Startup Weekend Redding

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Redding

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Commons Event Center
4712 Mountain Lakes Blvd
Redding, CA 96003

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Startup Weekend: Where Ideas Become A Reality

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!

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Friday November 9th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 November 10th

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 November 11th

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

Hope Seth

CitySpeak Consulting I Bringing together people, ideas and resources to optimize growth.

Tony Giovaniello
President of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County

Tony is the President of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County (Shasta EDC). In his 40+ year career, he has founded startups as well as held senior positions in multinational corporations. He has managed $150M P&Ls and generated annual business development in excess of $1 Billion. Predominantly, his experience is in sales and general management, marketing, product planning and management. His industry experience spans both technology and supply chain services. He has held positions on both private and public company boards. Tony holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Angela Cordell
Deputy Sector Navigator – Business & Entrepreneurship

With 11 years of small business, non-profit and economic development experience, Ms. Cordell’s focus is equipping the workforce and entrepreneurs in rural California to realize and define their global vision and goals. Ms. Cordell holds a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies from CSU, Chico and is currently a candidate for an MBA in International Business from Northcentral University. She began her career in Sacramento in 2005 and has since worked with clients throughout the state, helping them develop and strategize new programs, products and services. In 2016, she became the Far North Deputy Sector Navigator of Global Trade and Logistics and the Director of The Far North Center for International Trade Development, based at Feather River College. In January of 2018, Ms. Cordell joined Shasta College as the Deputy Sector Navigator of Business & Entrepreneurship and offers a variety of education tools, business development projects and global entrepreneurship efforts that foster economic sustainability and growth.

Coaches and Mentors

Lauren Jerome

Lauren is a software development & integration consultant with over a decade of experience working with entrepreneurs to build minimum viable digital products.

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).

Kim Brown
Director, Sales Development and Operations

Director, Sales Development & Operations - Experienced Sales Development leader with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Sales, Go-to-market Strategy, Sales and Marketing Management, Team Building, Cold Call Training, Client Prospecting, and Building Strong Sales Teams. Strong leader in the technology start-up space, always ready to conquer the world... usually already started.

Dave Walden
SEO Consultant

Dave is a digital marketing optimisation specialist with 7+ years of agency experience. He specializesin SEO, paid advertisement, marketing automation, CRO and enterprise demand gen.

Carl Petersen

There is nothing more fulfilling to Carl than leading a team of diverse individuals to accomplish great things together, especially against the odds. For 7.5 years, as Rise Interactive grew from 15 to over 240 employees, Carl lead Accounting, Finance, Client Operations, Business Intelligence, and Business Process Improvement. With his smile, incisive wit, and calming demeanor, Carl helped bring order to the fast-growth chaos.

Prior to Rise, Carl co-founded an investment strategy firm that ended before it could begin in the midst of the 2007/8 financial crisis. After that, he consulted small businesses and startups on financial forecasting and operational improvements until he was hired at Rise. Carl started his career in the investment consulting arena, working with an entrepreneurial team at Morgan Stanley and then Raymond James. Vanderbilt University graduated Carl magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree double-major in Economics and Engineering Science.

Carl is pursuing a meaningful life with his lovely wife, Kelin, who is an amazing homeschooling mom to their three young children. They moved from Chicago to Redding, CA to enjoy the great outdoors and help nurture the city into a world-class place to live.

Kirk Wayman
Executive Coach

Kirk Wayman is the founder of IKON Coaching which uses a powerful coaching framework to launch people's success. He has spent thousands of hours working with entrepreneurs helping them overcome obstacles and successfully improve business cultures. After 15 years in business and non-profit management, Kirk made the decision to attend graduate school so he could focus on the development of the IKON Coaching framework. During these years he created a highly relational leadership approach designed for the next generation of executives determined to create value in their world.

Kirk holds a business management degree and completed his graduate work in Leadership. He and his wife, Maria, live with their two teenage sons in Redding, California where they enjoy the amazing community of thoughtful and enterprising people who make up the ecosystem of the North State.

Organizing Team

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

  • Lauren
  • Josh
  • Chris
  • Todd
  • Luke
  • Carl


Josh David Miller

I work with startups and large organizations in transition to help figure out the process of innovation - and establish a culture that captures it. I also spend my free time connecting founders and funders, so ask me about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sacramento! 

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