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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!

Bringing the students and the community together!

Schedule

Friday

Mar 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

Mar 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

Mar 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!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Speakers

Andrew Hyde

Founder, Startup Weekend   |   LinkedIn

Current: Founder at Inside Travel Guides

Bridging the gap between community, technology, startups and social.

Working to help companies design just how to combine the four to see large change.

Zach Nies

Chief Technologist, Rally Software   |   LinkedIn

Zach has 25 years of engineering and product development experience. Prior to joining Rally, Zach served as Principal Architect and Director of Systems Architecture for Level 3 Communications where he focused on new technology and process adoption for their 550-person development organization. Prior to Level 3, Zach was co-founder of a startup that used web technologies to change how creative professionals managed projects. His company was acquired by publicly traded Creo, Inc. now a division of Kodak. He also served as Chief Software Architect at Quark, where he provided the overarching technological vision for the company. Zach’s product vision has won numerous industry awards, including Jolt Product Excellence awards, Seybold HotPicks and the prized MacWorld Best of Show. Zach has served on standards bodies such as the W3C's HTML working group.

At the age of 13, Zach began commercially publishing software and, at age 16, started a successful consulting business. A Boettcher Scholar, Zach received his BS with distinction in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He spends his spare time tuning his golf swing and spending time with his family.

Tier 2 Sponsors
Judges

Jim Franklin

CEO, SendGrid   |   LinkedIn

SendGrid, a Boulder TechStars 2009 graduate and Foundry Group company, is the leader in email infrastructure. Over 130,000 companies like Pinterest, Airbnb, Uber and Foursqure trust SendGrid to make sure that their emails reliably reach their customers. SendGrid's partners like Google, Microsoft and IBM rely on SendGrid to deliver the mail.

David Mandell

CEO, PivotDesk   |   LinkedIn

David Mandell is Co-founder and CEO of PivotDesk, a TechStars Boulder 2012 company that helps find room for growing businesses. Having served as a TechStars mentor since the start, he is a “well seasoned” entrepreneur with experience that runs the spectrum from small, start-up organizations to large multi-national corporations.

Jud Valeski

CTO, Gnip   |   LinkedIn

I started my professional career in technology at IBM as a software developer. In the past ten years I have spent about five of them coding (primarily C/C++), and about five of them in technical team management/director capacities. The bulk of my experience comes from Netscape Communications (acquired by AOL), with varying durations at IBM, Microsoft, and onebox.com (acquired by OpenWave).

Ingrid Alongi

CEO and Co-Founder, QuickLeft   |   LinkedIn

Ingrid, a Boulder native, began her career in web development in southern California during the late 1990s. Throughout her career, she also gained experience building and running engineering teams as well as working with and managing clients. As soon as she had the chance, she moved back to Boulder in 2007 to work in the budding startup scene, which soon led to the recreation of Quick Left. When not at work, she likes being outdoors on her bike or in the forest nordic skiing. She is an accomplished track cyclist and has 2 national titles in the Master's Team Pursuit and one in the Master's Team Sprint events--can we say team player?

Dan Fredrickson

Attorney at Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner PC   |   LinkedIn

Dan represents companies in complex commercial transactions and related matters, while focusing on technology related transactions. Dan specializes in structuring, drafting, and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements, including those related to software licensing and subscriptions, product distribution and resale, technology transfers and development, independent contractor and consulting services, partnering and joint ventures, intellectual property protection, and real estate leases. Prior to joining Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner, Dan served as general counsel for a technology company where he was the primary resource for all legal matters. Prior to his in-house role, Dan worked at a boutique technology law firm in the Silicon Valley that focused on intellectual property and technology related transactions. Dan received his law degree with a certificate in Entrepreneurial Law from the University of Colorado Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Science, with honors, from Pepperdine University. Dan is admitted to practice law in Colorado and California.

Brian Gryth

Program Manager, Business Intelligence Center & Executive Producer, Go Code Colorado   |   LinkedIn

Brian Gryth is a serial intrapreneur and passionate advocate for civic innovation and technology driven open government. In government, Brian lead the creation of the Operational Support Team in the Colorado Secretary of State's Business and Licensing Division. Through the adoption of continuous improvement and data-driven management processes, this team has implemented more effective and efficient service delivery to the Division’s customers. Most recently, Brian lead the effort to gain funding to create the Colorado Business Intelligence Center program. This program will centralize access to government data relevant to businesses and implement a civic apps challenge to incentivize the tech community to use the data and create tools useful to business owners.

Brian also co-founded OpenColorado, a non-profit formed to help facilitate a transformation in government that will lead to a more useable and interactive government. Through the use of open source technologies, OpenColorado deployeddata.opencoolorado.org, one of the first community driven CKAN data catalogs in the world. This catalog makes nearly 700 government datasets accessible to the public and developer community. As part of OpenColorado’s educational efforts, Brian lead the effort to create the
opengovernmentinitiative.org, which creates and publishes open government policy templates to help municipal governments adopt and institutionalize open government in their organizations. Brian has also co-organized multiple unconferences and community events, such as Gov 2.0 Camp Rocky Mountains, CityCamp Colorado 2010, 2011, 2012, and Denver Startup Week. In order to help reach a new population of civic activists, Brian has planned or advised the planning of several civic hackathons, including Colorado Code of Communities Civic Hackathon, Hack for Longmont, and Hack4Colorado.

Brain also educates the community as a frequent presenter and panelist on the topics of trends in Open Government, data transparency, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law.

Coaches

Brad Bernthal

Associate Professor, Colorado Law School   |   LinkedIn

Julie Penner

Program Manager, TechStars Boulder   |   LinkedIn

Rob Carpenter

CEO & Co-Founder, AppIt Ventures

Eugene Wan

Assistant to Brad Feld at Foundry Group   |   LinkedIn

Daniel Zacek

CTO at at 9-1-1 Labs, Inc.

Ryan Angilly

ramen.is   |   LinkedIn

Eben Johnson

Technology Entrepreneur, Operator, Investor   |   LinkedIn

Denise Hulce

VP of Sales and Business Development, SendGrid   |   LinkedIn

Robbie Jack

Founder at WPGrid & InboundIQ   |   LinkedIn

Chris Alvarez

Sr. UX Designer, Slice of Lime   |   LinkedIn

Organizers
Fletcher Richman
Danny Tran
Andrew Homeyer
Tommy Benning
Brandon Brisbon
Alex Kehr
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