Startup Weekend Ventura County - Internet of Things, Healthcare and Agriculture

    Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016

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Startup Weekend Ventura County - Internet of Things, Healthcare and Agriculture

Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Rancho Campana High School
4235 Mar Vista Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010

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Startup Weekend is coming to Ventura County!

Startup Weekend, the world’s largest entrepreneurial event organization that has brought together over 190,000 entrepreneurs in 150 countries (That's more than starbucks!) around the globe  is coming to Ventura County March 11-13 2016!

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you.

Startup Weekend Ventura County - Internet of Things, Healthcare and Agriculture will bring together local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts intent on learning what is like to share ideas, form teams, and practice launching a startup over 54 hours.

Attendees will pitch their ideas to the audience in 60 seconds or less. After teams form, the rest of the weekend will be spent implementing the most popular ideas  with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their prototypes before a panel of judges who include:

Darren Lee- President & CEO, St. John's Hospitals
Albert Guerra- CMO Semtech Corporation
Michael Powers- CEO Ventura County Government
Chris Meissner- CEO Meissner Filtration Products
Dr. Ross Dueber- CEO Z Power Battery
Daniel Schoenewald- EVP Advanced Motion Control
David Nichols- CEO Applied Wireless
Joe Kreutz- CEO County Commerce Bank
Alex Teague- SVP Limoneira
Chris Sullivan- Global Healthcare Practice Lead Zebra Technologies

The winner of IoT Healthcare and the winner of IoT Agriculture will each be offered a host of in-kind awards such as free co-working space, free professional services, free food and free products from Ventura County businesses. Each winner, once incorporated, will also be offered $10,000 in seed funding with no interest nor repayment obligation.

A free Startup Weekend community Q&A is scheduled for March 03rd 2016 from 6:00 pm till 7:30 at Rancho Campana High School (4235 Mar Vista Dr. Camarillo, CA 93010)

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Also check out more FREE events prior to the StartUp weekend Ventura County:

StartUp Week Conejo Valley
Feb 15th to 19th, 2016 - See more details

Agriculture Challenges - Town Hall Meeting with 
Sean Walters from Monsanto
Feb 23rd, 2016 - RSVP NOW

IoT subsystems Bootcamp - Zebra Products
March 3rd, 2016 - RSVP NOW

IoT User Interface Bootcamp - Cayenne by myDevices
March 7th, 2016 - RSVP NOW

IoT Connectivity Bootcamp - Semtech 
LoRa® technology
March 5th, 2016 - RSVP NOW

Healthcare Challenges - Town Hall meeting with Dr. Richard Montmeny from Dignity Health St. John Pleasant Valley Hospital
March 7th, 2016 - RSVP NOW

Learn the basic of Pitching - by Daniel Ball
March 3rd, 2016 - RSVP NOW

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday March 11th

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

7:25 pm
Jacqui Irwin
Kick-off speech by Assembly Woman

7:35 pm
Nellie & Phil Akalp
Why on earth would you want to start a company?

7:45 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 March 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
John Loncto
Company formation and capitalization

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

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Russ Frandsen
Stock option plans and how to use them

1:00 pm
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!

6:00 pm
Steve Watkins
Board formation and how to leverage your board

6:45 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 March 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Brent Reinke
Venture capital deal terms and negotiation tips

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jacqui Irwin
Assemblymember represent California’s 44th Assembly District

Open Speaker: Friday 03/11/2016 at 7:25pm
Kick-off speech by Assembly Woman 

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 44th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Camarillo, Casa Conejo, Channel Islands Beach, El Rio, Lake Sherwood, Moorpark, Oak Park, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Rosa Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village. Her Committee appointments have allowed her to champion policies and legislation which will have a direct impact on Ventura County; Assemblymember Irwin Chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, and serves on the Committees on Accountability and Administrative Review, Agriculture, Higher Education, and Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. Jacqui was also appointed Chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity, where she has worked diligently to strengthen our state’s information security infrastructure and protect our most valuable and private data.  Before her election to the State Assembly, Irwin was first elected to the City Council in 2004 and served two terms as mayor of Thousand Oaks Prior to her public service, Irwin was an employee of Teledyne Systems.  She also worked as an engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from UC San Diego, Irwin was an All-American in swimming and attended national championships all four years.  A proud mother of three young adults, Jacqui Irwin and her husband Jon, who serves as Head of Global Business Development for Amazon Instant Video, have lived in Thousand Oaks for nearly 20 years.

Nellie Akalp

Speaks Friday 03/11/2016 at 7:35pm
Subject: Why on earth would you want to start a company?

