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Sacramento StartUp Weekend Women's Edition
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
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Sacramento StartUp Weekend Women's Edition
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm
The Urban Hive
1931 H Street
Lend Your Voice to Innovation - One Female Startup at a Time!
Women’s Startup Weekend is the first women’s hackathon in the Sacramento region. This is a welcoming and supportive environment for women to:
- Turn their ideas into reality
- Practice valuable leadership and networking skills
- Receive beneficial coaching from local startup and tech experts
- Have an opportunity to virtually compete in Global Startup Weekend
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?In support of Up Global's Startup Women initiative, designed to engage more female entrepreneurs and provide them the necessary resources for long term success, this startup weekend will be a focused on empowering women within our community to lend their voice to innovation.
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 to align with the initiative’s goal to launch 1,500 female-led startup teams in 2014. 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.
And to the winning team goes an opportunity to battle it out with thousands of other like-minded entrepreneurs in over 200 cities as part of Global Start Up Battle 2014 (part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life).
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.
To learn more about this important initiative and it’s mission to transform the paradigm for female entrepreneurs, please click here.
EMPOWER - INNOVATE - LEADStill have questions? We have answers here.
Startup Weekend is part of Up Global, a 501c3 Non Profit organization; all funds are put toward supporting startup weekend events & the Sacramento region startup community. The Startup Women Initiative is supported by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Google for Entrepreneurs.
Friday November 14th
Saturday November 15th
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Founder & CEO, Women's Startup Lab
Chief Marketing Officer, VSP Global
Principal, Uptown Studios
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.
Partner and CFO, Moneta Ventures
Founder, WestShore Management Group
Jim is an active angel investor, guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Executive Education program, where he lectures on leadership, entrepreneurship, and creating and sustaining growth, and also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management where he teaches Teams and Technology, Negotiations, and Technology Management. Jim is an accomplished motivational speaker, and author. Jim holds a BSEE degree from the University of California, Davis, and MSEE and MBA degrees from Santa Clara University.
Founder, EYE In America
After a long recovery and rehabilitation from a traumatic automobile accident, her passion for innovation as the way to address unmet needs led to the formation of the non-profit, EYE In America which provides education and funding for new business ventures conceived and launched by teens. To date EYE In America has provided $100K to fund 200 student companies, who raised over $20K in profits, which were allocated as scholarships for the students. Deborah is the mother of three grown children, grandmother to one beautiful grandson and is expecting her first granddaughter in December 2014.
Coaches and Mentors
President, CFP Media Group
In 2011, Eagan co-founded IDMLOCO, a digital strategy and execution firm, specializing in digital campaigns for politics, public affairs, public relations and marketing. The firm's diverse client list includes San Francisco 49er LaMichael James, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, and Singer Associates, San Francisco's premiere public relations agency.
From 2007 to 2011, Eagan served as creative director at Sacramento-based political Internet agency ID Media and San Francisco-based digital communications technology firm Activate Direct. Through these companies, Eagan provided strategic design and development advice to California’s leading political consultants, elected officials, candidates, and statewide ballot measure campaigns.
Before joining ID Media and Activate Direct, Eagan served as Director of e-Communications on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2006 reelection campaign. In this role Eagan spearheaded new media projects that included daily Web operations, video blog production and statewide e-mail and SMS text messaging campaigns reaching more than half a million Californians.
Eagan studied international relations at the University of California, Davis, focusing on National Security Policy and East Asian culture. He resides in Sacramento.
CEO, Bloo Solar
Founder, American River Ventures
Prior to his activities as an investor, Mr. Phillips had a distinguished entrepreneurial career. From 1990 until its successful merger with State of the Art (NASDAQ:SOTA, now part of the Sage Group, LSE:SGE) at the end of 1994, he served as President and CEO of Manzanita Software Systems, an accounting software company based in Roseville, CA. From 1984 to 1990, he was President and co-founder of Grafpoint, a communications software company based in San Jose, California, which merged with White Pine Software (NASDAQ:WPNE, now part of Radvision, NASDAQ:RVSN). He previously held various sales and marketing positions with Envision Technology and Hewlett-Packard.
