Startup Weekend - Ocean Innovation

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend - Ocean Innovation

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 5:45 pm

IBEW College
160 Holyrood Access Road
(Liam Hickey Drive)
Holyrood, Newfoundland & Labrador A0A 2R0

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New Frontier, New Solutions

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

We are bringing together people from the startup community and ocean-related industries to solve problems, address issues and create new and improved approaches.  This is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Networking and team building opportunities galore
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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Friday November 9th

5:45 pm
Hop Aboard the Startup Bus
Departing From CNA (PPD) with 5 minute stops at MUN (Student Centre) & Avalon Mall (near Dollarama).

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

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

7:20 pm
How This Works
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
This is your chance! Line up to give your idea or listen for the one that grabs you.

8:00 pm
Voting & Form Teams
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

8:45 pm
Bus returning to St. John's

Saturday November 10th

9:00 am
Hop Aboard the Startup Bus
Departing From CNA (PPD) with 5 minute stops at MUN (Student Centre) & Avalon Mall (near Dollarama).

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:15 am
Up & At 'Em
Ryan Osbourne of OZ Coaching will help us get the body & mind juices flowing with a quick & envigorating warm up session.

10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
The Story of Beaufort Solutions
Seasoned entrepreneur Todd Hiscock will share his up & down & up story of the formation of his pioneering company - Beaufort Solutions.

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
Dinner - Sponsored by NATI!

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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. Bus returning to St. John's

Sunday November 11th

9:30 am
Hop Aboard the Startup Bus
Departing From CNA (PPD) with 5 minute stops at MUN (Student Centre) & Avalon Mall (near Dollarama).

10:30 am
Arrive, simple brunch & coffee

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:15 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:30 pm
Judging & Awards

4:00 pm
Returning directly to St. John's


Todd Hiscock

Me-Commerce innovator specializing in offering retailers around the world quality, personalized products via a robust omni-channel platform with no risk, no capital, and noinventory.

Event Judges

Stefana Egli

Co-founder of  Intelligent Materials that focuses on the commercialization of a water sampling consumable based on a technology developed at the University.  Holds a PhD in Chemistry with more than 10 years’ experience in analytical chemistry in a research environment.

Tony Woolridge
R&D Program Manager

Oversees and manages Petroleum Research’s portfolio of Harsh Environment, Asset Integrity, Digitalization and Integrated Operations Joint Industry Projects through all stages of the project lifecycle. Exhibits a high level of strategic business understanding and skills, managing initiatives which align technology solutions with business goals to drive safety and process improvements, competitive advantage and bottom-line gains.

Coaches and Mentors

Todd Hiscock

Me-Commerce innovator specializing in offering retailers around the world quality, personalized products via a robust omni-channel platform with no risk, no capital, and noinventory.

Randal Power
Lead - Innovative Product Development Centre

As lead of the Innovative Product Development Centre for the Office of Applied Research at the college’s Prince Philip Drive Campus in St. John’s, Randal Power is facilitating the unit’s acquisition and implementation of new pieces of engineering and manufacturing equipment focusing on the area of applied research.
Power, a graduate of Memorial’s School of Engineering, leads the centre team on innovative manufacturing projects, working closely with clients to understand their requirements and challenges for the required finished products. To date, over 300 products have been produced for private clients using the centre’s 3D printing technology, and internally the unit has worked on numerous projects for college researchers and students. Major projects undertaken by Power include: the reproduction of the emblems and trim work of the Beaumont Hamel plaques in Bowring Park, the production of tooling and parts for Demand Innovations’ coffee makers, a technology to improve the Nomex clothes dryer, UV-based sterilizing technologies, a new type of underwater thruster technology, and a new type of solar air heating technology for industrial and home use. Under Power’s supervision, the Innovative Product Development Centre’s mandate of applying engineering technologies to applied research is providing companies with an innovative and cost-effective path to commercialization, while supplying the research community with the equipment needed to develop new prototypes for industry.

Blair Winsor
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship

Dr. Blair Winsor joined the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University in August 2013, having taught entrepreneurship, innovation management and small business management-related topics at Edinburgh Napier University in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past 11 years. In addition, to having been an angel investor and consultant to a variety of businesses in Canada and the UK, he has been part of the management team in a number of small businesses ranging from a family-owned corner store operation to a United States-based technology start-up.He completed a bachelor of arts in political science at Memorial, a bachelor of laws at the University of Ottawa, a master of business administration at the Luigi Bocconi Commercial University in Italy, and a doctor of philosophy at University of Warwick Business School in the UK. Dr. Winsor also has a diploma in French from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi and a post-graduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education from Edinburgh Napier University.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Holyrood is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Kyle
  • Tom
  • Roger
  • Gary
  • Grace
  • Marjorie


Juliet Shepherd
Tech Led Project Manager

Juliet Shepherd is pollinator, a communications and resource consultant, and seasoned industrial supply chain professional. Juliet has a passion for propagating win/win outcomes, home-grown tech, and fostering economic diversity. She is a founding member of R.E.M. Unconventional Vision, an entrepreneur think tank promoting socially responsible business development in Alaska, which launched FairBikes bike share - winners of the first Startup Weekend Fairbanks in 2013. Currently the Tech Led Development Project Manager at FEDC,

Event Staff

Ryan Osbourne
Chief Fitness Strategist

Ryan Osborne is the owner of OZ Coaching and a Certified Kinesiologist, Corporate Wellness Consultant, and public speaker. He provides fitness and lifestyle coaching to business professionals as well as custom employee wellness programs for businesses. Ryan's philosophy is centered around functional healthy and active lifestyles with an emphasis on work-life integration. 

Through speaking engagements for the St. John’s Board of Trade, Positive Thinkers Club, Rotary Club International, NL Employer’s Council, and various local and international businesses, Ryan has a reputation for providing dynamic and engaging seminars/workshops. Ryan's motto is "empowerment through knowledge".

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