Startup Weekend @ Lean Startup Week, San Francisco

    Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

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Startup Weekend @ Lean Startup Week, San Francisco

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

594 Howard St
Ste. 400
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Put Lean Startup Methodology to Work at Startup Weekend!

Lean Startup Co is teaming up with Startup Weekend to offer an exclusive immersion program on November 4-6, to endcap Lean Startup Week 2016 (Oct. 31-Nov. 6). Available only for Lean Startup Week Gold Pass Holders, startup enthusiasts will collaborate in teams to create mobile, web, and software based solutions with the goal of launching an MVP in 54 hours. This three day interactive program is designed to teach attendees how to put Lean Startup methodology directly into practice--participants of Startup Weekend will gain the full entrepreneurial experience by pitching ideas and building teams on Friday, experiencing hands-on mentorship and heads-down hacking on Saturday, while wrapping things up with investor style presentations on Sunday. It's non stop action and a 54-hour sprint to the finish!

This event will only be available to Lean Startup Week Gold Pass holders. Use this link to receive $150 off all ticket types!

About Lean Startup Week

Lean Startup Week is a seven-day immersion into Lean Startup methodology led by star practitioners in big companies and hot startups from around the world. 
On Oct. 31-Nov. 6, we’re gathering thousands of thought leaders and avid community members at Pier 27 for a week of keynote talks, interactive workshops, speed mentoring, industry dinners, bootcamps, and startup tours at the scenic edge of San Francisco. Our unparalleled conference is unique in that it unites intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs from government agencies, international conglomerates, boot-strapped startups, and civic organizations in their mission to create radical change in their industries.

This event will only be available to Lean Startup Week Gold Pass holders. Use this link to receive $150 off all ticket types!

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Friday November 4th

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 November 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 November 6th

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

2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

4:45 pm

5:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ben Parr

Ben Parr is the author of the best-selling book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention -- named the top marketing book of 2015 by Strategy+Business Magazine and Small Business Trends. He is a Co-founder and General Partner at DominateFund, where he led investments in uBeam, Shots, and Graft Concepts (acquired by Novatel Wireless).He sits on the advisory boards of Lufthansa Airlines, Rebelmouse, AngelHack, UploadVR, LeadIQ, DropIn, and Ustream (acquired by IBM). Previously, Parr was a columnist and commentator at CNET and Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large ofMashable. He is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30.

Rachel Loui
Founder & CEO @ Innolab Companies

Rachel is an entrepreneur, investor, author, and speaker. Her expertise areas are in healthcare, business strategy, startup and enterprise innovation, and emerging markets. She was previously Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Business Operations for China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong at the world's largest privately held pharmaceutical company. Prior to that, she was a Vice President and then Business Unit lead for two of the world's top 4 largest advertising agency conglomerates, launching and scaling consumer and healthcare products. She started her career in management consulting. 

Rachel is currently launching her second company, focused on disrupting the currently inefficient healthcare system. She speaks about innovation and storytelling across the US, Asia, and Europe. She is currently promoting her book on working and living in China as an American expatriate, and is an investor. 

CeCe Cheng

CeCe is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Andela, the premier technical leadership program in Africa. Andela identifies the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world. 

Before Andela, CeCe was a venture capitalist at First Round Capital where she built and ran the first venture fund focused on supporting student entrepreneurs, Dorm Room Fund. CeCe launched and managed Dorm Room Fund investments teams across 15 universities and 4 cities, advising investment decisions and portfolio company CEOs. Prior to First Round, she was the first business hire at rich media startup Qwiki which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2013. In addition to venture and technology startups, CeCe has a background in public relations and public policy. CeCe was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital and serves as an advisor to Harvard Ventures and the Daily News Innovation Lab. Her work has been highlighted in Forbes, Fox News, Fast Company, TechCrunch and New York Times.

Coaches and Mentors

Huda Idrees

Huda is an engineer, a product designer, and a first-time founder of a new technology company. Her past experiences include building and leading teams at Canada's largest robo-advisor, a cloud-based small business accounting platform, and the world's largest online storytelling platform.
Some industries Huda is really passionate about contributing to include: healthcare, education, and transport.

Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis is an executive coach, trainer, and facilitator. He works with leaders, from startup entrepreneurs to C-level executives, on leadership, strategic thinking, building teams, and presentations, from pitches to IPOs.

Ajesh Shah

Ajesh Shah is an experienced product manager and coach. He has an eye for exceptional design and user experience and teaches how to design and build a viable and valuable product from day one and architect a path to reach product market fit.

Lauris Muzikants
Lean Startup Coach

Lauris is passionate about helping teams to grow as entrepreneurs and to reach their service and business outcomes faster through tools, methods and mindset for experimentation and iteration. He teaches and coaches lean startup methodology and business model innovation. He has crossed path with teams in places of different startup cultures like San Francisco, Berlin, Tallinn, Stavanger and Stockholm.

Justin Wilcox
Founder, Customer Development Labs

Justin is a frequent mentor for TechStars & Startup Weekend, speaker at the Lean Startup Conference, author of The FOCUS Framework and founder of Customer Development Labs.

Justin doesn't talk about Lean Startup theory; he talks about how to apply it. Via a hands-on, step-by-step approach, he shows entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs how to find your Product-Market Fit.

More about Justin - and how to apply Lean Startup - on his blog:

Janice Levenhagen

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley is the Founder and CEO of ChickTech, a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and women in the technology industry and creating a more inclusive technology culture. Janice holds a BS degree in computer engineering and an MBA. Her passion lies in creating change to improve women’s lives. She founded ChickTech in 2012 based on her experiences as a woman in technology and is driven to provide a more positive experience in the technology industry for others.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend San Francisco is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Melissa
  • Niley
  • Chris
  • Navjot


Sydney Lai
Head of Strategy, Token Foundry, Consensys

Sydney is a community leader and strategist with an award-winning background in sales and business development. Sydney has been named an LGBT Technology Leader by The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy and is a TEDx Speaker on creating innovation within communities. She has worked as the Head of Business at Audacy, a space satellite startup. After founding her own token launch firm, she now leads strategy on tokenized projects for Token Foundry at ConsenSys and a co-founder at Crypto NYC, a blockchain coworking space based in Manhattan.

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