Learn How to Create Your Startup Idea! – Free Workshop

Still not sure if you’re idea has the potential to be a startup?

You’re in luck! The Sacramento Startup Weekend team is hosting a series of free workshops that gives attendees or those interested in attending a chance to develop their ideas to pitch at the 2018 Sacramento Startup Weekend, Women’s Edition.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at any of the upcoming FREE events:

  • Thursday, January 11 at 5:30 pm at Hacker Lab in Midtown
  • Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 pm in Davis
  • Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm at Sac State

What you can expect at this workshop:

Our team has developed a hands-on agenda that will help attendees understand what makes a strong startup idea that has the potential to be a business. Using IDEO’s Human-Centered Design methods, attendees will walk away with one or more ideas, and understand the beginnings of validating a startup idea.

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the upcoming Startup Weekend Sacramento, Women’s Edition happening February 9 – 11 in Downtown Sacramento. Bring your Startup Weekend questions and be ready for a great time!








Sonny Mayugba Joins SW Sac as Keynote Speaker!

We are very excited to announce our keynote speaker, Sonny Mayugba, CEO and Cofounder, Requested will be joining us on opening night to share his experience as a Sacramento entrepreneur.

“It’s such an honor to be this year’s keynote. I’m doing it because it’s a great way to participate in the startup community in my native city. Not only do I enjoy sharing my experience at events like these, I always leave enriched by the connections I make. I’m happy to be a part of this event and I look forward to the great talent that comes out of the weekend,” said Sonny Mayugba.


A Sacramento native, Mayugba has a passion for local food, which he embraces as the co-owner of the popular Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar. With 11 startups to his name, his latest venture is a mobile app called Requested, where he combines his innovative thinking with his love of the restaurant industry to introduce the next-generation in reservations and customer relationship management to the mobile web. Sonny is a native son of Sacramento, CA, where he resides with his lovely wife and two foodie children.

Join us and Sonny on Friday, November 13 at InnoGrove. The doors open at 6pm, there will be food and drinks, pitches and voting! You won’t want to miss this event. Buy your tickets today.








Interview with past participant, Maria Navas-Moreno

If you’re still on the fence about the next Startup Weekend Sacramento event, we’d like to introduce you to a dedicated SWSac participant turned organizer, Maria Navas-Moreno.

While Maria did not pitch her own idea at the SWSac Women’s Edition, she joined with the objective to push herself out of her comfort zone. Proving, you don’t have to have an idea to pitch to participate. Anyone is welcome who wants to experience working with a dedicated team of idea makers.

We hope Maria’s experience and wisdom will better prepare and inspire you to join us on November 13 – 15 for Startup Weekend Sacramento: Elk Grove Edition.

Which past Startup Weekend did you participate in?
Startup Weekend Sacramento, Women’s Edition
November 2014

What was the name of your Startup Weekend team?:
BARK

What motivated you to work on someone else’s idea for a whole 54 hours?

I wanted the Startup Weekend to be a learning experience . I was willing to work on something that was completely out of my comfort zone. I think that for some people being passionate about a particular idea works. In some other cases, people have a passion for starting something new and unknown, and that’s what motivates me.

What’s the status of the idea that your team worked on?

BARK didn’t progress much passed the event. We were the 3rd place winners of the weekend, which did generate a lot of buzz. We had a chance to pitch our startup at Hacker Lab and the National Association of Women in Business, Sacramento. 

What were the most important lessons you learned about starting a business during you experience at Startup Weekend?

There were a few. One, is the importance of leadership. We had a very enthusiastic team, but the role of leadership can be a difficult task.

Second, it’s important to have the right co-founder. Startup Weekend is a real experience of what it’s like to work closely with and make decisions with team members and founders.

And third, filter advice and incorporate it into the ability to pivot and regroup. At the Women’s Edition, we had many different mentors and got a variety of opinions and advice. While speaking with mentors, take notes and discuss as a group, which advice to give priority and relevance to. 

What advice would you give to new Startup Weekend participants?

To the pitchers: Have a clear idea of what you want to get out of Startup Weekend. Is it to meet co-founders? To test your idea? Once you have the answer, it’s important to communicate that to your team and set expectations, for the weekend and after. This will help you find team members looking for what you’re looking for. 

For team members: Spend a few minutes getting the know the pitcher and what her or his plans are for the idea. Maybe even have a couple questions prepared ahead of time to ask while picking teams. Something that will give you a better idea about expectations from everyone involved. Taking the time can make a difference to finding a team that aligns with your expectations. 

And lastly, who is your startup inspiration?

My friend Ricardo, we were classmates while studying for our masters in biomedical engineering. He took what he learned and created a very successful biotechnology company in Colombia, a place where many would not bet a penny towards biotech.








