Startup Weekend Student Edition

    Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Student Edition

Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014

Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014
Event starts at 4:00 pm

University of Calgary - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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Startup Weekend Student Edition at University of Calgary

Fasten your seat belts, future entrepreneurs! This student-only Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together designers, developers and business folk to create a startup. We know there's a strong entrepreneurial spirit on campus now let's channel that spirit into action!

This event is brought to you by Startup Calgary, UoC Haskayne Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Beakerhead with support from our partners Innovate Calgary, Alberta Enterprise and Team Think.

First Prize
  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by UP Global, TechStars, and Google for Entrepreneurs) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • Two spots in the Innovator's Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary
Second Prize
  • One desk space at The Inc Co-working Space sponsored by Innovate Calgary
  • Two spots in the Innovator's Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary
Third Prize
Additionally, all teams will receive:
  • Free .CO domain name for 12 months.
  • Free cloud-based compute and storage resources for one year sponsored by CANARIE and Startup Calgary.
Whether you start a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, you're 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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Friday September 12th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 13th

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 14th

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Tom Bielecki
Co-founder & CEO, Printtopeer

Kimberley Neutens
Director, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Mark Williams
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Innovate Calgary

Mark has more than 20 years of product marketing, business development and startup management experience. He is an entrepreneurial leader with proven success in business planning, raising capital, acquiring strategic partners, license and contract negotiation and  mergers and acquisitions.  Mark served as President of several Silicon Valley companies including growing and exiting both TakeFive Software, and Blue Lobster Software for a total of $33 million.  Mark has also served as a founding board member of the Spokane Angel Investor Alliance. Mark has a Chemical Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Ann Zalucky
MD/MSc Candidate, University of Calgary

Sharon McIntyre
CMO, Chaordix

Sharon McIntyre has shared her passion for marketing, branding and innovation with global corporations, start-up enterprises, public sector organizations, and students for 25+ years. She has held senior leadership positions and consulted in a variety of domains including software, energy, telecommunications, housing, publishing, and the arts. As Chief Social Scientist, she is part of the leadership team at Chaordix, a crowdsourcing technology and methodology pioneer in the brand and product innovation space. Sharon is also consulting in technology marketing and frugal innovation with the electrical utility company of Cameroon in West Africa. Sharon is a visiting lecturer at the Copenhagen Business School and is also a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University, researching entrepreneurial innovation policy and practice in Canada. Sharon has lived and worked internationally, communicates in English and French, and holds dual Canadian and Irish (EU) citizenship. She contributes online as @shazzmack.

Event Judges

Rob Allen
President, Raven Bay Services

Bob Schulz
Professor, University of Calgary

Henry Kutarna
VP of Investment and Market Development, Innovate Calgary.

Coaches and Mentors

Eric Kryski
Engineer, KISSmetrics & Co-founder, Pensio

Eric Kryski is a software engineer at Silicon Valley-based KISSmetrics, and co-founder of Pensio. He has been building things for the web since 2010 and in addition to starting his own companies and running YYCjs, has been involved with prominent Calgary startups such as Calgary Scientific and PetroFeed. Execution/prototype is 25% of the judging criteria and Eric can provide valuable guidance for the technical folks on your team.

Drew Gillson
Vice President, Technology at Live Out There Inc.

Growing from a coffee-shop hobby to a multi-million dollar company has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life. I feel blessed to be part of a team with such a strong, shared vision. We are dedicated to inspiring and enabling our customers to engage in challenging outdoor adventure, cultivate earthly discovery, self-realization and a passion for life.

Devesh Dwivedi
Founder, Idea2Inception

Devesh has been involved with Startup Weekend since it first came to Calgary and has multiple businesses under his belt. In addition to his consulting practice, Idea2Inception, he is also the founder of Sashfer, a Peer2Peer micro-money transfer app. Devesh specializes in small business strategy and will add keen insight to your business model canvas.

Mark Hazlett
Co-founder, Pensio

Mark Blackwell

Mark is the COO at GNS3, a virtual environment to design & optimize networks of any size without the need for physical hardware infrastructure. To date GNS3 has been downloaded by over 10MM+ users in over 196 countries around the world and recently completed a successful $600K+ crowd funding campaign on CrowdTilt. 

Colin Holowaychuk
Founder, Merchee

A past participant and supporter of Startup Weekend, Colin has multiple startups under his belt. He has a strong understanding of the judging criteria and the main points that you need to hit to wow the judges.

Marco Hunstad
CEO, Spotcast

Jessica Fan
Co-founder, SnapLingo

Brent Lauinger
President, Repree

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Calgary is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Camille
  • Kylie
  • Lloyed
  • Devesh


Kylie Woods
Founder, Chic Geek

Kylie is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and community building. She’s the founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit building community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Through its mentorship program, technical workshops, speaker and networking events, Chic Geek helps women build their confidence learning new technology skills and profiles more women as leaders in the space. Ultimately, Chic Geek is working to increase diversity in technology.  Kylie was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and has been profiled in Metro News as one of "Calgary Heroes." She has also been recognized as a "Need to Know" in Alberta Venture and profiled by the Mount Royal University Summit Magazine in their feature on Women in STEM. In 2016, Kylie represented Alberta in the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program hosted by the US Department of State and was a voice for women in STEM on an international stage.

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