Startup Weekend Conejo Valley Sports (Recap)

Hub101 has championed Startup Weekend Conejo Valley 2017 at Sports Academy, the only sports facility of its kind. The complex features basketball courts, beach volleyball courts, state-of-the-art sports medicine services, specialized studios and even an E-gaming suite. The 54-hour long weekend competition was sports themed, challenging participants to solve problems relating to physical movement.

This was the first time that Startup Weekend has partnered with a place like Sports Academy and it was the first time Sports Academy has hosted a Startup Weekend event, and they are all raring to do it again.

  “It has been incredible to be able to engage with Hub101 and Cal Lu,” Ashley Dean, Director of Corporate Development at Sports Academy said.

 According to Dean, it made sense for the space to host the event. The space is always filled with athletes and she loved to be able to support the team’s developments and see them get into the zone.

   Seven teams were voted on by the audience and formed throughout the course of the weekend:

 Flush – A new innovative golf driver that will greatly reduce side spin, and thus, slices and hooks for beginners.

 AI Tech – A unique used of artificial intelligence to improve athletic ability. The device analyzes movement, suggests improvements, and helps with muscle memory.

 Elevate – This team made a therapeutic sound and vibrating healing mat for placement in an aerial hammock specialized for yoga.

SSA (Sports Academy Agency) – This program is a sports accelerator for athletes to focus on long-term growth including coaching, physical and mental therapy and financial management. To the time, the lives of the athletes are worth more than just sports

 Virtual Athletics – A variety of virtual reality sports.

  Stadium Chain – This platform would serve as a content aggregation for athletes and fans, connecting all aspects of sports (ticket purchasing, content connection, etc) through block chain.

 Playbook – This is a play-call recommendation software for football coaches that can quickly predict the opposing team’s plays and offer suggestions via artificial intelligence.

Third place went to AI Tech, second to Elevate and first place to Virtual Athletics. Top prizes included free patent and trademark applications from So Cal IP Law Group, free coworking at Hub101 and a new community space, Matter Labs, in Camarillo, and Rams tickets (for crowd favorite Virtual Athletics).

Thanks to everyone who participated and made Startup Weekend Conejo Valley Sports happen!! #StartSomething 

Hub101

Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers.

 

                 

Getting To Know Mike Panesis

Mike Panesis, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at California Lutheran University, was recently awarded The Most Influential Leaders Award  by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal for the second year in a row. This award, which was also given to Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler and President Chris Kimball of Cal Lutheran, honors leaders who have contributed the most to entrepreneurial energy in the San Fernando, Conejo Valley, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. To celebrate Mike we asked him some personal questions.

What's your earliest memory? I was 4-5, probably. Looking out the window of the house I grew up in, saw kids from the neighborhood going to school, wished I could go, too.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? I’ll answer this question later, because it I had to choose something, it would be procrastinating.

What was your closest brush with death? Once swam in shark-infested waters in Hawaii. Didn’t see the warning sign until after I came out of the water.

What are some small things that make your day better? 1) Seeing students I know while walking on Regals Way 2) Cancelled meetings I didn’t really want to go to in the first place; 3) Having a chance to talk with friends and colleagues without an agenda.

What near-future event are you most looking forward to? Startup Weekend Conejo Valley, Nov 3, 4 & 5, http://www.startupweekendconejovalley.com.

What are you currently ... reading? Last book I read for fun was Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography....

Realizing? That my e-mail inbox will never again be empty. ☹

When's the last time you took a nap? Probably the last time I sat in my recliner to watch a football game on TV. I’ve rarely gotten through an entire game without taking a nap at some point.

What's the last nice thing a stranger did for you? Let me make a difficult left turn on Ventu Park Rd. in T.O.

What's worth spending more on to get the best? Anything you’re passionate about.

What should everyone do at least once in their lifetime? Spend a week at Disney World. It’s impossible to leave unhappy.

Last text you wrote? Telling my daughter I’m making one of her favorite meals when she comes home from college this weekend.

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Hub101

Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething

Alon Goren joins Wavemaker Partners as a Venture Partner!

Long time community leader and Hub101 member Alon Goren joins Wavemaker Partners, an early stage venture capital firm led by Eric Manlunas and David Siemer, with offices in Los Angeles and Singapore, as a Venture Partner.

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Aside from founding multiple startups and working at IMDb/Amazon and MySpace, Goren is the founder of 805 Startups, one of Southern California’s largest networks of startups and investors, with over 2,000 members.  805 Startups holds regular events and programs north of Los Angeles in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, a region that Wavemaker is very familiar with and will be spending more time in.

