Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte

    Friday, September 15 - 17, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte

Friday, September 15 - 17, 2017

Friday, September 15 - 17, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Core Arts and Culture Centre
223 Pinnacle St.
Belleville, Ontario K8N 3A7

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Take your Ideas to the Next Level in One Weekend

Learn, Network, Startup

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started!

Canada-Wide Edition

This is a special edition where the winners get the opportunity to compete with other winners from all other cities participating in this Startup Weekend Edition. Country winners will get national coverage and prizes to be announced!

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Friday September 15th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Snacks & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 September 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Bob Millard

For 23+ years Bob’s family has participated in a variety of sports and leisure activities within Belleville.   Bob is currently the Program Coordinator and a Professor for the Loyalist College ESBL (Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch) Post Grad Program. Bob is also a Professor in the School of Business at Loyalist where his primary focus is developing experiential learning opportunities for Business students as they work with local businesses helping them to overcome the challenges they face within all aspects of their business. In 2011 Bob was awarded the Faculty "Distinction" Award for contributions he has made to Loyalist College and to the Belleville business community.   Bob has a Masters of Adult Education degree and an Industrial Engineering degree.  His Master’s thesis included the development of a program where his Loyalist College students helped local businesses to address their economic, social, and environmental challenges.   Bob was Faculty Advisor for Enactus Loyalist from 2009-2015. He founded the Enactus Loyalist student team; during their first four years they won multiple National/Regional awards ranging from “Best-Startup Team” and “Best Start-up Faculty”, to "TD Entrepreneurship Challenge" and "2010 Most Improved Team".   Bob has supported/guided positive growth within the business community as a Launch Lab Board of Director as well as Resource Board Member for both Hastings County and Lennox and Addington Enterprise Facilitation helping new entrepreneurs to successfully launch their businesses.    Bob’s true passion is helping startup entrepreneurs to overcome the challenges they face as they work through the development of their business model canvas components.   Prior to joining Loyalist College in August 2001 Bob was Materials Control Manager and ERP Manager for Invar Manufacturing in Batawa and prior to this he held the same management positions at Halla Climate Control in Belleville.  He was responsible for managing all Materials Control functions within a fast-paced automotive components parts manufacturer including Customer Service, Production and Inventory Control, Purchasing and Receiving, and Logistics Management. While working at Halla Climate Control Bob was the Project Leader/Manager for Halla’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) implementation project; Bob was awarded the SyteLine ERP software “Global ERP Implementation of the Year” award for 1997.    Prior to Halla, Bob was self-employed working as an ERP Applications Consultant and as a Business Consultant helping organizations to reengineer their business processes to improve their operational productivity levels while maximizing the functionality of their ERP business systems.   During his consulting years Bob obtained his CPIM certification with APICS; he taught the APICS “CPIM”, and “Fundamentals of Operations Management” certification courses for 20+ years. When Bob first graduated from Ryerson (after obtaining his Engineering degree) he held a variety of Design, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering Management positions with Murata Erie in Trenton and an IE Consulting and IE Manager positions with Canada Packers in Toronto and Montreal. These positions provided him excellent hands-on experience helping management teams to develop cost effective business processes.

Dana Goodfellow

Dana Goodfellow is the owner of Quinte Mind & Body. After 8 years of developing a business and clientele base within a multi-disciplinary clinic, she opened her own business in downtown Belleville in July 2015.  As a Registered Massage Therapist, a practicing Medical Acupuncturist and Meditation Facilitator, she treats patients at her clinic, as well as building an online business for meditation through Her business is just a couple years old, but is already very successful. She has large plans and big dreams for the years to come and loves every step of the way. Dana is an active member in the community as the President of Quinte Women in Business, and an active member for 100+ Women Who Care Quinte. She loves encouraging women colleagues and business owners to support, encourage and empower each other. When great minds come together, there are no limits.  

Mark Hanley
Small Business Coordinator in Hastings County

Mark’s business experience started at 23 years old when he purchased a failing retail store, on the main street of a small town, in northern B.C.  Within three years he was the owner of two very successful retail shops, President of the Downtown Merchants Association and VP of the local Chamber of Commerce.  The “B.C. businessexperience” started a fascinating  journey;leading to ownership of ten successful businessesin three different provinces, ranging from retail stores to training facilities, including an underwater construction company, computer-consulting firms, a business consulting service, a web-based business and a commercial printing plant. Mark’s desire to develop and support the local economy led him to a 10 year part-time gig teaching business courses at St. Lawrence College,as well as, the providing the delivery of the jobsOntario Community Enterprise Broker Programthe HRSDC Self Employment Benefit Program and several years as an on-contract CASE councilorfor the Business Development Bank. He spent an additional 10 years managing the Small Business Development Centre at KEDCO where he and his team assisted thousands of small business owners. Mark has been an angel investor in three local firms and has assisted with financing the sale of several of his past businesses giving many new entrepreneurs their start in business. His community involvement includes twenty five years as an active member of RotaryInternational.  He has twice been honored as Rotarian of the Year and twice awarded Paul Harris Fellowships. Mark has also held the positions of Chair of the Kingston Technology Council,member of the Kingston Poverty Roundtable, has been an investor in the First Capital Challengeand was one of the founders of the First Capital Community Loan Fund.  Additionally, he initiated the Regional Enterprise Facilitation Project bringing Ernesto Sirolli’s methods of business coaching to the counties of Prince Edward / Hastings / L&A and the City of Kingston. Over the past fifteen years Mark has been passionately involved in politics, at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, and is continually lobbying for better legislation to support small business. In his downtime, Mark is a self professed “gearhead” having owned over 70 cars, and has personally restored five, award-winning, classic vehicles.  In the past few years, has switched his interest to restoring vintage boats and outboards motors.

