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POMONA INNOVATION WEEKEND

OCTOBER 20-22 @ BRONCO STUDENT CENTER, CAL POLY POMONA

Pomona Innovation Weekend is a 3-day learn-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. From Friday to Sunday, experience what it takes to start a new business around a product or service that innovates the way we live. Although challenging, this 72-hour learn-by-doing campus workshop will allow you to feel all the highs and lows that entrepreneurship has to offer in a short amount of time.

Open to students of all majors, participants will collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to create a business model canvas, marketing strategy, minimal viable prototype, and more. All activities over the weekend lead to a pitch competition on Sunday where teams will receive feedback from a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. All meals, drinks, and in-between snacks are provided by sponsors. All activities (including sleep and rest times) will take place in the Bronco Student Center @ Cal Poly Pomona. Sleep is optional! Participants can bring sleeping bags, pillows and whatever will make them feel comfortable overnight.

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Info Sessions

Friday, September 15th from 12-1pm @ Western University
Tuesday, October 3rd from 12-12:50pm @ Cal Poly Pomona | Location: Bldg. 98C-6007


Timeline

Application Deadline – Monday, Oct 9th
Bootcamp – Tuesday, October 17th from 6-7:50pm @ Cal Poly Pomona | Location: Bldg. 1-309
Pomona Innovation Weekend OCTOBER 20-22TH @ Bronco Student Center, Cal Poly Pomona
Day 1 – October 20th
Day 2 – October 21st
Day 3 – October 22nd


Contact

For any general questions about the Pomona Innovation Weekend program or sponsorship inquiries, please email our Lead Organizer Olukemi Sawyerr at ilab@cpp.edu
If you’re a student at Western University of Health Sciences, please email Organizer Christina Trabanco at ctrabanco@westernu.edu
If you’re a student at Cal Poly Pomona, please email Organizer Peter Nguyen at ptnguyen1226@gmail.com

Organizers


Olukemi Sawyerr

Facilitator

Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr is the inaugural Director of the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab) and Professor in the Management and Human Resources Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a founding faculty of the Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME), the NASA Technology Screen Assessment, and the Startup NASA programs. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas. She has consulted for several organizations including the Ad Sales Division of Comcast, has taught executive education at the University of California Los Angeles’ Collins Center for Executive Education, and has held visiting professor positions at various universities including the University of Texas at Arlington, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Beijing Institute of Technology. Her research interests include strategic entrepreneurship in emerging economies. She has authored publications in multiple journals including the Strategic Management Journal, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of High Technology Management Research. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the University Business Forum sponsored by the European Commission.


Erica Frausto

Pomona Chamber of Commerce

Erica Frausto currently serves as the Executive Director for the Pomona Chamber of Commerce. In her role she collaborates with the business community, local government, non-profit agencies and stakeholders to work towards a thriving Pomona Valley economy. Erica’s career background includes public relations, economic and community development and local government. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Communications from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2005, she began her pursuit of a career in economic development working for a non-profit community development corporation in Los Angeles that focused on the growth of the minority small business community. Seeing the need for advocacy and support in business community and was also able to use her education in public relations to network with local stakeholders and politicians.As her interest in economic development grew she became the Business Development Specialist for the City of Pomona under the former Redevelopment Agency. Soon after an opportunity to serve as the Business Improvement District Manager for the City of Huntington Park provided her an arena to work with over 400 businesses. Erica currently serves as a member of the following organizations and committees: Kiwanis Club of Pomona, City of Pomona’s Collective Impact: Economic Development Component, Bright Prospect Business Advisory Council and soon to be YMCA Board of Director.


Malika Kachani

Western University

Dr. Malika Kachani, DVM, PhD, is a professor of Parasitology and Global Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California. She has a has a longstanding interest in disease control and prevention, health education, food safety, poverty alleviation through disease control, and she is a strong advocate for the One Health approach and interprofessional education. Her research is on parasitic zoonoses. She collaborates with various health professionals to promote the One Health approach in disease control and prevention. She works with intergovernmental Organizations and national agencies on Neglected Zoonotic Diseases, Poverty alleviation and Veterinary Public Health.


