Startup Weekend | Bilingual: Bring all ideas!

    Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016


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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend | Bilingual: Bring all ideas!

Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016



Friday, October 14 - 16, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

NAU Business Innovation Accelerator
220 E 16th St
Yuma, AZ 85364

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¡Bienvenidos!

THE EVENT 
We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about innovation and business creation. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch new business ventures.

This event will be run through with a unique bilingual theme to reflect our unique, diverse community. So, bienvenidos! Come armed with any idea of your imagination and pitch it during our open-mic 60-second pitch battles on Friday night. This will lead to the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on validating their idea by talking to users, designing/building prototypes and building a business plan with the help of experienced coaches and mentors. On Sunday, teams present and demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.

-What is it like at a Startup Weekend?
Simply put, your life will forever be changed. Check out this video that should give you some insight on the amazing energy at our events: https://vimeo.com/32424882

-What theme is this Startup Weekend?
The theme of this event is "Bilingual: Bring All Ideas". We encourage all the wonderful English and Spanish speaking people of our community and beyond to attend, connect, collaborate, and create with one another around any idea that excites you!

-Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It's a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

Do you have more questions?
Check our our FAQ: https://startupweekend.org/attendees/faq

Here are just a few of the things you get from attending:
-7 meals of food & snacks for the entire weekend
-A unique opportunity to be mentored and coached by industry leaders and educators
-A network of new local developer, designer, educator, student & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about innovation
-An awesome portfolio piece
-Raffles
-Prizes

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 14th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 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 local small business speakers and key sponsors


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 October 15th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


10:00 am
Mentor Meetings
Coaches and mentors begin to arrive to help teams one-on-one.


12:00 pm
Lunch


6:30 pm
Dinner


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 16th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Mentor Meetings
Mentors begin arriving. Final opportunity to ask questions!


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 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
Demo Day Begins!
Final presentations before our panel of judges


6:00 pm
Dinner & Judges Deliberation


6:45 pm
Judging & Awards


7:30 pm
Wrap Up & After Party
After Party at Prison Hill Brewing Company!



Speakers


Rakesh Pangasa
Director, NAU-Yuma Business Innovation Accelerator

After practicing as a scientist, researcher, and industrial R&D manager for 14 years, he immigrated to U.S. in 1986 and switched to teaching, training, and consulting. Currently actively promoting economic development in the Southwest US, he is the Director of Business Innovation Accelerator in Yuma, an active member of International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and is engaged in teaching and consulting entrepreneurship, business management and engineering. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in Yuma, Littleton, Denver, Vienna, and Shanghai. He has also worked as Commissioning Engineer for FLSmidth, training operators at a few plants of American Electric Power, and as Senior Computer Systems Analyst for Yuma proving grounds on future combat systems software interoperability. His research interests and passion include building strong relations amongst academics, research, and industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Panjab University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1986.


Dr. Ramaswamy Ravikumar
Yuma Regional Medical Center, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Ramaswamy Ravikumar is the Director of Cardiovascular Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at YRMC. He performed a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (AVR), the first procedure of its kind ever performed at YRMC. Dr. Ravikumar, whose work prior to YRMC established his reputation as a pioneer of robotic heart surgery, is certainly not a stranger to performing surgeries hailed as being the first of their kind. His career has included the following highlights:

  • World's first robotic double valve replacement in 2011
  • World's first robotic combined mitral valve replacement and coronary artery bypass graft in 2011.
  • India's first robotic aortic valve replacement in 2010.
  • India's first robotic mitral valve replacement in 2006.


Stacy Gutierrez, PE and CIH
Nicklaus Engineering Inc., CEO

As the President and CEO of Nicklaus Engineering Inc., Ms. Gutierrez has taken an active role in a variety of engineering and architectural projects over the past 19 years. She is a licensed Environmental Engineer with extensive experience in environmental engineering and project management. Her additional qualification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) brings notable safety proficiency to the team. She will work with the team during the early design stages to ensure safe and effective designs. Ms. Gutierrez has successfully managed projects for Arizona State Parks, DOD, USACE, City of Yuma, Yuma County, Imperial County and private clients.