Pre-event Pitch Practice Workshop on May 11

Startup Weekend EdTech Sacramento is hosting a pre-event workshop for attendees and non-attendees who would just like more info on Startup Weekend. At this event you will meet other Startup Weekend participants (which just might give you an upper hand) and practice your pitch before the event begins on May 15. We’ll have pizza wine, and beer! Get ahead of the competition and sign-up today.

(Psst… Past Startup Weekend Sacramento attendees who attended this workshop found it extremely helpful and have highly recommended it to other participants.)

When:

Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm

Where:

Capsity
2572 21st Street, Sacramento CA

Who:

All Startup Weekend Sacramento attendees are strongly encouraged to attend this pre-event workshop. This will equip you will the information you need to give a successful pitch. We also invite anyone who would just like a little more information on Startup Weekend EdTech Sacramento.

Price?:

This event is totally free!

If you are planning on pitching an idea at our event, it is important to be prepared!

Do some research into startup tools and best practices to get ready to rock the weekend – start with our database of resources at startupweekend.org/resources. Make sure you get lots of rest prior to the event, and finally – tell your friends! If you plan on pitching an idea:

  • Do as much research/preparation around your idea as you feel is necessary to give a persuasive pitch and attract a team.

  • Boil the idea down to the basics: with 60 seconds, you only really have time for a hook, so pull out the most attractive key points of the idea and forget the rest.

  • Practice your pitch using a timer!

We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP








Good news! Workshop on 11/10 to help you prepare for your pitch!

Startup Weekend Sacramento Women’s Edition is hosting a pre-event workshop for attendees and non-attendees who would just like more info on Startup Weekend. At this event you will meet other Startup Weekend participants (which just might give you an upper hand) and practice your pitch before the event begins on November 14. Get ahead of the competition and sign-up today.

When:

November 10th at 6:30-8pm

Where: 

ThinkHouse Collective
1617 18th Street, Sacramento CA
(Parking is free on the street after 6pm)

Who:

All Startup Weekend Sacramento attendees are strongly encouraged to attended this pre-event workshop. This will equip you will the information you need to give a successful pitch. We also invite anyone who would like a little more information on Startup Weekend Sacramento Women’s Edition.

Price?:

This event is totally free!

If you are planning on pitching an idea at our event, it is important to be prepared!

Do some research into startup tools and best practices to get ready to rock the weekend – start with our database of resources at startupweekend.org/resources. Make sure you get lots of rest prior to the event, and finally – tell your friends! If you plan on pitching an idea:

  • Do as much research/preparation around your idea as you feel is necessary to give a persuasive pitch and attract a team.
  • Boil the idea down to the basics: with 60 seconds, you only really have time for a hook, so pull out the most attractive key points of the idea and forget the rest.
  • Practice your pitch using a timer!

We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP








It's Not About The "Boy's Club" Anymore: 5 Lessons From Womens Startup Lab by Ari Horie

It’s Not About “The Boys’ Club” Anymore: 5 Lessons From Women’s Startup Lab by Ari Horie

This post, written by Startup Weekend Sacramento Women’s Edition’s Keynote Speaker, Ari Horie, originally appeared on Huff Post Blog on 5/15/14.

If you’re a woman in business, maybe you’re familiar with this story: You’re leading a meeting or driving a deal and when you’re face-to-face with a client, he approaches your male colleague as the decision-maker rather than you. Why is it that a business woman is often mistaken for the executive assistant, rather than the boss? It’s tough to admit that people still struggle with unconscious bias even during a time or industry many people consider to be progressive.

Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist of Apple, and now Canva, recently said at a recent Women’s Startup Lab Unconference, “The way to get Silicon Valley to this next paradigm on gender is to very simply realize it’s so difficult to create a successful company in general that you need to use all your weapons and to think that you are not using half your weapons because of gender really is ludicrous.”

I began Women’s Startup Lab because I believe in the power behind community, even when it comes to the competitive nature of early stage startups and new markets. Collective intelligence, designed in either an accelerator model or through one’s research, is the backbone to efficiency and learning the lessons without doing it the hard way, wasting valuable time, money, and may I add — emotion.

The innovative leader wants to be successful in his or her career and surround him or herself with other successful men and women. It’s no longer a zero-sum game because we’re all defining our own meaning of what success means to us and within our individual markets. While sexism still, unfortunately, persists in our culture, I don’t believe the general and open-minded thinker is “out to get” women.

