Startup Weekend returns to Santa Barbara on November 15, 16 and 17

Entrepreneurs pitch ideas, form teams, and launch a Startup in just 54 hours!

Calling all Santa Barbara entrepreneurs, designers and computer developers, Startup Weekend Santa Barbara is back! On November 15, 16 & 17, the third installment of Startup Weekend Santa Barbara will take place in downtown Santa Barbara at Workzones and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Participants will come together for 54 hours to develop business ideas, create innovative products, and launch new businesses all while learning methods to help create successful startup companies and networking within the Santa Barbara business community.

Startup Weekend is a global nonprofit organization and network of leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities. The Santa Barbara event will bring together the local community to celebrate new ideas and make new connections. The event will also add Santa Barbara to the list of over 200 Startup Weekend locations competing for even more notoriety in the Global Startup Battle that takes place over two weekends in November.

How does Startup Weekend work? Beginning on Friday evening, participants present business ideas, then everyone in attendance votes on their favorite teams to continue over the weekend. From there business ideas and teams are fueled by inspirational speakers, hands on learning, great food and drink and amazing networking with the local and global startup community. On Friday, Patrick Vlaskovits, NY Times best selling author of the Lean Entrepreneur, will join the festivities as a speaker and mentor. On Sunday, each team presents their new business to a panel of judges including Klaus Schauser, co-founder of Appfolio and ExpertCity/Citrix Online. In the coming weeks, Startup Weekend, and StartupSB a network of local startup enthusiasts, will continue to announce additional judges, speakers and sponsors as well as a number of events leading up to Startup Weekend.

“We are excited about the community’s involvement in the weekend” said Kyle Ashby, Startup Weekend Santa Barbara’s lead organizer. “We have two great venues and a great group of individuals to help teams build great businesses. This year’s event is looking to be our biggest yet!”

Individuals interested in participating in Startup Weekend Santa Barbara can register for the event at A $100 entry fee confirms your place among the 125 participating entrepreneurs as well food and drink for the weekend. A limited amount of early-bird tickets are available now at $75! The past events sold out, so get your tickets soon, as they are going fast!

The public is also welcome to attend the opening event on Friday, November 15 at 6pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, to network with participants and the business community, observe the ideas being pitched, vote on which ideas they would like to see continue, and hear from a number of guest speakers. Sunday evening’s final team presentations and judging is also open to the public beginning at 5pm. Tickets for both the opening and closing events can be purchased in advance at, or at the door.

Contact Kyle Ashby at 805.323.6160, or for more information.

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