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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

This will be another EPIC LA Startup Weekend! Another all ACCELERATOR judging panel this time, so bring your best, and get ready to make it happen.



Apr 25
  • 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


Apr 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 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


Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup

Cody Simms

Managing Director, Techstars LA - Disney Accelerator   |  

Cody has been operating at the intersection of technology and media since the late 1990s when his first employer merged into NBC Internet. He is particularly interested in the ever-changing ways that our increasingly networked and connected society creates, distributes, and consumes information.

Cody is presently Managing Director for Techstars in Los Angeles where he is working along with The Walt Disney Company to deliver Disney Accelerator, a mentorship-driven investment program for technology-enabled media and entertainment startups. (Learn more at

Previously, Cody was Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon where he led a team responsible for product development activities across all consumer platforms (mobile, tablet, web), publisher products, and StumbleUpon's pioneering and profitable native advertising platform, Paid Discovery.

Prior to StumbleUpon, Cody served as Vice President of Product at Yahoo! with global responsibility for entertainment products including Yahoo! Movies, omg!, Shine, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, and Yahoo! Games, spanning 30+ global markets and encompassing approximately $200M in revenue. In preceding roles at Yahoo!, Cody led many of Yahoo!’s social and developer platform initiatives including the Yahoo! Developer Network.

Earlier in his career, Cody worked in product management capacities at The New York Times, Sprint, and NBC Internet. He has developed courses and taught in an adjunct capacity at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He holds an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in history and East Asian languages and a focus on Mandarin Chinese.

When he’s not working or with his family, Cody can often be found in the Pacific Ocean trying to make his Kansas heritage proud by attempting to catch some waves.

Sam Teller

Managing Director, Launchpad LA   |   LinkedIn

Working with amazing entrepreneurs at the leading startup accelerator in Southern California.

Adam Corey

Director, Investor Relations at 500 Startups   |   LinkedIn

Adam works with 500 Startups’ investors to keep them happy and make sure that 500’s funds have capital to invest.

Adam was previously part of the founding team of SharesPost, where he helped create a marketplace for stock transactions of pre-IPO companies. Prior to SharesPost, Adam led business development and strategy for Evite.

Cameron Kashani
Yohei Nakajima