The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital Announce the Second Annual Startup Weekend Ventura County

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Weekend event will focus on big-data solutions for Healthcare and Agriculture. Event takes place on April 21-23, 2017 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo.

St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce announce the second annual Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC) April 21-23, 2017 at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo. This year’s event will focus on big-data solutions for Healthcare and Agriculture.

The inaugural Startup Weekend Ventura County in March 2016 focused on Internet of Things Innovations in healthcare and agriculture. More than 70 entrepreneurs generated 34 ideas that were presented to the distinguished panel of business leaders at the weekend event. RepWatch was selected the winner in the healthcare category and received a $10,000 award for use as seed money.

“One thing we learned from our first event is that subject matter expertise is crucial to the success of solution development,” said Darren Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo. “This year we will connect entrepreneurs with intrapreneurs from healthcare and agriculture to provide context, identify needs, and create solutions,” said Mr. Lee.

The intrapreneurs will bring innovative ideas from their companies to SWVC and will team up with entrepreneurial engineers and business professionals. Collectively, they will work to create solutions and compete with other teams.

“Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals and Ventura County Medical Center will participate as healthcare end-user sponsors and Limoneira and Bonipak will participate as agriculture end-user sponsors. We believe this level of cooperation between intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs in tackling problems and inefficiencies is unprecedented. We expect to see game-changing business and product ideas from SWVC 2017,” added Martin Shum, an organizer of SWVC.

The County of Ventura, City of Camarillo, and a host of other public sector agencies are contributing their expertise to this event. Eleven CEO’s from companies in Ventura County will provide financial support and serve as mentors and judges. The School of Engineering from California State University Northridge (CSUN), California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo will be represented at Startup Weekend Ventura County as well as the Business Schools from California Lutheran University (CLU) and CSUCI.

“The successful collaboration between all the key stakeholders at last year’s SWVC sets the standard for another valuable outcome this year,” said Gary Cushing, Chief Executive Officer of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, please contact:

Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals    
Rita O’Connor

Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
Gary Cushing


About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Learn more at and

Camarillo Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses, education and government with over 500 members that employ about 20,000 people in the Camarillo area.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which entrepreneurs pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of October 2016, Startup Weekend has reached 150 countries with over 2,900 events and 23,000 teams formed. Startup Weekend is run by Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator based in Boulder, CO.

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