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STARTUP DRIVE: San Francisco 2017

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44 Tehama St

San Francisco, CA 94105

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Interested in Mobility tech?

Have an idea for a product or service?

Wondering what will happen when our vehicles drive themselves?

If you answered yes to any of the above, STARTUP: DRIVE might be for you.


Excellent question! Here's the deal:

STARTUP: DRIVE is a lot like a Hackathon.

(Devs, Designers, Makers, and other entrepreneurial types coming together to make real companies in 54 hours.)

But! This event will be focusing on THINGS THAT MOVE.


  • Connected vehicle stuff!
  • Mobility tech!
  • Freight tech!
  • ROCKET ENGINES! (This has happened before.)
  • Autonomous tech!
  • Hardware!
  • Software!
  • Excessive exclamation points!!!

(If you're not sure if your idea is right for this event - please ask at hello@startupdrive.co - we'll be really nice. <3!)

Who is this event FOR?

  • Entrepreneurs looking for a team.
  • Hardware types with The Sweet Makey Makey Skills.
  • Developers!!!111
  • Designers. We *cannot* understate this one. <3!
  • Well established professionals with years of experience.
  • Students looking for tough challenges.
  • People who say 'I have this idea for a startup.'

Who is this event NOT for?

  • No pre-formed teams please. (Bring people you want to start one with though!)
  • Offensive Military tech (email us if you're not sure.)





Bonus round: Rare data, anyone?

Thanks to Litmus Automation, Startup DRIVE participants will have super-special tokens giving FULL API ACCESS access to some *very* interesting vehicle data for this 54hr event. This data is *not* compulsory to integrate into your business or product idea - but we wanted to create a special treat for all the data-geeks out there - and see what San Francisco's developer community does when given access to data that's pretty hard to come by at the moment... (We *may* even come up with some prizes for unique ideas around this...^_^).

Event Schedule

Friday October 7th:

5:00 pm: Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in.

6:00 pm Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know people!

6:40 pm Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

6:50 pm Lightning Round?
LET'S PLAY A GAME. (Don't worry. It's super fun.)

7:10 pm Pitches Start
Got an idea? Get on stage! Each presenter gets 60 seconds to pitch to the room. (Optional, of course.)

8:00 pm Voting
Attendees vote for their favorite ideas. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. (Jk. There's usually a dozen or so.)

8:40 pm Form Teams
Teams form and discuss ideas.

9:00 pm Begin working!
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.

Saturday October 8th:

9:00 am Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm Coach Meetings
Mentors work with teams one-on-one. We've got some *incredible* talent this year. They're here to help!

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm Wrap-Up
(You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow)

Sunday October 9th:

9:00 am Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am Check-In
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions before working on those pitches.

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Pitch sessions
Teams take turns testing their pitches. (We have some grade-A mentors for this - you're in good hands.)

3:00 pm Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:30 pm Dinner

6:15 pm Final Presentations
Judges ready! Microphone checked! LETS DO THIS.

7:45 pm Judging & Awards
We have a doozey of a prize this year. (And a few extras!)

8:30 pm Wrap-Up

9:00 pm Go Home!
...and get ready for Monday, when you incorporate your new company. Right? RIGHT?

THE LINEUP: JUDGES (2016 judges listed here - 2017 TBA!)

Serge Passolunghi: Directeur Renault Innovation Silicon Valley

Serge Passolunghi

Simone Syed :Founder & Managing Partner, Velorum Capital

Simone Syed

Scott Nolan: Partner at Founders Fund // Entrepreneur

Scott Nolan

Shannon Lucas: Cisco Hyper-Innovation Living Labs

Shannon Lucas

Rachel Zack: Mobility Lead at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Rachel Zack

THE LINEUP: MENTORS (2016 here - 2017 Mentors TBA!)

Thomas Dittler: Advisory Board Member, Investor

Thomas Dittler

Ronald Goedendorp: Business Development @ Nanoracks

Ronald Goedendorp

Jim Bertoldi: Technologist

Jim Bertoldi

Clara Terrien: EIR @ Renault Innovation Silicon Valley

Clara Terrien

Andrew Gillies: Co-Founder at Dash Robotics.

Andrew Gillies

Li Jiang: Investment team @ GSV

Li Jiang

Daniel Faber: CEO at Deep Space Industries

Daniel Faber

Matt oehrlein: Co-Founder at MegaBots, Inc.

Matt Oehrlein

Kyle Stewart: Builder, Hacker, Community Instigator

Kyle Stewart

Jonathan Lowenhar: Start Up Operator and Advisor

Jonathan Lowenhar

Aboud Jardaneh: Co-Founder at Spot Angels

Aboud Jardaneh

Willow Brugh: Community Leadership Strategist

Willow Brugh

Chris McCann: Community @ Greylock Partners

Chris McCann

Derek Distenfield: Bunker Labs

Derek Distenfield

Ryan Baird: Fund associate @ GWC Innovator Fund

Ryan Baird

Eoin McMillan: Partner @ SFDevLabs


What it's all about (In media-friendly speak):
Startup: DRIVE is a series of 54-hour events taking place in several locations around the U.S. focused on starting and supporting new companies in the connected vehicle / mobility space. People with ideas come to find team members, people without ideas come to get direct on-the-ground experience with new startups right at the beginning. Both types come to meet our seasoned mentors and judges!

Legal stuff:
It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold STARTUP DRIVE, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. By Participating at the event, you grant STARTUP DRIVE permission to capture photo/video of the event (if this makes you feel uncomfortable - please let us know.)

Refund Policy:
No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event *if* food and drink have already been ordered. (Though if you ask us, chances are we can connect you with someone who will buy it from you - there's usually a waiting list!)
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