Redding Startup Weekend

    Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

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

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Shasta Venture Hub
4300 Caterpillar Rd
Redding, CA 96001

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Startup Weekend: Where Ideas Become A Reality

 Join us on October 21-23, 2016 for a hands-on startup experience where you can pitch ideas, join a team, and build a company in 54 hours.
Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Redding Startup Weekend is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

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Friday October 21st

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 October 22nd

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 October 23rd

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
Networking and Dinner

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

DeAnna Gallagher
Director, Shasta Thrive / Manter House

DeAnna Gallagher started, scaled, and exited her software business here locally in Redding CA. Over the course of 12 years, she started with a talent for software development and turned it into the leadership strength necessary to grow a healthy 35 employee company; which was then purchased by a large national education company. Instead of retiring, she now runs a Shasta County non-profit, serving those stuck in cyclical poverty. 

Jonathan Liao
Portfolio Manager

Jonathan Liao is a Portfolio Manager for 500 Startups, the #1 most active seed fund and startup accelerator in the world.  He grew up in the Bay Area and went to UC Davis. He spent a brief time pursuing a career in music before listening to his parent’s advice about “surviving in America” and “eating multiple meals a day”. Jonathan went back to Santa Clara to get an MBA while working at Stanford Management Company before coming to 500 Startups.

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.

Eric Hiatt
Executive Director, SAGE - Shasta Angel Group for Entrepreneurs

Eric A. Hiatt a Redding native is currently Managing Partner at Synergy One Lending DBA Retirement funding Solutions. Founder and Chairman of the Board at Reverse Focus Inc. a technology company that sells SAAS to the mortgage industry. Executive Director, Investor and board member at Shasta Angels. He also holds multiple board seats and has placed capital in multiple start ups through his private 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

Jesse Williams
Startup Marketing Expert

Jesse Williams is a husband, father, and young marketing professional who has spent his career growing companies through building and executing enterprise marketing strategies. Jesse started his career working with's founding team and has since held executive marketing roles at multiple companies including, Codenvy, Eclipse Che, Colabo Inc., and currently DroneDeploy. 

Jesse was born and raised in Northern Virginia and moved to Redding, California in 2009. After moving to Redding, he attended Bethel's Ministry School and has worked with Rick Sbrocca and the Spiritus Solutions team to bring startup jobs into Redding. Jesse and his wife Annie have recently welcomed their first child into their family.

Richard Anderton

Richard Anderton loves Tech Startups!  He's started 3 businesses and Talk It Up Technologies Inc. has been providing desktop client speech recognition software and services in Canada since 2001.  He is the former owner of a Growth Coach business coaching franchise.  His 3 adult daughters live in Calgary Alberta, and he and his wife currently call Redding California home.

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.

Eric Casequin
CTO / Co-Founder at Adjoy

Eric is CTO and Co-founder of Adjoy. With 19+ years of developer experience, Eric started in the wonderful world of Basic and Qbasic and built many games based on the ones he most enjoyed by Nintendo and Sega. Later he evolved to being a 3D World modeler for games such as Quake 1/2/3 and Unreal engines. Eventually, he found myself in the world of print, die lines and CAD.

Eric finds value in seeing others grow and be great. For that, I like to do what I can to make that happen for them. While he really loves to code, design and build thing, he also finds it very enjoyable to teach and mentor others.

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! 

Ben Briceno
Co-founder, Adjoy

Ben has been a part of the Redding entrepreneurial community ever since he attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012. For four years he has gone after creating a product that people love, and he thinks he's found that in his startup Adjoy. Three months after last years Startup Weekend he began validating Adjoy with a proof of concept that captured a user base that represented about 2% of Redding's population in just over three weeks. 

Ben is passionate about greatness. In his opinion, everyone on the face of the planet carries greatness deep within. He spends his time attempting to crack the code, solving the equation for greatness.

Nathan Pritchard
Video & Story

Nathaniel Pritchard is the founder of TreeHouse Collaborative, a Creative Agency based in Redding. With a background in digital storytelling he will be focused on helping with the development and packaging of the ideas as they take shape and become realities, especially the process of the pitch. 

Paul Kluttz

Paul has 45 years of industry experience, and most recently completing 10 years with a global company as VP North America, and now an independent management consultant,

He has 20+ years managing the practical applications needed for building a business and 20+ successful national sales organizations, including global and national accounts and channel organizations. Paul was trained and certified in John Maxwell Leadership principles & skills.

Mitch Santala
President and Owner of Executive Scheduling Associates (ESA)

Mitch Santala is the president and owner of Executive Scheduling Associates (ESA). Started in January 2007, ESA began as an idea, in a garage, in Redding, Ca, and has now become the nation's leading scheduling firm in the Financial Industry. Mitch also pastors at the Stirring Church and helps in the area of strategy and vision development. When not working, Mitch enjoys spending time with his wife of 23 years, his four children, and his new daughter-in-law. 

Faye Hall

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Redding Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Hope
  • Luke
  • Charissa
  • Claudia
  • Josh David


Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson is the founder of Mindbox Studios. He and his team have helped launch over 100 startups, raise millions of dollars in seed capital, and develop innovative technologies in multiple industries. Joshua attended his first Startup Weekend in 2009 and has been the same since. He is also one of the few who has had the privilege of serving as participant, mentor, judge, and facilitator in over 10 events. 
Before moving to Redding in August, Joshua served on the board of the GCVA (Greater Cincinnati Venture Association), and regularly mentored at local accelerators, OCEAN and UpTech

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