Dignity Health St. John’s collaborates with Camarillo Chamber of Commerce to launch Startup Weekend Ventura County , CA

 

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.

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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.”








MEET the Sponsor

DNB2DNB is an official sponsor of  Bergen Startup Weekend

We met Roger Antonesen, Responsible Businesses in Western Norway, to ask why DNB choose to support this global event in Bergen.

 

“Startup Weekend is an exciting boot camp where local ideas get help to accelerate and evolve into promising concepts.

We in DNB love cheering new ideas onward and serve them with competence and support. Through our “Starting a business” concept we want to contribute and increase the level of innovation in Norway.”








9 Razões para participar do Startup Weekend Viçosa

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Para participar do Startup Weekend Viçosa você não precisa ter uma ideia de startup, basta apenas se inscrever e entrar em uma das equipes.
O Startup Weekend Viçosa é um evento que está na agenda de  empreendedorismo global. É a primeira vez que o evento, mantido pela Techstars em parceria com a Google, acontece em Viçosa entre os dias 25 a 27 de setembro no CenTev.

Com a proposta de popularizar o empreendedorismo e a inovação para fomentar o desenvolvimento da região onde acontece, cada edição do Startup Weekend é realizada em diferentes cidades simultaneamente. Os participantes farão 54 horas de imersão para, com o auxílio de profissionais especializados, criarem um modelo de negócios de sucesso. Este fenômeno global que tem atraído e encorajado uma nova geração de empreendedores.
9 razões porque não posso ficar de fora do Startup Weekend Viçosa:

Disciplina.

O evento só dura 54 horas hora, com hora para começar e acabar. Todas as atividades desenvolvidas precisam acontecer dentro do horário estipulado. Não tem jeitinho brasileiro nem pra galera da área de criação, todo mundo tem que cumprir as regras. Disciplina e a palavra chave.

Conhecimento.

Você vai ter um aprendizado a jato em um programa de imersão . Não se trata apenas de ouvir a teoria, você vai construir a sua própria estratégia e testá-la. É como um MBA num fim de semana. Os mentores não participam do evento por acaso, eles sabem quais caminhos seguir (e principalmente não seguir) e direcionam as equipes para transformar uma ideia em um negócio viável.

Networking.

No Startup Weekend Viçosa estarão as melhores mentes empreendedoras concentradas. Durante estes três dias você vai construir relações e, possivelmente, sair do evento com um trabalho ou um investidor. Não se trata apenas de uma ideia, mas de pessoas. Em um Startup Weekend você vai aprender a juntar uma equipe. A formação da equipe com os perfis de empreendedor, desenvolvedor e designer não é por acaso. Todo mundo tem um papel importante em uma startup para melhor exerce-lo para ajuda sua equipe. Uma equipe vencedora sabe delegar funções.

Sair fora de sua zona de conforto.

Você definitivamente vai sair fora de sua zona de conforto. Com um fim de semana exclusivo para deixar que a sua criatividade flua, o evento é uma oportunidade perfeita para trabalhar numa nova plataforma, aprender uma nova linguagem de programação ou apenas tentar algo diferente.

Dar e receber

Ninguém e melhor do que ninguém! E sua ideia pode não ser a escolhida. Ao participar de um evento como esse aprendemos que todo mundo tem uma ideia que vai mudar o mundo e às vezes algumas delas mudam mesmo, mas isso não acontecer com sua ideia, relaxe e aprenda a receber. Outra ideia que não a nossa pode ser a chance de realizar seu sonho de uma maneira melhor do que imaginou.

Aprender a se comunicar

O “pitch” (O pitch é uma apresentação sumária de 3 a 5 minutos com objetivo de conquistar o interesse da outra parte (investidor ou cliente) pelo seu negócio.) é o maior desafio do evento. Você vai ter que ter medo de falar em publico. O “pitch” não é obrigatório, mas se você tiver uma ideia que quer colocar em prática vai ter que convencer algumas pessoas. Um excelente lugar para começar a treinar essa habilidade é no Startup Weekend, principalmente para ganhar um feedback sincero sobre seu desempenho dos participantes, mentores e jurados.

