3rd Annual Tech for Good Startup Weekend San Francisco

    Friday, July 31 - August 2, 2015

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3rd Annual Tech for Good Startup Weekend San Francisco

Friday, July 31 - August 2, 2015

Friday, July 31 - August 2, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Impact Hub
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94103

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Technology entrepreneurs who want to make a positive impact in the world...

Startup Weekend and Hub Ventures are teaming up to launch the 3rd Annual “Technology for Good” Startup Weekend at Impact Hub San Francisco on July 31- August 2. We’re bringing together talented startup enthusiasts to spend an intense 54 hours building mobile, web, and software solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, ranging from poverty alleviation to climate change.

Our goal is to create social mission-oriented for-profit or business-oriented nonprofit entity that pursues the double or triple bottom line.The triple bottom line is the pursuit of economic, social, and environmental outcomes by the for-profit or nonprofit organization. 

As Bill Drayton has put it, “Social entrepreneurs are not content to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”

Why attend: 

All Attendees: 
- 3 months free use of myBalsamiq 
- Coupon for 2 free polls ( 20 credits) at PickFu   
Be a hero in Forward Film's documentary and make a lasting impact
- 25% discount to upcoming Founders Space events: The Art of Closing Deals, Managing Your Investors, Founders Space Summer of Love Party: 400+ Startups, VCs & Angels!, Founders Space Pitch Day & Mixer - VCs, Angels, Startups & More!- for ALL attendees - use code 25OFF on Eventbrite

Winning Team: 
- 3 Level 25 Membership at the Impact Hub
- Consulting sessions with Schaffer&Combs 

- Scholarship to Draper University 
T​he winning team will get pitch coaching from a member of the D​raper Venture Network.​ The team will also get a $2,000 scholarship to attend Draper University in Silicon Valley, California. The Draper Venture Network (DVN) is comprised of 14 funds located throughout the world. The DVN was created by world famous venture capitalist Tim Draper. Tim Draper's investments include Hotmail, Skype, Twitch & Tesla. This coaching session will prepare you to pitch to professional investors.
The second place team will get a $2,000 scholarship to attend Draper University in Silicon Valley, California. 

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Friday July 31st

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & 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
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

Saturday August 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 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!

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday August 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. 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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Steve Hoffman
Captain of Founders Space

Steve Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and the Cofounder of Founders Space.  Founders Space has helped hundreds of startups scale their businesses, raise capital and go global. Founders Space is ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. Magazine and Forbes Magazine.  Hoffman was also a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group, Chairman for the Producers Guild SF, and served on the Board of Governors for the New Media Council.

Event Judges

James Lee
Partner, Schaffer&Combs

Startup Weekend Judge

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

Manny Fernandez
Co-founder/ CEO of DreamFunded

Manny Fernandez is a serial entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s 2014 Angel Investor of the Year. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit. Manny is the founder SF Angels Group and co-founder/ CEO of  DreamFunded.com an equity crowdfunding platform with over 4,000 global accredited investors.  Follow this thought leader on Twitter @MannyFernandez

Natalia Thurston
Director at Social Venture Law

Social Venture Law is a new breed of law firm designed to support the social sector and its unique legal issues.
Natalia Thurston is founder and director of Social Venture Law, a law practice focused on advising social enterprises, nonprofits, and small businesses in transactional and litigation matters since 2010.Social Venture Law's core practice areas involve entity formation, licensing and permitting, drafting and review of business contracts, finance (including direct public offerings), corporate governance, employment law, and pre-litigation/dispute resolution counseling. Natalia holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University, and a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall where she won the AmJur Award for small business counseling and served as an editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Dr. Lawrence Souza
Senior Investment Economist and Advisor at Pillar6 Advisors

Dr. Lawrence A. Souza, DBA/CRE/RICS/CCIM. Pillar6, LLC. Senior - Investment Economist/Advisor. Email: Larry@Pillar6.com. Johnson Souza Group, Inc. Principal - Real Estate/Financial Economist/Advisor/Broker. Fireside Realty, San Jose CA (ID#01387749). Adjunct Professor Finance/Economics/Real Estate: Golden Gate University, University of San Francisco, San Francisco and San Jose State University, and St. Mary's College. 329 Beaumont Blvd. Pacifica CA 94044. Dir: 415-713-0213. Fax: 650-290-8189. Website: the-commercial-group.com Email: Lsouza@JohnsonSouzaGroup.com "Creating Client Value"

Spencer Arnold
Director of Operations - Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Christopher "Spencer" Arnold has a diverse educational, professional and personal background and is known as a "modern polymath" by his friends and colleagues. He holds a Master's degree in Information Systems and Technology and bachelor's in Business, specializing in Tourism and Hospitality Management both from Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He also holds Sustainability Management specialty certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting and Responsible Global Change Management from the University of California at Berkeley. A U.S. Air Force Veteran and child of military parents and with a career that has spanned varying industries and sectors, both nationally and internationally Spencer has spent as much time overseas as he has in the United States. He is very passionate about health and fitness, and is both a certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist. 

