Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women -- Sacramento Edition

    Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Techstars Global Startup Weekend Women -- Sacramento 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!

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

Techstars 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?
Techstars 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!   How awesome is this? We will validate your parking if you park in the City Hall Garage thanks to a generous sponsorship from
 City of Sacramento Parking Division! Entrances are on 10th & I St and 11th & I St. The garage is just a block away from the Capitol Event Center.

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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 at Boomerang

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.

Event Judges

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.

Christine Folck
Program Manager, The Shop @VSP.

Christine is a Senior Design Thinking Specialist with over nine years of experience implementing human-centered design process methodologies, tools and techniques. She is passionate about IHI performance improvement, project management, improvement sustainability, innovation processes, and human-centered project implementation and improvement design. Christine is highly skilled in LEAN, Six Sigma, ethnography, healthcare, business, and facilitation. She’s committed to positively impacting lives, every decision, every day.

Cheryl Beninga
Managing Director, Beninga Advisors

Executive with over twenty years experience building high growth and adaptive learning organizations in several new technology segments as a corporate development leader, consultant, venture capital investor and board member. She is active as an operations and board member in --technology startups-- and Managing Director of Beninga Advisors an advisory firm. She is a leader focused on building rapid learning teams and cultures.
Cheryl has worked with leading technology investors including GE and Intel Capital on all stages of venture investing. She has been involved at the board and operation level at all venture stages A round to IPO. Cheryl has been lucky to work with many great startup teams having successful IPO and acquisition exits. Her technology sector experience includes energy efficiency, consumer mobile software, enterprise software and semiconductors.

Jay Shukla
President & CEO, Nivagen Pharmaceuticals Inc

As a registered pharmacist with an MBA in pharmaceutical management, and over 20 years of diverse experience both in Asia and the USA, Jay brings expertise from both sides of the world. He specializes in business development, corporate strategy, sourcing and international business.Jay acquired more than 4 years of Indian pharmaceutical industry experience where he worked at different levels of supply chains: starting as a sales representative, and going up to product manager, and everything in between.Jay has worked in the US pharmaceutical industry for more than 16 years, again starting as pharmacist behind the counter, and then moving on to sourcing manager, and policy advisor to the largest state run Medicaid program in the US.Jay holds a B.S. in pharmacy from K.L.E.’s College of Pharmacy, Banglore, India, and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Studies from Silberman College of Business, Madison, New Jersey.Nivagen is engaged in the development, acquisition and sales of generic prescription drugs and over the counter products for the North American market. Our vision is to deliver high quality products at affordable prices by leveraging global partnerships with the best FDA approved manufacturing facilities across the world.

Allison Joy
Editor In Chief at Comstock's Magazine

Allison Joy is the editor in chief of Comstock's, the premiere business publication for California's Capital Region. The magazine focuses on a range of industries as well as issues surrounding economic vitality, with the mission of connecting businesses and professionals to the resources they need to be successful.

Marques Davison
Event Manager at The Capital Event Center

Marques is a Bay Area Native and  has been a resident of Sacramento for over the past decade. Marques specializes in Audio Visual support with 10+ years as a Live Sound Technician and over five years experience as an assistant event coordinator at Sacramento City Community College. His extensive background in the music, theater, business and student government has further enabled him to be a highly valued member At the Capitol Event center. He is also an active member in the Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of Meeting Professionals International serving as the Advertising Chair.

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. 

Rich Foreman
CTO at Cordico

Rich Foreman is the Chief Technology Officer of Cordico. He led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. He leads Cordico's technical operations with over 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's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. 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. Rich is a regular contributor to and Rich also co-founded Apptology which was acquired in 2019.   

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 is a business leader, coach and recruiter for high impact technology talent in Sacramento.  As CEO of Avanti, founded in 1998, Evelyn and her team align growing, Sacramento companies to high impact I.T. and marketing talent. Avanti is differentiated by a focus on "fit" between the employer and the candidate based on success factors such as pace of work, level of structure and support and environmental culture. The result is higher work out-put, greater client and employee satisfaction and maximum organizational efficiencies and success.
Always the "builder" and entrepreneur, Evelyn participates in promoting a healthy business ecosystem in Sacramento.  Her interests lie in innovations and technology for improved health and well-being especially for the underserved.   Evelyn is Program Manager for NorCal HIMSS (Health Information Management Society) MeetUp groups and collaborates with Health2.0 initiatives promoting start up growth for healthcare innovation in Sacramento.

