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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a veteran to participate?

No, you do not need to be a veteran to participate in the Startup Weekend for Veteran’s San Diego. About half of the participants will be veterans and half will be entrepreneurs that will participate on the teams along with the veterans. Our goal is to put veterans together with entrepreneurs in order to utilize each other’s talents and expertise from a broad range of professional backgrounds.

Do I need to have an idea to participate?

You do not need to have an idea to participate in startup weekend. You can be part of a team and contribute to working on another person’s idea.

Does my idea need to be military/veterans related?

No, your idea does not need to be military/veterans related, but it certainly can be.

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Feb 7
  • 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Feb 8
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches depart (unless you convince them to give you more time)
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Feb 9
  • Facilitator Briefing (calls for help) & Brunch
  • Prep Time in Breakout Room
  • Teams clear out of Event Room
  • Teams Practice Pitch with Coaches
  • Equipment Check and Pitch Dress Rehearsal in the Event Room
  • Dinner, Judges and Guests begin arriving
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Alan Stewart

Founder, May I Borrow Your Glasses   |   LinkedIn

Alan Stewart is a "forty-something" executive at a 100M+ based business in California. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business School, Alan has a passion for entrepreneurship and assisting small businesses. After the Academy, Alan served as a submarine officer for over 10 years. Since leaving the service in 1997, he has served as an executive, owner or on the Board of Directors for companies ranging in size from start-up to $100M+ and in industries ranging from Internet, real estate, technology, staffing, software, media to government contracting.

Brian Hawkins

Founder, PreFab Coworking   |   LinkedIn

Brian P. Hawkins, MBA, founded his first agency, Catalyst Marketing, at the age of 22. Brian speaks five languages and has created marketing and media campaigns and special events in the US and Europe for companies and organizations that include AT&T, Bank of America, BMW, City of San Diego, Kids Korps USA, Monsanto, American Red Cross, Sempra Energy, Times-Mirror Magazines, True Value Hardware, among others. In 2012, Brian co-founded and launched StyleSeek, a personalized e-commerce site for lifestyle products. His most recent venture is PreFAB, a co-working, meeting and learning space for creatives and makers of lifestyle products.

Joe Markee

Executive Chairman of Clustercorp, Inc   |   LinkedIn

Joe Markee is currently Executive Chairman of Clustercorp, Inc and also a Managing Director at Express Ventures. He brings extensive experience in early stage company formation, capital raising, corporate management, and public and private corporate governance. Joe’s startup experience encompasses Primary Access as a founder and senior manager, Copper Mountain Networks as founding CEO, CTO and Chairman, and Figure 8 Wireless as CEO. Joe serves on the boards of Biomatrica, Genalyte, Certona, Maintenance Net, and Filmetrics.

Joe was also a founder and served as President of the San Diego Telecommunications Council (renamed CommNexus). He has been honored with awards for his contributions to San Diego's high-tech business community, including Master Entrepreneur.

Chris Corriveau

CTO, StockTwits   |   LinkedIn

Chris Corriveau is the Chief Technology Officer at StockTwits, the leading social financial platform for sharing ideas. He is responsible for the technology and innovation that has made StockTwits one of Times '50 Best Websites' and “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany. Chris leads the development team in creating one of the best financial APIs for the social web and constantly innovating to to create big financial data available to a multitude of fintech sites and users.

Prior to StockTwits, Chris was the CTO and co-founder of Genevate, a highly successful web-applications firm that built Ruby on Rails-based platforms for companies all over the world, including the first StockTwits website.

Chris worked in Silicon Valley after graduation from Cogswell College for Cisco Systems, and for startups GetMedia and OpenGrid.
(from StockTwits website)


Christina Stahler

Christina Stahler caught the entrepreneurial spirit at the young age of 10 pitching in on her father’s small business endeavors. He taught her that delivering an exceptional customer experience is vital to success.

Ms. Stahler is businesswoman with nearly 30 years of experience spanning everything from HR to Engineering to Sales at companies like Alyeska Pipeline Co., Home Federal Savings & Loan, and Sony. She has a passion for helping clients see and utilize voice of the consumer and market trends as a business advantage. In her last 10 years at Sony Stahler was doing just that

Kim Walpole

Co-founder, Wembli   |  

Kim’s love of business began early when she turned a profit selling home-made ice pops to kids on the block from her grandmother’s stoop in the Bronx. A native New Yorker, the faster Kim walks, the faster she talks. After launching and successfully running a national management training & consulting company for over 10 years, she and her husband, Tom decided it was time to tap rings and pull a “wonder twin powers, activate! - form of Wembli!”. Their new company, like Expedia for live events lets you pick tickets to a concert, theater or sporting event then choose options like parking, restaurant deals and splitting the bill with friends. That may seem like a random choice for a geek and a management consultant but not so! Both avid event goers, this idea was born of their personal frustration with the archaic process of planning an outing and worse, trying to go dutch friends. Kim is a focused ball of energy that can cast vision & talk strategy in one breathe, and get the whole team howling with laughter the next.

Tom Walpole

Co-founder, Wembli   |  

A keyboard cowboy, Tom brings over 15 years of web development experience and leadership to the team. When he’s not blazing new technical trails, or dreaming in code, you can find him guitar in hand singing the blues. A haole who hails from the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands he’s one of those rare geeks with stellar people skills. Toms new mission in life is to gentrify the term ‘code monkey’ so that no geek will ever hang their head again. In our book that makes him a modern day activist. For the win.

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