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Startup Weekend Ventura County is a 54-hour weekend event, during which entrepreneurs pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. As a result, participants will learn how to create a real company and meet the best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who have the knowledge, resources and tools to help entrepreneurs get started.

“Partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of live is one of our three stated missions,” said Darren Lee, President and CEO of St. John’s Hospitals. “Helping to create high-paying jobs by supporting entrepreneurs’ launch of technology-driven businesses is an effective way to achieve it.”

“Scalable business is fundamental to driving robust and sustainable economic growth,” added Gary Cushing, Chief Executive Officer of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. “The high cost of housing makes it hard to attract out-of-state technology companies to set up shop in California. We need to grow our own. To accomplish this, we have to create an environment conducive to entrepreneurs launching their new businesses in our backyard.”

“We don’t have the entrepreneurial infrastructure of Silicon Valley but that does not mean we cannot compete for our share in technology-driven startups,” said Martin Shum, St. John’s representative on Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “We need to better organize the key enablers of entrepreneurial endeavors. These include access to domain experts, access to past successful entrepreneurs, access to potential corporate partners and access to non- dilutive seed capital.”

Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of July 2015, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend is run by Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator based in Boulder, CO. For more information and to sign up visit startupweekendvc.com

Greg Monterrosa