Debra Martin

Pomona Council Member

Debra Martin is a District 6 Council Member of Pomona, California.


Peter Nguyen

CEO Student Organizer


Ericka Olguin

Cal Poly Pomona

Ericka Olguin is the Analyst for the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab) at Cal Poly Pomona. She is an essential part of the iLab, and significantly contributes to its daily functions and activities. She is an integral and valuable asset to the iLab’s success, and continues to spread its message of innovation. Always having a foothold in business, Ericka owned the independent record store, Johnny’s Records, in La Puente, California for 5 years, selling specialty items and records to DJs and musicians alike. For 10 years, she held the position of administrative coordinator in MHR, College of Business at Cal Poly Pomona. She has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, and is constantly thinking of new ideas and encouraging their possibilities. Her joy is in seeing students succeed, and regularly spends time with her family, sharing her passion for new ideas.


Maryam Othman

Western University

Dr. Maryam Othman, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Global and Community Health Center at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her medical school in Iraq and her Master’s in Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her area of interest in the health prevention began when she joined the Iraqi Ministry of Health as an Advisor in the Medical Evacuation Program followed by being a Medical Officer with the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations working in the Medical Rehabilitation Program for Iraq. Upon arriving to the US, she was working with WiRED International Organization as a Director for Medical Education.


Christina Trabanco

Student Organizer

Ms. Christina Trabanco is a 2nd year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, DVM Class of 2019. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her bachelors in biology from Florida International University with a minor in nutrition in 2014. She moved to California in 2015 to attend Western University of Health Sciences Veterinary Medicine Program. She is currently the Parasitology Club president and Student Chapter of American College of Veterinary Pathology Club treasurer for the 2016-2017 curriculum year. She is interested in pursuing a specialty in veterinary histopathology.


Thanks to our Hosts, Partners, & Sponsors!

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Pomona Innovation Weekend 2017 – Schedule


Friday, October 20th

3:00pm Registration/Networking/Light Refreshments Welcome
4:00pm

Business Model, Problem Identification, Pitch 101
Led by Dr. Nelson Pizarro

5:00pm 1 min. pitches, 2 min. audience Q&A and feedback
6:00pm Dinner
6:30pm Vote on top ideas
7:00pm

Team Building Module
Led by Dr. Maggie Boyraz

7:30pm Team formation
8:30pm

Business Model Canvas (BMC) Module
Led by Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr

9:30pm Work on BMC V1

Saturday, October 21st

9:00am Breakfast
9:30am

Customer Discovery Module
Led by Dr. Robert Fabrize

10:00am Customer Discovery Preparation
10:30am Customer Discovery Practicum
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Customer Discovery Debrief
2:00pm

Mentorship Module
Led by Dr. Maryam Othman

5:30pm Intermediate pitches
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm

Feedback and Execution Module
Led by Edmond Wu

9:00pm Karaoke

Sunday, October 22nd

9:00am Breakfast
9:30am

Pitch workshop
Led by Audra Quinn

10:30am

What happens after startup weekend?
Led by Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr & Erica Frausto

11:00am Invest 101
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Rest/Team work
3:00pm Final pitches, award ceremony

Presenters


Maggie Boyraz

Dr. Maggie Boyraz is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Cal Poly Pomona where she teaches Group and Organizational Communication. Her research interests lie in impact of culture and technology on process and outcomes of geographically distributed teams, as well as personal and organizational social media use. She has conducted research on interdisciplinary student and organizational teams in IT sector and this research has been recognized by national and international awards (from Communication associations). Before joining Cal Poly, she received a Ph.D. from Rutgers State University, M.A. from in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and completed an undergraduate degree in Poland. Prior to academic career, Dr. Boyraz worked at private and non-profit organizations, including a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) company in New Jersey.


Edmond Wu

Edmond Wu is a serial entrepreneur has started businesses in the restaurant, ecommerce, web consulting and real estate industry. In college, along with a few partners, he started the first Quickly franchise in the United States before going starting businesses in the web industry which included an ecommerce business selling shoes and a web development company creating apps and websites for large media companies. Currently he is owner and broker of Peak Management which is a real estate consultancy and management group as well as a lecturer at his alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona.