Nellie Akalp is a serial entrepreneur, small business advocate, speaker and author.  She is the founder & CEO of, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs start, grow and maintain a business.

Philip Akalp

Speaks Friday 03/11/2016 at 7:35pm
Subject: Why on earth would you want to start a company?

Philip Akalp is an Attorney, Entrepreneur and Founder & Chairman of, an incorporation and business startup service. Akalp is a pioneer of online “Legal Self Help” with an unrivaled passion for providing small business owners with legal assistance they can afford. His first business was acquired by Intuit and in 2015 his current company,, was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately-held companies in America.

John Loncto

Speaks: Saturday 03/12/2016 at 9:00am
Subject: Company formation and capitalization

John J. Loncto is an associate in the Corporate & Securities Practice in the firm's Los Angeles office. John’s practice is focused on corporate transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, securities offerings, and corporate formation. Prior to becoming an attorney, John served as an officer in the United States Navy, earned a MBA, and worked as a management consultant for an international consulting firm.

Russ Frandsen
Owner, The Business Legal Group

Speaks: Saturday 03/12/2016 at 12:00pm
Subject: Stock option plans and how to use them 

Mr. Frandsen has over 32 years experience with the major corporate law firms inLos Angeles, including Reed Smith LLP and Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP.  In June 2007, Mr. Frandsen established his own law office in Pasadena.

Stephen Watkins
Vice President, AON Risk Services

Speaks: Saturday 03/12/2016 at 6:00pm
Subject: Board formation and how to leverage your board

Stephen Watkins is a Vice President of AON Risk Services. Mr. Watkins covers a variety of industries, but has a particular focus on asset management firms and financial institutions. Mr. Watkins is currently a chairman for Ondax, Inc., a board member at Digital Performance, Inc., Prolacta Biosciences, HydraDX and a board observer at SupplyFrame and Chimeros.Prior to AON, Mr. Watkins was a founding partner of Arcturus Capital, an early stage venture capital firm focused on Southern California companies. Mr. Watkins had extensive experience in financing and operating technology companies. In 1999, he co-founded The Start Group, a technology accelerator dedicated to the development of start-up companies in Southern California.

Brent Reinke, Esq.

Topic: Venture capital deal terms and negotiation tips

Brent Reinke is a corporate/business partner in the Westlake Village office of Musick, Peeler & Garrett. His practice emphasizes the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, advising emerging growth companies, corporate securities and finance, strategic alliances and licensing. He represents numerous technology and "brick and mortar" companies who are in various stages of development, ranging from start-ups and venture backed companies to corporations with multi-national operations. His clients are involved in a broad array of industries, including, high-tech, biotech/life science, telecommunication, software, venture capital, real estate and manufacturing.

Mr. Reinke is an entrepreneur himself, having Co-Founded Vapur, Inc. ( Since its founding in 2009, Brent has actively advised Vapur in all aspects of its business operations, sales and marketing strategies and product development initiatives to help Vapur become a well recognized consumer brand both National and Internationally.  

He was named by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2016 to the “Valley 200” as one of the 200 most influential business leaders in the region as well as being recently featured on the cover of special edition of SFVBJ entitled “Valley Visionaries”.  Los Angeles Magazine also named Mr. Reinke as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” for his work in the mergers and acquisition area.

Event Judges

Darren Lee, Esq.
President & CEO

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center, together with its sister hospital St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, comprise the largest acute health care organization in Ventura County. This private, not-for-profit health care system was founded more than 100 years ago, and treats more than 187,000 patients annually.

Albert Guerra
CMO Semtech Corporation

Alberto Guerra joined Semtech on June 29, 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining Semtech, Mr.Guerra served as Vice President Strategic Market Development and Product Marketing for International Rectifier (IR), position he was appointed in 2009. Between 2007 and 2009, he also served as Vice President GM, IC & Integrated Product Division at Vishay Siliconix.  Mr. Guerra originally started with IR in Italy. After working in various engineering and technical marketing roles until 1997, he moved to the United States where from 1997 until 2007 he held a number of Director and Vice President level roles. During this period at IR, he was responsible for strategy development and execution on a broad range of market and product initiatives, including M&A, new technology development and technology commercialization. Alberto holds several patents in Packaging Technology, Power module topology, and in GaN and IC technologies. Alberto holds a Degree in Nuclear Engineering and he is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Chris Meissner
Founder, President & CEO

Meissner develops, manufactures, supplies and services advanced microfiltration products and single-use systems worldwide. Meissner stands as a leader in microfiltration by providing high performance products and technical support services for critical applications.

