UP Global Regional Summit Comes to Santa Barbara – Feb 19-22, 2015

santabarbaraWe are excited to be hosting the first-ever UP Global Regional Summit, right here in Santa Barbara, California. This inaugural event will bring together Community Leaders who have organized and facilitated Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Education around the Western United States and beyond.

We expect 60-80 community leaders, UP Global staff and leadership, and special guests to converge February 19-22, 2015 in Santa Barbara.

Through a generous donation by The Eleos Foundation, housing at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Campus, is FREE for participants (while space permits). This beautiful campus offers breathtaking views and scenic accommodations.

The program for the long weekend includes a curriculum of information for community leaders, plenty of networking and getting-to-know-you activities, fun excursion options for the physically active or wine-aficionado, explorations of the vibrant Santa Barbara startup community and successes, and of course a blow-out party with a special surprise.

Register online at southwestsummit.up.co

Register

Santa Barbara locals who want to get involved, sponsor, or volunteer should contact me via twitter (@rongans) or LinkedIn.








Santa Barbara Team Wins in Global Startup Battle

WinnersIt was just a couple days ago when we announced that two Santa Barbara Startup Weekend teams had made it into the finals of the Global Startup Battle.

Teams competed from 83 countries in five tracks. In each track the top 20 or so teams made the finals and from that elite group, the top three track winners were declared.

We are happy to announce that Santa Barbara team LUX Helmet, led by Alex Wynham, has taken second place in the Kind Track. They are in for some great GSB Prizes in addition to SWSB prizes they have already won.

Congratulations to the winning team!








Global Startup Battle Finalists

balloonsCongratulations to Santa Barbara Startup Weekend’s own Global Startup Battle Finalists!

Teams competing during our recent Santa Barbara Startup Weekend had the option of entering a global competition with teams from 250+ cities around the world. Three of our teams entered the initial competition, which was evaluated based on your votes and hand selected judges. Of our three competitors, two have moved on to the final round of judging.

  • Team LuxHelmet has entered the final round for the Kind Thing Track. Sponsored by Kind Snacks, this track recognizes socially impactful ideas, and team LuxHelmet certainly has an idea that can encourage bicycle use whole increasing safety.
  • Team Miyagi has entered the final round for the Education Track. Sponsored by General Assembly, this track is about empowering people to pursue the work they love by providing access to 21st century skills. Team Miyagi does that with its innovated tutoring platform.

Thank you to the community for providing so much support for these teams!








Easy Way to Support Santa Barbara Entrepreneurs

SWSB4 LogoSanta Barbara held a huge Startup Weekend event Nov 14-16, 2014 and teams from that weekend are competing with teams from 250 cities in a Global Startup Battle.

As part of this battle, teams make a 90-sec video of their experience in a multi-track competition to win Big Prizes.

50% of the judging criteria are votes from the local community in support of the teams. You can help Santa Barbara win. It is quick and easy.

You may vote once per day, per team, per track, through Dec 3, 2014. So vote now, vote early, and vote often. And spread the word.

Vote by clicking all of these links and signing in every day.

Team Miyagi

Team LuxHelmet

Team Lightning Locks

More teams will be added to this post when the information comes in. Please support all of these teams. And enjoy the videos.

Update On Voting Issues: The links on this page are kept updated with the latest and greatest voting links. Please use the links from this page. Click on the thumbs up image so it turns red. Then your vote has been recorded.








SWSB4: Event Winners and Prizes

All of the teams presenting at SWSB4 did a great job. Clearly there was a ton of learning, exploring, and meeting happening over these 54 hours. We encourage every team to explore continuing with their ideas and seeing where they go.

A few teams rose to the top. These are the awards and the prizes that the teams received:

First Place: Miyagi

  • 1 year of GoToMeeting for each team member
  • $500 worth of meeting time at Workzones
  • Opportunity to Present at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Awards

Second Place: Wanderluxe 

  • Lifetime Subscription at Ontraport
  • Consulting with Patricia Schwartz

Third Place: Lux Helmet

  • Lynda.com Memberships
  • Legal Incorporation Package at BFAS LLP

Best Physical Product: Lux Helmet

  • Memberships to StartupSB
  • Financial Accounting Package from Bartlet Pringle and Wolfe LLP

Best MVP: MappApp

  • Space at GEM for the team for a Month

Most Impactful: BeeMinder

  • 2 Month Membership in the Impact Hub

Crowd Favorite: Miyagi

  • Growlers from Pure Order Brew Co







SWSB4 – Working Teams

Here are the teams that made the cut on Friday night. The list of teams presenting tomorrow may vary, if teams change names, teams drop, or any new teams form:

  1. Mappapp
  2. Headlight
  3. Food Viva
  4. At First Sight
  5. The Sidekick
  6. Laundry Alert
  7. Lightning Lock
  8. The Academic Guru
  9. Player Two
  10. Able Age
  11. Power
  12. Remit
  13. Free Now
  14. The Deedz App
  15. Lender
  16. Zap the App
  17. Campus Share
  18. United Renters
  19. Bee Mo







SWSB4 Pitches

SWSBHere are the pitches made last night. Thank you to all those folks who  had the guts to stand up in front of 300 people and pitch their idea:

