Startup Weekend Santa Monica 2018

Build, Discover, Pitch

What Can You Build in 54hrs








Have an idea, need a team?

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Techstars Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.

An Event Like No Other

A dynamic, fast paced, and supportive atmoshpere, you will join other like minded individuals to pitch ideas, build teams, perform customer validation, and pitch your findings to an experienced panel of judges that consisit of investors, CEOs, and community leaders.  This is your chance to meet amazing people, validate your idea or be part of a team, and eat great food.  Did we also mention fun!  This is a great event to build you confidence, learn about customer validation, and to start a company!

Latest Techniques

Connect with people driven to build something new. Rich and diverse talent is a Techstars Startup Weekend staple. Are you ready to meet your next (cofounder) (friend) (mentor) (investor)?


Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur’s Journey. Find the resources available near you. Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success.


Learn what it really takes to start a company by working with real mentors.  We bring in the best Mentors from the community to help you succeed!

What to expect

The weekend will be filled with mentors, speakers, and help for your startup team!


Day 1 - Pitch your idea and form teams


Day 2 - Meet mentors, listen to speakers, and validate your idea


Day 3 - Polish your pitch, prepare, and pitch to our judges and investors

Why Attend Startup Weekend Santa Monica 

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

Meet People

Build a Company

Pitch Your Idea

Amazing Mentors

We have some great mentors coming to help you!  We are adding them daily so don’t miss out.

Margeaux Sullivan

Venture Partner & Advisor

Results Driven Business Advisor. Specialties: Management Consulting, Advisor, Marketing, Branding,Corporate & Brand Communication, Marketing Plan Creation & Execution, Partnerships, ProjectManagement, Strategic Management, Startups in Los Angeles

Salina Mendoza

Brand and Culture enthusiast

LA native with an extensive track record in helping brands grow with little to no money and using out-of-box strategies to accomplish business goals in record timing.

Danielle Dolinsky Gorman

Platform Lead | Investor at Luma

Danielle is a graduate of USC with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She is an investor and Platform Lead with Luma Launch. Luma Launch is an early stage fund with an Accelerator Program aimed at surfacing the most notable startups and entrepreneurial minds. Launch is the venture arm of Luma Pictures.

Ralf-Rainer von Albedyhll

Serial Entrepreneur of 12 companies

 I am a serial entrepreneur with more than 12 startups under mybelt. An overview of some of my companies and projects can be seen at

Alexander Cuffe

Business Affairs Executive at Amazon Studios

Alex has always been passionate about entertainment, and works at Amazon Studios where he assists in negotiating deals on all scripted TV content.

Christine McDannell

Founder at Kindred Quarters &

Christine McDannell is an entrepreneur and business owner. Some of her notable past businesses (with over $15M in combined revenue) include Cleanology, Social Starfish, Eco Chateau Spa, and Luxe Car Collective. Currently, Christine is the Founder and CEO of her newest company, Kindred Quarters, and is introducing the first global software for the coliving revolution, KNDRD.

Alia Delpassand

Attorney at Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Early-stage startup attorney based in Santa Monica and coordinated with Stubbs Alderton Precelerator

Fabrice Gould

Founder & CEO at Diggen

I have over 24 years building b2b technology businesses of all sizes with highly scaling business models helping deliver customer value to grow their business.

Ami Gosalia

Strategy, Operations, and Marketing for Startups

Ami is the former head of growth at Tala. Before Tala she worked as a project manager at Green Ideas, a sustainability consulting firm with clients all over the world. She has also worked in lending and business development at Accion and in business and strategic planning at Urbane Development, a community development venture based in New York City.

Here from a great Venture Capital founder

Speaker Richard Jun – Managing Director

Richard Jun is the Co-founder and Managing Director of BAM Ventures, a Los Angeles based venture capital firm that he started with Brian S. Lee, a serial angel investor and the co-founder of Legalzoom, Shoedazzle and The Honest Company. Prior to BAM, Richard served on Shoedazzle’s senior management team as its General Counsel and helped orchestrate the merger of the company with its largest competitor at the end of 2013.

Other Companies Founded or Started From StartupWeekend

Great prizes and benefits worth more than $5,000 to winning team and $100's of dollars of other benefits to all participants

One Free Design Prototype by 24 Hour Design to winning team
Free incorporation package to winning team
One month free workspace at WeWork to winning team

Location: Blankspaces

1450 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Friday 10/26 5:30PM – Sunday 10/28 9pm


Be Part Of an Amazing Weekend

Space is limited for this event.  Don’t delay and reserve your spot now!
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