Ross Dueber, Ph.D.
President & CEO

For almost 30 years ADVANCED Motion Controls has proudly supplied high performance servo drives designed and built in the USA. Over 1.5 million servo drives accounting for over 2.5 million axes of motion control have been delivered to date.

Daniel Schoenewald
Founder, Executive Vice President

For almost 30 years ADVANCED Motion Controls has proudly supplied high performance servo drives designed and built in the USA. Over 1.5 million servo drives accounting for over 2.5 million axes of motion control have been delivered to date.Our company was founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1988 with the idea of designing and manufacturing lower cost / high power density servo drives. The company's focus remains to create and deliver the best motion control drives for any motor, any controller, any feedback, any industry and any application.

David Nichols
CEO Applied Wireless

David Nichols is founder and president of Applied Wireless Inc.  Founded in 1999, the company designs and manufactures RF products, including wireless audio, wireless video and remote control products for commercial and industrial applications. David is also co-owner of Opolo Wines in Paso Robles.  David’s interest in agriculture brought him to begin growing 80 acres of wine-grapes in 1997 and then co-founding Opolo Wines in 1999.  Opolo Wines now grows over 280 acres of vineyards and over 60 acres of organic walnuts. Previous to these, in 1981 he co-founded California Amplifier and took it public in 1983.  California Amplifier then manufactured microwave products including satellite dish amplifiers and radar related microwave assemblies. David is also on the boards of local organizations including the Ventura County Boy Scouts, the Camarillo YMCA and is a founding member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Camarillo.  Born and raised in Southern California, David has a BSEE degree from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Michael Powers, Esq.
County Executive Officer

Ventura County is located on California's Pacific coast about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.  Established in 1873, it has a population of over 823,000 people and covers 1,845 square miles.

Joe Kreutz
President/Chief Executive Officer

Joe Kreutz is a lifelong resident of Ventura, attended local schools and earned his MBA from California Lutheran University.  At age 32 he became President of a local Savings and Loan and later went on to establish a successful mortgage banking firm in Ventura. In 1996 he was asked by the board of Bank of Ventura to take over as President and CEO.  He helped grow the institution until it was purchased in 2000.   Acting upon his vision of bring community banking back to the community he treasures, in 2002 Joe led a group of local professionals and organized County Commerce Bank, which opened in Ventura in February 2003.  County Commerce is the largest and most successful community bank headquartered in Ventura County, employing 35 local residents.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as President and CEO. The bank has consistently been one of the best performing banks in California, ranking among the top 200 community banks in the nation and earning countless awards.

Alex Teague
Senior Vice President & COO

The Limoneira Company was founded in Ventura County, California in 1893. With nearly 11,000 acres of agricultural production, Limoneira is one of the largest providers of lemons and avocados in the United States. In addition to agricultural investments, Limoneira has a long history of community building, and new live-walk-work neighborhoods are close to shovel ready. Commercial and residential income producing and for-sale properties round out our portfolio.

Chris Sullivan
Global Healthcare Practice Lead

Chris Sullivan is the Global Healthcare Practice Lead for Zebra Technologies and is responsible for the strategy and marketing functions for the Healthcare vertical business.   Chris began his career with Cardinal Health in 1993 and spent 16 years in sales, marketing, operations, and strategy leadership positions with Cardinal Health.  In 2008, Chris joined W.W. Grainger to lead the strategy formation and creation of their Healthcare business.  While at W.W. Grainger he created an industry first business model, designed around the Environment of Care regulatory standards, and distinguished by its innovation, marketplace differentiation, and commercial success.   Chris is a Board of Directors member and quality control committee chairperson for Chicago based Swedish Covenant Hospital. He also has served as a Board of Director member for the Healthcare Supply Chain Research Consortium, and the 10,000 Villages organization.   

Coaches and Mentors

Dr. Kelvin Loh

Dr. Kelvin Loh is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Thousand Oaks, California and is affiliated with St. John's Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and has been in practice for 49 years. He is one of 5 doctors at St. John's Regional Medical Center who specialize in Otolaryngology.

