The University of Washington where he is exploring the the intersection of business, technology, and entrepreneurship.

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