Aprender a dar soluções

Produtos são criados porque resolvem problemas do dia a dia. Se coloque na posição do outro, descubra quais são seus problemas e encontre soluções em que as pessoas topariam pagar para não ter mais esses problema. Entre na pele de outras pessoas, veja o mundo com os olhos dos outros.

Começar seu negócio.

Mais de 36% das startups que saíram de um Startup Weekend continuam a crescer depois dos três meses. Cerca de 80% dos participantes continuam a trabalhar com a sua equipe formada no startup weekend depois do evento.

Estar cara a cara com outros líderes.

Os líderes locais e nacionais tecnológicos participam nos Startup Weekends como mentores, palestrantes e juízes. Com estes eventos poderá você vai estar frente a frente com os agitadores da sua comunidade. Aqueles que fazem acontecer no meio das startups.
Agora já tem várias razões para sair de onde você está acomodado e dar vida a suas ideias e sonhos.

Adquira já o seu ingresso e nos vemos lá!

https://www.sympla.com.br/startup-weekend-vicosa__36490

E-mail: swvicosa@gmail.com

 








Tackling Business Models for EdTech Ventures

What business models work for edtech startups? Great question! Edtech entrepreneurs are on a constant search to identify new business models that work in education. This Monday, Startup Weekend Sacramento, in preparation for our EdTech Edition Startup Weekend May 15-17, is hosting a Business Models in Education workshop that will help you answer this question!

Our workshop will introduce you to current trends in education business models—from K-12 to college to life long learning. You’ll roll up your sleeves and work in a group on a business model canvas and see how innovation impacts all aspects of a business.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see an education entrepreneur’s business on the canvas –our special guest is Janine Yancey, founder and CEO of Emtrain, a successful Sacramento company that focuses on employee education. Janine founded Emtrain to give employees and managers direct access to expert HR and legal guidance and training. Their focus is to help companies develop the workplace skills and ethical decision-making needed to foster an awesome and respectful workplace.

If you’re already registered to attend Startup Weekend EdTech May 15-17 or if you’re just thinking about it, you’ll find this workshop incredibly helpful! The workshop is FREE if you have already registered for Startup Weekend Sacramento EdTech Edition. Check your order confirmation for the promo code or email us. This workshop is open to everyone else for just $3 to cover the printed materials cost. We hope you can join us!

Details:
Business Models in Education
Wednesday April 27 from 6-8 pm
Location: Hacker Lab, 1715 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Cost: $3, free to Startup Weekend registrants
Register Here

Bonus: US Dept of Education just published the Ed Tech Developer’s Guide– an incredible resource for developers and education entrepreneurs. You can download it here.








11 Brilliant Best Practices at Startup Weekend Education NYC

As a first-time facilitator for the 4th installment of Startup Weekend Education New York City (@SWNYCEDU, #NYCEDU), I was both literally and figuratively taken to school.

Led by the incomparable Deborah Chang, the well-synced and ragtag organizational team of David Fu, Benjamin Newton, Laura Patterson, and Ingrid Spielman (with community leader Andrew Young as advisor) delivered a sold-out, knock-out event on May 27th.

Let the games begin. (You can't read that without hearing the Bane voice.)
Let the games begin. (You can’t read that without hearing the Bane voice.)

In between real-talk mentoring and the occasional selfie, I took many mental notes about some best practices I saw at SWNYCEDU that I think should be replicated across all SWEDU events, if not Startup Weekend itself.

For your consideration:

1. Hold the event at a school, but in an open area

It’s a common understand that a SWEDU event (or Startup Weekend in general) should take place in a school – plenty of whiteboards, space, breakout rooms, and common areas. If teams are all in classrooms, however, they won’t interact with each other as much, which inhibits the core purpose of building community.