Nelson Pizarro

Dr. Nelson Pizarro (npizarro@cpp.edu) is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona. His primary research interest is in sustainability in organizations and new venture creation. He helped start six companies. He has corporate experience having worked for several multinational companies, as well as experience in the government sector. He is currently CEO of EcoStatic, Inc.


Audra Quinn

Audra Quinn, MBA, is the CEO and co-founder of UNCORKED! Games. She and her team created, manufactured and distributed their indie games, Read Between The Wines! and Brew Ha Ha!, by raising more than $45,000 on Kickstarter. When she’s not creating games, she is teaching entrepreneurship and working full-time as a Social Media Marketing Manager for Capital Group, a trillion dollar, global wealth management company.


Olukemi Sawyerr

Dr. Olukemi Sawyerr is the inaugural Director of the Student Innovation Idea Lab (iLab) and Professor in the Management and Human Resources Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a founding faculty of the Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME), the NASA Technology Screen Assessment, and the Startup NASA programs. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas. She has consulted for several organizations including the Ad Sales Division of Comcast, has taught executive education at the University of California Los Angeles’ Collins Center for Executive Education, and has held visiting professor positions at various universities including the University of Texas at Arlington, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Beijing Institute of Technology. Her research interests include strategic entrepreneurship in emerging economies. She has authored publications in multiple journals including the Strategic Management Journal, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management and Journal of High Technology Management Research. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the University Business Forum sponsored by the European Commission.


Maryam Othman

Dr. Maryam Othman, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Global and Community Health Center at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her medical school in Iraq and her Master’s in Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her area of interest in the health prevention began when she joined the Iraqi Ministry of Health as an Advisor in the Medical Evacuation Program followed by being a Medical Officer with the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations working in the Medical Rehabilitation Program for Iraq. Upon arriving to the US, she was working with WiRED International Organization as a Director for Medical Education.


Erica Frausto

Erica Frausto currently serves as the Executive Director for the Pomona Chamber of Commerce. In her role she collaborates with the business community, local government, non-profit agencies and stakeholders to work towards a thriving Pomona Valley economy. Erica’s career background includes public relations, economic and community development and local government. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Communications from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2005, she began her pursuit of a career in economic development working for a non-profit community development corporation in Los Angeles that focused on the growth of the minority small business community. Seeing the need for advocacy and support in business community and was also able to use her education in public relations to network with local stakeholders and politicians.As her interest in economic development grew she became the Business Development Specialist for the City of Pomona under the former Redevelopment Agency. Soon after an opportunity to serve as the Business Improvement District Manager for the City of Huntington Park provided her an arena to work with over 400 businesses. Erica currently serves as a member of the following organizations and committees: Kiwanis Club of Pomona, City of Pomona’s Collective Impact: Economic Development Component, Bright Prospect Business Advisory Council and soon to be YMCA Board of Director.

Application

Application Deadline: Monday, October 9th

The program is FREE but you must apply to get in. Pomona Innovation Weekend is open to graduate and undergraduate students of all years, majors, and experience levels. Admissions are rolling, so please apply ASAP to increase your chances of participating.

APPLY HERE!


Learn

  • Learn the fundamental skills to turn your ideas into a business
  • Understand the different types of resources available to you when you take the leap of starting a new venture

Experience

  • Experience first hand what it takes to become an entrepreneur
  • Create an innovative solution to a problem that can be the base to build a business around

Network

  • Connect and establish a network with future cofounders, mentors, and investors that will push your passion and ambition into another level
  • Pitch your business to potential investors, customers or anyone that can help your company


Mentors


Nastaran Simarasl

Dr. Nastaran Simarasl has recently joined the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona as an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management. Her research focuses on how minority entrepreneurs make strategic decisions for their start-ups. Her passion for entrepreneurship ignited when she started her business in Insurance industry in Tehran, Iran. Later, she pursued entrepreneurship research at the University of Tennessee where got her PhD In Organizations and Strategy. Her research on women and immigrant entrepreneurs has won awards from national and international institutions, including the Global Development Network and the Center for International Education at the University of Tennessee. Prior to moving to California, she maintained an active role in Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.


