Startup Week Camarillo

December 4th - 8th

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Monday, December 4


Welcome Reception and Opening Keynote
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Bruce Stenslie

President & CEO, Economic and Workforce Development Professional
Bruce Stenslie, the President/CEO of EDC-VC has had many great opportunities throughout the years that has prepared him for his role at EDC-VC.Stenslie has more than 20 years of experience in workforce and economic development, prior to joining EDC-VC in 2007. His former positions... Read More →


Free Co-working
Come try out our new space. Co-work and meet the other folks who call the Pharos home.

Monday December 4, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
Suite B


Brand Leadership in an Age of Disruption
Brand strategist Derrick Daye shares the requirements of building leading brands in an over-communicated, over-competitive marketplace. Attendees will learn how products and services leap ahead to become leading brands in their business categories as well as keys to differentiation. Brands in all stages of development will benefit.

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Derrick Daye

Managing Partner, The Blake Project
Derrick has spent the past 20+ years helping organizations release the full potential of their brands. His experience is as extensive as it is diverse, encompassing the disciplines of brand strategy, advertising, sales promotion, and public relations. At The Blake Project he manages... Read More →


Blockchain and potential applications
We will be discussing Blockchain and what are some of the applications it could be most useful. We will dive into this buzz word and dissect the true strengths with leading experts. 

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Loretta Tam

Product Development, Strategy, and Innovation, UL
Effective sustainability professional with experience in strategy, innovation, and project management. A project manager who excels at execution and communicating in the languages of both the scientific and business worlds with a proven record of building consensus amongst diverse... Read More →

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Vanessa Bechtel

President & CEO, Ventura County Community Foundation
Vanessa Bechtel serves as President & CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) where she oversees ~$100 million in charitable assets and is responsible for the financial stewardship of several hundred separate funds, including managing the investments for 90 nonprofit... Read More →
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David Cho

United States Department of Defense
I am centered on ideas of freedom and liberty as those are fundamental qualities of a truly effective public market for goods and services. My concern is that today’s free markets can be better served on providing a payment processing system wherein buyers and sellers execute upon... Read More →
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Erick Maynard

Electronic Methods
Founder/Developer at Electronic Methods

Tuesday, December 5


Free Co-working - Sponsored by Minimus
Come try out our new space. Co-work and meet the other folks who call the Pharos home.

Tuesday December 5, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
Suite B


STEM Excellence in Ventura County: Opportunities for Partnership
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Philip Hampton

Professor of Chemistry/ Interim Director of Educational Partnerships, CSU Channel Islands
Dr. Philip Hampton joins CSU Channel Islands as an Associate Professor after serving for ten years as a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, NM.During his tenure at UNM, Dr. Hampton has served as Chair of the Graduate Selection... Read More →


The 3 simple steps to smart branding.
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Sunnie Schearer

Schearer Designs
Hi, I am a local graphic designer who is passionate about helping startups create their brand. Consumer’s general perception and feeling about abrand has an influence on their buying behavior. It's my job to help bridge any gaps that prevent profitability. Your businesses visuals... Read More →


Discover what a Landing Page is and how to build one
-       First we will review some of the best sample landing page designs.
-       Next you we will review what works and what does not.
-       Then we will build a landing page live.  Bring your ideas.
Join us and start building your first landing page or one page website.

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Patrick Fagan

T&F Business Solutions
For more than 20 years, Patrick Fagan has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences working in and with private and public sector organizations. Patrick’s started his career at Dana Corporation, a Fortune 50 Company, to being the 5th employee of a $6.4 Billion government construction... Read More →


Building your way to BOSS: 3 steps to prototyping your leadership style and designing your team
Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face. – Mike Tyson
Yes, you can be the leader people want to work for, build a rockstar team, and learn how to take a punch. Join us as we discuss practical strategies for leadership that will serve both your moment and your end game.

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Tiffany Morse, PhD

Executive Director of Career Education for the Ventura County Office of Education, Ventura County Office of Education
I want to live in a world where no one ever says, ”I don’t get math,” people are no longer hungry for simple solutions to complex problems, and iphone batteries never die.  I am currently the Executive Director of Career Education for the Ventura County Office of Education... Read More →


Live recording of Innovation Radio with host Darrell Gooden
Innovation Radio is a platform for new, forward thinking, futuristic conversations that shape our society in the tech and green world.
Hosted by Darrell Gooden, Innovation Radio is a one hour talk radio/podcast show that exist on the online streaming platform. 
Darrell Gooden interviews some of the smartest individuals in their perspective fields on topics of tech and green Topics. You can listen in every Monday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. starting January 1st, 2018 while having coffee with a colleague or on your way to work. 
In between conversations enjoy the sounds from the musical genre of contemporary jazz.

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Darrell Gooden, Ph.D.

Host, Innovation Radio
Mr. Darrell Gooden, PhD has 20 years experience leading process analysis, cost reductions, and information management productivity improvements in the US government and with NATO partner countries. He is a leader of continuous performance improvement team efforts and has worked in... Read More →

Tuesday December 5, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Media Room
Wednesday, December 6


Meet the experts
Come meet your local experts. Ask questions, get feedback or just pick their brains.

Wednesday December 6, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
Suite B


Minimus Facility Tour
Come tour the amazing Minimus facilities. Paul Shrater Co-Founder & COO has kindly offered to open the famous doors of his local startup that has turned handling small things into a major opperation.