Coaches and Mentors

Amanda Lorbetski

Amanda Lorbetski is the Morning News Anchor at Oldies 100.9 in Brighton and Oldies 107.7 in Arnprior. Prior to joining the My Broadcasting Corporation team, she worked in radio and print media in Belleville, Bancroft and her hometown of Barry’s Bay. Amanda is a proud graduate of Loyalist College’s Journalism-Online, Print and Broadcast program, specializing in radio in 2015. She’s an active volunteer in causes across Quinte and the Ottawa Valley, having won provincial and national awards for her creative writing.

Peter Malone
Competitive Sourcing Solutions and Equipment Distributor

Specialties: General Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Development, Change Management, Business Development, Product Development, Project Management, Union Relations, Manufacturing Engineering

Jennifer Keilty-Friesen

Jennifer is a principal of People Minded Business.  People Minded Business is in the business of boosting innovation and quality (I+Q) in health and human services. They work with forward thinking organizations to develop the mindset and skillset - the know & how - to create change in people's lives.  Their work is grounded in consultation, design thinking and creative problem solving.

Jennifer is well recognized by clients for delving into projects with unbridled enthusiasm, being sharp as a tack, and peppering conversations with her clever wit. Regardless of whether the clients come from health or human services, government or private industry, Jennifer is able to quickly attune to the culture of the people she works with, assess and assist them to clearly articulate a path forward. Prior to consulting, Jennifer held leadership and management positions in several community service organizations, including a legal centre for people with disabilities in Sydney, Australia where she also completed her Masters degree in Public Health. A keen learner and analytical thinker, Jennifer has her Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence Certification and has extensive training in creative problem solving and design thinking. Together, she and Janeen are sought after presenters who speak on the topics of innovation – how to plan for it, implement it and evaluate it, quality management, outcomes measurement, leadership, and learning organizations.

Carrie Gregoire

Carrie Gregoire is a CPA, CGA and is the President and CEO of Quinte First Credit Union. Carrie has been with Quinte First for 11 years. As the CEO of the only locally owned financial institution in the Quinte area, Carrie understands the importance of local businesses and believes in the importance of providing resources and encouragement to local startups and young entrepreneurs. Prior to Quinte First, Carrie spent 7 years with Wilkinson and Company LLP. Carrie was born and raised in Belleville and is a graduate of Loyalist College.

Michelle Christmann
Community Relations Officer

Michelle Christmann is the Community Relations Officer, and is responsible for community and member engagement, financial literacy and co-operative education programs, and assists with marketing and public relations. Michelle studied Illustration at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

Vicki Lumley

Vicki Lumley is the Deputy Camlo Officer here at Quinte First Credit Union. She has a background in accounting and an wealth of customer service experience. Vicki always thinks out of the box and isn’t afraid to come up with new and exciting initiatives for our staff, members and our community.

Eric Tippelt

Eric’s interests and love of learning have taken him to many diverse areas. Eric grew up in an entrepreneurial family.  He worked in the family metal fabrication business since grade 7. He went on to graduate with honours from the DeVry Institute of Technology in 1975.  At graduation, he began a job installing and servicing Medical X-Ray equipment in the Hamilton/Niagara area.  He left Medical and entered the Industrial Automation field as an Numerical Control Technician a few years later. Eric stared his first Industrial Automation service business at age 23. He has been involved in the automation field for over 30 years as a business owner, technical sales representative, distributor manager, and technical trainer.  He lived in Las Vagas Nevada where he was a technical advisor and trainer for automation equipment. Eric took a six year holiday from technical sales, while he and his young family bought and ran a 100 plus boat marina.  The marina business included docking/storage, sales and service, and a variety store.  During the winter, he worked at car sales for GM. During this time, he was involved with Real Estate investing.  Having closed over 35 deals successfully.  He currently teaches at Loyalist College in the skills program, and is president of Updraft Realty, and DIY Wealth Education.  Eric is also an active stock trader.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bay of Quinte team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Belleville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Brett
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  • Bryon


Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around North America exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is also a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.

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