Wide open spaces. (Dixie Chicks serious.)
Wide open spaces. (Dixie Chicks serious.)

SWNYCEDU put most of the teams out in a common area, giving each station a huge whiteboards, sufficient tables, and open spaces to roam and float to other teams. The result: a willingness to share and collaborate that supersedes the spirit of competition.

2. Give out lanyards with ALL of the FAQ information you’ll need

“What’s the wifi password, again?”
“What’s the Twitter hashtag for this event?”
“How do I know you’re actually supposed to be here?”

I'm so excited to be wearing a lanyard that I'm practically crooning.
I’m so excited to be wearing a lanyard that I’m practically crooning.

Not a problem when it’s hanging around your neck at all times. Key information is great to have, and it’s also a reusable, standardized way to maintain formality and security at the event.

3. Use a text-messaging app to send out alerts

More compelling than email or social media, texting gets people’s attention faster and adds another method of outreach to a crowd of focused, stressed-out participants.

Alternatively, we could have Ben do this to all 100+ participants. Fun to watch, but not efficient.
Alternatively, we could have Ben do this to all 100+ participants. Fun to watch, but not efficient.

4. Provide advance information and office hours signups for mentors

Figuring out how to coordinate members seemed like an impossible art to me, but this group worked it out well by creating a station for teams to review and request mentors.

Mentors are perhaps the most valuable resource at any Startup Weekend event. Choose, but choose wisely.
Mentors are perhaps the most valuable resource at any Startup Weekend event.

Coaches were asked to come at specific times, and teams sign up to meet with them on a first-come, first-serve basis. This eased confusion greatly for everyone.

5. Provide 3 phases of mentoring: brainstorm, focus, and presentation

Traditionally in other Startup Weekends, mentors pop in an event at various, even unpredictable times, and sometimes their advice does not mesh well with the team’s general progress. Some are already validated and advanced, and some are still searching for that “thing.”

Ben and I brainstorm with one of the participants.
Ben and I brainstorm with one of the participants.

SWNYCEDU takes these variations into account and brings in mentors during Saturday morning and afternoon strictly for brainstorm and validation.

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Deborah and a volunteer listen and provide feedback.

In the evening, they bring in mentors (usually Startup Weekend veterans) who aim to provide focus after a long day of retaining multiple opinions and ideas.

Team Wizart practices their pitch.
Team Wizart practices their pitch.

By Sunday, SWNYCEDU brings in coaches who specialize specifically in pitch practice and communication, not business content or validation. This overall strategy gives teams a bit more structure and clarity as they evolve their ideas into bona fide companies.

6. Use Google Slides to present pitches seamlessly…

Simply put, there are far too many different ways to present at a Startup Weekend. Teams tend to present off their own laptops and switch back and forth between operating systems and format. In my opinion, this is a clunky and volatile process.

I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is Google Slides.
I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription… is Google Slides.

SWNYCEDU had one computer for the entire presentation setup, so they used a single format (Google Slides) and uploaded everything into the cloud. A huge amount time was saved overall between transitions.

7. … make teams do web demos (and tech check in advance)…

Tech Check is a rough job, yet vital to the success of your event. Make sure you run it right.
Tech Check is a rough job, yet vital to the success of your event. Make sure you run it right.

Doing live demos are traditionally considered a big risk at Startup Weekend – technical failures are perhaps forgiven but not forgotten. With only one computer for all 13 presentations, all demos also had to be sent up to the cloud and tested by 3pm.

8. … and put links to both decks and demos in a single Google Doc

A little embarrassing backstory: Startup Weekenders should always consider Murphy’s Law – whatever can happen will happen. This happened to me when I foolishly opened up every single presentation and demo into a single web browser and, to no one with a basic understanding of IT, crashed the system.

How I was feeling during that stressful 20-minute tech reboot.
How I was feeling during that stressful 20-minute tech reboot.