A little bit about Minimus, and Minimus Products:
 Minimus.biz is ranked in the top 1000 highest grossing B2C e-commerce companies in the U.S. by Internet Retailer, and is ranked in their top 300 B2B guide.  It warehouses and ships over 2500 travel sized toiletries and single serving food items.  It also operates a 3PL fulfillment center for other brands (www.MinimusFulfillment.biz). 
MinimusProducts.biz is a contract packaging facility with over 20 pieces of equipment for packaging food, beauty and more; putting liquids, powders, and particulates into packets, bottles, jars, bags, cans, and more.  It is FDA registered and certified by the CA Health Department, OK kosher, and CCOF organic.
Address is: 1260 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park, CA 91320

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Paul Shrater

Co-Founder & COO, Minimus
Co-Founder of leading retail and wholesale company exclusively focused on travel-sized and individual sized items, www.minimus.biz. Divisions include warehousing and fulfillment for other brands (www.minimusfulfillment.biz) and promotional products/kitting (www.minimuspromos.com).President... Read More →

Wednesday December 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm


What investors look for?
Ever wonder what investors look for in a business idea? 
Sean will discuss the components of a well-developed idea, and break down pitches from ABC’s Shark Tank to discover what makes investors say “yes.”


Wednesday December 6, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Suite B
Thursday, December 7


Free Co-working
Come try out our new space. Co-work and meet the other folks who call the Pharos home.

Thursday December 7, 2017 10:00am - 8:00pm
Suite B


Low Cap Bootstrap
How to get on base on the cheap....

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Kerry Shih

Servera Inc
100% of my work experience has been with early stage technology companies. I have bootstrapped several companies in the IT management space bringing them to 100+ customers and cash flow profitability. I have raised more than $20M in venture capital and enjoy being the head pitch-man... Read More →


Demo Day and Tech Expo
Demo Day
We will be highlighting a few of the local projects that are taking off. See them on the big stage and then visit them in the Expo Hall.
On stage:
  • 3:30pm Spatial - The latest hit from the Shih Brothers will change the way you look at game night forever.
  • 4:15pm Sundae Electronics - Here from founder and CEO Shari Eskenas on her journey from conception to a successful crowdfunding campaign.
  • 5:00pm Elite Robotics - Founder Bob Kay will be showing off their amazing robotic arm and how it's going to change the future.

Expo Hall
Come see the local startups, organizations and supporting business that make up our eco-system. Get a  close up look at the tech and services these amazing groups have to offer.

  • Accelerated Concepts - 
  • Avnet - 
  • Aztec - 
  • Box Build
  • Innovatus
  • Laritech
  • Marketing Maven
  • OOOF Ball
  • Phantafield - 
  • RC Makes
  • SaasSoft - 
  • Schearer Designs - 
  • Spatial - 
  • SpeedLane - 
  • ST Microelectronics - 
  • Sundae Electronics - 
  • Water Einstein
  • 805 Startups - 


Startup Launchpad
Launchpad events are designed for a fast and fun filled night of networking. It's designed to get the startup community out talking and collaborating. 
Startups - Looking for a mentor, co-founder, domain experts, customers, funding etc. Then this event is for you! 
Investors - Looking for a great opportunity in the area? Then this event is for you too! Bring lots of cards you will get mobbed.
Local Business - Love working on new projects and want to share you industry expertise? Then come on down.
Just have an idea and don't know where to start? - Start by coming to this event. 
Mentor, Expert, Co-founder - You guessed it. Get here.

It's a very basic format. 
First 45 minutes is speed intros
Startups, experts, companies, potential team mates etc will come up and do a quick intro on who they are, what they do and who they are looking to meet!
And Then...
After the intros are done we turn everyone loose to network. It's just that simple

Company Pitch Application: https://goo.gl/forms/WoiWACDp8cYSmhgi2
Startup Pitch Application: https://goo.gl/forms/Xcwouz1NhtpXifj12
If your are not a Company or Startup and want to do an intro just reach out to us directly!

Friday, December 8


Learn more about Social Media with the top experts at Marketing Maven
Creating a Social Media Strategy for Startups

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Stephanie Nash

Social Media Manager, Marketing Maven
I have been with Marketing Maven since the Spring of 2013 and bring a millennial perspective to the fast paced and ever-changing platforms of social media marketing. I specialize in identifying the target demographic for a client and optimizing targeted social media advertising campaigns... Read More →


Free Co-working
Come try out our new space. Co-work and meet the other folks who call the Pharos home.

Friday December 8, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Suite B


Creating Your Personal Mission Statement for Career and Life
In less than one hour, you could be in the top 2% of your fellow peers who have a defined
purpose and mission in both their career and life! That’s right - invest just one hour in yourself
in the next workshop event and get supercharged! Within an accelerated period of time, Alan
Young from iCoachOnCall provides inspiring and practical advice to lead you through every step
of defining your very own fulfilling mission and purpose that applies to both your career and life.
This event is open to everyone, especially for college bound students and retired seniors.

With more than 30 years’ experience in assisting groups and individuals in career and
innovation coaching, Mr. Young offers clear, step-by-step guidance, that can make writing a
mission statement take a matter of an hour (or less), rather than months or even years. Rich
with humor, a fun exercise and case histories, Mr. Young’s workshop is for everyone seeking a
more defined direction in one's professional and career path. Be part of the 2% and take the
next step in achieving the next level in your personal and professional success by reserving
your seat today.

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Alan Young

CINO, ICoachOnCall
Forward thinking CINO, (Chief Innovation Officer), coach and trainer, especially adept in creating new and disruptive ideas, resulting in increased revenue streams and new business development in both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial environments, including media/entertainment, retail... Read More →