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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Schedule

Friday

Nov 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Nov 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Derek Blankenship

Entrepreneur   |   Google+

Derek Blankenship is a successful entrepreneur who owns and runs Jaycon Systems, an online electronics shop and technical consulting and manufacturing firm. He successfully crowdfunded his own hardware projects, and is an expert at finding the best and most inexpensive sources for materials.

Brooks Zurn

Entreprenurial Polymath   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Brooks Zurn is an entrepreneur, an engineer, a musician, and a modern polymath. She is the founder of several ventures, including Gadgetcat, an electronic supply and consulting firm, and also the award-winning Sunshine Labs, a hardware startup accelerator which recently won the SBA Growth Accelerator Fund competition. As a winner of the NASA Space Apps Challenge, she helped develop the prototype for "Senti8", a wearable technology bracelet designed to emit the scents of Earth to astronauts. Brooks has also served as President of the Melbourne Makerspace.

Kit Mueller

Startup Weekend Facilitator   |   LinkedIn

Kit Mueller is a veteran entrepreneur, and Startup Weekend organizer and facilitator. He has founded software companies in several verticals over the years, and advises many others, including serving on the board of Review Trackers.

He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Fygment Productions, a purpose driven textile firm that helps support a diverse set of genius makers and doers with equipment, supplies & training. He also founded and runs RustBuilt, a community-based initiative that instigates and supports entrepreneurship throughout the Rust Belt.

Judges

Mark Mohler

Partner, Corridor Legal Partners and CEO, Sprigster   |   LinkedIn

Mark R. Mohler is a serial entrepreneur and business lawyer with nearly twenty-years of experience representing startups and emerging businesses, venture funds and private equity investors.
Mark has been an early advocate for investment crowdfunding and changes to U.S. securities laws to enable investment crowdfunding.
He is founding CEO of Sprigster, a crowdfunding portal directed to military veterans and military spouses and "Main Street" and franchise business finance which has been featured by Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., The Wall Street Journal and Franchise Times.
Mark has founded several social enterprises and is a frequent speaker across the country on matters relating to the crowdfunding industry and social entrepreneurship.
Mark is a founder of LaunchPad40, a micro seed stage investment fund, a mentor at Starter Studio and the curator of Startup Digest Melbourne.

Alex Rudloff

LinkedIn

Alex Rudloff is a technologist with a strong entrepreneurial bent. He was the CEO and Co-Founder of Emurse.com (acquired by AOL in March 2008), Twitterholic.com (acquired in 2010 by The Next Web) and Atqui.com (Closed in 2004 -- they can't all be winners). Way back in the day, he started a for-profit BBS with his brother and a few friends that morphed into a full service ISP and web design agency (BA Technologies / Online Illusions, 1994-1999. Sold off in pieces.).

He was also one of the first employees at Blogsmith (acquired by AOL in 2005), the lead developer for Netscape.com, the General Manager of AOL Shopping and the Vice President of Product for AOL's Publishing Technologies. He currently works for TED Conferences leading digital strategy for the TEDx global community.

A 6th generation Floridian, Alex resides in Satellite Beach, Fl with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he serves as a publically elected supervisor for the Montecito Community Development District and as President of the Board of Directors for the Haven For Children, a group foster home for abused and neglected children. He likes sports, traveling and eating perogies. Not necessarily in that order.

Keith Donald

Founder at Steadytown   |   LinkedIn

Keith is a social entrepreneur, tech startup co-founder, software developer, and an open source contributor.

Keith founded Steadytown in July 2013 as a community organization serving residents of Brevard County, Florida. We are the lead agency for managing coordinated access to homeless intervention services in the county.

Keith also founded SpringSource in August 2004 and helped grow the business from a small consultancy to a multi-million dollar software company and top tech acquisition.

Silver Sponsors
Organizers
Dr. Abram Walton
Ahmed Reza
Delana Cooper
Chris Lotane
Trevor Schmitt
Brian McFadden
Amanda Elliott
Arlo Del Rosario
Josh Landin
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