Welcome to Startup Weekend SCV 2016



November 4–6, 2016
Friday 6:30pm to Sunday 9pm


College of the Canyons
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center
Rockwell Canyon Rd,
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Startup Weekend SCV.

Startup Weekend SCV is a unique opportunity for developers, designers, and business people to team up and build a startup in just 54 hours! This event that happens all over the world can help you get from zero to a new company by Sunday night!

Weekend activities include rapid-fire startup pitches, prototype building, customer development, coaching and feedback by local mentors, a keynote speaker, concluding with a Shark Tank-style judging session.

This opportunity provides you with a challenging, engaging, and risk-free space to test out that great idea you’ve been hanging on to (or help someone build theirs).

Mailing list

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November 4.

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked-in.

7:00 pm
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

~7:15 pm
Review agenda for the weekend, introduce coaches, community leaders, and keynote speaker.

~7:30 pm
Optionally line up to give your pitch.

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

9:15 pm
Teams start forming and discussing ideas.

10:00 pm
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.


November 5.

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help.

2:00 pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Eat up. You’ve earned it.

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.


November 6.

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.

10:30 am
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS!

12:00 pm
Aw yeah.

3:00 pm
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

7:30 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm

Subject to change.

Are you a designer, developer, or a business person?

Here is what you will learn.

01. Pitch and validate your idea, as well as potentially earn bragging rights for launching a successful startup.

02. Collaborate to design & build something that people want and might actually use in an agile environment.

03. Gather feedback and iterate based on feedback from real experts in the field.

04. Challenge yourself in a fast-paced real-life experience of building a company.

05. Connect with talented like-minded entrepreneurs (you might even find your future co-founder!)

06. Add experience to your resume and impress future employers.

Our Panel of Judges

Our goal was to provide you with the best entrepreneurs to learn from, and that’s what we did.

Chris Wadden

An active member, treasurer, and board member of the Pasadena Angels that invests and mentors early stage companies. 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 has had a 30 year career in consumer products with 20 years as General Manager and President working domestically and internationally.

Ashley Lewis

Director of Product at Dollar Shave Club, leading the teams responsible for the company’s iOS and Android applications. She has spent over 10 years working in technology, at companies such as eHarmony, Zynga, and DogVacay. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from UCSB and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Victor Shaburov

Victor is a serial entrepreneur and investor, with 3 successful exits. His last company Looksery implemented face tracking/face AR technology to build famous lenses you can now use in Snapchat app.

Zoltan Peresztegi

Digital entrepreneur who has established and led a Google country office, then founded a horizontal C2C marketplace, which became market leader and revenue generating under his management. Zoltan also has experience in digital transformation: he has been instrumental in making one of the leading global marketplace operators Schibsted) a Tech and Product focused organization where he also developed the global Product and Marketing Strategy. Zoltan is currently co-founder and SVP Product & Growth of the on-demand consumer electronics marketplace Gone.

Tom Taulli

Tom founded several successful businesses, of which Hypermart.net was sold to Info Space. He has started several other companies, including ExamWeb and JFax.com. Mr. Taulli also teaches finance and investing at a variety of educational institutions, such as USC, UCLA and UCI. He has written numerous articles for such prestigious publications as The Wall Street Journal, CBS Market Watch, MSN Investor and Forbes. In addition to his writing efforts, Mr. Taulli has appeared on high-profile television venues such as CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Gunjan Sharman

Seasoned, hands-on Product Leader with 13+ years expertise in developing product strategy, leading execution, Go-to-Market planning and managing vendor relationships for Consumer mobile apps (iPhone), Personalization, Local Search and self-serve Ad Platform on iPad.


These awesome people are here to help!

Dan Williford

He is currently with one of the world’s most innovative companies Intuit, the makers of TurboTax, QuickBooks and other software that help fuel the SMB economy globally. Dan excels in all facets of software development and is passionate about ideas and innovation and helping people grow.

Ajay Kapur

Associate Dean for Research and Development in Digital Arts and Founder and CEO of Kadenze, the Creative Arts massive open online course.

Damjan Krajacic

Creative director and UX strategist, principal of the digital studio ActiveColor that focuses on digital brand experiences and solutions.

Raimone Roberts

Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Technology Officer for Empire Construction with 20 years of military and business experience leading & managing teams of 200+ and programs over $400 million

Maria Bougioukos

Designer, creative entrepreneur and Founder of Primr; a Design Studio specializing in UX/UI, Branding & Identity, and Strategy. She also co-hosts the Creative Honey Podcast.

Sylvia Martini

An SBDC Business Advisor since 2011, Sylvia Martini assists clients with global trade, sales and marketing, technology, Web communications and Web design, public relations, and mobile and online marketing.

Zachary Hill

Designer and strategist working with ActiveColor, a creative studio that specializes in digital brand experiences and solutions. Was the co founder of Proxart, an art and design focused magazine and was the lead UX designer on last years winning SCV Startup Weekend team.

Catherine Grooms

Director of SBDC, Catherine specializes in assisting clients with accounting, business planning, financing, startup, general business, management and operations, sales and marketing, and growth strategy.

Bobby Hayes

Business management consulting with Fortune 500 companies such as Campbell Sales and Marketing, Avery International, General Mills, and Texaco USA combined with over 20 years of successful business ownership.

Bryan Went

Bryan Went is the Director of Matter Labs, a California based think tank, incubator, accelerator specializing in emerging technologies.

Peter Pangalo

Delivers a wide range of successful OD / generalist HR-based projects globally. Combines strong sales capability, developing successful partnerships, while delivering world-class talent management outcomes. Industry specialties include Technology, Retail, Fashion, Luxury Hospitality, and Fast Moving Consumables cross-culturally.

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