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 at LeadDyno

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.

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 Industrial 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 demanding consumer and commercial product development projects, from disruptive enterprise solutions to award winning high volume consumer electronics. DeLong’s comprehensive experiences in product development include collaboration and management of multi-faceted projects, carrying hundreds of concepts from whiteboard to mass-production while securing IP and strategic development of global design languages. JDID's work has been recognized for both design and engineering excellence.

Craig Todd
Owner at Four Sons Industries

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.

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).

Julie Hirota
Chief Operations Officer at University of California, Davis

Julie Hirota moved from New York, was raised in Southern California and attended UC Davis for an education in mechanical engineering and materials science. Following graduation, Julie pursued a successful engineering career with businesses like NEC and Hewlett Packard which allowed her to raise her family in beautiful Northern California. While Julie was moving up the ladder at HP, she also became an entrepreneur and developed her own business while serving as an adviser on many non-profit boards. Julie lives the motto “pay it forward.” Though she now works for UC Davis as the Chief Operations Officer in Biomedical Engineering, she gives back and serves as an elected official as the Vice President and trustee for the Roseville Joint Union High School District, she is an American Leadership Fellow of Class XVII, a 40 Under 40 Award Recipient and was named Art and Business Executive of the Year. Julie has two children, Ben (12) and Gracie (16), two dogs (Wes and Teddy), a cat and husband.

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.

Kim Box
President and CEO, GateKeeper Innovation

Kim Box is the President and CEO at Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc., a medical device company that provides innovative solutions for securing prescription medications.  Ms. Box is an Independent Director on the Board of McGrath Rentcorp (NASDAQ:MGRC), a diversified business-to-business rental company where she is a member of the Nomination/Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee and on the Board of Directors of American River Bank (NASDAQ:AMRB), a community business bank, she is the Chair of the Finance & Capital Committee and also on the Audit Committee, she is the former Chair of the Directors Loan Committee. She is on the Board of the NorCal chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Box is a former Vice President at HP where she led a $1B global IT Services organization. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Sacramento.  She is an international speaker and author of Woven Leadership – The Power of Diversity to Transform your Organization to Success.

Brenda Horton
CEO and Co-founder at ProPlanr Inc.

Brenda Tello Horton is the CEO and Co-founder of ProPlanr Inc., a collaboration planning and task management platform for individuals and teams.
She is a graduate and fellow of the inaugural Founder Institute Sacramento Cohort, an accelerator program for high-growth startups.
She has been a champion for women and diversity in business for many years. As the organizing founder of the Meetup Group, Blissful Biz Women in Nevada County, she hosted monthly expert speakers on topics of technology, business, self-care, and consciousness.
Previously, she was the president of Hware LLC., a technology and business consulting firm and has taught numerous workshops, webinars, and training sessions on business planning and productivity to organizations of all sizes.

Oleg Kaganovich
Founder and CEO at Wyndow

Oleg is the founder of real-time local discovery startup Wyndow. In addition to being the company's Chief Wyndow Washer, Oleg is an investor, adviser, operations and former non-profit executive, with an interest in media and entertainment, travel, energy, environment, sustainability, food & agriculture, and consumer products. Over the past several decades, he has spent his time focused on company building, partnership/relationship development, mentoring, and investing in early stage innovation-driven companies in North America, Europe, Saudi Arabia/greater Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Russia.

Janine Yancey
Emtrain, CEO and Founder

As a long-time employment lawyer, Janine Yancey founded Emtrain to give employees and managers direct access to expert HR and legal guidance and training. Emtrain's focus is to help companies develop the workplace skills and ethical decision-making needed to foster an awesome and respectful workplace. Janine has been an employment lawyer for more than 20 years and is certified by state and federal courts as an expert in workforce compliance training. Janine is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of Law.

