Startup Weekend – Open for Business in the SCV!

08/06/2015 | By Christopher Girdwood

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College of the Canytons University Center

Startup Weekend Santa Clarita

November 13th, 2015

At what point does a startup company traverse the valley of death and proudly wear the banner “open for business”? Is it when the website is built? Is it when the first customer walks through the door? Or is it when the first financial transaction is settled?

I would say the latter of the three. Money is earned and money is spent. And I think it’s the spending part of that two-way transaction that keeps entrepreneurs innovating to finally sell their product.

The Santa Clarita Valley is a place where innovation happens. I know first-hand because it’s what I do for a living. I serve as the Business Communication and Outreach Manager for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. I visit with SCV businesses regularly. I have walked the halls of 800 employee aerospace companies and sat with startups at the City’s Business Incubator.

I am excited to team up with Tom and Dale for Santa Clarita Startup Weekend. On November 13-15, 2015 we will see innovation unfold at the College of the Canyons University Center. We look forward to seeing you then!

Christopher Girdwood

Startup Weekend Santa Clarita Organizer