Justin Renfro
Manager at KivaZip

Kiva Zip makes 0% interest loans for 100% social good.
Justin joined Kiva as an intern at the start of the Kiva Zip program and now works full time expanding the program in the US. Justin graduated from the University of Arizona with a double degree in Management and Entrepreneurship. He started his career in sales at LinkedIn and left to join Kiva and change the face of micro-finance in the United States. Originally from Los Angeles, he has a love for the beach, sun, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Coaches and Mentors

Frank Dancs
Fundly Software Engineer

For almost 20 years, Frank has been involved with technology startups, as a member of the technical team, as a co-founder and as an angle investor. He was a member of the technical team in Ariba, Kabam, Cairo, and Fundly. Frank co-founded Zenergo (a social network) as well as Propheture (a consulting company) and was an angle investor in Vertisoft and Electronic Polymers, where he also sat on the board. Some of these ventures were wild successes while others struggled which has given Frank an interesting perspective on the challenges that face any new enterprise.

Renee Martin
Director of Network Development at Catalyst Kitchen

With 20 years in various international business and market development leadership roles in both the private and social sectors, Renee Martin enjoys leveraging her skillset for the greater good.  At Corbis, a global digital media company, Renée was responsible for developing go to market strategies, global distribution channels as well as launching and scaling new operations around the world.  As Director of Network Development for Catalyst Kitchens, she leads program and social enterprise efforts including network membership and a consulting practice that helps other nonprofits incubate, launch and scale social enterprise ventures. Catalyst Kitchens uses food as catalyst for change in communities around the world. Catalyst Kitchens supports nonprofits that use food business environments to provide individuals with barriers to employment training, serve nourishing meals to the community, and run social enterprises to sustain their mission.  As the leadership initiative of FareStart, Catalyst Kitchens provides customized consulting services based on a proven model and the best practices of its members and collaborates with its network of members to make a global impact on joblessness, poverty and hunger. 

Neetal Parekh
Founder & CEO at Innov8Social

Innov8social launched in 2011 as a blog exploring social innovation. In 2015, it is refocusing on building tools to help entrepreneurs, companies, and individuals reach their impact potential. Neetal Parekh is an experienced communicator, with a specialty in social enterprise, startups, social media strategy, writing/blogging, and public speaking. She is the Founder and CEO of Innov8social, which builds tools to help individuals and companies reach their impact potential. She is the host of the Innov8social Podcast, featuring interviews with thought leaders in the social good space. Most recently, Neetal served as Chief of Product and Impact at Thinktomi, an education company (and public benefit corporation) dedicated to delivering entrepreneurship and business education to people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures. 
She has over a decade of experience in corporate, education, nonprofit, government, and social enterprise settings. 

Olga Koroleva
Founder and CEO at Monetarex

Monetarex offers comprehensive business intelligence on 1,000+ CRE investment firms. Monetarex is a data driven intelligence platform on private commercial real estate firms. Built for real estate investing, research, business development. We currently track over $50B in investment opportunities.

Pamela Roussos
Senior Director, GSBI- Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Pamela Roussos has worked with and for early stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy leader, helping founders create, refine, and execute their business strategy and go-to-market plans. She has over 20 years of experience growing teams and delivering products for both large and start-up software companies, working in various managerial capacities as business unit manager, vice president of marketing, COO and CEO. Some of the companies Pamela has worked with include: Amdahl, Pure Software, Rational Software, 555-1212.com, Consera, Zend, and AppFirst. Pamela has been a mentor for the GSBI for 5 years. She also serves on the board of Pact, an international NGO that benefits communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, decent livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources. Pamela also serves as board chair for Livelyhoods, an organization that creates jobs for youth in slums.  

Cari Keller
Acting Associate Director, Center for Social Innovation Centers and Initiatives for Research Curriculum & Learning Experiences (CIRCLE) at Stanford University

Stanford Center for Social Innovation
Our mission is to bring social and environmental change in the world. Through research, education, and experiential learning we strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. We envision a networked community of leaders actively working across sectors, frontiers, and disciplines to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world.

Steven Schlotterbeck
Co-Founder and Chief Product at Social Inertia

Steven is an experienced entrepreneur, designer, and software engineer with a passion for the intersection of good design and technology. He is currently a co-founder and chief product of a mission-based mobile startup, and a veteran of the tech community. 

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend San Francisco is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Dora
  • Mauro
  • Xavier
  • Ying
  • Yuri


Jessica Falkenthal
Education Community & Growth Marketing Strategist

Jessica Falkenthal leads growth marketing, community building and experience design for education startups, schools and nonprofits. She serves on the SXSW EDU Launch Advisory Board and CUE SF Board.
Jessica loves creating engaging education experiences and  previously managed a dozen online learning communities, coached early-stage education entrepreneurs, grew the Startup Weekend Education program worldwide, founded her own education startup, led professional development workshops for hundreds of educators, and designed and taught technology classes for the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H Youth Development programs. She is also a community organizer for the SF Edtech Happy Hour, 4-H, Startup Weekend Education, and Education Startup Digest.

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