Jim Adler
President, JOL Enterprises

Jim is a native Arizonan and was raised in Phoenix. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where he joined the U.S. Navy his senior year.  Upon graduating in 1984 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Jim was commissioned a Civil Engineer Corps officer.  His time in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees found him doing tours in all over the world with his final duty at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.   We are lucky that he decided to spread roots in Yuma after leaving the Navy by joining the electrical engineering firm, JOL Enterprises. In 2000, Jim took over as president and owner of JOL Enterprises. Jim is a licensed Registered Professional Engineer with an MBA from Webster University. 


John Courtis
Yuma Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director

John Courtis is currently the Executive Director of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. After a 14 year career at the Yuma Sun as Advertising Manager, John assumed his current post in September of 2014. In that span membership in the Chamber has increased by over 19%. John began his marketing / advertising career at the Long Beach Press Telegram in 1973 and 43 years later, he's still helping independent business be successful! John has been a publisher of a weekly paper, and has owned an advertising agency, a weekly paper and a consulting firm. He has worked for big papers like the Los Angeles Times and the Kansas City Star and small papers like the Sun Shopper in Prescott. He is a trainer and motivational speaker and loves helping small businesses be successful. John is involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Yuma, the Yuma Council for CASA, Yuma Youth Leadership, BetterYuma.Org, the Yuma County Fair, and the Yuma Area Agricultural Council.


Bosco Noronha
Senior Plant Engineer, APS

Bosco Noronha is an electrical engineer and entrepreneur. He has a Master in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from San Diego State University. Extensively  travelled on professional work to Canada, Kuwait, Mexico and now in the US. Yuma is his final home town. He started his career in the aerospace industry working on the F-18 E/F and the Airbus A340 development programs. Later moved on to the Oil and Gas industry transitioning into Information Technology and finally settling to engineering project management into Power Generation, working for Berkshire Hathaway and Arizona Public Service (APS).  Managed projects in the range of $5M to $50M.  Active member of the engineering steering committee at Arizona Western College. Business entrepreneur in the hospitality industry.

Event Judges


Niraj Kohli
President, CSC

 Niraj Kohli, President of CSC, is a 30 year technology industry and cross cultural management veteran,having held leadership positions at Motorola based in USA and Asia. He has mentored  entrepreneurs and delivered webinars across the country. He spent 19 years with Motorola in various global management roles including Operations Management based in USA and Asia. He had P&L responsibility of several high volume global businesses with sales in excess of $250 million serving Communication, Digital Consumer, Computing, Industrial and Automotive markets. His other experience includes technology, business development, Strategic and Product marketing management and manufacturing. He has lived in 4 and done business in 32 countries. He is currently a practitioner faculty and teaches courses on entrepreneurship, strategy and sustainability.


James Lerner
Head of Investments, Yossarian Capital Partners

As Head of Investments at Yossarian Capital Partners, James brings his extensive sell and buy side experience to the investment team. Well traveled, James hails from New Zealand but forged his career in Australia after graduating from the University of Melbourne with an honors degree in Finance. He spent four years in investment banking at Lazard before being tapped to run the private family investment vehicle for the Head of Lazard Australia and to serve as his representative on the Lazard Australia Private Equity Investment Committee. James then served as Director at an infrastructure private equity firm before being recruited to lead his own investment team at Yossarian Capital Partners.


Chris Wheeler
Co-founder, Prison Hill Brewing Company

Sharing his local perspective as Investment Committee Chairman for Yossarian Capital Partners, Chris Wheeler brings his 4th generation, local knowledge and insight to the YCP team. He holds B.S. Degrees in Psychology and Molecular and Cellular Biology, in addition to graduate studies in neuroscience, from the University of Arizona. He co-founded Pacific Biomedical DME, an electrosurgical and durable medical equipment supply company. When not sitting on the board of a community organization, Chris can be found crafting a delicious pint at his brewery, Prison Hill Brewing Company.