Mr. Phillips has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of California, Davis, where he co-taught the Business Development Clinic course in the Graduate School of Management. He is also Director of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy, www.sealink,org, a non-profit with a mission to educate, mentor, and nurture entrepreneurs in local community, with particular emphasis on college students. He is currently on the board of directors of Capay Organic and the California Job Journal. In addition, Mr. Phillips is Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the River www.friendsoftheriver.org and is an active angler and river conservationist. He sings with a local barbershop chorus, www.voicesofcalifornia.com .
Mr. Phillips holds a BSEE and MSEE from Washington University, St. Louis, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Partner, Moss Addams, LLP
President and CEO, PTI Solutions
Ms. Sullivan serves on the executive board of the QuEST Forum, a global IT and Communications Quality Forum and is vice chair for the California CEOs Against Cancer Board for the American Cancer Society. Cecelia was selected for the Outstanding Woman Leader Award, Woman Innovator, by the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and most recently was honored with the Outstanding Wise Woman Leader Award. She is a member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Astra, United States Telecom Association (USTA), and Woman in Technology. She is former Board President of Cottage Housing, executive board member of the Keaton Raphael Memorial and NAWBO, and is a long time sponsor of the Special Olympics of Northern California. In addition, Cecelia has guest lectured for Drexel University, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, JFK University and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and volunteers with the UC Davis undergraduate development program. Cecelia and her husband have three children.
Senior Vice President-Commercial & Emerging Business Banking, Five Star Bank
Co-Head of the Shop & Innovation Strategist, VSP Global
Chief Strategist-VP Creativity, Adobe Systems
Products that Mark’s startups developed are used by half the Fortune 500,
all branches of the U.S. government, and thousands of schools around the world. His products have been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes, Wired, Rolling Stone, USA Today and NY Times. As an innovator Mark has ten U.S. patents, he’s been named to Digital Media Magazine’s “Digital Media 100″ and he is one of Streaming Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People”. As an entrepreneur he’s won a national Addy award, a DemoGod award and Advertising Age’s Corporate Video of the Year.
Mark speaks and teaches frequently on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy and has appeared on CNN, ABC, NBC and CNBC. He sold his most recent startup, Serious Magic, to Adobe Systems where he is now Chief Strategist, VP Creativity. Mark also collects exceedingly rare but mostly worthless old computers and can do two cool magic tricks.
Founder, Bourn Creative
When not obsessing over pixels, margins, and type, Jennifer manages the Bourn Creative brand, writes for the blog, and manages the creation and iteration of internal systems and processes. Featured in the HuffingtonPost, RainToday, and The Sacramento Business Journal, Jennifer also writes for CoSchedule, WPElevation, and Today's Innovative Woman.
Jennifer is a mom of two who hired her husband to be her boss (go figure) and do everything she doesn't like doing. She loves tea and is learning to love coffee, swoons at the sight of colorful office supplies, and has never met a whiteboard she didn't like. When not working, she loves to cook, ride bikes, go on vacation, play board games, read trashy novels, and play Legos.
Executive Director, Sacramento Sustainability Forum 2.0
Managing Partner, Akers Capital, LLC
Web Editor, Capital Public Radio
Founder & Product Manager, Public Innovation
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.
Co-founder & CEO, 5th Planet Games
He regularly teaches university courses such as Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy and Economics, and is speaker in the areas of customer development, sales, and organizational behavior, leading workshops at The Lean Startup Conference, Stanford University, and startup groups across the US and Europe. Scott is regular contributor on Quora and has published two books - “Startup Selling” and “52 Sales Questions Answered."
He lives in Northern California with his wife and son and is a three-time ironman triathlete.
Founder & Chief Creative Director, Finance Gym
VP-Client Services, Vistex
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.
Founder, Hailey Pate Unconsulting
CEO, Creating Answers
General Partner, Angel Investors LP
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communities and culture. Her career began in advertising, where she worked at Buzzman (Paris), Your Majesty (New York) and Mother (London).
Hand-picked to head up startup community development in Europe, Victoria joined Techstars as Regional Manager. A journey that led her to the role of Director of Community and Culture at Second Home, and a steady diet of airport sightseeing and mentoring across Europe.
Victoria enjoys working at the intersection between industries, ideas and people. With expertise at the convergence of startup and big company culture, she has had the joy to work with exceptional people at places like
the BBC, EY and the Victoria & Albert museum.
In her free time, Victoria produces and facilitates talks, workshops and exhibitions. She also runs the London chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community taking place in 130+ cities globally.