Startup Weekend Philadelphia | Latinx in Tech

    Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018


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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Philadelphia | Latinx in Tech

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018



Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1776 UCity
30 N. 41st St 19104
Suite 570 (5th Floor)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Your idea in 54 hours

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.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “philadelphialatinx@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 5th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 October 6th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


1:00 pm
Lunch


1:15 pm
Star Castillo Performance
Enjoy your brain break with yummy foods and a live performance by local Latinx music artist, Star Castillo.


2:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


5:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Second round of coaches arrive to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


7:00 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday October 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Closing Speaker


5:15 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Alex Marshall
Director of Platform at Backstage Capital

Alex Marshall is Co-founder & Head of Client Experience at Health IQ, a special rate insurer for health conscious people that has raised over $80M. In 2018, she was ranked in the top 30 female founders in the U.S in the latest Quartz and Pitchbook Founders Index. Also making her the 4th Latina in the U.S with most money raised in venture capital.

She has over 5 years of experience in tech, finance and behavioral analytics. Prior to Health IQ, she worked at Goldman Sachs in the securities division. She is obsessed with using the customer journey and psychology to prove, define & drive value creation. Outside of work, she dedicates herself to health-focused education reform and volunteers on supporting immigration cases.

She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Studio Art. She’s also an artist, writer, Olympic weightlifter, and composer.


Heather Qader
Business Advisor, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Philadelphia Office

Heather Qader serves as Chief of Staff at La Colombe Coffee Roasters. She earned her bachelor's degree from Penn State University and attended the Fox School of Business for her MBA in Strategic Management.

Prior to her current role, Heather helped launch an African Imports business, led business development for a private real estate firm and enriched the tech ecosystem through the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. Prior to business school, Heather worked for the NAACP's Economic Department.

Heather is passionate about helping others reach and exceed their potential.


Maria Salamanca
Unshackled Ventures

Maria Salamanca is a venture capitalist at Unshackled Ventures, activist leader and advisor at Swing Left, fellow at Higher Ground Labs and founder at Making a Techie newsletter.

Unshackled Ventures, a fund that fills a unique space in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, funding teams with immigrant founders at the earliest stage of pre-seed. Maria joined the fund three years ago and has been involved in all 22 investments and has evaluated more than 2,500 deals.

Maria is not only a leader but key figure in the pre-seed investment community, supporting underrepresented founders just like herself.

In 2018, she was first Latina named Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital and Business Insider’s Under 30 Rising Stars. She is deeply involved in supporting the Latino entrepreneurship ecosystem, including being on the committee for the first ever StartupWeekend: Latinx Tech Edition and creating the first list and group of Latinas in Venture Capital. It is this strong support and investment in her community that won her the 2017 California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Shark of Year.


Previous to joining Unshackled, Maria worked at FWD.us an immigration lobbying group founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman and other tech leaders.
She immigrated to Orlando, FL from Colombia at age 7. She attended UC Berkeley and received a double bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Legal Studies.



Coaches and Mentors


Joy Valerie
Systems & Operations Consultant

Joy Valerie Carrera has been in the social business and startup industry following graduating RIT with a background in International Studies & Chemical Engineering. The last 4 years she’s led operations at an advertising tech startup in the software as a service sector .Being the first employee she has seen and been part of the expansion to take it from idea bootstrapped team to multimillion dollar company. She  has spearheaded the expansion of across 4 countries establishing and training teams in India, Poland, and New York.  She previously helped streamline intake and data collection  process at Americans for Immigrant Justice, and expand office locations in the NY metro area and Puerto Rico  and conduct market research on Microfinance for Grameen America . 

Currently she does operations consulting for social business ventures and tech startups. For her personal creative projects she applies her knowledge in advertising, social justice, and systems & operations for her media platforms PartTimeExploradora Tech & Travel Blog and Basic Brown Nerds Podcast to empower other Latinx, Women , and people of color to realize their own potential & leveraging influencer marketing to create a positive change and empower our communities. 


Abu Fofanah
Growth Strategist - The Man Behind the Brands

Abu Fofanah is a National Speaker and CEO of House of Fofanah, a digital marketing company that helps brands monetize their platforms. From starting his first company at just 18 years old, Abu has found himself in the intersection of technology, retail, and data. His background includes working in tech from PwC to Wall Street, Abu has been in the forefront of innovation and growing companies. 

