Startup Weekend University of San Francisco

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend University of San Francisco

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015



Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

University of San Francisco Downtown Campus
#SWUSFCA
101 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

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EntrepreNOOB to Entrepreneur in 54 Hours

What it is...

Join us for the inaugural Startup Weekend University of San Francisco! The USF Entrepreneurship Club is bringing together both undergraduate and graduate USF students to learn about starting up and creating a meaningful and valuable product. The event spans three days. During the event, you will

  • Work with like minded, high energy teammates who share your passion to create 
  • Meet potential co-founders, mentors, and investors
  • Gain experience in pitching an idea, building a product, and presenting to potential investors
  • Learn about the process that is needed to startup!
  • Sign up as a team or enter as a “free agent” and be placed into a team with shared interests and different skills
  • Attend all three days and have your ticket costs refunded!

What you get for attending:
  • All meals are provided (see schedule)
  • A free .co domain name 
  • $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
  • Awesome coaching by founders and experienced startup members
  • Swag from Google
  • A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends who are excited starting up
Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Can I buy a ticket if I am a non-USF student? Currently tickets are available for enrolled USF students, but email us at usfca@startupweekend.org if you'd like us to put you on the wait list. 
  • Do I have to have an idea? No! Get ready to be inspired. 
  • Do I have to have experience? No! Each person brings something valuable to the team. We will be hosting a practice pitch night at USF (downtown) March 30th, stay tuned. 
  • Do I have to have a team? No! If you have a team, great. If not, we will arrange teams on Friday night. 
  • How can I be a mentor, coach or judge? Please email us at usfca@startupweekend.org. 
  • What if I have dietary restrictions? Please email us at usfca@startupweekend.org. 
  • I'm USF faculty or staff, can I come check out the event? Absolutely! To register, please email us at usfca@startupweekend.org.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 10th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Reception & 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
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.


10:00 pm
Wrap up!

Saturday April 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day.

Sunday April 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Reception


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home!



Speakers


Sonny Tosco
CEO @ Limelight Mobile

Sonny is a 2006 graduate of West Point. Born to immigrant parents, Sonny learned about hard work and perseverance at an early age. He is a proven combat leader with a heart for creating businesses. Sonny is a "hands on" learner and a serial entrepreneur at heart who will do a great job leading his company. He internalized what it means to hustle and operates on a "sink or swim" mentality each and every day. Sonny has done his research in putting together a dedicated and talented team to develop Limelight.

Event Judges


Opinder Bawa
CIO @ USF, Angel Investor

Startup Weekend Judge


Marco Buhlmann
Tech CEO, Venture Capital

San Francisco & Berlin based Entrepreneur, Investor, Product Specialist and Business Developer specialized in high growth, technology driven companies.


Angie Krackeler
Manager, North America Cloud Technical Evangelist

Angie leads a local team to engage the communities in Silicon Valley, Northern California and the Northwest region. Their goal is to develop partnerships with VCs, Academia, Incubators, Accelerators and organization to help the startups and developers innovate and succeed in the marketplace leveraging IBM’s Cloud technology portfolio to create value differentiation.


Vijay Mehrotra
Analytics Genius, Angel Investor

Dr. Vijay Mehrotra is a business school teacher, academic researcher, angel investor, analytics consultant, husband, father, jogger, stage performer, and sports fan. In addition to his “day job” as Professor of Business Analytics for MBAs at the University of San Francisco, he regularly invests in early stage technology start-ups and consults with companies large and small on their use of data and models. His column “Analyze This!” appears in every edition of Analytics magazine (http://www.analytics-magazine.org/), and he regularly performs as a public storyteller at venues across the Bay Area. He holds a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, a BA in Mathematics and English from St. Olaf College, season tickets to the San Francisco Giants, and very few grudges. His personal motto is "Get to Know Me, and Something Will Happen."


Dr. Jennifer Walske
Professor and Program Director, Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation, School of Management, USF

(1:00 pm) Lunch & Keynote Panel Moderator: Tech For Good


Coaches and Mentors


Rahul Kannan

Rahul is a results oriented strategy leader with focus on Cloud, Enterprise Software, Internet of Things. Experience leading complex growth initiatives. Strong problem solving skills with ability to build and lead teams and navigate through organizational complexity to drive critical projects from formulation to execution. Contributed more than $1 Bil in top line growth over multiple Fortune 500 companies. Mentored, coached, and developed high performing teams.


Ivan Matkovic
CEO & Founder

Ivan is CEO and Founder at Spendgo, a company that gives business the omnichannel marketing tools to successfully engage, retain and incentivize customers. Ivan is energetic, innovative, and a USF Alumni. We're lucky to have him!


Patrick Henshaw
Co-Founder & COO


Patrick Henshaw has been helping companies become more efficient and innovative for many years. With his strong background in the United States Military and Engineering, Patrick has been making a strong impact on one of Cincinnati’s fast growing tech startups, Strap. Strap enables actionable human data to inform and improve marketing and engagement programs. Strap empowers marketers, brands and retailers to securely engage their consumers when it makes the most sense while building brand loyalty and gaining valuable insight on their consumers. With his skills in leadership, program management, operational planning and training, his role as COO for two companies has allowed him to work on reinforcing company structures, developing policies and overseeing day-to-day operations to help teams be as successful as possible.


Sonny Tosco
CEO @ Limelight Mobile

Sonny is a 2006 graduate of West Point. Born to immigrant parents, Sonny learned about hard work and perseverance at an early age. He is a proven combat leader with a heart for creating businesses. Sonny is a "hands on" learner and a serial entrepreneur at heart who will do a great job leading his company. He internalized what it means to hustle and operates on a "sink or swim" mentality each and every day. Sonny has done his research in putting together a dedicated and talented team to develop Limelight.


Kristian Bouw

Kristian helps entrepreneurs validate whether their products can become viable businesses. His company does this by a offering fixed priced, fixed timeline consulting engagement in which we build an MVP that let's the entrepreneur "get out of the building" and show their product to users, customers, and investors. They can build a clickable design prototype in 2 weeks or a full, market-ready Minimum Viable Product in 4 weeks.


Adrian Hunter

Adrian is currently managing partner at eTRACKER. eTRACKER provides cloud-based, asset management mobile technology for property managers.


Peter Dudka

Peter is a curious, entrepreneurially-minded, and highly collaborative team player that loves working in multidisciplinary groups. With a formal background in life science, he has experience that ranges from health communications, volunteer engagement and outreach, business strategy, and web development. Above all, he enjoys being challenged with problems that force him to step out of my comfort zone, learn, grow, and improve.


Kris Riley
Payment Consultant

Kris loves effective and positive customer engagement - which stems from a great user experience - which in turn must come from one helluva a great product! He is a seasoned public speaker, facilitator, trainer, EMV expert, thought leader and customer evangelist able to interface and motivate within all levels business. I excel at understanding my customer. Kris is a polymath that creates a tangible, contagious product vision through innovation and motivation.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend University of San Francisco team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Signature Sponsors

The University of San Francisco is making this event happen. They are donating the venue and food and drinks for the weeklong event. Thank you USF for your generosity and for supporting entrepreneurship!

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Organizing Team

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

  • Dylan
    Goelz
  • Lucas
    Hanson
  • Holly
    Brim

Facilitators


Ben Gilbert
Co-founder, Madrona Labs


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