Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital have partnered with the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce to launch the inaugural Startup Weekend Ventura County on March 11-13, 2016 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo, CA.
The event will focus on innovative Internet of Things solutions for Healthcare and Agriculture. Startup Weekend 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 life 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.”
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.
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 happening in 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.
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 Garcia- 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
Winners will be awarded cash prizes of:
$10,000 to winner of IoT Healthcare and
$10,000 to winner of IoT Agriculture.
Including 3 months of co-working space Cal Lutheran’s Entrepreneurship in Westlake Village. All participants will also get a free week of co-working space.
A free Startup Weekend community Q&A is scheduled for February 16th 2015 from 6:00 pm till 7:30 at Cal Lutheran’s Center for Entrepreneurship 31416 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA.
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Get to know your new friends. Meet the people you’ll be working with.
Got an idea? You’ve got 1 minute to pitch in front of the group.Whether it’s your idea or someone else’s, you’ll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.Local mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.We’ve got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You’ll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product. We’ll be here to help when you need it.The culmination of the weekend. You’ll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of experts.Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you’ve done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.