Startup Weekend Conejo Valley 2021 was electric! Hosted by Hub101 and the Steven Dorfman Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Cal Lutheran School of Management, the event attracted several Startup-Weekend-first-timers, college students from Cal Lutheran and CSUCI, high school students from Oaks Christian School and Newbury Park High School, and many entrepreneurs in the community.

After nearly 20 months of lockdowns, shutdowns, and navigating a pandemic, the energy at Hub101 was inspiring.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Over an action-packed, three days, participants are immersed into the life of an entrepreneur as they develop, test, and launch a business idea.

This year, dozens of entrepreneurs, students, and community members came together for Startup Weekend Conejo Valley 2021.

This year's teams consisted of Go Global, NXTSTEP, RoRoGo, and Prop Clicks.

Go Global

Team members: Christina Whyte, Avery Conrad, Suren Sarkissian, Aram Sarkissian, Masa Higuchi, and Ralf Mandt

Go Global is an app for students who are going to study abroad. Go Global provides safe, secure, and fun experiences by matching students with hosts who are ready to greet them with local tips, tools, and resources.

The idea for Go Global originated from co-founder Christina's painful experience of landing at an airport in Barcelona as a study-abroad student, and feeling completely lost. She didn't know anyone, or how to speak the language, book transportation, or get to where she needed to be, etc.

Go Global won the Best Overall award.


Team members: Alexandra Radoumis-Weiler, Florence Pan, Ariadna Coll Bech, and Crystal Minera.

NXTSTEP is a platform that enables high school students to meet with mentors in various industries. NXTSTEP

Young people are often asked the questions, "what do you want to study in college?" and "what do you want to do when you grow up?" The pressure from these big questions can cause stress and anxiety.

With NXTSTEP, students can select the fields they want to explore and purchase 30-minute meetings with mentors with expertise in those fields.

NXTSTEP won the Best Customer Validation award.


Team members: Arianna Avila Torres, Jacqueline Cortes, Max Zadeh, and Emilio Mora.

ROROGO provides an accessible concierge service at airports from the curbside to check-in in minutes.

The team originally set out to assist elderly people at airports. However, after going to LAX and conducting an in-person experiment by asking people if they needed help with their luggage, the team realized that not only did the elderly accept assistance, but so too did anyone overwhelmed with too much luggage, too few hands, or little sense of direction.

ROROGO guides customers through the airport chaos.