Michele Wong
President and CEO, CleanWorld

A graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. degree in mathematics andcomputer science, Michele was with Synergex International Corporation from 1982 untilretiring from Synergex in 2017. She began as a systems programmer, and then rapidlyprogressed through the positions of project leader and vice president of softwaredevelopment. She was promoted to executive vice president in late 1984, achieved theposition of president in November 1990, and was named CEO in December 1996. UnderMichele’s leadership, Synergex has grown from a 20-employee, one-product firm into aninternationally recognized software manufacturer with a wide range of productsinstalled in all 50 states and more than 80 nations. Michele continues to be involvedwith Synergex as a director and shareholder.Michele has been named one of the “Best and Brightest in Sacramento” by SacramentoMagazine, Sacramento’s 2006 Businesswoman of the Year by the Sacramento MetroChamber, and one of the “Women Who Mean Business” by Sacramento Magazine in2007. She was honored by Jr. Achievement of Sacramento in the 2008 SacramentoBusiness Hall of Fame, and was chosen Woman Innovator of the Year by NorthstateInnovate in 2013.Michele is deeply immersed in the Sacramento community, and has served on boardsthat include SARTA, KVIE Channel 6, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, AmericanLeadership Forum, and the Sacramento Metro Chamber. Her current pet project is thePowerhouse Science Center – the future home of the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. Michele co-chairs the capitol campaign for the new $50 millionPowerhouse Science Center on Sacramento’s riverfront.Michele’s support for the region drove Synergex to create the wholly-owned SynergexVentures, which in 2011 made a strategic investment in clean-tech startup CleanWorld.As CleanWorld’s president and CEO, Michele has led CleanWorld’s commercialization ofa High Solids Anaerobic Digestion technology that was developed at UC Davis to convertorganic waste to renewable energy. CleanWorld has since built 3 commercialBioDigester facilities, including a facility in Sacramento that process up to 40,000 tonsper year of food waste to produce renewable compressed natural gas for waste vehiclesand school buses, and a facility on the UC Davis campus which processes up to 20,000tons per year of campus food and agricultural waste, as well as waste from thesurrounding community, to create electricity for the campus grid.Michele lives in Fair Oaks with her husband Tony. They have three children, and becamegrandparents last year. Their youngest son, Mark, recently graduated from UC Daviswith a degree in mechanical engineering. Their daughter, Melissa, graduated fromLoyola Marymount University and is currently working in Sacramento as a civil engineer.Their son, Matthew, graduated from Columbia University and has a career in cancerresearch. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Lisa, and one-year- old son, Wesley.

Marcy Daniel
Chief Product Officer at PowerSchool Group LLC

Marcy Daniel is PowerSchool’s Chief Product Officer. She is responsible for developinga unified strategic vision of PowerSchool’s portfolio products, managing overallroadmap development and delivering to clients on the roadmap. Marcy joinedPowerSchool in February 2016. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Marcy was the ChiefOperating Officer of Interactive Achievement. While at Interactive Achievement she wasinstrumental in 60%+ year-over- year growth in topline revenue and scaling businessservices to support triple digit growth in end users. She has managed and led multiplefunctional teams in the education technology space, and has over twenty years ofexperience in enterprise software development, brand management, and emergingmarket development.Marcy holds a Bachelor’s degree in System Engineering from the University of Virginiaand an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of NorthCarolina. When she turns the business mind wheels to a slower pace you will find herjuggling between her beloved roles of a cheering soccer mom and devoted wife.Occasionally, she finds time to huddle over a warm glass kiln – seeking the Zen ofcreating functional art.

Nicki Todd
Vice President Operations at SkySlope

Strategic and forward-thinking Senior IT Leader with more than 20+ years of success transforming business strategy into impactful technical solutions that streamline operations, enhance quality, and drive continuous revenue gains. Passionate about engaging and leading resources while forging cross functional teams / relationships to align business and technology objectives. Exceptional communicator skilled at translating technically complex ideas to technical and non-technical audiences. Respected change agent, capable of critically evaluating and responding to rapidly evolving technical environments.