Dr. Lee Wan

Ophthalmologist in private practice, Oxnard CA. Previous experience as President of Medical Staff, St John's Hospitals; President, Ventura County Medical Association; Executive Director, Ventura County Ophthalmology Society; multiple leadership positions in various other physician and medical organizations; Clinical Instructor, Keck School of Medicine; Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award, St John's Healthcare Foundation; Annually listed in "Best Doctors"

Dr. Robert Lum

Dr. Robert Lum and Renewed Hope Radiation Oncology, Inc. hosts a staff of professionals with well over 30 years of experience in the field of radiation therapy

Richard Montmeny, PhD, PT
Vice President, Professional and Support Services

Clinical training as a physical therapist co-founded Mystic Physical Therapy/Centers for Physical Therapy in Connecticut, a highly successful outpatient and sports medicine practices. From there, Rich was appointed to assistant professor of physical therapy and director of faculty clinics at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he led strategic planning, clinic growth and the integration of education and research in the school of medicine. Since 2009, Rich served as Assistant Vice President Musculoskeletal Services in the Wentworth-Douglas Health System—with 178 beds, it is the largest not for profit community hospital in the area. He was also one of the key executives responsible for population health management and bundled payment innovations with CMS. Rich received his clinical training at Chapman University and holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. Most recently he completed a post-graduate general management program at Harvard Business School.

Randy Hill
Engineer, Founder, President and CEO

Randy Hill is a certified and credited Microsoft Systems Engineer who has obtained certifications in all Microsoft platforms. Randy first gained experience working in the Architectural industry providing computer and program support for several local companies in the Southern California area. Randy’s expertise was widely accepted by professionals and effectively put to use as the Director of Information Technology with California State at Channel Islands area (CSUCI). Randy’s Accomplishments at CSUCI helped the Newly formed CSU campus to be recognized as the most technologically advanced California state university at the turn of the century. It is here where Randy saw the potential to bring enterprise level technologies to small and medium based companies and equip them with the tools necessary to compete with larger corporations. In 2001 Randy co-founded Integrated Network Solutions, LLC which served as a great platform to provide these services to dozens of customers across Southern California. In July of 2005, Randy formed a wholly owned corporation, SAGE NETWORK, INC. which further expands his vision to provide customer’s with “sage” answers, top notch customer service, and real solutions for their IT needs. 

Lilly Kim Esq.
General Counsel at Sweet People Apparel

Ms. Kim has over 15 years of experience working with entrepreneurs.  Ms. Kim has worked at major corporate law firms in Los Angeles including Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP and Reed Smith LLP.  Ms. Kim currently serves as General Counsel for Sweet People Apparel, Inc.  Ms. Kim graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her JD from Loyola Law School.

Rennee Dehesa, Esq.
Legal- Schuck, Becker & Dehesa, LLP

Topic: Corporate Formation and Articles of Incorporation

Rennee Dehesa is a long-time board member of the Ventura County Bar Association’s Barristers and is the Chair of the Barristers Mentorship Program. She is also a board member of the Ventura County Bar Association. Ms. Dehesa is Vice President of Education Foundation of the VC MABA, Inc. She serves as Board Member on the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Board and is Chair of its CSUCI Connection Committee. She is also a member of the Ventura County Women’s Lawyers and a regular volunteer with Girls, Inc.  Additionally, Ms. Dehesa has served as an Attorney Coach for the Simi Valley High School Mock Trial Team and as a volunteer with the Ventura County Family Law Self-Help Center and Casa Pacifica. Ms. Dehesa attended California Western School of Law and completed her law degree in two years (August 2006). She was on the Dean’s list.

Sean Walters, Ph.D.

Originally from California, attended Cal Poly SLO, and Iowa State with a focus on crop breeding.  Worked for DeKalb Genetics for 10 years as a Corn Breeder, then for Monsanto in various Research and Development roles in Seed Production in the US and Europe.  Currently lead a global R&D team focused on reliable, sustainable and high quality seed production and innovative seed processing.

Donald Skinner
Eltron/Zebra Technologies

Mr. Donald Skinner is a successful, experienced business leader. He has been the Chairman / CEO of Skinner Development, which specializes in Real Estate investment and development. He founded Eltron International, Inc. and led it from zero sales to over $130 million in eight years. Eltron received several awards, including a No. 5 ranking on Forbes magazine’s “200 Best Small Companies in America”. Eltron went public on NASDAQ in 1994 and was rated as the number one IPO in the country in terms of revenue, income and stock growth. Mr. Skinner then initiated a highly successful merger between Eltron and Zebra Technologies. He assumed the position of vice chairman of Zebra Technologies. He founded the Skinner Electronics Literacy Project at CSU Northridge, which places computer and software technology into first and second grade classrooms. He was deemed the 1994 Los Angeles Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and given a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Pepperdine University. He earned his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Coast University.

