Startup Weekend Santa Barbara #6

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Santa Barbara #6

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara
414 Olive Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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Startup Weekend Santa Barbara #6: Let's Solve BIG Problems

Startup Weekend returns to the Santa Barbara area November 10, 11, and 12, 2017!
The original Santa Barbara organizing team and catalysts behind the first event in Santa Barbara are back and joined by an amazing group of co-organizers.  With support from StartupSB and THE SANDBOX's partners... this is an event to not miss.

Our first 4 events were some of the biggest Startup Weekend events in the world.  The events created a number of companies that are still continuing to grow and succeed.. CreatorUp, SmartStones, and the original team that became Snapwire all got their start at one the first 4 Santa Barbara Startup Weekends. 

Now it is time to do it all over again.
Are you going to create your next venture?
Get a ticket and don't miss it!

We are also adding a new twist...

Thursday night (November 9th) we are inviting the community to pitch/submit a problem to solve. 

Have a business problem, local issue, social dilemma, or something you want solved!  Bring it to the event and spark an entrepreneurial team to solve it with a new venture.  we'll collect all the ideas... and participants in the event will have 24 hours to come up with a solution and start building their team before the weekend kickoff on Friday, November 10th!  

Or just show up on November 10th to pitch your own idea, or join a team!  

EarlyBird Tickets are $50 
Regular Priced Tickets are $99 

If you are a high school or university student contact us at santabarbara@startupweekend.org to get the 1/2 off promo code for the event!


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday November 9th


6:00 pm
Let's PITCH BIG PROBLEMS
A community Kickoff to Santa Barbara Startup Weekend, bringing the community to the table to expose BIG problems to solve over the weekend! This event is part mixer part community forum to make sure that the Santa Barbara Area community brings all of the problems to the table that can be used as a launch point for projects and businesses created during the Startup Weekend! All problems are fair game... Social, Environmental, Cultural, Tech related and more! If you want to get started solving a problem... bring it to the event and the weekend to get started!

Friday November 10th


6:00 pm
Registration
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 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


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 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Trip Hawkins
Founder, Electronic Arts

An expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology management, Trip Hawkins played a key role in defining and building two major industries:  personal computers and video games.  He was an executive in three companies that had IPOs and was the founder and CEO of Electronic Arts (EA Sports) which remains an industry leader today with a market capitalization of over $20 billion.As a result of defining, establishing and leading in the creative and business practices of entertainment software, Hawkins, his products and companies have won hundreds of awards and he has won multiple Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame awards.  A holder of three patents, he invented, produced or directed several pioneering sports simulation games including John Madden Football.Using a formula similar to how he worked with sports experts like Madden, the last game Hawkins produced, IF… The Emotional IQ Game, was created with world experts on emotional intelligence and culminated more than a decade of domain analysis and research on human behavior and the brain.Thanks to a long career in Silicon Valley, Hawkins had the opportunity to know, work with and learn from numerous tech and media legends including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Wozniak, Gordon Moore, Bob Noyce, Don Valentine, John Doerr, Michael Moritz, Mike Markkula, Bob Pittman, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Steve Ross, Lew Wasserman, Sid Sheinberg, Masayuki Matsushita, Ben Rosen, Dick Asher, George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ken Kutaragi, Nicholas Negroponte, Bill Atkinson, Larry Tesler, John Malone, Regis McKenna, Larry Sonsini, Marc Andreessen, Michael Marks, Hugh Martin, John Roach, Larry Probst, Tom Schelling, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Jerry Kaplan, Shaun Tomson, Janice Toben, Timothy Leary, John Madden, Earl Weaver, Julius Erving, Bill Budge, Dani Bunten, Richard Garriott, Masayoshi Son, Peter Molyneux, Dean Hovey, David Kelley, Chuck Peddle and many others.  Hawkins has also had the pleasure of mentoring remarkable media creators and tech leaders in dozens of companies; clients include Apeel Sciences, FluidStance, Kixeye, Mobcrush, Scopely and Skillz.A life of community service has included decades as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, co-founding the successful San Mateo branch of Menlo Church, managing a charitable foundation and advising non-profits including The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, The National Museum of Play and the Center for Digital Games Research at UCSB.  Hawkins has keynoted numerous events including GDC and CES and has lectured at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSB, USC and Draper University.Hawkins graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and has an MBA from Stanford where he ranked in the top 10%, a highest distinction now known as an Arjay Miller Scholar.


