Techstars Startup Weekend Ventura County

    Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Ventura County

Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019

Friday, July 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

333 Pomona St
Port Hueneme, California 93041

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 6 delicious meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday July 26th

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 July 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

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 July 28th

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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards


Joson Hodge
Port Commissioner

Jason Hodge, a second generation Oxnard native, is not only Port of Hueneme Commissioner but a local firefighter who strongly believes the Port of Hueneme is a vital but often underutilized asset of the local economy. Hodge is striving to change this by invigorating the Port of Hueneme/Oxnard Harbor District and focusing on environmental stewardship, economic opportunities, local job creation, and safety. To achieve this goal, he is bringing together community leaders and stakeholders from the private and public sectors.

Fiona Ma
State Treasurer

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. 

Event Judges

Christina Birdsey
Chief Operating Officer

In December 2012, Christina Birdsey came aboard as the Director of Operations and Security for the Port of Hueneme, and in March 2017 she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. She leads the planning and coordination of Port projects and is responsible for managing the Port’s security program. 

Alicia Hanf
City Leader

Alicia is Los Angeles City Leader for Bunker Labs, is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business.
Alicia is most proud of her six-year service in the US Army where she learned the value of teamwork, leadership, and communication. What has stuck with her throughout her career is that “when communication fails, the mission fails”. Being able to help leaders communicate their mission, and vision, and then create strategies to drive execution is a huge part of the value that she’s provided throughout the years as a Business Growth Consultant.

Marissa Nall
Staff Reporter

Marissa Nall is a Staff Reporter for the Pacific Coast Business Times, reporting on startups and businesses throughout the Central Coast.

Dee Nunn

Dee Nunn has been an active participant in the public and private commerce sectors of Ventura County for 40 years. Mrs. Nunn has acquired numerous credentials and professional acknowledgments during her career as a Realtor© with RE/Max Gold Coast Realtors, such as Graduate of Real Estate Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), and GREEN designation in energy efficiency and sustainability. She has been designated a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) by the National Association of Realtors and the Residential Real Estate Council, the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents on the basis of quality and performance. This places her nationally in the top 3% of all residential Realtors©. She is collaborating with multiple community organizations to provide an informed and experienced perspective on solutions for local affordable housing and redevelopment. 

Amy Towner
Chief Executive Officer

Amy Towner, also known as "The Go 2 Gal", is Chief Executive Officer of Health Care foundation of Ventura County.

Coaches and Mentors

Mona Mirakhor
Startup Adviser

Passion for current and emerging tech and their application to solving challenging problems.
Actively working to shape our future by propelling innovative and sustainable early stage startups by working hands on as an adviser to 30+ startups to refine strategy, set milestones, get their product to market, and fundraise.

Hovig Tchalian
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management and Executive Director, Institute for the Practice of Management

Hovig Tchalian studies the impact of language and communication processes on organizations and markets. His research focuses especially on framing and sense-making processes as well as language devices such as analogies. 
He teaches courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. The courses focus on the startup lifecycle, from identifying and assessing opportunities through prototyping and market testing to funding and launch. He also heads the Claremont Game Lab, which brings together teams of professors, industry experts, and select graduate and undergraduate students to build, launch and market online games as well as apply game-based technologies to generate market and social innovations.

Tchalian has consulted with Fortune 1000 firms while at the strategy-consulting firm Monitor Group and worked extensively there and elsewhere with firms and executives in a direct capacity. He is a member of Duke Corporate Education’s GLRN (Global Learning Resource Network), has led courses at the Business Literacy Institute, and also teaches with the Getty Leadership Institute and Drucker Executive Education.

Rahul Alim
Digital Marketing

ur expertise @ Custom Creatives includes SEO, Sales Funnel Development, Google Adwords, Facebook Advertising, Explainer Videos, Reputation Management and Banner Ads. Custom Creatives received recognition as the #1 Digital Marketing Agency in Los Angeles by Clutch Agency in 2017 & 2018.

Gary Livingston
Vice President, Director of Products and Experience at 805 Startups

I am on a mission to accelerate the growth of the startup ecosystems in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.

My goal is to give every person and every type of business a reason to play their role in that ecosystem. From student to professor, small business to corporation, resident to politician, grade school to university, startup to investor...they are all vital to the success of the other.

Success only leads to more success. 805 Startups is my vehicle to driving the success of the entire region.

If you want to help me do this, connect and send me a message. Let's grab some coffee and talk about economic development and how we can work towards something bigger together. 

Ray Caldwell
Principal @ Caldwell Consulting

Ray strives to bring growth and value to all he does by being a creative catalyst! His company, Caldwell Consulting, is known for helping startup founders refine their elevator pitches, Improve their pitch decks, and clarify their customer focus! His unique background of having a systems engineering degree along with a passion for people powers his clear communication and engaging style of marketing.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Ventura County 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 Port of Hueneme is vital in the intermodal logistics supply chain and significantly contributes to the economic health of Ventura County and Southern California.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Greg
  • Mike
  • Doug
  • Flossie
  • Erik
  • Bryan
  • Georg


Navjot Brar
Product Manager | Startup Community Leader | Innovation Catalyst

Navjot is a technical product manager who leads all international product work at Carpe Data related to bringing our products to the international market. This includes localization management, translation management, product management, data analysis, R&D, sales support, and project management.

He has previously worked in insurance services, AI-powered marketing SAAS, speakers, and MEMS industries fulfilling a wide variety of roles such as product, sales, hardware quality, and software engineering. He graduated from UCSB with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He supports the local startup community of Santa Barbara by organizing the Lean Startup Circle Meetup and the global startup community through organizing/facilitating Startup Weekends.

Globally he works with organizations like Techstars, Lean Startup Co, TechCrunch, SXSW, and more.

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