Dr. Derek Cheung
CEO Rockwell Scientific

PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford; 4 years with Fairchild Semiconductor R&D Lab in early days of Silicon Valley; 31 years with Rockwell Science Center -- rose from researcher to CEO.  Also served as VP-Research for Rockwell International Corporation, a major high tech conglomerate among the Fortune 50.  Initiated many spins offs at RSC, and continued at UCLA after retirement from RSC.  Served on the board of several high tech startups and research institutes.

Peter Barry, Ph.D.

Successful Venture Capitalist and experienced executive with unparalleled knowledge of the mobile ecosystem – strategy, operations, services, applications, and technology. Proven venture capital record leading the investment in a profitable portfolio of 25 companies. Demonstrated ability to identify key mobile and internet industry trends and the start-ups that will create the next billion dollar industries.

Kevin Bromber
Hi-tech Executive, Entrepreneur and Investor

Kevin is an entrepreneur, investor and proven leader with a track record developing, acquiring or selling innovative hi-tech businesses. He has held a number of executive positions in both private and public technology companies. Kevin served as Co-Founder and CEO of, an electronic greeting card company sold to NASDAQ: MAT; Co-Founder and CEO of NowMedia Corporation, an interactive, live broadcasting platform; General Manager of Arvixe, a web hosting company sold to NASDAQ: EIGI; Head of global business and corporate development for Avanquest, the 5th largest consumer software company in the world; and currently is CEO of myDevices, a connected device, IoT platform company.

David Johnston
Monsanto- Quality Control Analyst – Registered Seed Technologist (RST)

Originally from Southeast Missouri, involved with production agriculture and seed quality testing for over 30 yrs, accredited seed analysts in the govt and private sector for over 25 yrs, degree in ag business and business admin, small business owner/operator (apple orchard/cider mill) for 5 yrs. Current role is quality control seed testing technical expert supporting local and global seed testing labs, exec. board member and com. chair and com. member in USA and international seed testing associations.  

Martin Shum
Board Member, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce

Martin Shum sits on the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce board of directors as a representative of Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital. He is a former member and past chair of the Community Board for Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo (2007 – 2014). In 1987, Martin founded ACT Networks, Inc., an integrated voice/data wide area networking company. As the chairman, president, and CEO, he took ACT public on NASDAQ (ANET) in 1995. He was also the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Aprisa Inc. (1998 – 2003), an internet application software company, which he sold to Pioneer Standard Electronics. Martin received his B. Sc. Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1971 and M. Sc. Digital Communication in 1972, both from Loughborough University, England; he was named Greater Los Angeles Area Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996; and he was awarded IEEE Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Engineer of the Year in 2009.

Minos Athanassiadis

Minos is the founder and Managing Director of Fresh Link Group, an agriculture and technology advisory firm.  Fresh Link works with a broad spectrum of clients from Fortune 500 firms such as Monsanto Vegetable Seeds, John Deere and Walmart, to privately held companies and startups to help define, build and launch new products and services.  He has held a series of food industry positions including Sales and Marketing lead at Dole Fresh Vegetables and President of Underwood Ranches.  At Foodlink, he managed a software sales and implementation team which delivered a SaaS application to over 2,000 companies providing food products to retail grocers, including, Safeway, Wegmans and Ahold USA.  He is currently working with Agrian, a company which provides Advanced Agronomy and Compliance tools for more than 100,000 farmers, crop consultants and food companies in the US and Canada. Athanassiadis earned an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Matt Kozlov
Managing Director, Healthcare Accelerator

Matt is the Managing Director of Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai.  Matt was most recently the Head of Corporate Development at Telesign, a leading antifraud firm and one of LA’s fastest growing technology companies.  Previously he was CEO of Moonshark, a venture backed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Qualcomm bringing to market original mobile entertainment.  He has also worked at Sony Music Entertainment (VP, Web & Mobile Products), Yahoo! (corporate strategy, product development) and Bain and Company (management consulting).  He graduated from Harvard, where he studied economics.  
Matt is an advisor to several LA-based companies including Chromatik, Vyng, Rattleback Rye, and Alpha Edison.  He was named one of Fast Company’s 27 leading characters in Hollywood’s Digital landscape.

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The Startup Weekend Ventura County - Internet of Things, Healthcare and Agriculture team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Ventura is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Soan
  • Mike
  • Ross
  • Gary
  • Erik
  • Martin
  • Bryan


Mark Cardona

Mark is an attorney at Cardona Law in downtown Santa Barbara. 

He was the director of operations at Otojoy, and attend LaVerne College of Law.
Mark facilitated the 2015 Startup  Weekend and is a sponsor with Cardona Law assisting with legal advice for the winning teams. 

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