Gordon Seabury
CEO, Toad & Co

As an outdoor industry leader for the last 21 years, Gordon has committed his career to building brands that practice a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) approach to business.  With an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton School of Business, the for-profit training was covered thoroughly.  An Eagle Scout at 14, active membership in Students for Socially Responsible Business and an avid fan of responsible companies like Ben & Jerry’s, a passion for the outdoors and a solid family upbringing shaped the rest.Gordon purchased Toad&Co (formerly Horny Toad Activewear) from founder Jessica Nordhaus who started the brand in a basement design studio in Telluride, CO. Now based in Santa Barbara, CA, Toad&Co designs responsible clothing that seamlessly transitions from trail to tavern. Toad&Co clothes are built on the notion that you can get dressed in the morning and take full advantage of whatever opportunities present themselves throughout the day.  Gordon and the Toad&Co team see every day as a chance to be social leaders and good environmental citizens and make business choices that support the things they love – like music, film, great food and getting outside as often as possible.Gordon is also the Chair of the Board for the Outdoor Industry Association.  He formerly served on the boards of the not-for-profits Heal the Bay in Santa Monica and Portland Athletic & Outdoor Advisory Council, and currently is a Director for RootsRated.com, a tech start-up in Outdoor Lifestyle space and is a Mentor for the Telluride Venture Accelerator.In between family and work Gordon enjoys just about anything the outdoors has to offer, especially if it is in the ocean, on a river or near his family cabin on June Lake in the Eastern Sierras.



Coaches and Mentors


Steve Perez
Key Account Executive @ Twillio

I enjoy marketing and selling emerging technologies that help professionals work more productively. I am an experienced enterprise sales and marketing professional with a proven track record of delivering results. I thrive in startup environments, and have helped bootstrap 4 startups with successful exits. 


Brad Batsole
Chief Marketing Officer at RentTrack & Marketing Author at LinkedIn

A professional marketer who can cover every angle, from marketing strategy and user experience to social media, paid media, and SEO. 

A dedicated professional seasoned in helping everything from small shops and start-ups to big businesses looking to rejuvenate their brands. 

An excellent communicator who delivers engaging presentations at conferences and develops instructional content on lynda.com.

A visionary who excels in ideation with over 12 years experience working at the crossroads of user experience, marketing, and the web. A former strategist on SEO for lynda.com and consultant on search marketing and social applications for LegalZoom.com.


Jose Huitron
Idea Champion. Startup Community Builder. Design Thinker. Educator.

Jose is the Campus Director for SBBCollege in Santa Maria where he currently oversees campus strategy and operations including Admissions, Academics, Financial Aid, and Career Services. 

He applies his extensive marketing expertise in brand development, idea design, web technology, cross-cultural marketing, and digital marketing into his role to help foster impact across the campus and community at large. A digital native with 10+ years of experience in online and offline engagement understanding context, developing insight, uncovering growth opportunities, setting strategy, communicating vision and helping clients amplify their brand narrative. 

He brings a unique blend of real-world experience and theory, entrepreneurial zeal, and strategic direction with a proven track record of success.

Jose has been active as an advisor and teacher in the entrepreneurial community, mentoring at a variety of leading launchpad events focused on new venture formation, prototyping and accelerating new businesses. A champion of innovation and entrepreneurship.



Erica Schreiber

I’m a partner at The Conscious Leadership Group (CLG), where I lead brand and communication, create content, and have a hand in all things operational and strategic.

I work with forward-thinking leaders and teams who are devoted to aligning with purpose and maximizing impact. 


Alissa Sears
CO-FOUNDER / ADVENTURES ACADEMY & VICE PRESIDENT: STRATEGY & GROWTH / CHRISTIE & CO

Having spent the last 15 years helping build high-growth, high impact companies, international investment summits, investment groups, non-profits and beyond, Alissa co-founded adVenturesAcademy rooted in the belief that business is the key to building a better world and that the best companies - those most able to adapt to the challenges of growth and achieve scale - are those rooted in purpose, driven by passion, alignment and impact, and preserved through resilience, authenticity and integrity. Through adVenturesAcademy, we break the box to unleash innovation and growth potential through harnessing the power of adventure to build resilient growth. And have fun doing it. Alissa is Vice President of Growth & Strategy at Christie & Co – a global branding & growth agency dedicated to supporting the success of game changing companies and organizations. Alissa served as Vice President of The California Coast Venture Forum/Clean Business Investment Summit, is a Founding Partner of KIWA Investment Summit: Latin America, and serves on the Board of Directors of Channel Islands Outfitters. She serves as an advisor to New Hope’s NEXT Accelerator, CircleUp, the Karma Project Nepal, Antioch University’s MBA Program on Social Enterprise, Cal State Lutheran University’s MBA in Sustainability, Yellow Leaf Hammocks, and is a Social Enterprise Scout for RSF Social Finance. Recognized as Forbes 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail. Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40.


Sky Gilbar
Creative Director, Experience Designer, Social Innovation Strategist

Sky Gilbar is a freelance creative director, experience designer, and social innovation strategist based in Santa Barbara, California. Sky works with brands and organizations that empower others to do good through the creative use of technology, experience, design, and storytelling.