Organizer David Fu stepped up in a huge way to reboot the system and put all of the links to the slides, demos, and videos in a chronologically organized Google Doc. Once everything was back in order, the process went smoothly. Despite the 20-minute technical delay, we finished the event on time.

9. Serve dinner while the judges deliberate

As a past organizer and volunteer, I’ve never known what to do with the judges deliberation period. Dinner usually is served after presentations are submitted, and in the past I’ve seen ways to pass the time such as Community Asks or some light video or entertainment.

Finally, a moment to relax in a 54-hour maelstrom.
Finally, a moment to relax in a 54-hour maelstrom.

Serving dinner gets people to talk across teams, offer congratulations, and take their minds off the anxious decision that awaits them. Good food placates all.

10. Make animated GIFs of yourselves whenever possible

Taking on a new initiative that gets communities also doing Startup Weekends simultaneously, we made some fun little animated images for our friends in D.C., who held a Maker-themed event of their own. I think this speaks for itself.

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Nothing but love for #SWDCMaker. Photo generated by Laura Patterson with GIFMe!

If only we made more… Andrew Young, I’m looking right at you.

Finally, and most importantly of all:

11. Have a team that puts vision, guests, and team above ego

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Team SWNYCEDU. There was not an iota of attitude among any of them. When things went right, they showered each other with support and praise. When things went wrong, they responded to the problems with solutions rather than stand around and point fingers.

What a terrific team and Startup Weekend community!
What a terrific team and Startup Weekend community!

On top of that, they were an absolute pleasure to work with. I laughed at Laura and Ingrid’s wry jokes, felt secure by Ben and Deborah’s unflinching professionalism, and may have found some long-lost cousins in Fu and Young. You couldn’t buy a better team than this one – they’ll do it all for free.

In short, I learned a lot at Startup Weekend Education New York City. I hope you’ve learned a lot by reading this, too. Can’t wait to come back next year… perhaps as a participant? =)

Lee Ngo was the facilitator of Startup Weekend Education New York and is a Regional Manager at UP Global, the parent organization of Startup Weekend. To learn more about UP Global and its efforts to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout the world, you can email him at lee@up.co.

To reach out or get involved with the Startup Weekend New York City community, reach out to nyc@startupweekend.org or nycedu@startupweekend.org specifically to contact the SWNYCEDU organizers.

Photos from this event courtesy of Frank Fukuchi and the organizers and volunteers of Startup Weekend New York City. All rights reserved. 

More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.








Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh updates: keynote speaker, sponsors, judges, and more

The new year is underway, and so is our official planning for the first Startup Weekend Education in Pittsburgh. With many things to finalize before the big weekend on February 20-22, we’re thrilled to already have more exciting updates to share, including new sponsors, speakers, judges, and more.

 

Informational session: January 27

Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh info session

Are you in the education space but not sure what Startup Weekends are like? Or are you a serial Startup Weekend participant who’s not sure how to translate your skills to this new venture? Then come to our info session at AlphaLab Gear! We’ll have presentations and discussions, plus, in traditional Ed Tech Meetup fashion, delicious food.

Register now here: http://www.meetup.com/Ed-Tech-PGH/events/219675845/

 

Keynote speaker: Luis von Ahn of Duolingo

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One of the more exciting developments in the past few days has been the confirmation of our keynote speaker, Luis von Ahn. Duolingo has continually been recognized as revolutionary tech for learning a language, and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have one of the co-founders and CEO speak on Friday evening.

 

Sponsors: TurnItIn, Cherin Law Offices, and The Hardware Store

Of course Startup Weekend Education wouldn’t be anywhere without the generosity of the community, so we have many thanks to give to our newest sponsors.

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At the gold level, TurnItIn is the worldwide leader in originality checking, online grading and peer review for educators, students, and researchers. Having such a pioneer in student learning at our event is a privilege.

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Also at the gold level is local co-working space and technology services company The Hardware Store, which will also be handling all our digital media needs for the Sunday pitches. Many thanks to founder Josh Lucas for his ongoing support and documentation of startup events.

