Startup Weekend Sacramento: Women's Edition

    Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Sacramento: Women's Edition

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Capitol Event Center
1020 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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A weekend of empowering women entrepreneurs around the globe!

Women’s Startup Weekend is focused on empowering women in the Sacramento region who want to try their idea for real. Sacramento's event is one of hundreds of Startup Weekend events happening around the world as part of of Global Startup Women’s Weekend.

Startup Weekend Women’s Edition is a welcoming and supportive environment for women to:
  • Develop new ideas into reality
  • Strengthen valuable leadership and networking skills
  • Receive beneficial coaching from local startup and tech experts
  • Winners have an opportunity to be featured as one of Techstar’s Global Startup Weekend highlight
What is a Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. This global grassroots movement of active and empowered community leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Participants with varying specialties come together to share ideas, form teams and launch startups from the bottom up.

What’s different about this event?
This Startup Weekend is designed to engage more female entrepreneurs and provide them the necessary resources for long term success. The weekend will be a focused on empowering women within our community to lend their voice to innovation. It will be one of many Women's Startup Weekends happening around the globe.

While we understand it takes a community of creative thinkers to help build an idea from concept through to execution, this event will be supporting women pitches only. In doing so, we ensure women are able to hone their creative and entrepreneurial talent in a safe environment that inspires risk taking and innovation with the help of the broader community of men and women ready to share their expertise to champion change and fuel new ideas.

How does it work?
The concept is simple: women pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas followed by a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders providing another opportunity for critical feedback before a final winning team is chosen.

Why should I participate?
Whether entrepreneurs find co-founders, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 job, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

Don't wait another minute, buy your ticket today! 

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday February 9th

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 key note speakers 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

11:00 pm
Wrap Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 10th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 11th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
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

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:40 pm

7:50 pm
Go Home!


Aye Moah
Chief of Product / Co-founder

Aye Moah is the co-founder and Chief of Product of Boomerang, makers of thoughtful productivity software that helps you focus on what matters. Boomerang, the most popular extension for Gmail and Outlook, enables millions of people to email more effectively with artificial intelligence. Moah was born and raised in Burma. She holds a BS in computer science from MIT.

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.

Jeff Louie
Founder, Capsity, Inc.

Jeff Louie is a Sacramento native and UC Berkeley Alumni. In 2008 he founded Capsity, Inc., a CA Benefit Corporation that serves as a hybrid model of business development and community engagement space for entrepreneurs and business professionals. As a serial entrepreneur Jeff has started several companies and projects revolving around video media & marketing, events management, and mobile app development. He has 13 years of broad experience across multiple industries including information technology, education, media, and real estate. Currently Jeff is working on a Startup mobile app platform built on geo-fencing technology which is aiming to launch soon. 

Elizabeth Dodson
Cofounder, HomeZada

Elizabeth is co-founder of HomeZada, an online and mobile home organization application that allows homeowners to track home inventory, home maintenance and home improvement projects. She brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing, financial planning, sales, and partner management to HomeZada. Beth is responsible for the business management, business development, marketing, and partner relationships for HomeZada. Previously, Beth was responsible for the development, growth and performance of a global partner program for Meridian, the leading construction project management software. Beth holds an MBA from Loyola University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Stevenson University.

Rich Foreman
CEO and Founder

Rich Foreman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Apptology. He leads Apptology with over 20 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 recently co-authored his first book, “Tap into the Mobile Economy.” His blog has been listed in the top 20 Mobile Marketing Blogs of 2014. He is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento chapter of Startup Grind. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, Good Day Sacramento, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also a regular contributor to Startup Grind, Startup Monthly, and Money FM 105.5.

Aaron Heinrich
President at Big Brand Theory

Aaron Heinrich has nearly 30 years of experience working across a broad spectrum of corporate and marketing communications. This includes crisis and issues management, strategic positioning and brand awareness, executive visibility and thought leadership, new product/service introductions, and traditional and social media. He currently consults with companies on issues related to branding, positioning and awareness building, and is a contributing writer for Creating the Future of PR and New Atlas.

Evelyn Milani
Founder & CEO, Avanti Recruitment Solutions

Evelyn Milani, Founder and CEO of Avanti Recruitment Solutions and her team are a trusted recruitment resources for some of the most talented technologists and successful companies in Sacramento. Avanti specializes in matching high impact IT and Health IT professionals to contract and career opportunities in the Sacramento area. Ninety-percent of the professionals Avanti has matched in the past ten years continue to thrive at those same companies. . Evelyn has twenty-five years experience in the recruitment industry and is an expert at Behavioral Interviews and understanding a candidates' motivations.

