Startup Weekend Youth Redding (5th-8th Grade)

    Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

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Startup Weekend Youth Redding (5th-8th Grade)

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Grant School
8835 Swasey
Redding, CA 96001

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A Playground for Redding’s Young Entrepreneurs

Come join us for Redding’s first-ever Startup Weekend Youth Edition hosted by Grant School.  This Startup Weekend is specially designed for 5th-8th grade problem solvers and entrepreneurs.  The format is slightly different from other Startup Weekends, with exercises and experiences that inspire young minds to learn how to move their ideas forward toward action while collaborating with their peers.

Today's youth are full of creative ideas for how to make lives and the world a better place. This will be a place for them to take those ideas and move them towards reality. This event will also help build confidence in creating and sharing ideas for those that tend to keep them inward. They will jump in with hands on activities that help them identify a challenge to solve, learn to understand the end customer or user, work effectively with others, communicate their ideas, and in the end, build something they are proud of.

Over a weekend, teams of middle schoolers from across the Redding area will listen to each other's ideas, form teams, be coached by educators and industry pros, design a product, code/create a prototype, and pitch their companies in front of a panel of judges and audience members. 
Parents and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the demo portion of the weekend.  We promise you will be inspired by what the kids produce.  
Here’s how it works Just like regular Startup Weekends, participants form teams. We will rotate the teams through different activity centers, each focusing on a different facet of ideation and execution. Each activity will emphasize a different aspect of creativity, idea formation, product building, and refining the story into a short presentation. There will be varying ways in which the children will be able to play and explore as well as challenge and express themselves.

Participants will need to be available for the entire weekend, beginning Friday evening. All activities will take place at Grant School (Swasey and Placer) in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Friday, September 22: 4:30 PM – 8 PM
Saturday, September 23:  9 AM – 4:30 PM Sunday
September 24: 9 AM – :430 PM; Parents and Friends welcome at 2:00 PM

Dinner is provided Friday.  Lunch and snacks (morning and afternoon) are provided Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday September 22nd

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Welcome and Ice Breakers
Start off the weekend with a fun activity to get you warmed up and ready to go!

5:30 pm
Dinner and Speaker
Eat some food and get inspired with a fabulous guest speaker!

6:30 pm
Weekend Overview and Pitch Practice
Understand weekend schedule. learn what makes a perfect pitch and practice some pitches.

7:30 pm
Event Wraps Up
Parents can begin picking up their children

Saturday September 23rd

9:00 am
Pitches and Form Teams
Arrive, pitch and form teams.

10:00 am
Team Huddle
Teams formed, mentors assigned. Set up workspace and get organized.

10:20 am

10:40 am
Team Work
Teams work on their ideas following proposed steps and activities.

12:00 pm
Take a break, eat some lunch, have fun!

12:40 pm
After Lunch Check-In and Team Work
Quick check-in across all teams then break back into teams to continue working on your ideas.

2:45 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Primer
A quick overview and some practice exercises to get teams thinking about their presentations.

3:30 pm
Team Work/Prototype Build
More building, market research, and business planning.

4:10 pm
Daily Wrap-Up
Debrief on today's progress and prepare for tomorrow's activities.

Sunday September 24th

9:00 am
Daily Check In and Team Work
Arrive, quick check-in with all teams followed by team work to finalize ideas. Take breaks as needed.

12:00 pm

12:40 pm
Presentation Prep
Work with coaches and mentors to finalize and practice presentation.

2:00 pm
Final Presentations
Teams present to judges and audience members.

3:45 pm
Judges Feedback & Awards

4:10 pm

4:30 pm
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Jack Burgess

Jack Burgess, is a graphic facilitator, business coach, artist, and teacher.  Among other things, he is currently leading collaborative conversations about our community’s ambitions and potential through Redding Futures.  

Event Judges

Faye Hall

Build It LLC is the beautiful fruit of Faye's passion for technology and education.  Faye has over 20 years experience working in a wide range of high tech companies, Sprint, eBay, and various tech start-ups. 

Dan Morrow

Dan Morrow is a long-time Redding resident and graduate of both Shasta High School and Shasta College.  After completing AA degrees in both Engineering and Electronics, he transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.  Dan spent the next two years completing his Master’s Degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo while conducting research and development work at NASA Dryden Research Center.  His career launched with a research position at Santa Barbara Research Center.  After returning to Redding in 1985 with his young family, Dan worked as Test Engineer with Pacific Western Systems, Inc. and advanced to Director of Engineering in 1988, then President in 1998. In 2000, Sof-Tek Integrators, Inc. was formed with Dan presiding as President and CEO. Redding based Sof-Tek Integrators Inc., operates three divisions.  The Assembly Division designs and manufactures electronic equipment used in semiconductor manufacturing environments. The UL Panel Division provides contract manufacturing services, and the Test and Measurement Division (dba Op-Test) provides patented color measurement solutions used in the solid state lighting manufacturing process.In addition to his activities in the tech sector, Dan was also active in higher education at Shasta College teaching Technology and Engineering courses. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Simpson University, and is an investor and mentor to several start-up companies.

Eric Hiatt
Eexecutive Director, Shasta Angel Group for Entrepreneurs

Eric A. Hiatt a Redding native is currently Founder and Chairman of the Board at Reverse Focus Inc. a technology company that sells SAAS to the mortgage industry a Partner at Synergy One Lending DBA Retirement funding Solutions, Executive Director, Investor and board member at Shasta Angels Group. He also holds multiple board seats and has placed capital in multiple start-ups through his private equity fund Level Up Capital LLC. Previous he was a Partner and SVP at Security One Lending Inc. at one time America’s largest Reverse Mortgage Bank (Sold to WIMC in Dec 2012).

Coaches and Mentors

Tad Raudman

Rafael Rodriguez

Luke Miner

Luke Miner is an entrepreneur, traveler, adventurer and learner. My main business achievement is co-founding the crowdfunding platform Since inception in 2011, YouCaring has raised over 250M for causes. I have travelled to 15 countries, many of them 2 or 3 times. One of my top dreams is to hike Machu Picchu. I'm currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for Shasta Venture Hub, and have a passion for partnering with local entrepreneurs.

Garrett Viggers

Dan Cooper

Daniel serves as UNITY’s Chief Executive Officer. Daniel has worked in Central East Africa for over 10 years on business, diplomatic and philanthropic initiatives – in particular, bringing his network of global leaders to develop trusted relationships with African leaders that have led to investment in infrastructure, sourcing, and distribution, as well as community development, social justice, and conservation initiatives throughout East Africa. 

Stanislav Fritz
Author, Executive

Carla Wickoff

Carla is a retired leader in the digital and cloud space.  She moved to Redding from Texas. 

Alayne Rodriguez

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Redding is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Suzie
  • Joshua
  • Rachel
  • Grant


Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson is the CEO of Mindbox Studios, Inc., an enterprise technology and marketing company, a local real estate developer, and startup community organizer. He is a facilitator for Techstars' Startup Weekend events, and has organized or facilitated over 13 Startup Weekends over the last 7 years. 

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