Steve Lee
Co-Founder/CEO at Aura Health

Steve Lee is the Co-Founder / CEO of Aura Health, a consumer wellness startup combining machine intelligence and mindfulness to create a habit-forming, effective, and low-cost solution to improving mental health daily. Aura has been voted "Best Apps of 2017" by Apple. Steve has a Master’s in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UCSF.

Douglas Bosley
Partner, Bosley Till Neue & Talerico

Douglas Bosley represents entrepreneurs and their businesses at all stages from inception to exit.  Mr. Bosley formed Bosley Business Law (BBL) in 2010 after a decade of sophisticated corporate and securities transactional experience at some of the world’s largest corporate law firms.  With offices in Sacramento and Newport Beach, BBL focuses on financings (venture capital, debt, private equity), mergers & acquisitions, securities law, technology and other business transactions, and general corporate and governance matters.  Mr. Bosley’s clients cover many industries, including technology, healthcare, franchising, professional services, retail, real estate and natural resources and the firm also represents angel and VC investors. Mr. Bosley currently serves on the Board of Directors of SARTA, the Advisory Board of HackerLab, and the Board of Directors of UCP of Northern California. He earned his law degree with high honors from Duke University School of Law, and holds an economics degree from CSUS.

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. 

Tina Reynolds
Principal, Uptown Studios

Uptown Studios is a Sacramento visual communications firm specializing in graphic and website design, video production, social media management and marketing that has been delivering creative and effective marketing campaigns since 1992. As Founder and Principal of Uptown Studios, Tina and her innovative team help their clients see the "big picture" coming up with creative and environmentally responsible marketing strategies and supportive materials to help launch their client’s vision from concept to creation. Working with businesses, non-profits, municipalities and progressive political campaigns, Uptown Studios is a CMAS certified vendor, woman-owned and micro/small business.

Joe Koepnick
Associate Director, New Venture Resources University of California, Davis, Venture Catalyst

Joe brings over 30 years of experience in early-stage technology development, intellectual property management and licensing, and entrepreneurial management to this role. As a founder, board member and CEO of two startups derived from on university technologies, he helped secure SBIR Phase 1 and Phase 2 grants, seed and venture funding, and led successful negotiations for the acquisition of one of the companies. He has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from the Ohio Institute of Technology.

Tamara Barthel
Entrepreneur, Investor, Coach

Tamara is a business leader with over 35 years of experience in the technology sector with specialties in finance, marketing, and customer service. She has started and run multiple start-up businesses, executed over $3 billion in merger transactions comprised of hundreds of sales and purchases of small, medium and large businesses. Semi-retired, she provides professional coaching and is collaborating with multiple research and health organizations to develop programs benefiting youth and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Dale Taormino
VP-Client Services, Vistex

Dale has 20+ years in strategy-to-execution expertise in the High Tech industry. Her experience spans from Go-To-Market strategy development to tactical implementation of sales and marketing programs addressing acquisition, education, retention and revenue growth with in-direct and direct channels. As an executive at both small and larger companies, Dale has gained in-depth knowledge of successful alliance and channel partner engagements in the business-to-business, business-to-consumer, both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining Vistex Inc., Dale has held Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Alliances, and Professional Services roles, at Lucent-Alcatel, Mindjet, Fon Wireless, and CCI. She has also done consulting for and grown revenue in such customer accounts as Verizon, Comcast, Dell, Motorola, VMware and Adobe. 
Dale graduated from the Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) with a B.A in International Studies, and from IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain) with an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Dale lives in Davis, CA where she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Brenda Horton
VP Business Development, Humaxa

In 2000 Brenda built a strawbale home with solar panels on 28 acres in Nevada County. Over the next ten years, her home became a regional model for sustainable home building techniques and practices. Brenda is the co-founder of two startups. She sold one (an e-commerce site) for a successful exit. Today she is working on her third startup, Humaxa Inc. as Chief Marketing Officer and VP of Sales and Business Development. She is a graduate of the inaugural Founder Institute Sacramento cohort. Brenda is also the founding organizer of SacWomenBizTech, a Meetup group for female founders in Sacramento. In 2017 and 2018 she was nominated by the Sacramento Chapter for Outstanding Woman Leader of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

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Jen 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 recently changed gears to do social media marketing at a large scientific instrument company.

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