“Having worked with Eric and David in the past, I couldn’t think of a better firm to be working with,” said Alon Goren.  “Wavemaker's active participation in the region gives startups access to seed and follow-on capital, while also giving the local affluent community access to investment opportunities around the world.”

In recent years, Wavemaker portfolio company, Mindbody, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, had a successful IPO and another Wavemaker portfolio company, Connexity also had a successful exit when it sold to Shopzilla.

As one of Southern California’s most active venture funds, Wavemaker and its principals have also seen successful exits from mDialog (Google), Connexity (Shopzilla), GradientX (Amobee/Singtel), Pulpo (Entravision) and Optimal (Brand Networks).

From your friends and family here at hub101, congratulations Alon! 

Hub101

Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething

 

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley Returns Nov 3-5 2017

Hub101 is excited to announce the theme for this year's Startup Weekend Conejo Valley is... Sports!

We are looking for the next big thing in Sports, Fitness, and Performance. 

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event, where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and launch companies/products. The event is very community focused and provides a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas.

Participants have 60 seconds pitch an idea of concept , the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors on Sunday for Demo Day.

Early bird tickets are available for only $29 for a limited time. Visit StartupWeekendConejoValley.com  

This year's event will take place at Sports Academy 1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320.

Want to get your business involved? We are currently looking for sponsors.  

How you can help:

Tweet this: @StartupWeekend returns to the Conejo Valley Nov 3-5 at @SportsAcademyHQ #StartupConejoValleyhttp://www.StartupWeekendConejovalley.com

We are currently seeking mentors and sponsors for this event. If you are interested in serving in either one of these capacities email us at Conejo@Startupweekend.org

 

Sports Academy

Sports Academy is the only fully integrated, multi-disciplinary athletic training and integrated sports medicine facility designed to elevate the performance of athletes of all ages and ability levels.  Facilitated by premier coaches, certified trainers, and medical and recovery professionals, we provide the tools, inspiration, and guidance necessary for every athlete to excel.

Combined with state-of-the-art technology, a biomechanics lab, sports science, and the development of mental fitness and acuity, our sport-specific and athlete-specific programs are designed to guide athletes toward their optimal state of performance.

Hub101

Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething

Discovering Your Passion by Rose Soiland

I’ve met countless people who are interested in so many subjects that they can’t decide on a college major. In some cases, students can’t choose a major because their skills and interests elude them.

Unfortunately, a number of people end up choosing those practical careers they don’t enjoy and they walk through life waiting for their next break. And waiting. And waiting. Sometimes it never comes. Wouldn’t it be a dream to love your job?

My mom once articulated to me how rare it is and how lucky people are who get to do what they love for a living. This sentiment has since driven me to find what I love doing and to pursue it, something few can afford. I find what I love by exploring what’s out there.

So let’s talk about how important it is to get connected and involved with various ventures to really discover your passion. The more you learn about the world and what’s in it the better prepared you will be when it comes time to choose a major or a career.

College is a great way to decide what you enjoy doing. Taking classes, joining clubs and attending events (even off campus) widens your horizons to get thinking about what inspires you. So does reading about a wide range of subjects. You could read literature, or you could choose popular magazines. Then analyze how (insert your passion here) aligns with goals you have set for yourself.

For example, I love psychology, but I can’t see myself doing anything practical with that and I want a practical degree. So why not mix psychology with business? Marketing. BAM!

No one can tell you what you’re passionate about. I surveyed a few of my fellow peers and found that we’re all different. We all have our own passions. One person said they were passionate about shrinking the wage gap, another said education. I heard fashion and swimming. Ben Kuo, founder of SocalTech.com , professed that he’s passionate about technology and venture capital. A Do'er here at Hub101 named protecting human rights and preventing child labor as her passions.

My personal arsenal of interests range from politics and theories on birth order to reading history and sci fi-fantasy novels. But my real passion is for ending modern day slavery: sex trafficking. I became interested in this a couple years ago when a friend of mine moved to the Czech Republic to help girls out of prostitution and I’ve been passionate about it ever since. So I decided that I can apply my marketing degree to campaign against slavery, which would be a dream come true! It’s all in your hands whether you choose a path that leads to joy in the workplace or slogging through the day. I find that applying your existing skills to your interests is the best way to find your passion.

A crazy number of people end up indifferent about their jobs. SCARY! But a sure way to avoid that prosaic lifestyle is to pop your comfort zone and try something new. While you’re at it, join my Ballroom Dance Club!

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By Rose Soiland, Do'er at Hub101

About Hub101
Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething