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Schedule

Friday

Oct 5
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Oct 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Oct 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Monetary Sponsors
Judges

Christopher Buckstein

President, Dynamic Investments

Christopher currently serves as President of Dynamic Investments. In addition to his two companies, he holds a position as Director of the Entrepreneurship Village (eVillage) and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Chapman University in Orange, CA. He educates, advises, and mentors Chapman University students about the entrepreneurial process through hands on programming and combines teaching responsibilities with the administration of several independent study courses.

Christopher serves on several boards, including the Board of Counselors for the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, and the Board of Directors for the MBA Alumni Association, Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence and on the Board of Advisors for the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. Christopher is a member of the Tech Coast Angels as well.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University, and Master of Business Administration from The George L. Arygros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University. Chris also holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma Lean from the University of California, Irvine.

Jonathan Niednagel

Venture Partner, Momentum Venture Management

Jonathan joined Momentum Venture Management after serving as President of Xytech Systems, a media and entertainment-focused ERP software company. Prior to this Jonathan was the CEO of Local.com, a Clearstone/ICP-backed location-based search engine within the idealab portfolio of companies.

Jonathan also served as founder and CEO of Mobile Automation, a Greylock-backed enterprise software company specializing in the management of remote devices including laptops, PDAs and mobile phones. Prior to founding Mobile Automation, Jonathan spent several years at Symantec in a variety of positions including being a founding member of the enterprise product group, which currently represents more than 60% of Symantec's $3.6B in revenue.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics/Statistics with honors from Master's College.

Jason Feffer

Co-Founder, SodaHead.com

Jason Feffer is Co-Founder of SodaHead.com, a leading opinion community focused on discussing today’s hottest topics. SodaHead is a website that facilitates users to express
their opinions, share their ideas and ask others their views through questions and answers. SodaHead covers a range of topics from politics, entertainment, pop culture, music, sports or anything else in the news.

Prior to launching SodaHead.com, Jason was the Vice President of Operations and served on the executive committee of MySpace overseeing advertising, revenue reporting, policy enforcement and government relations. Jason was instrumental in launching MySpace in 2003 and helped to grow its membership to 100 million. He was
MySpace’s fourth member.

In 1999, Mr. Feffer joined his first dot-com start-up, Creative Planet where he led the technology efforts of two dozen Web sites to generate advertising revenue from a loyal
readership of several hundred thousand film and television professionals. Prior to his career in dot-com start-ups, Mr. Feffer worked in the interactive entertainment and video
game industry at Activision and Davidson & Associates.

Jason is a native of Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993.

Contributing Sponsors
Coaches

Travis Corrigan

Co-Founder, The Foundry

Travis is an entrepreneur who co-founded the Foundry in 2010, a Salt Lake City-based accelerator that teaches entrepreneurs to execute with precision and peer mentorship. Using this model, the Foundry has produced dozens of revenue generating companies and millions in revenues without providing any seed money. In addition to contributing its operations, Travis has also participated in the program’s first three cohorts with startups of his own.

His expertise draws from firsthand founding experience, coaching startups, and speaking on how to use the Foundry model to forge entrepreneurial leaders and catalyze regional economic development. Given his background and formal studies as an Entrepreneurship major from the University of Utah, Travis specializes in startup strategy as it pertains to rigorously testing new ideas and finding product-market fit.

Adam Kaslikowski

Co-Founder, The Foundry

Adam co-founded Utah’s only peer-mentorship based startup accelerator called The Foundry while attending the University of Utah. He has personally founded a diverse range of businesses including a restaurant, a university training program, and an automotive journalism website. He has consulted with scores of developing tech and non-tech startups. Adam’s degree and personal emphasis are on the operational management of entrepreneurial teams, or “getting things done in startups.” He enjoys building motorcycles and his main vice is food.

Lane Halley

Product Designer, Carbon Five

Lane is a product designer at Carbon Five, a company that uses uses lean design and agile construction methods to create Web and mobile products. Lane's a popular teacher and speaker on the subjects of user experience (UX), Lean Startup, agile and product design. As a mentor, Lane enjoys helping teams learn about their customers and engage in creative collaboration.

Collin Lee

Marketing Director, Influxis

Collin currently serves as the Director of Marketing at Influxis, a Valencia-based interactive streaming cloud company that works with major brands such as Paramount Pictures, Disney, Warner Bros, Yamaha, Sony, Toyota, Nestle, Domino’s Pizza, The X-Factor and others. He has 17 years of marketing experience, from managing $20 million national advertising for an Asian automaker to launching new foreign brands in the U.S. market. With several partners, he also launched and managed a Korean American ad agency, working with international clients such as Kumho Tires. He also worked as an independent producer, representing various entertainment properties from Korea for Hollywood and spearheading co-production deals.

He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and full-scholarship M.S. in International Business from California International University. He lives with his wife, two children and a new puppy Mobi in Valencia.

Voldi Way

Tyrannical Overlord, WayForward Technologies

Voldi Way is the founder of WayForward Technologies, Inc. a video game development company that has produced 100+ retail products in its 20-year history. The outfit is best known for their ability to revive classic intellectual property in games and development for diverse platforms including NDS, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and iOS.

Voldi co-founded Metalsoft in 1985 with 2 partners to develop CAD/CAM software for sheet metal fabrication. Metalsoft was acquired by US Amada in 1998 for $20 million.

He founded WayForward in 1990 to pursue his life-long passion for developing video games. He is still actively involved running WayForward out of their 10,000 sqft studio in Santa Clarita, CA.

Arnaud Collery

Co-Founder, Monedo Productions

Arnaud is a previous winner of Startup Weekend LA as a member of the first-place team, Codewars.co. He also led Family Heartbeat, a healthcare application, to a win at the AT&T Hackathon in September 2012.

Arnaud co-founded Monedo Productions in Japan, a movie and event production company. They produced Little Klaus Big World, a wacky mockumentary shot all over the world, nominated at Nigata Film Festival and awarded "Best Comedy Film 2012" at the Monaco Film Festival. They also launched "French Tuesday' an on-line and off-line social network for Tokyo's good society in 2010.

Prior to becoming a movie producer and techie, Arnaud was a stand-up comedian (Last Comic Standing, E Entertainment's "Battle of Hollywood", and MTV's "Room 401"), media trainer, acting coach, movie director, and communications coach for entrepreneurs and politicians in France, Japan and China.

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