Techstars Startup Weekend Rocklin

    Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Rocklin

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Hacker Lab Rocklin
4415 Granite Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677

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Launch 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!

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday February 23rd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:15 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

8:00 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

11:30 pm
Wrap Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until midnight.

Saturday February 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee available until 10 am.

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 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!

6:00 pm

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

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until midnight.

Sunday February 25th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee available until 10 am.

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings + Tech Check
Practice your pitch in front of the coaches while we do tech check

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Dinner while Judges Diliberate

6:30 pm
Judges Announce Winners

7:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Group Photo

7:30 pm
Go Home!


Peichen Chang
CEO and Co-Founder at Engineered Medical Technologies

Engineered Medical Technologies first product, tCheck, is the world's first home herbal infused oil potency testing device. Prior to joining Engineered Medical Technologies, Peichen worked on several other startup ideas, including:  photography, social media, and high speed network testing equipment. They all pretty much crashed and burned. Had he learned about lean startup earlier, he probably could have saved lots of money and time. Most of his career was spent as a cube dweller for large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Emulex, and TD Ameritrade, moving from engineering to product management to fully lobotomized sales. He grew up as a DoD brat on the tropical island of Okinawa, Japan before moving to snowy upstate New York for his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Afterwards, he went on to Oregon State University for his master’s in business administration and electrical engineering.

Event Judges

Matt Pistone
CTO, Riskalyze

Matt is a physics graduate hailing from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked on nuclear detection research for the federal government at Lawrence Berkeley Labs He co-founded and joined Riskalyze as Director of Core Technology in 2011. In 2013, he became Chief Technology Officer, with oversight of the company's engineering, core technology, and data center operations.

Denise Bushnell
Professor at Sierra College

Denise has been a Professor at Sierra College for over 18 years. She is the Regional Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship/Small Business Coordinator, as well as a member of the Strong Work Force Task Force and the CCCmaker Initiative team. She is a Small Business Owner and Social Entrepreneur. Denise is a Chloe Award Winner for the most creative advertising and marketing campaign.

Gina Lujan
CEO and Cofounder, Hacker Lab

Gina is a Social Entrepreneur. She focuses on community, business, regional, and economic development at Hacker Lab. She has over 15 years technology experience in web development and is a re-purpose maker.

Sabya Das
Partner, Moneta Ventures

Sabya is a Partner at Moneta Ventures. Sabya is a technology fanatic who focuses on the development and analysis of Moneta Ventures' many internet and software based portfolio companies. Raised in Folsom, CA, he was always fascinated by technology, and has built and developed a multitude of web applications and products. Sabya evaluates new opportunities for investment and assists Moneta's portfolio companies in a variety of operational roles. He joined Moneta Ventures as an Investment Analyst in 2014. Sabya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in cognitive science/computational modeling.

Mariah Lichtenstern
Founding Partner, DiverseCity Ventures

At the intersection of technology, entertainment, and venture capital, Mariah Lichtenstern addresses social, economic, and environmental equity through entrepreneurship. Mariah is the Founding Partner of DiverseCity Ventures and Managing Director of the Founder Institute, Sacramento Chapter. She is a member of UCLA Ventures, and serves as an advisor for CalSEED CleanTech Fund, Berkeley SkyDeck, and Village Capital Finance Forward US 2019. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley, USC, and UCLA. 

Coaches and Mentors

Cinde Dolphin
CEO and Developer, KILI Medical Drain Carrier

Cinde developed a small, simple, yet novel medical device to address a need by many post surgical patients. The KILI Drain Carrier replaces safety pins with soft mesh-constructed aprons that safely and comfortably suspends drains during patient recovery.The business gained a vision and foundation at Startup Weekend - Women’s Edition in Nov. 2014. Several hospitals are now using the innovation and Cinde has extended another part of her enterprise to form a franchise of women-owned small businesses in developing countries.Cinde is a former organizer of Startup Weekends, and is an advocate of the Capital Region Small Business Development Center. Prior to starting KILI Carriers, she spent 25 years as a marketing executive for major beer and wine brands.

Rich Foreman
CEO and Founder at Apptology

Rich Foreman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Apptology. He leads Apptology with 25 years of experience in leadership, engineering, mobile application development and sales. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom.

Dan Koellen
Angel Investor

Dan Koellen is a veteran of the semiconductor industry and a leading mentor and investor in the Sacramento area. Dan was part of the leadership team that took Level One Communications, one of Sacramento’s most successful startups, from pre-revenue, through IPO and eventual acquisition by Intel. Since then he has been an active mentor for entrepreneurs through the Sacramento Angels, UC Davis GSM, Hacker Lab, Startup Weekends and individual one on one interactions. As an angel investor Dan has been an early investor in local successes such as Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII), Digital Music Group (DMGI) and Visicon (now part of ESIO).

Dan Casas-Murray
Founder, The Lean Innovator

Dan is the founder at The Lean Innovator, an organization that helps entrepreneurs locate and engage with their target markets, enabling them to build a customer base before launching a startup. He also helps business clients to employ lean innovation methodologies in a small group or business setting. Dan has experience launching businesses including a $3M wireless Internet Service Provider overseas, that provided internet connections to around 400 people on a military base and three frozen yogurt and cupcake shops in the Roseville / Rocklin areas.

Elizabeth Connolly
Cofounder and President, Trifecta Nutrition

After working in sales and channel management at, Demandforce and POS Portal, Elizabeth wanted to bring the convenience of a subscription service to her passion for food and fitness. In  2015, she, along with her brother Greg Connolly, launched Trifecta Nutrition to address the obesity epidemic in the US with their idea to ship fully cooked organic meals directly to customers’ doorsteps.

Eric Ullrich
Cofounder at Hacker Lab

Eric is passionate about creating collaborative efforts that foster startups and innovation in the Sacramento Region. He is the cofounder of Hacker Lab, a coworking and maker space that has hosted and presented multiple hackathons, including the very first Startup Weekend Sacramento. Eric is the creator and director of The Startup Hustle bootcamp, a 6-week program that builds entrepreneurial skills.  

Elizabeth Dodson
Cofounder, HomeZada

Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder of HomeZada, an online and mobile home management solution. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home inventory, home maintenance, home remodel projects and home finances. Elizabeth has an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland, and a BS in Business from Stevenson University, also in Maryland.

John Nogrady
CTO, Fantag

John Nogrady has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive in the technology sector. John is an active advisor to early stage companies with expertise in technology/architecture, go-to-markets and partnerships.  John is currently working as the CTO for Sacramento startup Fantag.

Feli Ortega
Founder at ZUBMIT

Feli Ortega has a background in marketing and business development for the design and construction industry. More recently, she was on the founding team of local startups that addressed workflow efficiency for architectural firms and public agencies. With the use of agile development, Feli worked with her team to create a web-based application for the public procurement process of professional services. She understands the dynamic nature of the startup process as a result of her experience with these recent startups, funding for seed stage startups and as a past Startup Weekend Women’s Edition attendee. 

Alex Chompff
Principal, Chompff Consulting

A former U.S. Marine, Alex Chompff is a 25-year technology veteran with leadership experience in the high-tech and venture capital industries. During the peak of the .com boom, Alex led the teams responsible for all technology at the world’s largest venture capital firms, including Silicon Valley’s first startup incubator. Today, Alex leads a diverse team of experts teaching entrepreneurs how to design and build minimum viable businesses. 

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Sacramento is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Dani Arnaout
CTO @ Abstract Layer

Back in 2011, Dani participated in his very first Startup Weekend. Ever since, he got addicted to it, so he started coaching, judging, organizing, and now facilitating Startup Weekends all around the world! After winning three prizes at local & regional entrepreneurship competitions, he finally co-founded 2 startups in San Francisco. Dani is a software engineer, specifically in the mobile apps development field. He will offer valuable advice & technical help throughout the event by sharing his Silicon-Valley experience with the attendees.

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