Cherin Law Offices

Steve Cherin, of Cherin Law Offices, is a frequent supporter of the startup community and we’re glad to have him officially on board as a silver sponsor. He provides legal services for many of Pittsburgh’s startups and is a valuable resource for companies at any stage.

 

First two judges: Lisa Palmieri and Elijah Mayfield

We’ve set a promising precedence with the confirmation of our first two judges, who will be among a panel of five.

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Source: The Sprout Fund

Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D, is the Director of Technology and Innovation, the Director of Learning Innovation Institute, and the Head of Computer Science at The Ellis School in Shadyside. Dr. Abel-Palmieri is a prominent and active member of the Pittsburgh ed-tech community, and is involved in several projects, including Remake Learning and TRETC.

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Source: Pittsburgh Business Times

We’ve also confirmed Elijah Mayfield, who is the founder and CEO of LightSide Labs, which was recently purchased by TurnItIn. LightSide Labs provides writing support for students and teachers in grades 6-12, and his insight in the ed-tech scene will be invaluable.

 

We will send out more updates as we confirm more judges, mentors, sponsors, and vendors.

Questions? Email us at pittsburghedu@startupweekend.org.

 

Buy your tickets now for the inaugural Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh and get 20% off with code EARLYBIRD until February 1, 2015.

If you’re a student, you can get 50% off your ticket with code STUDENT– you’ll be required to show a valid student ID at the event.

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.








Startup Weekend Volos: The Association of Industries in Thessaly and in Central Greece (AITCG)

 

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The Association of Industries in Thessaly and in Central Greece (AITCG) is a Legal non-profit Entity operating under Private Law and covering the Regions of Thessaly and Central Greece.

 

AITCG was established in 1966 in Volos, and within the limits of its responsibility includes the geographic regions of Thessaly and of Central Greece.

 

Its members may be industrial and handicraft firms in many sectors such as food and beverages, mineral material, wood and furniture, basic metals, textile, chemicals, machinery, renewable energy systems etc., and enterprises providing legal, financial and consultancy services to SMEs, that operate under private-economic criteria.

 

 








Startup Weekend Volos: Found.ation is here!!!

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Found.ation is top-notch, privately funded and operated technology hub located in Athens, Greece. Originally established in 2011 as one of the first co-working spaces in SE Europe, Found.ation’s mission is to develop and mature local aspiring startup companies and talent by creating nationwide acceleration programs and a market-oriented Startup Education program, alongside quality events and hackathons.

In the past 12 months alone, Found.ation hosted or accelerated 60 different startup companies in three acceleration batches, leading them to secure more than 2 million dollars in total funding by Greek and International Investors. During the same period, it hosted more than 100 Educ.ation offerings, events and hackathons.

 








First prize and crowds favorite idea during 2nd Startup Weekend Volos 2014

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First prize and crowds favorite idea during 2nd Startup Weekend Volos 2014

iOrder is a new mobile application that will save you time from ordering Coffee or Snacks.

With the iOrder application
-you get rid of: coins, wallets, waiting in queues
-you gain: special offers from your favorite coffee shops

You simply:
1.sign in
2.make your order via your smartphone
3.pick it up on your way to work, school etc.

iOrder won the First prize and the favotite crowds idea in the second Startup Weekend 2014 in Volos.

Below you can find our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/iOrder/668431556553858?ref=bookmarks








Judging criteria

Universal Startup Weekend’s judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following criteria (weighed equally):

  • Business Model Validation – Who are their key partners? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What is the cost and revenue breakdown?
  • Product Execution – Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Were they able to demo something functional?
  • User Experience Design – Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday: Customer Validation, Business Model and Execution. As far as presenting goes, some of the most common presentations include any combination of the following (in no particular order):

  • Wireframes or fully developed website
  • Mobile App (from mock-ups to skeletons to fully functional)
  • Slide decks (Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.)
  • Videos (i.e. product demonstrations, etc.)
  • Live product demos

See you soon!