Claire Cain Miller’s recent New York Times article “Technology’s Man Problem,” gave clear insight into the gendered outlook from the dark corners of the technocracy, whereas Claire Shipman and Katty Kay’s recent article, “The Confidence Gap,” in The Atlantic parses the difference between men and women’s competence verses confidence. Anecdotal and empirical studies survey that women generally score higher on competency across the board, whereas men are far more confident, therefore they get promoted and move ahead faster than women.

These trending articles make me ask: “Why are women trying to join the ‘Boys’ Club,’ when we can rebuild a culture where both women and men are at the bargaining table?” People hold an unconscious bias and as a society we need to wake up from our idle state and reinvigorate the workforce with new and inclusive standards to allow innovation to flourish, independent of gender.

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, I’ve built my professional career around the notion that your differences aren’t impediments, but powerful resources to bring to the table. At Women’s Startup Lab, we empower our business growth through community collaboration and here are some of the best lessons we’ve learned together:

1. Remember to collaborate even when you think business is about competition. Entrepreneurship is a lonely road, especially for women. Women founders face the same obstacles as all startups, such as fundraising, building a customer base, establishing business acumen, and communicating effectively. Women also deal with the added pressure of working with investors, customers and colleagues who address business differently. Women’s Startup Lab provides a place for women tech entrepreneurs to be members of a collaborative community, gain business and personal skills, emotional support, confidence, and build their network to develop the precise set of skills needed to start, run and grow a thriving startup. In all this, seek insight and community from those women who are experiencing the same struggles. By exchanging intelligence, you can learn solutions for future strategies, while also getting answers for your current problems.

2. It’s not just about “leaning in.” Sheryl Sandberg told business women to “lean in,” but it’s also important to remember that success in business has more to it than pushing yourself, but it’s about how you leverage opportunities, your skill set and your community. This is where The Hito Rule comes in, inspired by the Japanese character meaning “human.” Pictorially, the character is comprised of two arcs leaning against one another. Similar to collaborating, Hito reminds us it’s important to lean in, lean up, and lean on your community to better your business. There’s always an exchange; you’ll help someone out and they, in turn, will help you — which, brings me to the importance of networking:

3. Networking isn’t about quantity, but quality. Aim high to meet trusted and well-respected advisors and partners for future opportunities. Facetime is invaluable and strong connections are made by engaging with the same people more than once. Remember to be tactical with the events you attend. Don’t go to a free event because it’s free. Spend your time at specific events. For example, instead of going to a general tech startup event, attend a specific gathering like a Speakers Panel for Angel Investors in the gaming industry. By narrowing your scope, you’ll meet the right niche of people and begin to cement strong relationships.

4. There’s nothing like finding strength and accountability in a community that you’ve helped build. Community and understanding what a fellow founder is going through is invaluable, and Women’s Startup Lab has been critical in many women’s business development. All Cohort members contribute to the success, lessons, and culture to Women’s Startup Lab. As one founder noted, “Women’s Startup Lab makes you accountable, but it’s a different accountability than what you have with a Board of Directors.” Imbue meaning into your work by connecting with others as well as yourself. In business, it’s important to find your own color or song and you’ll resonate more with investors and your audiences.

5. There are always options. As a founder, you determine the path for your business success. Sometimes, the navigation takes a different route than what we see modeled in Silicon Valley, but that doesn’t mean it’s a wrong choice. Through mentors and hearing alternative ways of doing things, founders can learn how to incorporate new techniques to carve an alternative route to success.








Startup Weekend FAQ

What is a Startup Weekend?
An event in which people meet to work together to create a startup in 54 hours.

Why a women-focused Startup Weekend?
The entrepreneurial talent we see from women is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it.

How big are the teams?
Teams of 2 to 5 should be formed.

What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group? 
Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. We will help everyone form teams and there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees. (The point is to meet and work with new people!)

Who is this aimed at? 
Community members of any age with programming, design, user experience, business or project management skills who want to learn the fun and fast world of startups.

What do I need to bring? 
A laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Can men attend? 
Yes, everyone is invited to attend and participate in groups. Only women will be pitching ideas and leading the groups.

Who owns the code that I write? 
You do, unless you’re using something that belongs to someone else.

I can’t code, can I still attend? 
Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets is what will help make this event successful. Including, graphic designers, programmers, marketers, business developers and anyone looking to learn!

I have an idea, can I pitch it? 
Absolutely! Women are encouraged to bring their ideas and share their ideas!

What if no one forms a team around my idea?
That’s okay! We encourage everyone to give it their best shot. If your idea is not picked by attendees, we still STRONGLY encourage you to participate on another team.

I’m still not sure if I should go… 
There is great opportunity for women to get more involved and test their ideas, this is an opportunity to reinvent our environment and build conditions for both women and men to thrive and do more of what they love.

What are you waiting for? Register now!