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Sep 13
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Pitches Start
  • Voting and Team Selection
  • Teams form, start working!


Sep 14
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Mentor Breakfast Meeting
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 15
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Gut check: Pitch Practice
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Mary Grove

Google for Entrepreneurs   |   LinkedIn

Mary is Director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs, the company's programs and partnerships to support startups and entrepreneurs in over 100 countries around the world. Mary joined Google in 2004 and spent 6 years focused on a range of early stage product incubation and partnerships. She has led dozens of strategic technology partnerships across products including Gmail, Google Docs, Search, Chrome and Social.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls CODE   |   LinkedIn

Kimberly is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, an organization focused on introducing girls of color to technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Kimberly has enjoyed a very successful career as a Biotechnology Engineer for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area and was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology.

Jennifer Moses

Investor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist   |   LinkedIn

After a successful career in investment banking with Goldman Sachs, Jennifer has spent the past decade in education, public policy and philanthropy. She is a founding Trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), one of the largest children’s charities in the UK, Partner at Ed-Mentor, and prior to moving to California she was a senior policy adviser to then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, as well as Chief Executive of the policy think tank Centreforum.

Colleen Taylor

Reporter, TechCrunch   |   LinkedIn

Colleen is based in San Francisco where she is a reporter for TechCrunch and TechCrunch TV. Previously she worked as a reporter for GigaOM, the Financial Times’ Mergermarket newswire, and the semiconductor industry newsletter Electronic News. She graduated from Columbia University in New York City.

John Poisson

CEO & Founder, Wantful   |   LinkedIn

John Poisson is a designer and four-time entrepreneur with 20 years experience as a leader in film, consumer electronics, social media and retail. He is Founder & CEO of Wantful, a leading online specialty retailer focused on gift giving. John previously founded Tiny Pictures, acquired by Shutterfly, led mobile media design at Sony in Tokyo, and founded two of Canada’s largest visual effects studios. He studied cinematography at Boston University, where he later served as Adjunct Professor.

Gwen Edwards

C Suite Advisor, Board Member   |   LinkedIn

Gwen brings over 30 years of experience building products, services, and profitable business units in high technology sectors. From Stanford Research Institute to Fortune 50 executive (SBC, Nortel Networks, Bell Canada, to Venture Capital backed technology start up CEO and advisor, she unites the knowledge of successful brands, experience with scale, and the skills of managing innovation. Since 2001, Gwen has been working in advisory capacities with angel and venture backed companies.


Sharon Knight

Investor, Leader, Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Sharon is a former finance and operations executive with significant expertise in consumer retail, gaming and healthcare. Her resume includes senior leadership roles with KFC, Gap, and EA in both the US and Europe, and most recently she was President of One Medical Group, an innovative technology enabled primary care delivery model. An active angel investor, Sharon created Avik Ventures to provide both capital and expertise to early stage companies. Sharon holds a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and an MBA in Finance from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Radhika Bhalla

Designer, Facebook   |   LinkedIn

Radhika is a researcher at Facebook with a diverse background in designing products, services and environments. Prior to Facebook, she was a Strategist at Hot Studio, an experience design company where she worked on social innovation and healthcare projects. She has experience working with large companies (Nokia, Microsoft, Intel, Boeing) as well as social ventures. She loves solving complex problems and facilitating workshops in human-centered design.

Monique Barbanson

Founder, Developer, Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Monique recently left Microsoft and is currently Founder and CEO of 3PM Revolution, a mobile innovation lab. She has led many tech teams in early stage startups, is a digital media technology expert, co-founded Startup Monthly and designed the first Idea Accelerator program to provide a repeatable structure for young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable startups.

Amy Hillyard

Organization Development Consultant & Community Builder   |   LinkedIn

Amy has over 15 years of consulting experience and has served a spectrum of clients raging from start-ups, non-profits, small business and Fortune 500s. She has helped entrepreneurs build strong leadership teams, coached leaders at all levels, helped start a charter school and scaled a local business with her husband. She is committed to helping organizations design themselves to be in greater harmony with the communities where they do business. Amy is the mother of two young girls and commits a significant amount of her time to community based efforts.

Christina Sawyer

Business Leader, Hands-on Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Christina is a finance, HR, and operations professional currently working as a hands-on advisor and thought partner to early and mid-stage companies solving the business and people challenges that come with rapid growth. She has 18 years of business leadership experience in the entertainment industry with a focus on mobile, online and console video games in both startup and global companies. Prior to her role as VP of Finance and Operations at ngmoco:), Christina spent 10 years at Electronic Arts (EA). Christina is on the Finance Committee for Samasource, an innovative social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work via the Internet.

Maria Giudice

Innovator, Artist, Protagonist, Positive Provocateur   |   LinkedIn

Maria has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life and she has been at the forefront of the intersection of design and business for over 20 years.
Under Maria's leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency, named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses every year since 2008, and in 2011 was inducted into the San Francisco Business Times’ Hall of Fame. Hot Studio was acquired by Facebook in 2013, where Maria now works as the Director of Product Design. In 2012, Maria was named an AIGA Fellow in recognition of her impact in raising the standards of excellence and conduct within the design community.

James Lee

Partner, Schaffer&Combs   |   LinkedIn

James is a partner at the management consulting firm Schaffer&Combs. A serial entrepreneur, James has built a multi-million dollar business and has served as a senior executive, board member, and consultant for innovative organizations (including KIPP, BizWorld, and Junior Statesmen foundations) over the last two decades since beginning his career at McKinsey & Company. A graduate of Princeton University, James is also a cofounder of Knowmia, an award-winning Y Combinator ed tech company.

Felicia Curcuru

Director Business Development, FundersClub   |   LinkedIn

Felicia is currently VP of User Experience and Employee #1 at FundersClub. She founded and runs the FundersClub Panel, which is a group of 100 angel investors that help FundersClub vet companies. Felicia previously was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where she worked for energy and technology clients in the US, Asia and Europe. Felicia also brings finance experience from her work in private equity and microfinance.

Tina Laungani

Manager, Box   |   LinkedIn

Tina leads implementation and account management for some of Box's largest and most strategic accounts. She is a forward thinker dedicated to delivering optimum resources to enterprise clients across varied verticals as well as ensuring adoption and expansion among Box's user base. Prior to Box, Tina worked for News Corporation where she established relationships with retailers, brokers, and key decision makers at lead CPG accounts, employing a consultative sales approach that resulted in maximizing business opportunities.

Meaghan Rose

Meaghan is the founder and CEO of RocksBox, a jewelry rental subscription service, which she started out of her garage with a WordPress site and her personal jewelry collection. Before starting RocksBox, Meg was a consultant with McKinsey & Co and Bain & Co where she led marketing and product innovation strategy for global consumer companies. Meg holds an MBA from Wharton Business School.

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