  1. Robert Hann – Folks To Phone
  2. Gabe Bryant – Disco
  3. Julie Scotland – Able Age
  4. Pablo Valladares – Global Marketplace
  5. Keanu Angle – Roy Koy
  6. Carrie Segal – Sidekick
  7. Michael o’Boyle – Laundry Alert
  8. Brandon In – Food Viva
  9. Andrew Pang – Lender
  10. Jeremy Williamson – Brewhub SB
  11. Taylor Sun – City Tour
  12. Magen Land – Garage
  13. Brendan Whiting – Bike Share
  14. Danette Wallace – Pitch Board App
  15. Leeron Azoulai – local learn
  16. Ajesh Bhojwani-Ball busters
  17. Oliver pihlar – Zap that app
  18. Reed mullanix – mappapp
  19. Stephen Maldonado – United Renters
  20. Nicholas Cunningham-Blind Brains
  21. Chris Springer-facebook Votes
  22. Reid peterson-tsukuru
  23. Charlene Sansone-gems finders
  24. Ryan guardino-Jogging Stroll
  25. Tyler Dorfman-Function
  26. Evan Bender-hearing Aid Tracker
  27. Walter Wood-Mind Sculpture
  28. Chris Eriksson-no tone
  29. Lucia Masarova-Auto Go
  30. Alex Saade-Campus Share
  31. Connie Alexander-Academic Guru
  32. Kelton Tembly-Bee Mo
  33. Christopher van Vleit-Smarter Toys
  34. Caleb Franzen-Wearable Pager
  35. Zachary Walker – Mo Time
  36. Alex Lobba-Flow of Leadership
  37. Mark Peterschick-The Maestro’s Baton
  38. Daniel Zynn- At First Sight
  39. Scott Ross-Garden Cube
  40. Mark Weeks-Remit
  41. John Pagano-Player Too
  42. Dillon Cao-Lightning Locks
  43. Evelyn Cui-Students Engaged in Actions of Hope (SEAH)
  44. Eugenia Plamadeala-Quick Lock
  45. Ricardo Hayes-The Deedz App
  46. Ricardo Haynes-Daycation
  47. Harry Hanssen-Free Now
  48. David Campos-Power
  49. Nate kirchhofer-Sport Power
  50. Donald Perkins-Connect Us
  51. Elliot Nounou-Simple Cuts
  52. Grant Pfund- Food Groupie
  53. Nicky Singh-Split Up
  54. Holly Vu-Barter
  55. Jason Singe-Undress Me
  56. Jeff Rawlings-No More Mortgages
  57. Derick Bowdell-Pure Critique
  58. Eva Sinha-Touch Share
  59. Thomas O’Boyle-Swim Cap
  60. Alex Wyndham-Head Light
  61. Jesus Salgado-Trip Advisor
  62. Kyle Bahneman- Stock Trade League
  63. Sunjay Dhama-Talk
  64. Sven Brueggemann-Smart Window
  65. Sam Sperling-On Time
  66. Jenny Roberts-No Ad Space
  67. Ryan Williams-Snap Chall
  68. Seed Amir-Park Share
  69. Matt Turner-Santa Barbara Hustlers







Startup Weekend on Your Phone!

eventjoyWe happy to announce that once again, Santa Barbara Startup Weekend event information is available at your fingertips. You can get direct access to the schedule, mentors, judges, speakers, and sponsors from your phone. You also get easy access to the SWSB social feed, which is important as we compete in the Global Startup Battle twitter competition.

We will be using EventJoy for communication during the event, so get it on your phone now. You don’t want to miss important announcements, such as “Lunch is Ready!”.

Since SWSB is one of the best networking opportunities in town, you can create a personal profile to share your skills and let people know you are attending. You can check out who else will be attending, start thinking about people you might want to team up with, or figure out the name belonging to that familiar face.

SWSB is partnering with EventJoy to bring all of this to you completely free. Simply download the “EventJoy” app onto your phone, search for “Santa Barbara” under events, and select “Santa Barbara Startup Weekend #4”. Then share on twitter using the hashtag #SWSB to join the conversation!








Santa Barbara SW #3 Recap (November 2013)

The crowd listens to pitches at Santa Barbara Startup Weekend.
The crowd listens to pitches at Santa Barbara Startup Weekend.

As we prepare to unleash Santa Barbara Startup Weekend #4 (November 14-16, 2014) the highlights of our amazing SBSW #3 come to mind. If you were not there last year, this is a taste of what you missed:

  • We completed against 200 other cities in the Global Startup Battle.
  • 135 Team Participants pitched 62 ideas and formed 20 teams.
  • Keynote speeches by Patrick Vlaskovits, Kevin O’Connor, and Chad Newell.
  • 300+ people attended our Friday night blowout kickoff at Avelina Wine Company in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, with live music entertainment.
  • Over two dozen expert mentors helped teams get their projects moving.
  • Terrific food from vendors throughout town kept our teams humming at Workzones all weekend long.
  • Sunday night team competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with winning teams Next Mover, GearUp, TouchStone, My Custom Cookie, and My Parking Spot.
  • A who’s who panel of judges: Klaus Schauser, Jon Funk, Sean Malarkey, Mary Anne Masterson , Matthew McCall, Judy Bruton, JD, MSW, and Kevin O’Connor.
  • Santa Barbara blowing away much larger cities in the Twitter Hashtag Battle.
The "Fire Department" band provides entertainment for the gathering Friday night crowd.
The “Fire Department” band provides entertainment for the gathering Friday night crowd.

Santa Barbara has established a national reputation for gathering a large number of participants, drawing top tier mentors, judges, and speakers, and offering “maker” experts at our events. Are you ready to help build an even bigger and better event this year? Join Santa Barbara Startup Weekend #4!