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Open to non-military and military.  Startup Weekend San Diego and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University are partnering with Google to host the first ever Startup Weekend focused on helping Veterans, Service Members and Military Families bring their ideas for new startup companies to life.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

On Thursday, August 9th there will be the first ever Google for Entrepreneurs Day for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families. A Google team will be on site to host sessions and take questions on Google’s tools for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Then on August 10-12th (Friday-Sunday) there will be a special Startup Weekend that brings together the startup and military communities to launch great new startup ideas here in San Diego.

Startup Weekend (Friday-Sunday) welcomes both non-military and military participants. However, certain ticket types and the Thursday Google for Veterans and Military Families event are reserved for those in the military community.

We’re excited to bring the military community and the public together to help launch new businesses here in San Diego!



Aug 10
  • Optional - Startup Lab begins
  • Optional - Startup Lab lunch
  • Optional - Startup Lab ends
  • Main Event Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.
  • Venue closes. Finished for the day.


Aug 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches/Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Venue closes. Finished for the day.


Aug 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches/Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Premiere Sponsor

Gunnar Counselman

Founder and CEO at Fidelis Inc   |  

Founder CEO of venture backed startup in higher education. Longtime education strategist. Former Marine Officer. Allocentricity specialist.

Board Member of Marines Memorial Club

Gold Sponsors

Mike Alfred

Co-Founder and CEO at BrightScope   |   LinkedIn

Mike is a big believer of open data, a huge driving force behind Brightscope and what should be on the minds of all companies, governments and individuals because of its infinite possibilities to better lives. What's more, Mike embraces innovation and never hesitates to connect like minds

John Hobson

Partner at Project Tiki   |   LinkedIn

A creative and analytical marketing strategist specializing in e-commerce, with experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 25 companies. A relationship builder, skillful at developing internal corporate teams and partnerships with vendors. An entrepreneurial spirit with a track record of creating innovative and results-oriented marketing approaches to drive business and ensure profitability in a variety of industries.

Neil Senturia

CEO of Blackbird Ventures

Neil has more than 25 years of diverse entrepreneurial endeavors. His wide range of experiences includes starting two software companies, serving as CEO of a third, real estate development, and screen writing for popular television sit-coms. Currently, he also serves as the CEO of Oberon Fuels, which is developing a clean alternative to diesel fuel, and LonoCloud, which is developing a secure cloud software platform

Silver Sponsors

Paul Saxman

Senior Developer Advocate at Google   |   LinkedIn

Experienced software engineer and biomedical informaticist with particular expertise in systems integration with web services and database-backed, rich web applications. Critical thinker with a proven ability to elucidate and analyze business requirements and deliver innovative solutions that are reliable, scalable, and maintainable. Strong collaborator and communicator with a history of success as both an independent developer and a member of a team. Ardent technical lead with effective mentorship skills and demonstrated ability in guiding teams to operating efficiently in concert. Inquisitive researcher with strong desire to develop and explore ideas and technologies. Social humanist with a passion for the happiness and well-being of those around him.

David Allison

Chief Technology Officer at Nulu   |   LinkedIn

David is a software platform architect with management, design, and development experience in multiple languages, technology platforms, design paradigms, and team sizes.

Read more about David at his LinkedIn profile.

Bryan Hall

Cofounder at Embarke, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Dynamic, innovative Senior Software Engineer with extensive experience conceiving, designing and developing wireless technology products. Possess the ability to solve extremely difficult technical issues that stymie other developers. Greatest technical strength is low-level development with C++ under Windows Mobile and Windows CE. Gained extensive experience with Bluetooth at both the embedded and desktop levels. Excellent communicator, comfortable interfacing with employees of all levels of an organization. Collected and calm, with the ability to perform well in high-pressure, short-deadline situations. Able to operate in roles ranging from project management to software development. Member of IEEE.

Matt Wickstrand

Founder - CEO at   |   LinkedIn

Matt is the founder and CEO of, a website that helps set job applicants apart by giving them an additional medium with which to share information about themselves with their potential employer. He is passionate about technology and exploring the infinite potential that new technology can create. His specialties include Product Development, creativity, branding, marketing, and business.

Read more about Matt at his LinkedIn profile.

Sean Callahan

Sr. Product Manager at Lockerz, Inc   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur, moviegoer, music lover, photographer, runner, technology enthusiast, and world traveler.

Sales, negotiation, raising capital, recruiting, managing people, competitive analysis, product ideation, product management

Lars Helgeson

Founder at GreenRope   |   LinkedIn

For the past 10 years, we have endeavored to create software to make marketing and operations easier for businesses worldwide. Our first focus was on email marketing, and we have expanded since then to include CRM, project management, event management, websites, analytics, e-commerce, and much more

Al Bhsarah

CEO and Co-Founder of   |   LinkedIn

Al Bsharah is the CEO and Co-Founder of, which builds developer tools for social communications. He's founded and run an e-commerce company, grown communities to 1 million page views per month, and was the 2nd employee and equity owner at a 24x7 network managed services company that was acquired in 2008. Al started as a tech guy with a BS in Electrical engineering and a heavy development background, but through his career has grown into a business and marketing strategist and leader.