Coaches and Mentors


Gladys Wiggins
Director, Yuma International Airport

Gladys Wiggins is the Airport Director at Yuma International Airport.  Yuma International Airport is co-located with the MCAS Yuma and is a Shared Use airport with a Joint Use Operating Agreement.  Ms. Wiggins’ primary function is to operate the airport in compliance with applicable FAA regulations and state law, as well as, to maintain the positive relationship with MCAS Yuma, and to promote Commercial Air Service and General Aviation in a safe and secure manner. Yuma International Airport is the 2015 Arizona Airport of Year recipient, which is awarded and recognized by the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Group.  Prior to becoming the Airport Director, she was the Deputy Airport Director and originally joined Yuma International Airport in March 2009 as the Director of Operations. In addition to the duties of the positions she has held, Ms. Wiggins was the airport project manager overseeing all engineering and construction at the airport. Ms. Wiggins worked previously in various capacities as a Civil Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical Integrity Consultant and a High School Math Teacher.  Ms. Wiggins earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the California Maritime Academy accompanied with a USCG Third Assistant Engineer License. Ms. Wiggins is the Immediate Past President Arizona Airports Association (AzAA) which has a one voice approach for key issues in aerospace and aeronautics for the State of Arizona.  She is the Chairman for the AzAA Legislative Committee and Arizona Aviation Day at the Capitol Committee. Ms. Wiggins has also obtained her American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Certified Member designation, and is an active member of the Southwest AAAE chapter and past Board Director.  In her down time Ms, Wiggins volunteers when she can in the STEM/AVID curriculum, President of the Yuma National Society of Professional Engineers, is a team coordinator for various youth sport teams, an assistant coach for Gila Ridge Varsity Girls Basketball, President of the local Officials Association (Southwest Cactus Association), and officiates high school, youth and recreational basketball games.


Randy Nelson
Director, Small Business Development Corporation

Randy Nelson knows startups. As Director of AWC’s Small Business Development Centers, Randy provides small business owners the means to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. Certified as a NxLevel Instructor and Profit Mastery Facilitator, he has helped thousands of students and businesses with financial literacy and business planning strategies. 2010 State Star Award as top performer in capital formation and customer satisfaction. Randy serves on the Board of Directors for Yuma County Airport Authority (January ‘15) and was elected to the Yuma Area Non Profit Institute (YANPI) Board in January 2012. Yuma County Chamber Member of the Year (2005), Center of Excellence Award AZSBDC (‘05-’10), and SBA Award as SBDC of the Year for ‘11 and ‘12 for the State of Arizona.


Rakesh Pangasa
Director, NAU-Yuma Business Innovation Accelerator

After practicing as a scientist, researcher, and industrial R&D manager for 14 years, he immigrated to U.S. in 1986 and switched to teaching, training, and consulting. Currently actively promoting economic development in the Southwest US, he is the Director of Business Innovation Accelerator in Yuma, an active member of International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), and is engaged in teaching and consulting entrepreneurship, business management and engineering. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in Yuma, Littleton, Denver, Vienna, and Shanghai. He has also worked as Commissioning Engineer for FLSmidth, training operators at a few plants of American Electric Power, and as Senior Computer Systems Analyst for Yuma proving grounds on future combat systems software interoperability. His research interests and passion include building strong relations amongst academics, research, and industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Panjab University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1986.


Dr. Rosie Cordova, SPHR and SHRM-SCP
Professor, NAU-Business School

Dr. Rosie Cordova has more than fifteen years of experience in management, including the private and public industries. Her management experience includes city management, human resource management, and entrepreneurship. She has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level for more than eight years. She is certified in human resources as SPHR and SHRM-SCP. She has a doctoral degree in management, an MBA, and a graduate certificate in Public Management.


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