Find out more~ Instagram: @abufofanah Twitter: @theabufofanah


Josh Torres
Tech Program Manager at the Kapor Center for Social Impact

Josh Torres is the Latinx Tech Program Manager at the Kapor Center for Social Impact where he focuses on shaping and administering a national Latinx Tech Initiative. Josh is a passionate operational and strategic planner with a penchant for streamlined and efficient team communication and collaboration.

His collective experience spans over 8 years consulting for clients, working in-house for hyper-growth early-stage startups like Square, Yelp Reservations, and Asana. Josh is passionate about social justice and making the world a more connected and inclusive community for all. He’s an Oakland resident who nerds out on science-fiction, podcasts, Kickstarter, and comic books.


Maria Salamanca
Unshackled Ventures

Maria Salamanca is a venture capitalist at Unshackled Ventures, activist leader and advisor at Swing Left, fellow at Higher Ground Labs and founder at Making a Techie newsletter.

Unshackled Ventures, a fund that fills a unique space in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, funding teams with immigrant founders at the earliest stage of pre-seed. Maria joined the fund three years ago and has been involved in all 22 investments and has evaluated more than 2,500 deals.

Maria is not only a leader but key figure in the pre-seed investment community, supporting underrepresented founders just like herself.

In 2018, she was first Latina named Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital and Business Insider’s Under 30 Rising Stars. She is deeply involved in supporting the Latino entrepreneurship ecosystem, including being on the committee for the first ever StartupWeekend: Latinx Tech Edition and creating the first list and group of Latinas in Venture Capital. It is this strong support and investment in her community that won her the 2017 California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Shark of Year.


Previous to joining Unshackled, Maria worked at FWD.us an immigration lobbying group founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Ron Conway, Reid Hoffman and other tech leaders.
She immigrated to Orlando, FL from Colombia at age 7. She attended UC Berkeley and received a double bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Legal Studies.



Gabriela Guaracao
Founder & CEO of Americae

Experiential is my favorite word. Female entrepreneur with a career in media, policy, and consumer goods.

Editor & Publisher 25 under 35.

Spent the first part of my career supporting storytelling through news media. Now, I am gearing up to tell a new story through e-commerce and experiential retail.

A Latin Americanist, I've written about and studied U.S. national security issues with an emphasis on that region. I have a master's in security policy with a focus insurgencies, counterinsurgency, organized crime, and Latin American security. My thesis presented programs and strategies to prevent the radicalization of second-generation immigrant youths in the U.S. in order to mitigate national security risks.

Philly is my home. I co-founded Philly Set Go, Philadelphia’s first millennial PAC––an organization advocating for, engaging, and supporting millennials and their interests at the local and state level. Additionally, I'm on the Board of Overseers of Einstein Healthcare Network, one of Philadelphia's leading healthcare networks, and the Board of Directors of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY).


Michael Johnson
Director Of Finance And Administration at Philadelphia Futures

Michael Johnson has a breath of experience in the areas of strategic management and financial analysis.

As the Director of Finance and Administration at Philadelphia Futures, Michael is responsible for the overall financial management of the organization while also overseeing administrative and general operational needs. 

Before joining Philadelphia Futures, Michael was with Frontline Solutions, a social-sector management consultancy. 



Sondra Carpenter
Business Loan Consultant

Sondra Carpenter is a Business Loan Consultant and the Principal of Carpenter Financial Services located in Philadelphia, PA. The company arranges business funding nationwide including term loans, lines of credit, startup funding, merchant cash advances, loans leveraged by real estate and more.The company's focus is to assist business owners with obtaining needed working capital quickly, even if they've been turned down by banks.  
Ms. Carpenter's background includes operation of Spruce Hill Properties, a real estate investment firm handling acquisition and sales of distressed properties in the Philadelphia, PA area since 2004. Also she has experience in commercial property management for multi-family units.The changes in economic conditions during the early 2000's encouraged her to transition into more entrepreneurial pursuits. Prior to that she was involved in contract and permanent positions as a network administrator and systems engineer for firms in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area of CA as well as Wall Street area of New York City. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Philadelphia | Latinx in Tech 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Delilah
    Dee
  • Brandon
    Thompson
  • Jen
    Riedel

Facilitators


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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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.


Andrea Canlla
Social Media Coordinator Latinx in Tech Philadelphia

Andrea specializes in helping business, entrepreneurs and professionals use social media marketing to boost their visibility and attract new customers.

Andrea currently works for the state of New Jersey. She also loves supporting and empowering the Latino community. 


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