J.C. Canedo

J.C. Canedo is the founder and principle consultant at Milvian. He started the firm due to the his passion for high performance management. Throughout his 20 years of management experience for national retailors, J.C. has had experience in corporate investigations, auditing, security strategy, and risk mitigation. The one thing he has learned from his experiences and education is that high performing employees are essential to any business. However, he has also learned that employees can be greatest risk to any business as well. He has consulted for large firms and medium sized firms such as UBM, Disney Resorts, Americ Tech Dental and Special Operations International.

J.C. Canedo holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona, two Master’s Degrees from Chapman University (Organizational Leadership and Human Resources) and is currently working on a Doctorate of Business Degree from Argosy University. He is also a Business Professor and instructs in all facets of the business discipline in local community and private colleges.


Adam Hain

Adam Hain began his career in documentary and commercial filmmaking, eventually bringing his production talents to education. Finding a creative and technical outlet in instructional design, he completed the Educational Multimedia Masters program at Cal Poly Pomona. He is currently at Western University of Health Sciences working directly with faculty to design highly interactive curriculum blending instructional design theory, web development, and graphic and user interface design.


Jenny Feng

Jenny has 18 years of product marketing experience in the pharmaceutical, home décor, office/school and paint industries. She currently works at Behr® in Santa Ana, CA. Jenny taught 2 marketing courses at Cal Poly Pomona and launched an entrepreneurial venture in 2009. Her passion in entrepreneurship is deeply rooted in her upbringing and further cultivated by her MBA at Babson – a leader in entrepreneurial thought and action. Entrepreneurship is a spirit, not a credential. Jenny graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1995 with an Economics degree before getting her MBA from Babson College in 1999.


Wael Khamas

Dr. Wael A. Khamas, DVM, PhD, is a Professor of Anatomy & Histology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences. He has more than thirty years of experience teaching and conducting research projects in Anatomy and Histology. He has the expertise needed to conduct experiments on animals, collect specimens, process them for histopathology, examine and report the results. He has experience in reading normal and pathological sections on glass slides and his experience has been reflected in his numerous publications. He was a Fulbright Scholar (2003-2004, Department of State, U.S.A) and was awarded the Northern Pfizer Award in 2009 at Western University of Health Sciences.


Greg Rewers

Greg is a Cal Poly MBA graduate class of 1993. His career has spanned leadership positions in marketing, strategy, business development, technology, product management and sales for both manufacturing and distribution companies. He has worked in both the private and public sectors. He currently is Director of Solutions Marketing for Accuride International. He spearheads the new Senseon Secure Access division including strategies to expand the Senseon brand and technology. He is passionate about connecting with customers and helping them achieve their goals.


Joe Bertone


Maisie Dawes


Debra Martin

Debra Martin is a District 6 Council Member of Pomona, California.


Panelists


Tim Kippen

Mr. Kippen is an engineer and business owner with over 30 years of experience providing data recording solutions for extreme product testing.

After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona in 1989 with a B.S. in Engineering Technology, he co-founded Diversified Technical Systems in 1990 to develop crashworthy data recorders for occupant safety testing.

With over 25 years in engineering and product design roles, he has contributed to hardware, firmware, and software solutions for more than 7 generations of DTS on-board data recorder products and accessories. These award-winning products are used every day around the world in automotive, aerospace, biomechanics, military, blast, and sports/recreation testing—often in extreme conditions.

In addition to his role on the DTS Board of Directors, he has managed company functions at the executive level including Engineering, Operations and Technical Support and currently supports the product development team as CTO, Engineering.