Read more about Al at his LinkedIn profile.

Christian A. Salaman

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Mr. Salaman is an attorney in the Corporate & Securities practice group at Pillsbury. His practice focuses on the buying, selling and financing of businesses, as well as governance issues, operational matters and strategic relationships.
Many of Mr. Salaman's clients are start-up and emerging growth companies that require counsel for a broad range of matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, public and private securities offerings, venture capital financings, joint ventures, collaborations and technology licenses. Mr. Salaman acts as general corporate counsel for some of these clients, serving as their liaison to other Pillsbury attorneys and as a trusted business advisor. This often allows him to participate during all stages of a company's life cycle—from early financings through revenue-building relationships and successful exits.

Matt Voigt

Co-Founder & CEO @   |   LinkedIn

Matt Voigt is a 3x entrepreneur with 15 years of diverse experience in sectors that include technology, healthcare, real estate and finance.

Matt currently serves as the full-time CEO of saambaa, a mobile application that enables people to quickly create impromptu plans and discover what friends are doing so they can join in.

Prior to founding saambaa, Matt founded Voigt Development, a Chicago real estate company which developed $13 million of property over a five year period. Prior to that, Matt co-founded VitalStaff, a medical staffing company that focused on temporary staffing services to the home-heath sector. Matt’s professional experience also includes a background in finance and business development.

Matt has filed two patents (his first @ 17) and graduated from Loyola University Chicago (academic scholarship/Cum Laude) with a B.S. in Finance and minor in Philosophy. Matt enjoys hiking, mountaineering, cooking, running (because he likes cooking), exploring other cultures, and being around anything with a motor, wheels or wings.

Chris Corriveau

CTO at StockTwits

Chris Corriveau is a Web Developer in a wide variety of industries. He is a co-founder of Genevate Corporation a Web Development firm creating web aplications and websites in all industries. Our focus is content management, and database projects.

Read more about Chris at his website,

Dan Zelikman

Co-Founder of Mentalpez and Founder of screen2play   |   LinkedIn

Currently playing in the world of funemployment where I'm lucky enough to pursue my two passions—I shoot independent films with screen2play, and I help build startups with my team at Mentalpez. One of our recent launches, Tracky, is a productivity and social collaboration app that is trying to help do'ers get things done. Otherwise I'm surfing, climbing, or hiking somewhere off the beaten path.

Erik Spalding

Co-Founder at Bullets2Bandages   |   LinkedIn

Erik co-founded Bullets2Bandages, a fashion jewelry business that donates 15 percent of profits to veterans' nonprofits, despite having no experience in fashion or entrepreneurship and no funding.

He began by developing software apps before a random event inspired him to switch gears and start making jewelry out of bullets. Since then, the business has grown so quickly with the launch of a streetwear line of T-shirts and caps this Veterans Day. As Spalding sees it, the San Diego-based startup has changed their lives and the lives of U.S. veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Cole Evans

Co-Founder at Bullets2Bandages   |   LinkedIn

Cole co-founded Bullets2Bandages, a fashion jewelry business that donates 15 percent of profits to veterans' nonprofits, despite having no experience in fashion or entrepreneurship and no funding.

He began by developing software apps before a random event inspired him to switch gears and start making jewelry out of bullets. Since then, the business has grown so quickly with the launch of a streetwear line of T-shirts and caps this Veterans Day.

Dustin Schneider

Senior Developer at StockTwits   |  

Rodney Rumford

Founder at Snaply   |   LinkedIn

Co founder of formerly

Rodney Rumford has 21 years of experience in helping brands engage online and is the Author of the Book: “Twitter as a Business Tool”. His agency Gravitational Media has extensive experience in ideation, strategy and technology build for facebook applications, twitter apps, widgets and digital communication technologies for brands. They can help you make an impact and reach your target demographic.

He helped companies such as Mountain Dew, Vivendi Mobile, Pfizer, DOW and hundreds of others with digital initiatives. Rodney sits on the boards of several technology companies and startups.

He is a true early adopter of all new digital technologies and have built many leading edge web2.0 solutions such as the very first DIY podcasting service on the internet (, He is also the producer of which helps educate, inform and empower business to leverage social media technologies.

Contributing Sponsors
Julian Bryant
John Alexander
Jennifer Newell
Wes Qualch
Leslie Fishlock
Megg Sohn
Robert Conrad
Adam Gengler
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