Evelyn is an active Sacramento community leader participating in initiatives with the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) where she is a member of the MedStart Advisory Board. She has a passion for workforce development in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and visualizes a vibrant Sacramento where innovative companies thrive here as a result of a robust workforce. Evelyn is working to help make that happen by aligning students opportunities in STEM. 

Hemant Vaidya
Professor, UCD Graduate School of Management

Hemant Vaidya, PhD, is currently an independent consultant in the In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) space and professor at UCD Graduate School of Management teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. He has worked in IVD industry for 24 years and in his 14 years as Vice President  of R&D for Siemens Molecular and Microbiology diagnostics business, he was responsible for planning product development from concept to commercialization, including creating the annual operating plan, strategy and a technology road map. He was also part of the team at Washington University that developed the first monoclonal antibody for creatine kinase MB, a biochemical marker for myocardial infarction (heart attack), which was patented and widely licensed in the industry. He is member of the Sacramento Angels and has mentored several entrepreneurs in US. He also mentors entrepreneurs in India through a program at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Giacomo Vacca
Founder, President Kinetic River Corp.

Giacomo Vacca earned physics degrees from Harvard University (BA/MA) and from Stanford University (PhD). His dissertation, with Nobel Prize winner Bob Laughlin, introduced a new ultrafast optical technique for investigating microscopic fluid phenomena. He has set up whole laboratories from scratch, started and led development programs, generated intellectual property (42 patent applications, 19 awarded), led diverse interdisciplinary groups, and managed IP portfolios. At Abbott Labs, Dr. Vacca invented and developed Laser Rastering, a radically innovative concept in flow cytometry that yielded the fastest flow cytometer in the world. A Senior Member of SPIE and of the Optical Society of America and past Abbott Research Fellow, Dr. Vacca founded and runs Kinetic River, a biophotonics design and product development company focusing on cell analysis. In 2013 he also cofounded BeamWise, a provider of design automation tools for biophotonics and other complex optical systems.

Brett Owens
Marketing Director & Co-Founder

Brett Owens has co-founded and successfully bootstrapped two software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies that are growing and profitable today. He is currently the Marketing Director and Co-Founder at LeadDyno, an "instant affiliate marketing" solution for small businesses. He is an expert in the art of guerrilla marketing, which has allowed his startups to grow and thrive without needing outside capital.

Ben Brasher
Founding Partner

Ben is a founding partner of Blacktop Capital a Sacramento-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage software companies. Up until founding Blacktop in 2016, he spent his career in the wholesale auto auction industry. Ben holds a business degree from Brigham Young University and recently completed an Executive MBA at UC Berkeley.

Zane Starkewolfe
Associate Director of Venture Catalyst

Zane Starkewolfe is the Associate Director of New Venture Resources for the UC Davis Venture Catalyst program.  He works to provide support and identify early-stage funding for UC Davis researchers engaged in translational research. He has 20 years of experience in science-based entrepreneurship in the biopharma and material sciences  industries. Dr. Starkewolfe previously worked at Burrill & Company, a San Francisco-based venture capital and investment banking firm focused on the life sciences, where he evaluated investment opportunities, helped raise new venture funds and advised companies on financing, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property strategy and licensing. While at Burrill, Dr. Starkewolfe helped launch a startup developing a diagnostic platform for the assessment of neurological disorders. He previously co-founded an immuno-oncology therapeutics startup as well as a point-of-care diagnostic company based on UC Davis technology in nanomaterials and launched a digital health company. Dr. Starkewolfe obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from UC Davis with a designated emphasis in biotechnology and clinical translational research, B.Sci in physics, and was a UC Davis Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar.

Jubal DeLong
Principal // Designer, JDID

With 25 years professional product design and development experience DeLong has served clients,from regional startups to global brands. The resulting portfolio spans a wide variety of demandingconsumer and commercial product development projects, from disruptive solutions to award winning

Craig Todd

Craig Todd has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. His experience spans multiple industries including; military service, commercial nuclear power generation, semiconductor and solar cell fabrication, food and beverage production, and industrial equipment design. His expertise is in new product development, primarily focused on automated equipment design. He has successfully completed several new product design and has also refurbished several pieces of industrial equipment to updated mechanical, electrical and controls designs. He also has extensive experience in outsourcing production processes and assembly/sub assembly production.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sacramento: Women's Edition 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 Sacramento is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Arohi
  • Bree
  • Briana
  • Deborah
  • Faith
  • Ginny
  • John
  • Laura
  • Laura
  • Mia
  • Michael
  • Peggy
  • Sharon
  • Shruti


Jennifer Newell
Marketing and Communications Professional

I am part of the original organizing team of Startup Weekend San Diego and saw SW grow from toddler-hood to adulthood as early as 2007 in Boulder when it began.

I have recently worked at two Techstars companies, Carbon Robotics and CleverPet. I'm looking for the next thing that excites me.

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