Startup Weekend Santa Clarita
Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center College of the Canyons
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
The coolest entrepreneurial thing you can do in a short weekend!
JOIN US FOR THE 2016 EVENT AT WWW.STARTUPWEEKENDSCV.COM
November 4-6, 2016
Looking to show your design skills?
- see how they can perform under pressure
- land potential job leads
- network with other creatives and business leaders
Ready to build the next Airbnb?
- test out the fast-paced startup environment and challenge themselves
- gain a fantastic experience to share in future interviews
- develop their portfolios
- build the core features of a product under an extreme time constraint
- meet potential co-founders
Are you a scrappy entrepreneur?
- start an actual business
- build on their leadership skills by directing a team to success
- experience the fast-paced startup environment
- receive direct feedback from experts in the field, and more importantly, potential customers!
- learn new skills and gain a ton of experience in an intense, but fun setting
- connect with talented developers, designers, and like-minded entrepreneurs (you might even find your future co-founder)
- collaborate and coordinate with a team to achieve a common goal
Tickets to Startup Weekend are capped at 30 per category: 30 designers, 30 developers, and 30 biz folks. If you fit into one of these roles snag your ticket now before it sells out! Funds from your ticket go towards the costs incurred with putting on this entirely volunteer event, most of which cover your meals!
Prizes to be claimed:1st Place – 600 Sq. Ft. Office Space Free for Three Months (Avenue Stanford), a sit-down with the Pasadena Angel investing group, One Hour “Intellectual Property” Consultation with Fish & Tsang, One Hour “Entity Formation and Startup First Steps” Consultation with Spectrum Financial Resources Inc.
2nd Place - Half Hour “Intellectual Property” Consultation with Fish & Tsang, One Hour “Entity Formation and Startup First Steps” Consultation with Spectrum Financial Resources Inc.
3rd Place - Half Hour “Intellectual Property” Consultation with Fish & Tsang, One Hour “Entity Formation and Startup First Steps” Consultation with Spectrum Financial Resources Inc.
Global Startup Battle prizes: Workspace memberships, conference and festival passes, travel money, cloud storage credits, tons of mentorship opportunities. Read more about the GSB Prize tracks at http://www.globalstartupbattle.co/prizes .
Learn what it's all about!Santa Clarita Startup Weekend is a grassroots event, organized by five volunteers who currently live in the Santa Clarita Valley. This is a unique opportunity for software developers, designers, and business-minded entrepreneurs to team up and build several new startups in just 54 hours! Startup Weekend is part of the largest entrepreneurial community with 80,000 past attendees of 905 weekend events in 501 cities within 135 countries, as of 2014. This is big, and this will be the second event hosted in Santa Clarita! We’re here to prove that Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach aren't the only places where a startup can grow, and we are excited to see which companies sprout during the weekend.
This three-day event encourages a fun and engaging environment for startup enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Startup Weekend creates a forum for creators and idealists to gain insight and relevant, real-time experience for growing a business while expanding their resumes, portfolios, and networks. Weekend activities begin with rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, mentor feedback from experts in the field, a keynote speaker, and conclude with a Shark Tank-style judging session. Prizes awarded will be designed to add value to the winning startup teams, and of course come with bragging rights!
Participants arrive the evening of Friday, Nov. 13th. Those with a startup in mind get 60 seconds to pitch their idea (not required), the attendees vote for their favorites, and then teams naturally form around the top picks! Days two and three involve collaboration as teams take their ideas from paper to working prototype. The potential for startup growth in Santa Clarita abounds, and this event is the perfect opportunity to learn about the resources that exist right here in the Santa Clarita Valley!
This event is also part of the Global Startup Battle, a worldwide competition for the best startup ideas created in a weekend. Winning teams from these Startup Weekend events go on to compete in the global digital competition!
You’re busy, we get it! Shake up your routine and come to Startup Weekend on November 13 - 15! It’s the coolest entrepreneurial thing you can do in a short weekend. We promise to feed you lots of good food, introduce you to talented locals (potentially your future co-founder), connect you to business leaders, and provide you with a challenging and engaging space to test out that idea you’ve been hanging on to for the last year (or help someone build theirs). Seriously though, it’s time to act on it and try it out! We welcome anyone passionate about business, development, design, marketing, etc. Here are some of the top reasons we came up with at our last organizing meeting for any developer, designer, or business-minded entrepreneur to attend. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE889onUhVY
Get in touch!Questions about the event? Email us at email@example.com .
Lastly, sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact us via email if you are interested!
Tom, Chris, Dale, Emily, Wyatt, & Parker
Your Santa Clarita Startup Weekend 2015 Organizers
Friday November 13th
Saturday November 14th
Sunday November 15th
Chris is an entrepreneur, executive, consultant, investor, and educator. He is President of Veraison LLC which provides strategic and operating advice to small and medium sized companies along with assistance for debt, equity, and non-bank financing. He and his wife Susan produce, sell, and market artisan single vineyard pinot noir wines under the “Affaire de Coeur” brand.
Chris has had 30 year career in consumer products with 20 years as General Manager and President working domestically and internationally. He has driven top line growth through aggressive new branded, private label and licensed national product introductions (over 400 new products) and focused marketing programs. He has also developed several independent brands including the” Back to Nature” brand that was purchased by Kraft Foods in 2003. He is also noted for his expertise in optimizing operating performance resulting in improving all of the companies operating income that he has worked with. Chris ran Nabisco’s joint venture in the People Republic of China in the early 90’s for four years and designed the market development, operations, and manufacturing plan that are in place today.
Chris is an adjunct professor at local universities He specializes in teaching courses in Marketing, Change Management, Business Planning, Entrepreneurship and Finance. He has also been a guest lecturer at conferences that focus on doing business in China and entrepreneurship.
Mr. Wadden earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, Degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and an MBA in finance from Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Wadden also holds a professional engineer license from the State of Texas.
He is an entrepreneur, strategic advisor and investor currently working with Enterprises as well as startups across a broad range of industries. He previously built and served as the CEO of 10EQS ('Ten X'), and was co-founder and CTO of eLink Commerce.
As a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co and independently, he has helped Fortune 500 companies pursue new ventures, design and launch major products, and develop and execute high-profile market initiatives.
As a part of Sand Hill and Pasadena Angels, he currently invests in game-changing startup teams and concepts.
He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and MS/BS in Computer Science from USC.
Coaches and Mentors
Genevieve is inspired by the passion and enthusiasm displayed by F&T clients as she takes part in turning their ideas into tangible inventions. She has a natural zeal for overcoming challenging situations, an attribute that benefits innovators as she helps them realize their IP dreams. Genevieve excels in the firm’s collaborative environment and holds value in the ability to work together to find outside-the-box solutions.
Andrew’s litigation experience includes preparing court documents for trademark infringement claims and serving as co-counsel, litigating on behalf of clients in the California Central District Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also assists the F&T litigation team with essential background research for many IP cases.
Senior Business Advisor
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Santa Clarita 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.
The College of the Canyons Economic Development Division generously offered space at the College's University Center to hold the event. The Santa Clarita Startup Weekend organizing team is grateful to hold this event in a state-of-the-art facility.
Techstars Startup Weekend Santa Clarita is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here