Sadiq Shah

Dr. Shah is the Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, previously he served as the Vice Provost for Research at The University of Texas – Pan American with responsibilities for managing, directing and growing the research, scholarship and creative activities as well as technology transfer efforts on campus. He also served as the interim Vice president for Research at The University of Texas – Brownsville. He served on the transition team for the consolidation of the two universities into The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and created a consolidated Office of Research for the new university, UTRGV. His academic leadership experience includes responsibilities for sponsored programs, research compliance, technology transfer, entrepreneurship center network, a research & development center with 22 technology based companies and three research institutes, and a center for the application of information technology, as well as the centers focused on economic development efforts. Dr. Shah’s efforts helped facilitate the start-up of 26 companies in academia, and increased research dollars from ~$17 million to $70 million at UT Pan American. After receiving his doctorate in chemistry from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1986, Dr. Shah joined Petrolite Corporation as a Senior Research Chemist with responsibilities for New Technology Development. In 1991 he joined Calgon Vestal Laboratories, A subsidiary of Merck Pharmaceuticals, in St. Louis as a Group Leader for Product & Technology Development. The ownership of the company evolved from Merck to Bristol-Myers Squibb and then STERIS Corporation. Dr. Shah’s responsibilities with the company evolved in management of the R&D efforts in Infection Control, Wound Management, Decontamination, Product and Process Development and the Engineering group with responsibilities for product delivery technologies. Dr. Shah has been responsible for guiding the development of 20 new products from concept to launch and 7 technology platforms. Dr. Shah has 19 patents. Dr. Shah has edited three books, written book chapters, published 40 research articles and other articles related to technology transfer.


Shirley Johnston

Dr. Shirley Johnston was the founding dean (1998–2007) of the 28th College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California. From 2007-2009, Dean Johnston served as Vice President, University Advancement, at Western University. She was educated at the University of Washington, Seattle (BS Zoology, 1967), Washington State University, Pullman (DVM, 1974), and the University of Minnesota, St. Paul (PhD, Theriogenology, 1981). She is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, the veterinary specialty board for animal reproduction, and served as its first woman president. She was Director of Scientific Research for Found Animals Foundation, Los Angeles, California, from 2009 until her retirement in 2016.

She has more than 30 years of academic faculty and administrative experience in veterinary medicine, focused on canine and feline reproductive endocrinology. She established and led the endocrine laboratory and the small animal reproduction clinical services at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota (1975-1996), and has lectured on canine and feline reproduction to more than 10,000 veterinarians on six continents. She is the senior author of Johnston SD, Root Kustritz MV, Olson PNS: Canine and Feline Theriogenology, WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 2001.

Her honors include the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching of Veterinary Medicine (1984, 1988), the Distinguished Service Award, Association for Women Veterinarians (1992), and the David E. Bartlett Award from the American College of Theriogenologists (2000).


Ed Barnes

Dr. Edward Barnes is a graduate of Whittier College in Whittier, California where he earned a degree in Biology. Dr. Barnes then migrated to Kansas City, Kansas to earn his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine. He won a four year Army Scholarship while in medical school and he completed his internship and residency with the Army at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Barnes successfully completed his Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as a Battalion Surgeon for a tank unit commanding 32 medics and providing care for over 1,000 soldiers.

Dr. Barnes was honorably discharged from the Army in 2010 when he joined Western University of Health Sciences, to become the Director of Renal Services for the Western Diabetes Institute, a multi-specialty group in Pomona, California. He is currently the course director for the Renal System in the second year curriculum and he is a member of the COMP curriculum committee. Dr. Barnes is dedicated to educating the future physicians of America through innovative teaching styles and integrating technology. During his tenure at WesternU he has given educational symposia lectures at Loma Linda University, at regional conferences with the American College of Physicians, and University of California at Irvine. He has also spoken at symposia as close as Portland, Oregon and as far as Shijiazhuang, China.


Gina Ferriere

Gina Ferriere is a regulatory professional with more than seventeen years of experience in Quality and Regulatory Affairs sector of the medical device and pharmaceutical industry from startup to full-scale manufacturing operations. She has worked both in the U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She received her MS in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Devices from Northeastern University. She is also the founder and CEO of Grivot & Lee LLC as well as Savate, which is a sub-entity of Grivot & Lee LLC. She believes in the higher education and serves as a board member of JSKY non-profit scholarship organization, which aims to provide financial support to students who are immigrants or children of immigrants in their pursuit of higher education. She is passionate about technology and developing entrepreneurship and leadership capacity of students as well as professionals including women for STEM. As a member, she volunteers her times to support Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) Trade Associate to foster and promote innovation ecosystem 0f California bioscience industry.