Next Startup Weekend Begins Nov. 9 at Sandbox

Another beehive of activity is expected Nov. 9 to 11 for innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, developers and anyone looking to test ideas, try to build a new business, connect or network. 

For the sixth time on the South Coast, Startup Weekend Santa Barbara is happening, but this time at the Sandbox, 414 Olive St. Over the years, the event has been staged at various venues. 

Organizer and Sandbox founder Kyle Ashby says Startup Weekend is a business community-focused event to develop ideas to solve problems, create innovative products and launch new enterprises. It allows participants to learn to help create successful businesses with the help of mentors from South Coast companies and other experts. 

The public is welcome to attend a free informational meeting Oct. 25 at the Sandbox at 6 p.m. to find out more about the event and start brainstorming ideas. More details can be found at

Backed by Techstars and local sponsors Appfolio, FastSpring, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. and Cox Communications, the all-volunteer event is part of a network organized by leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities, Ashby says.

Business ideas are presented Friday night. Participants and attendees vote on their favorites to continue. After the ideas are picked, teams form and ideas are worked on throughout the weekend.  

Teams present their new businesses and a working prototype in front of a panel of judges on Sunday. 

Startup Weekend No. 6 includes talks from Yulun Wang, chairman, founder and chief innovation officer at InTouch Health, and Andreas Forsland, founder and CEO of Cognixion, a company whose initial product SmartStones was created at Startup Weekend Santa Barbara in 2014.

The weekend includes mentors and judges that will be interacting with participants all three days to help develop ideas and better connect to the Santa Barbara entrepreneurial, startup and tech community.

Participants can register at 

A limited amount of early-bird discounted tickets is available until midnight Oct. 26. Admission includes the opportunity to participate, a T-shirt and seven meals.

Current students also get half off tickets with a promotional code for their school. The codes are on the event website.

For those who can’t be at the entire weekend and want to participate, tickets can be purchased to attend the opening night event, as well as the final presentation Nov. 11. 

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