Dave Coburn
EVP Product Management, Invoca

Dave is a proven product leader with a passion for bringing innovative technology solutions to small business and Fortune 500 customers. He combines 10 years of experience at Microsoft, leading product and technology teams to develop new online services, with more recent experience leading lean and agile development of online real-time platforms and applications. Dave graduated from San Marcos High School in Goleta, has a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley, ​and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Washington. 


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Kyle Ashby
Founder :: The Sandbox Santa Barbara | Founder, StartupSB || Startup Advisor

Kyle is the founder of THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara, a creative coworking, collaboration and event space and StartupSB, Santa Barbara's largest entrepreneurial network.

Ashby is also the founder of Kaldera an advisory firms that focuses on strategy, marketing and community building for startups, technology companies and organizations. 

Ashby was on the founding team of BrandLive and Mobile Corporation and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies including Yardi Systems, Citrix Online and Forms+Surfaces. 

Kyle is an active advisor to startup companies and has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Santa Barbara.  

Kyle organized the first four Startup Weekends in Santa Barbara and has facilitated Startup Weekends globally as part of TechStars. Kyle was a Startup America Champion and is a founding member of a national non profit called the Startup Champions Network.   

MBA from Babson College. Undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master. 

In his free time he is continues to learn, tinker, travel, surf, paddle, explore the outdoors, play the drums and bass, and spend time with his wife and daughter.



Karla Mora
Founder & Managing Partner

Founder and Managing Partner of Alante Capital, a venture fund investing in innovative companies that radically improve economic, environmental and social sustainability across the textile and apparel industry. 
Previously, Karla was Investment Director at VilCap Investments, and Lead Facilitator at Village Capital working to support FinTech and HealthTech startups strengthen their models and prepare for investment. She has a Master's in Development Economics from the University of Rome and Certificate of Financial Management from Cornell University. 


Kelly Schmandt Ferguson
Director, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Energize CA - LACI



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Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Santa Barbara #6 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 SANDBOX is a coworking, collaborative workspace and event venue located in The Santa Barbara Design and Venture Center in the Lagoon District area of Santa Barbara.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Karla
    Mora
  • Kyle
    Ashby
  • Greg
    Mora
  • Kevin
    Molloy
  • Michael
    Lewis
  • Kelly
    Schmandt Ferguson

Facilitators


Aldo Aguirre
Latam, US & Canada Director - Startup Programs

Aldo believes that entrepreneurship is one of the best ways of changing lives for the better. As an entrepreneur he founded a software development company, a coffee shop and a business incubator. Now he works full time helping entrepreneurs across the world start their entrepreneurial path through Techstars Startup Programs. He likes to talk about movies, series and books, as well as technology in general.

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Karla Mora
Founder & Managing Partner

Founder and Managing Partner of Alante Capital, a venture fund investing in innovative companies that radically improve economic, environmental and social sustainability across the textile and apparel industry. 
Previously, Karla was Investment Director at VilCap Investments, and Lead Facilitator at Village Capital working to support FinTech and HealthTech startups strengthen their models and prepare for investment. She has a Master's in Development Economics from the University of Rome and Certificate of Financial Management from Cornell University. 


Greg Mora
Manager of Individual Philanthropy

Manager of Individual Philanthropy at Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization, active in more than 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. Prior to that, he was Director of Volunteer Programs & Corporate Partnerships at Family House San Francisco, managing partnerships with McKesson, Salesforce, Blackrock, UCSF and more. He has a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University. 


Kevin Molloy
Manager, Corporate Philanthropy

Kevin is Manager of Corporate Philanthropy for Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, active in more than 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies. In this role, Kevin forged a major partnership with Unilever and manages a portfolio of corporate partnerships and special programs. He has a master's degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


Kyle Ashby
Founder :: The Sandbox Santa Barbara | Founder, StartupSB || Startup Advisor

Kyle is the founder of THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara, a creative coworking, collaboration and event space and StartupSB, Santa Barbara's largest entrepreneurial network.

Ashby is also the founder of Kaldera an advisory firms that focuses on strategy, marketing and community building for startups, technology companies and organizations. 

Ashby was on the founding team of BrandLive and Mobile Corporation and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies including Yardi Systems, Citrix Online and Forms+Surfaces. 

Kyle is an active advisor to startup companies and has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Santa Barbara.  

Kyle organized the first four Startup Weekends in Santa Barbara and has facilitated Startup Weekends globally as part of TechStars. Kyle was a Startup America Champion and is a founding member of a national non profit called the Startup Champions Network.   

MBA from Babson College. Undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master. 

In his free time he is continues to learn, tinker, travel, surf, paddle, explore the outdoors, play the drums and bass, and spend time with his wife and daughter.



James Hanna
Operations and Community Manager at THE SANDBOX



Mark Schulbach
Co-Founder at The Sandbox

Co-Founded the Sandbox Santa Barbara, a boutique coworking and event venue in Santa Barbara. Passionate about creating events and community. 

Always studying and practicing best human movement patterns, i.e., methods of Foundation Training and natural mobility.


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